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The Vaganova method is a method of teaching classical ballet that was developed by Agrippina Vaganova over one hundred years ago as an effort to reform the old imperial style of ballet teaching practiced in Russia at that time. This method fused the romantic style of the French ballet and dramatic soulfulness of the Russian character with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school.

Dress code is one of those things that you may love to hate. It might seem boring to have to wear the same color leotard every time to you take class. Or perhaps having your hair pulled back into a tight bun secured by a zillion bobby pins has been driving you insane. Maybe the rule of "no jewelry" in class is beyond annoying. Take it from us, we know, we've been there! The thing is when it

The number one issue dancers face as they start to dance more and more is staying motivated. When Monday morning comes around you might find yourself dreading ballet like you dread math class. In class, you may become frustrated, you may start to goof off and not take class as serious has you once had. This is when you lose focus and sight of why you started dancing in the first place.Whether it was your Mom who put you in ballet class at age 4, now you're

Here at CCDA we follow the Vaganova Syllabus and with that we also follow the tradition of requiring ribbons on the girls flat ballet shoes. This is an old tradition from the Russian schools and maintains the age old femininity of the female ballet dancer. The look over all is very clean looking and put together, it is a staple of the Vaganova Method. The ribbons also offer support to the ankle, as they would on a pointe shoe and can help strengthen the ankles, while giving

Children’s dance education can begin as early as the age of two at some studios; however, we prefer to start kids off at age three.  We feel this is when the child has their motor skills down and are able to participate in a dance class. Our Ballet Preparatory Division begins with Ballet Prep I ages 3-4 and focuses on the ability to follow directions, respect for authority figures, peer cooperation, self confidence and overcoming fears as well as basic motor skills and mind/body awareness, musicality and