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We begin our ballet classes at the tender age of 3. Our program will advance students to a pre-professional level. We provide strong classical techniques stressing proper body alignment, allegro, adage and center combinations, correct placement and terminology. Ballet is a total body exercise and the foundation of all dance. It is impossible to be an advanced jazz dancer and not be an excellent ballet technician.
Pointe classes are by invitation only. It is important that the student has a complete understanding of body alignment, placement and has strong and flexible ankles. Students enrolling in Pointe are approximately 11 years old and have taken 5 years or more of Classical Ballet. These are important elements to prevent injury to the dancer.
Charlee's Elite School of Dance reaches a nice balance in our jazz program by offering many different styles. We focus on Classical Jazz technique and add Funk, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Urban and the occasional flare of the newest trends. We choose to focus on the muscle development, flexibility, athleticism, endurance and control aspect of a jazz technician.
Tap is different rhythms produced by making sounds with your feet. Tap classes include tap barre, movement across the floor and center floor combination. Tap terminology is introduced at a young age. Our advanced dancers continue working on intricate rhythms and various styles of movement. Tap is a fun and unique way to work with coordination, timing and style, as well as rhythm and dance.
C*E*S*O*D offers high-quality tumbling instruction. Beginners: starts with various rolls, all forms of cartwheels, back-bends, bridges, and hand-stands with emphasis on balance & flexibility. Intermediate: skills include adding front & back limbers, walk-overs, Arabians, flips, and intro to power tumbling. Advanced: this level works on continuing basics while further developing power tumbling & aerial work, backhand springs, tucks, punch fronts, etc.
Dance, students who wish to explore competitive dance are invited to audition each year for the Elite Edge Competition Team. Elite Edge is involved in approximately 3-4 regional competitions a year and nationals. This gives students who are highly involved in dance an additional opportunity to compete and perform within the community.
The Opening/Finale class is an exhilarating opportunity open to all CESOD dancers in 7th grade and up. Throughout the year, dancers will train and prepare for the grand opening and closing numbers of the annual recital. This class offers the unique experience of being part of a line-style dance, where dancers come together to create a captivating performance. The Opening/Finale showcases a diverse range of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, and more. Join this class to immerse yourself in the excitement and thrill of these highly anticipated dances that mark the beginning and end of the show.
Elite Edge Company
At Elite Edge auditions held in May, dancers have the opportunity to audition for Company membership. Those selected to be part of this team attend various conventions across the Midwest, including Tremaine, Jump, Nuvo, Titans of Dance, Hollywood Vibe, and more. In addition to their regular training, dancers on the Company team engage in supplementary ballet classes and participate in monthly training sessions that cover an array of industry skills. These encompass modeling, dance photography, dance on film, audition etiquette, both mock and real auditions, monologues, singing, and more. Notably, past Company students have even taken part in significant projects, such as appearing in a Visa credit card commercial choreographed by Miss Charlee.