Chen Dance Center

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Curriculum

Our Pre-Ballet A class in creative movement for five-year olds introduces boys and girls to the joy of movement, music and imagination. In Pre-Ballet B (6-7 years), children continue to explore the fundamentals of Ballet and Modern Dance, while building self-assurance, health, and coordination.

Formal training in dance begins at age 7 with classes available to develop the potential dancer throughout the teen years. An integrated syllabus of Ballet, Modern, and Traditional Chinese Dance offers the young dancer the opportunity to develop skill, grace, discipline, and a heightened sense of well being. Utilizing these foundations, the students will be encouraged to develop their own movement vocabulary through use of Creative Dance and thematic material.

The Modern Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Yoga, and Pilates classes are geared toward teens and adults seeking professional instruction or exercise. These classes provide instruction to students in the art of movement, as well as body fitness and vitality.

The School's special relationship to H.T. Chen & Dancers enables the School to enhance the growth of qualified advanced students with opportunities to perform. Students ages 7-Adult are encouraged to develop movement studies for performance in the School's "Chance to Dance" concerts, presented semi-annually. Fully trained advanced students may be selected to join H.T. Chen & Dancers or have the opportunity to appear in H.T. Chen & Dancers' productions. The Company also has a longtime relationship with LaGuardia High School for the Arts, and students are encouraged to further their studies at specialized high schools or at college. In addition, the School presents its students in showcases so that parents, family members, and friends can celebrate their progress and achievements.

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Enrollment

Students are accepted by audition and interview during the registration period. Pointe classes, at both the beginner and intermediate level, are for regular students only, and are at the discretion of the director and instructor. Piano classes are only offered to enrolled dance students.

(Note: Families with more than one child enrolled are charged the full rate. Should it become financially difficult for your children to continue dance lessons, please speak to us about financial assistance.)

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Attire

For admission to classes, students must be properly attired. Girls are required to wear pink, blue, or black leotards, ballet slippers, and tights. Long hair must be securely fastened into a bun, short hair should be held off the face with headbands. Boys are required to wear black or navy blue leotards, ballet slippers, and solid colored tights or shorts. Adult female students are required to wear pink or black tights, leotards, and pink or white ballet slippers.

Modern Dance students must wear leotards and footless tights. Students in Hip Hop, Yoga or Pilates classes should wear comfortable clothing with hair securely fastened. Street shoes should be left outside the classroom.

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Tuition Payments

The School year is divided into three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Tuition for all classes must be paid in full for each semester at the time of enrollment. The School prefers payment be in the form of a check or money order. If payment is in cash it is important to obtain a receipt, as the School is unable to credit cash payment not reflected in its records.

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