Crossroads School of the Arts Dance Program
About the Dance Program
CrossRoads School of the Arts dance training program focuses on technique in classical and modern dance. Our performances may also incorporate the theatrical/dramatic arts and film within the performances. We present two performances each year. Our winter performance is The Nutcracker, and our spring performance is the Spring Gala Concert for contemporary and liturgical dance.
Our students engage in the physical training required by professional classical training, yet their creativity and self-expression are carefully nurtured and cultivated. As a school of the classical arts, physically, our dancers gain strength, endurance and grace; artistically, they are set free to express their deepest selves through dance. We discourage unhealthy competition in our students, yet expect each child to achieve their personal best.
Each class in the dance program is limited in size, to ensure that each dancer receives personal time and attention from the instructor. We do not promote the dangerous idea that a student should dance through an injury. Becoming a polished and professional dancer is a journey of years that must be undertaken at a steady and consistent pace. We believe that all people should be free to dance, and our school consists of a diverse student body that can train and perform with no regard to race, body type, or specific condition.
Our goal is to produce professionally trained classical dancers, and to equip them with what they personally need for their individual path in life.
All of our dance teachers hold a college degree in dance, or have studied dance at the college or professional level. Our teachers are versed in classical ballet, modern dance, choreography, composition, dance history, and injury prevention. Our dance program includes summer workshops in various aspects and styles of dance with guest teachers as well as trips to the Kennedy Center to see world famous ballet companies in rehearsal and performance.
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Dance Attire: Dancers should wear a black leotard, the sleeve length is optional. A PLAIN black ballet skirt; chiffon only- and no longer than mid thigh so teachers can see the working of the leg, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.
Hair must be pulled back in a tight, clean bun without any strands of loose hair (Hair spray and gel work wonders!).
Note: Beginning Ballet students may wear a pink or black leotard, and a ballet skirt of their liking.