Connecticut Dance School is a not for profit organization with a mission of providing dance education of the highest standard to the Connecticut community. The school was founded in 1970 by Elizabeth Gaynor, who served for many years as Director and Principle Teacher and continues her involvement as President of the Board of Directors. Today CDS serves more than 400 students who range in age from 3 through adult and hail from many communities throughout the state. Our audiences come from all over Fairfield County including 1500 students and families from Bridgeport when we present The Nutcracker. We perform The Nutcracker four times with a total of 3,000 attendees in the audience. In addition, every year CDS produces a Benefit Concert in April and a Student Concert in June. These audiences (totaling 1,000) consist of families from throughout Fairfield County. Students from age 3 through 8 are placed in age-appropriate classes where they enjoy creative movement and exercises consistent with their developmental skills. Older students are placed in levels with respect to age and prior training. Classical ballet training, based on the Kirov syllabus, begins with Ballet 1, usually age eight, when students attend two classes per week. Ballet levels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow, with pointe work introduced and more classes per week required at each successive level. Ballet 7 and up, the most advanced levels attend a minimum of seven classes per week in addition to rehearsals, as determined by the performance schedule. While CDS is primarily a ballet school, modern dance, jazz and tap classes are also available. Our summer program offers classes in multiple disciplines including mime, improvisation, choreography and flamenco. Connecticut Dance School was incorporated on July 26, 1994.
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
CONNECTICUT DANCE SCHOOL, INCORPORATED