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.
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!