Just like the school system, CenterStage adheres to guidelines set in place by the national dance curriculum we use. Our curriculum provides clear goals for students in technique and performance. Before moving to the next level, students must pass either a formal examination or "chart," essentially passing the instructor's assessment for readiness.
Cecchetti - Italian School of Ballet
The Cecchetti Council of America holds examinations in classical ballet for students and teachers who are training in the Cecchetti method. The Syllabus tests the technical and artistic accomplishments of student candidates who have been prepared by member teachers. It offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their technical ability and understanding of the material. Each level provides attainable goals that build self-confidence in their developmental progress and successful achievements. Students will have the opportunity to exam in front of a panel of judges every July. While the exam is not required, we do encourage it as it is the culmination of their training.
Al Gilbert - Tap
Internationally, Al Gilbert Graded Dance Examinations, have a wide and far-reaching scope. The Gilbert tap syllabus has touched the lives of a wide variety of people, for many years. The Gilbert Syllabus has become a closely integrated part of tap, and its levels, from Primary to Grade 8 are universal tap monuments. Each level builds on knowledge and technique from the previous levels, while remaining a separate and complete entity.
Dance Masters of America - Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop
The Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School has a comprehensive curriculum, where master teachers instruct classes in teaching techniques for most disciplines of dance. The curriculum includes the teaching techniques in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, gymnastics, lyrical, musical theatre, children’s work, and modern. Specialty classes in folk dance, ballroom, and interpretive dance supplement the core disciplines, along with courses in music theory, dance notation, nutrition, alignment, dance history, kinesiology, choreography, studio business, costume design, and lighting.