Ballet technique classes develop students' foundation for all other dance forms. Ballet technique at CDS includes barre and center work as well as conditioning to support technique as needed. In the lower levels, technique focuses on developing a classical movement vocabulary, proper execution of basic steps, correct alignment, body positions, coordination of arms and head, musicality, and strength. In the upper levels, students study more complex combinations, battement, a variety of turns, petit and grand allegro, and stylistic refinements. Greater speed, flexibility, strength, and combination memorization are expected. CDS dancers understand that whether they want to pursue classical ballet in their future or not, ballet technique is essential for their progress in contemporary, jazz, dance styles.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet.
Jazz relies on a dancer's classical training, yet pushes him/her to connect emotionally to music and movement. Jazz technique is based on the natural movement of the body and is designed to increase body control and coordination. Routines are set to faster pace music.