It's very important to us that each student is in just the right class! Classes should be fun and challenging, but not overwhelming to our students. 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. As a student is in the process of testing, or if the skill has been mastered, an email will be sent to the parent. Parents always have access to this through the Parent Portal.
Pre School Curriculum
Enter into an encouraging environment where students not only explore new movement, but also new ideas like team work, independence, and respect for others. Simple tumbling skills will also be used in class to further develop motor skills and balance.
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 year and half. While the exam is not required, we do encourage it as it is the culmination of their training.
Students interested in pursuing pointe must have several years of ballet training, have passed or working in the Cecchetti Grade 2 Curriculum, enroll in our pre-pointe class, and be assessed by our instructors.
Once a student has received their pointe shoes, they must continue their ballet courses as well as enroll in the pointe class.
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.
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.
"THANK YOU for caring about about the WHOLE child, for costumes & choreography & music that are age appropriate...THANK YOU! For the self confidence I see you cultivating & nurturing in not only my child but so many others...THANK YOU! For the COURAGE to take on this task & follow your heart...THANK YOU! My daughter would not be where or who she is today without her CenterStage family. With every ounce of my soul, I THANK YOU!" - Jennifer Moore
"Thank you for creating a performing arts studio and not just another competitive dance studio. I am grateful to be a part of a studio where all the girls are accepted and are offered many things to choose from, beyond dance so they can explore so many different avenues of the performing arts! I so appreciate that when my daughter graduates she is going to take with her all the wonderful memories from class, the friendships she has made, and the life lessons she learned from you guys!" - Deanna Rice
"I cannot say enough positive things about Centerstage. The teachers, staff and kids are so kind, caring and encouraging to each other. The support is unbelievable! My daughter has made amazing friends at this studio, many of whom are much older than she is, but they have helped coach and encourage her along the way and she looks up to them so much. I greatly appreciate the modest recital costumes and clothing, they are very much age appropriate. Perhaps most of all however, is the dedication of the owners and teachers. They truly pour their heart and soul into this studio and the children that attend it." - Jessica Vaughn