First State Ballet Theatre
Photographer: Kaileah Long
'The Method of Teaching Classical Dance'
Six Year Accelerated Program
Teacher Certification Program
This authentic material has been in use in the USA since the 1960's.
Definitive and authoritative ballet pedagogy - Kostrovitskaya/Vaganova
Comprehensive printed syllabus and manual - elementary thru advanced
Taught virtually and in-person by American-Born experts
Participants advance course level by course level
CDA is a USA nonprofit partnering internationally to promote excellence in the training of dancers.
OUR MISSION is to support artistic effort and output by providing pedagogical resources to improve ballet training outcomes. By presenting authoritative material and teaching artists, CDA makes the formal vocabulary and the "Teaching Method of Classical Dance" more accessible to ballet instructors, as well as performers, creators, and spectators of dance.
SINCE 2002, CDA has created and conducted teacher’s courses in classical dance, and has brought world-class experts directly to the dance community. CDA has produced the International Youth Ballet Festival, and debuted the first Character Dance and Historical Dance teacher’s courses in the USA at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Since 2016, CDA has trained teachers at the Ana Köhler School of Dance in Lisbon, Portugal.
The comprehensive six-year classical dance syllabus as adapted and codified by Vera Kostrovitskaya, leading Vaganova disciple and senior method instructor of the Vaganova Ballet Academy
Enrollees may complete one or more of six sequential course levels required for graduation, and earn CID International Certification after 150 course hours
Founder and Executive Director,
first studied with Maestro Pianowski, former ballet master for Anna Pavlova’s company