Please consider the following prior to auditionning for the CDE.
Classes & Programs
Mandatory program for CDE dancers that includes daily technique classes plus new CDE repertory. Most new repertory to be performed during the 2019-2020 season will be taught exclusively at the Intensive.
August 2nd - 20th, 2021
(3 Weeks, Monday - Friday)
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Academic Year (Sept - May)
Junior Company must attend weekly ballet, tap and jazz classes at TDE during the 2021-2022 season. A second ballet class is highly recommended.
Senior Company must attend weekly ballet, tap and modern classes at TDE during the 2021- 2022 season. A second ballet class is highly recommended.
All CDE dancers must attend weekly CDE Rehearsals on Friday evenings, (Time TBD) during the 2021-2022 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.
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Dancewear & Shoes
Black leotard & nude camisole leotard
Colors: ballet pink, light suntan & black.
Leggings and fishnets might be needed depending on choreography.
Ballet: Bloch Prolite II Hybrid #S0203L or SO203G
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
"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