For Students

What will my CDI class be like?

​No two CDI classes are alike! However, there are certain parts of our classes that you'll see every week. Like any physical activity, we'll always start with a warm-up. These won't be boring stretches and exercises! Even during the warm-up, you'll be dancing along to live music, and practicing techniques like mirroring your teacher and playing "I go"/"You go" to get your bodies going.
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​After warming up, you will learn part of a dance. The fun comes in the practicing! Sometimes, you’ll play a game or have a friendly competition in order to really learn the steps. CDI is very particular about how our steps are done. You may spend part of a class really learning how to do a step RIGHT. If you are trying your best and putting a lot of energy into the step, you may be asked to demonstrate for your classmates or join our celebrated “line of perfection” and lead the class. CDI teachers are ALWAYS watching for students who can help us show how a step is supposed to be done!
​Throughout the year, you’ll also learn about music and how to work with a live musician. Every week, your piano player or drummer will teach you about tempo, rhythm and how dancing and music go hand and hand. You’ll get a chance to dance to lots of different songs and types of music throughout the year.
​At the end of your CDI class, you’ll get to take a trip to a far away land before you go back to your classroom. You may go to England, Japan or even Jamaica. Pack your bags; you’ll never know where your CDI teacher is going to take you!

For Parents

Experience the Transformation!

​No two CDI classes are alike! However, there are certain parts of our classes that you'll see every week. Like any physical activity, we'll always start with a warm-up. These won't be boring stretches and exercises! Even during the warm-up, you'll be dancing along to live music, and practicing techniques like mirroring your teacher and playing "I go"/"You go" to get your bodies going.
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​These positive changes develop because CDI has the highest expectations for every single student we teach. CDI teaching artists know that every child is capable of learning how to dance as long as they give it their fullest effort. We do not give up on students who don’t excel right away, or let the student who is gifted rest on his or her natural ability. Every student is taught to develop a personal standard of excellence, and challenge himself or herself to meet that standard at every class and practice.
​Parents help with this process by encouraging their child to participate to the best of their ability in every CDI class, and to take it as seriously as they would any other subject. The skills they learn through CDI will help them in all of their current and future academic pursuits.

Classroom teachers attest to the fact that the skills and self-confidence that students learn in CDI classes manifest across all pedagogic subjects. Benefits associated with study of the arts and student achievements include:


  • Reading and language skills
  • Social skills
  • Collaboration
  • Value of exercise
  • Risk-taking
  • Perseverance
  • Mathematic skills
  • Motivation to learn
  • Positive school environment
  • Sense of community
  • Self-esteem
  • Recognition of effort as the main ingredient for success