Children's Dance Theater offers instruction in the Theater Arts as well as dance. During the school year actors can take weekly classes that incorporate the fundamentals of theater, dance and voice work.
There are two classes aimed for preschool and early elementary aged children, Encore and Showtime. During the weekly class actors will enjoy creating characters, learning basic dance steps and vocal exercises all while having fun. These actors will receive a costume and perform in our annual recital.
The Drama School is for preteen and teen actors who are looking to start or further their skills. This class does require 2 hours of dance lessons in addition to the drama school class. If you are in our conservatory program no further dance lessons are required for those classes. If you are not currently enrolled in dance lessons, look at our school division class options. You can choose from tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz and more. Class levels are beginning, intermediate and open. An open level, means all ages and experience levels are welcome.
Throughout the year, CDT also holds camps and workshops some with performance options included.
If just plain dancing isn’t enough for your child, this class certainly will be. It’s not just dancing, but singing and acting too! Encore class is the place for practicing that all-round stage talent, and releasing your child’s inner star. They’ll learn to sing, dance and act their way into the spotlight through vocal and movement exercises. Each Encore class promotes self-confidence and cooperation within the troupe, giving your child a safe place in which to shine. There are class options for 3-5 year old and 4-6 year old dancers.
Do you have an emerging musical theater star at home?
They will flourish in this Showtime class by learning to perfect their dancing, acting and singing! Your child will learn proper theater terminology and etiquette, too. They will begin to connect with the emotional meaning behind the scenes and songs- one of the most important things for any future star. Our engaging lesson plans will help spark their love for musical theater, and give them what they need to shine. This class is for dancers 5-7 years old.
The Drama School
The Drama School is a program for young actors ages 10-18 to learn and experience live theatre. Actors will take part in dance, voice and acting classes throughout the year. They will take part in putting together a "variety show" to highlight the techniques learned and artistic choices they have made. Shows may be in person or live-streamed. Actors will also participate in the annual June Recital.
Actors need to be able to dance and move well. The drama school requires two hours a week minimum of dance training. Appropriate dance attire is required.
*If you are enrolled in the Conservatory program you do not need additional dance classes*
Please look at the school division or open class options.
During the two hour Drama School block actors will work with their instructor on proper voice techniques, singing and acting skills. Actors need to wear loose comfortable clothes they can move in. The majority of rehearsals for the variety style show will take place in the this time frame
Performing is an essential element of the Drama School program. Through the technology of livestream performances we are able to provide low cost options for our young actors in addition to traditional in theatre options.
Estimated performance schedule:
November - Live streamed in-studio rehearsal
February-Live streamed in -studio variety show
June-Participation in the annual Recital
If you have questions about this program please send us a message. We are happy to help.