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 IIA

AGES 8-10

The curriculum is a complete and structured classical ballet class with its full embodiment of grace, poise, and physical and mental development. This is for 1st year Ballet II students, and two ballet technique classes are required per week. Students participate in Junior Studio Company.

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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 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 IIB

This is the 2nd level of Ballet II. It meets on Mondays, and is combined with IIA on Saturdays. The student must show strength and mastery of material covered in Ballet IIA. Students in this level also participate in Junior Studio Company. There is a conditioning class from 5:15-5:30 that these dancers should participate in: there is no additional charge for this.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Dress requirements:
(Same as Ballet IIA). 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.
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 IIB & II/III Conditioning

This 15 minute class precedes Ballet IIB & II/III. Overall conditioning and footwork will be the focus. There is no additional tuition charge; but, attendance is expected.

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Class length: 15 minutes

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/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.

Contemporary

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. Teen ballet students may also enroll in this 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.

Junior Studio Company-Ballet IIA&B

Ballet IIA & B students participate in this group that meets after technique class on Saturdays. There is a performance in January for all Studio Company dancers plus our yearly full school production. Performance pieces will include variations from classical repertoire.

Registration Forms

Class length: 45 min
Dress requirements:
Short dance skirts are allowed.

Studio Company-Ballet II/III

This group will perform in our January production. After their Monday class they will stay for 15 minutes to run their performance pieces and stretch. They will also meets Saturdays after technique 3:00-4:00 (at the latest).

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hr
Dress requirements:
Regular class attire. A short skirt is optional.

Studio Company-Ballet III&III/IV

Rehearsals take place after the Thursday and Saturday technique classes: The January performance will include classical variations, ensemble pieces and a contemporary work for the dancers who participate in the contemporary class on Wednesdays. During the Winter/Spring semester they will concentrate on rehearsing for the end-of-year performance.

 

Registration Forms

Class length: 1/2 hr Tues & 1 hr 30 minutes (maximum) Sat
Dress requirements:
Short dance skirts are allowed.