Chicago Dance Academy

Academy Division

This division is designed for students seeking rigorous and systematic dance training and is by invitation or staff approval. Ballet is the focus and foundation in this nurturing and disciplined program. The number of classes per week increases with each level advanced to. Ages are an approximation: levels are at the discretion of the staff. Junior Studio Company accompanies Ballet IIA & B, and Studio Company accompanies Ballet II/III, III & III/IV. There is an additional performance in January for these groups. Pointe, Variations and Contemporary classes are included in the Academy program.

Youth dance lessons for children ages 8 and up in ballet, jazz, and more.

Ballet II

AGES 8-10 years

The curriculum is a complete and structured classical ballet class with its full embodiment of grace, poise, and physical and mental development. Two ballet technique classes are required per week. Students participate in Junior Studio Company during the school year.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour 30 min
Dress requirements:
Royal blue camisole leotard - Mirella M201C (Adult sizes are also available--201L.) Note: Undergarments are not worn under leotard and tights by this level.
Body Wrappers convertible tights - C81 theatrical pink color
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes--style is up to the discretion of the dancer
White hip alignment belt 62S or you may purchase from us at the desk.
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black shorts or tights (dance support belt as needed); white socks; white canvas split sole ballet shoes

Ballet II/III

AGES 11 & up

This is a “bridge” class designed to prepare the student for the rigors of Ballet III and is by invitation and placement only. Two classes are required per week. This class is combined with Ballet III & III/IV on Saturdays, and there is Studio Company rehearsal after this technique class.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour 30 min
Dress requirements:
Please see Ballet II listing. Short ballet skirts are allowed.

Ballet III

AGES 11 and up

This level is by invitation and placement only. Three ballet classes per week are required. Students are fully immersed in their training at this stage with pointe work included for girls and upper body strength building work for boys. Students also participate in the Contemporary class and the Studio Company.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour 30 min
Dress requirements:
Black camisole leotard--Mirella M207L
Body Wrappers Back Seam Mesh Convertible Tights - A45 Ballet Pink color
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes--make is up to the discretion of the dancer
White 3/4" hip alignment belt 62ADJ or you may purchase from us at the front desk.
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black tights (dance support belt as needed); white socks and white canvas split sole ballet shoes.

Ballet III & III/IV

This class is by placement only and three technique classes per week are required. Pointe, Contemporary and Studio Company accompanies this level. The Adult Division Intermediate class on Tuesday is open to this level and participation is encouraged. There is no additional charge.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 1/2 hours
Dress requirements:
Black camisole leotard--Mirella M207L
Body Wrappers Back Seam Mesh Convertible Tights - A45 Ballet Pink color
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes--make is up to the discretion of the dancer
White 3/4" hip alignment belt 62ADJ. We also have belts at the front desk.
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black tights (dance support belt as needed); white socks and white canvas split sole ballet shoes.

Ballet IV

Students who are ready for this level should speak to the director. It is an add-on class to the III/IV level.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hr 30 min
Dress requirements:
Black camisole leotard--Mirella M207L
Body Wrappers Back Seam Mesh Convertible Tights - A45 Ballet Pink color
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes--make is up to the discretion of the dancer
Skirt is optional.
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black tights (dance support belt as needed); white socks and white canvas split sole ballet shoes.

Pointe

AGES 11 and up

Students must be enrolled in Ballet III. This directly follows technique class  and the staff must approve enrollment. (Pointe work is a privilege afforded those with the requisite commitment to class participation.) At this level, students have gained the necessary physical strength, flexibility and understanding of proper body placement. Pointe shoe style and fit must be checked by the instructor before ribbons and elastics are sewn on.

Registration Forms

Class length: 45 min
Dress requirements:
Refer to Ballet III descriptions; matching short skirt is optional.

Studio Company-Ballet II/III & III/IV

During the summer, classical variations will be learned, and additional emphasis will placed on stretching and conditioning.

Registration Forms

Class length: 30 minutes
Dress requirements:
Regular class attire. A short skirt is optional.

Contemporary

AGES 10 and up

This style is rooted in classical ballet technique, but elements of jazz, neoclassical and modern are incorporated into the movements. Contemporary works are now found in all major dance companies. This class is part of the Ballet III and up curriculum. Teens may participate but previous dance experience is required. This is a semester based class.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour
Dress requirements:
Class leotard and and convertible tights rolled up over the feet. Socks are optional if the dancer is "sticking" to the floor in turns.