Message from the Director…
“Proper body alignment and technique from the onset of training is crucial – whether a recreational dancer or a dancer looking to become professional. The training we offer is based in classical ballet movements and alignment focused on core strengthening. At CPAS we want our students to be well-trained AND well-rounded. CPAS provides a comprehensive curriculum in all styles of dance. Learning and mastering jazz and ballet technique from the beginning of training allows dancers to progress quickly and safely. I firmly believe in age-appropriate movements. Children do not need to be dancing in an adult manner. Our instruction is based on positive reinforcement and encouragement. I have witnessed how these methods are effective in nurturing and influencing students at all ages and levels!” — Lea Moore, Director
The Charlottesville Performing Arts School programs are for students of all ages who seek personal enrichment and/or professional training. Our goal: To bring out the best in our students, helping them reach their full potential. Our faculty includes educated professionals, boasting degrees from renowned institutions in Dance, Arts and Dance Education.
Our dance faculty understands performers should be both well-trained and well-rounded. CPAS provides a comprehensive curriculum in all styles of dance. This includes elements of curriculum practiced at professional dance companies around the world, as well as techniques steeped in tradition and history. CPAS is able to give students a unique and healthy blend of exercise and art. This is accomplished by combining our extensive knowledge of dance and exercise physiology with our specialized education and expertise in physical therapy and developmental psychology. The result is our students become versatile dancers with strong technique. We believe our approach enriches both the serious dancer with future aspirations in the performing arts, and the recreational dancer who simply loves to move.
CPAS serves the community not only with their top-quality training, but also with performance opportunities for our students, company experiences, and a private coaching program. We understand students in Central Virginia are active in areas outside of performing arts, and thus, our performances are optional. Although we encourage year-round enrollment, we also offer semester-only enrollment to account for students’ outside activities. Personalized evaluations are available from CPAS staff as well as mentorship for the students specific goals. Our dance division schedule is layered so students can take as many classes in as many styles as they choose — we encourage dancers to try it all!
Phased Progression Through CPAS Programs
Phase I – Early Childhood and Beginner Training Programs
This is an introduction to dance through a ballet based creative movement program for students between the ages of 3 and 5, and ballet/jazz/tap program for youth and teen students. No previous experience is necessary.
Early childhood dancers (ages 3-5) experiment with new ways to move their bodies, both directed and free-form with attention to musicality and rhythm. Age-appropriate cognitive skills, such as counting, spatial awareness, basic kinesiology, and coordination a part of class structure. A typical class will incorporate the particular dance art form, creative play and motor skill enhancement all in an innovative and fun environment.
Youth and teen students’ progress through understanding correct posture and alignment, which allows for greater balance and controlled movement in all dance styles. More complex rhythms are introduced to develop musicality and coordination. The proper dance vocabulary and kinesiology concepts grow as we stress using correct terminology.
As they progress through Phase I, dancers will develop self-control, self-confidence, and the beginning of their dance terminology.
Phase I classes meet once a week. Student feedback/evaluations available by request.
Phase II – Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Training Programs
This phase is designed to lay the foundation for developing future technique for ages 5 through teens. For Phase II a dancer must have completed Phase I or its equivalent. More complex combinations and skills are introduced to develop musicality and coordination. At this level dancers must complete the year being proficient in understanding correct posture and alignment, and the required skills for their particular dance style to progress to Phase III.
Phase II dancers are invited to participate in several dance styles per week. Student feedback/evaluations available by request.
Phase III – Intermediate Training Programs
Completing Phase II or its equivalent is a prerequisite for dancers ages 7 through teens. Students continue to build on their foundation with an emphasis on developing strength and flexibility, as well as becoming acquainted with a wider variety of skills with increasing difficulty levels. Solid knowledge of terminology, kinesiology awareness, and required skills must be mastered at the end of this phase.
Female ballet students at this level may audition for the Pointe Readiness Assessment at this time with instructor permission. Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary students are required to participate in ballet classes. Students are required to master specific skills for their dance style to progress to Phase IV.
Phase III dancers (hip hop excluded) are strongly encouraged to take 2 or more classes per week to expand their repertoire. Student feedback/evaluations provided by instructor(s). Private appointments with Director for evaluation and further guidance are available by request. Dancers at this level are eligible to apply for the CPAS Student Internship Program if between 9 and 15 years of age.
Phase IV – Intermediate Advanced to Advanced Training Programs
Phase IV students must display a level of accomplishment and competency. Dancers should be comfortable with the mastery of all previously learned steps, an intermediate to advanced knowledge of body alignment. With the exception of hip hop students, a strong ballet foundation is required and dancers should perform with confidence and a passionate, positive attitude. All students at this phase in Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary students are required to participate in ballet classes for this level.
Phase IV/V dancers (hip hop excluded) are strongly encouraged to take 4 or more classes per week to expand their repertoire. Student feedback/evaluations provided by instructor(s). Private appointments with Director for evaluation and further guidance are available by request. Students are required to master specific skills for their dance style to progress to pre-professional private training.
Dancers at this level are eligible to apply for the CPAS Student Internship Program if between 9 and 15 years of age, or if 16 or older for the CPAS Instructor Training Program.
Please note that students may remain in their particular “Phase” level for several years until specific skills and concepts are properly mastered. If you have questions on the skill requirements at any level, please contact the school Director.
A perfect blend of art and exercise, we offer enrichment/recreational classes for teen/adults who enjoy movement with no pressure of performing unless desired. Class cards available.