All programs at The Center for Contemporary Dance are conducted in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education by mature, educated professionals with more than 200 years of combined industry experience.

The National Standards

According to The National Standards for Dance Education: What Every Young American Should Know and Be Able to Do in Dance, Princeton Book Co Pub (December 1994), ISBN 0871272008, a responsible dance program should provide an education in:

  1. Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance.
  2. Understanding choreographic principles, processes and structures.
  3. Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.
  4. Applying and demonstrating critical and creative thinking skills in dance.
  5. Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods.
  6. Making connections between dance and healthful living.
  7. Making connections between dance and other disciplines.
CCD Standards

Additional Standards of Education Employed by The Center for Contemporary Dance:

  • Programs include the Creative Movement Academy for students 2 through 7 and the area’s widest selection of Adult Education Classes for mature students of all levels, from beginner to professional
  • Pre-professional students receive additional training in Artistic Development, Production, Composition, Arts Management, Dance History and Audition Preparation
  • All students receive consistent and detailed feedback, so they may proactively address weaknesses and maximize strengths
  • Educators attend at least 3 workshops per year to enhance teaching methodologies and gain up-to-date information in safe, efficient approaches to dance education
  • Educators meet once each week, to review student progress reports and case-studies wherein approaches to education and problem-solving are shared
  • Educators must have a college degree in dance or commensurate industry experience of at least 10 years
  • Competitions and recitals are not part of programming, so that students may remain focused on the more holistic goal of artistic and/or professional development
  • Performance opportunities are offered in the context of semester-end concert presentations and apprenticeships in one of CCD’s professional ensembles
  • Internships are available for exceptional students who wish to more deeply explore specific disciplines, including improvisation, composition and partnering