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 II, and Studio Company accompanies Ballet II/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, II/III & III Conditioning

This class meets right before their respective technique classes. There is no charge, but we ask that you register for it.

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Class length: 15 min
Dress requirements:
Follow the class level dress code.

Ballet II

AGES 7 1/2-10 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.

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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 62ADJ 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

Discount Dance Supply Studio Store for Ballet II

Ballet II/III

AGES 8 1/2 years & 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 & IV on Saturdays, and there is Studio Company rehearsal after this technique class.

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

Discount Dance Supply Studio Store for Ballet II/III

Ballet III

This class is by placement only and three technique classes per week are required. Studio Company accompanies this level. Pointe or pre-pointe will be added to the schedule Winter/Spring semester.

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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.

Discount Dance Supply Studio Store for Ballet III

Ballet IV

This class is by placement only, and three technique classes per week are required. Studio Company, Pointe and Contemporary accompany this level.

Students may also take the Adult Division Intermediate class on Tuesday if an additional class desired (no charge).

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Class length: 1 hr 30 min
Dress requirements:
Black camisole leotard--Mirella M207L
Body Wrappers Back Seam Mesh Convertible Tights - A45 Ballet Pink color
Or--Tights that match the dancers skin tone
White Hip Alignment belt--62ADJ
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes or shoes that match the skin tone tights--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.

Discount Dance Supply Studio Store for Ballet IV

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.

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

Jr Studio Company

Students in Ballet II participate in this performing group. Rehearsals are held directly after their saturday technique class.

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Class length: 30 minutes
Dress requirements:
Ballet II attire; short skirt is optional.

Studio Co-Ballet II/III, III, IV

During Fall/Winter semester the dancers will learn variations and other choreography and we will conclude with a performance. These dancers will be featured in our end of year story ballet Winter/Spring semester.

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Class length: 30 minutes in the summer and 1 hour during the school year
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.

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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.