CDA Required Experience - Building on What You Already Know


      CDA builds on a person's background to prepare then for a career as a classical dance educator. What varies is each person's own knowledge, their working environment, and their ability to implement and convey ballet vocabulary to a group of students at the appropriate age and level.  To learn this, those studying this material should be prepared as follows:


  • To be able to execute ballet movements physically themselves or aptly mark out movements so they have a thorough understanding of the movement and the structure of it musically. Ability to follow oral instructions and understand spacing and stage directions.


  • To be able to read written materials from a manual in English and later, give verbal instructions in English to a class of dance students.


  • To have a good general understanding of ballet vocabulary.


  • To learn how to methodically construct ballet lessons including combinations of steps and adagios.  Learn to write lesson plans.


  • To understand the progressively increasing difficulty of steps which are first learned in primary forms then in more advanced forms and combinations.


  • To learn ballet repertoire for the stage, as time will allow.


  • There is no age requirement. If you have a concern, please contact CDA.



     The curriculum is designed to be completed in six courses. The first two courses contain the Elementary Work (First Class and Second Class) the second two courses contain the Intermediate Work (Third and Fourth Class) and the last two courses contain the Advanced Work (Fifth Class and Sixth Class). Teachers receive a Certificate from CDA for all courses taken and completed.  The courses may now be taken with or without examination. With examination a nominal fee is charged, and the examination is set for a specified date.  


     The courses may be taken while a person is still dancing, while a person is teaching or working as a ballet master in a company. Choreographers may find the material interesting because of the study of classical dance vocabulary. The vocabulary adds additional dimension to choreography. The courses are online or in person depending on what is offered. Please watch the CDA website or social media for current updates.


What you will learn

  • How to develop a student from the elementary work through the advanced work.


  • Learn to write lesson plans, methodically constructing ballet lessons including combinations of steps and adagios.


  • Learn how to teach progressively understanding the increasing difficulty of steps which are first learned in primary forms then more onto more advanced forms and combinations.


  • Learn how you can instruct an entire ballet class verbally instead of demonstrating. It is all in the vocabulary.


  • Teaching classical dance by applying basic principals such as the use of the poses of classical dance to the training of dancers.


  • Using these basic movement principals to expand, into infinity, what can be accomplished using classical dance vocabulary.

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