Community Dance Ensemble
"What makes dance so special is the ability to tell a story and influence the audience. We can make people feel happy, excited, nostalgic... and that's why I love the CDE. We don't dance for our own glory or fitness, we perform to share this incredible, infectious joy of dance with others. ~ Stacia , age 15
Classes & Programs
Summer Intensive Program at
The Dance Extension
Mandatory program for CDE dancers that includes daily technique classes plus new CDE repertory. Most new repertory to be performed during the 2023-2024 season will be taught exclusively at the Intensive.
Next Summer Intensive
July 10-28, 2023
(3 Weeks, Monday - Friday)
Academic Year (Sept - May)
Junior Company must attend weekly ballet, tap and jazz classes at TDE during the 2022-2023 season. A second ballet class is highly recommended.
Senior Company must attend weekly ballet, tap and contemporary classes at TDE during the 2022-2023 season. A second ballet class is highly recommended.
All CDE dancers must attend weekly CDE Rehearsals on Friday evenings, (Time TBD) during the 2022-2023 season. Cost covered by the CDE General Fund (i.e. included in membership fees).
Additional rehearsals are often scheduled on Saturdays for dancers to learn existing repertory. A separate fee may apply.
CDE Annual Events
All CDE dancers will be expected to participate in a variety of scheduled dancing (performances) and non-dancing events (fundraisers, socials, etc.) throughout the season.
DANCEWEAR & SHOES
Black leotard & nude camisole leotard
Capezio 1916 Transition Tights
Colors: ballet pink, light suntan & black.
Leggings and fishnets might be needed depending on choreography.
Ballet: Bloch Prolite II Hybrid #S0203L or SO203G
Tap: Capezio Premier #CG09, Bloch Respect #S0361L, Capezio Cadence #CG19, or Block (Child) #SO301G
Jazz: Capezio Adult "E" Series #EJ2 or #EJ2C
Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical: Capezio "Pedini Femme" Sandal #PP323
Additional styles may be needed depending on repertory & costuming. Examples: Black jazz shoes, black and/or caramel character or character tap shoes with 1.5" heel.
Company Fees (approx.)
Fees are determined annually in May.
Initiation Fee (new performers): $25
Membership Fee: $875
Costumes: All costumes for CDE repertory are paid by the CDE General Fund (ie. included in membership fee).
Travel Uniform: CDE provides shirt, jacket & pants paid by the General Fund (ie. included in dues & fundraising fees.). Dancers must provide plain white sneakers and white socks.
Trips & Educational Events: The CDE travels mainly throughout CT & MA, but has performed at Hershey Park, PA and Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL. All performances requiring travel are optional as most expenses are paid by families.
A summer trip may also be planned (Cost TBD).
Total Annual Cost (approx.)
including classes, intensive
$3,000 - $3,500/season