Dance Styles

Adult ballet and contemporary,  fan dancing , Hilal, GOLDs, CDTeens – CDT offers a lot of regular classes to keep you active and engaged.

Adult Ballet
Ballet (also called ‘Classical’) is the cherished basis for professional dance, having evolved over several centuries to become a highly graceful dance art form. Though differing techniques have slight variations in placement and vocabulary, they all share a focus on technical placement, posture, fluidity and momentum.
Ballet is a foundation for contemporary dance.
Ballet for adults is relaxing, fun, and is a stimulating alternative to the gym. Plus it’s excellent for the mind!
Contemporary is a dance form that grew and evolved with modern art movements. It has less strict form than ballet and exists in the ‘now’ with many personal expressions of form and possibility.
Contemporary is incorporated into the training and repertoire of many dance schools and companies throughout the world. It is the training for many Australian independent dancers.
Expect to work on the floor, standing and travelling. As in a ballet class, there is likely to be a focus on alignment and precision of movement, but with much more movement of the spine. Content may focus on movement concepts like giving into gravity, and use of effort; also qualities of movement.
The GOLDs are an exciting and creative CDT dance class and performance group for movers and non movers who are over 55. The focus is on fitness, mobility, sociability and creativity. The GOLDs are an amazing group of people who live in Canberra and come from all walks of life. Some have danced since childhood and some are completely new to dance.
We only ask that they have a sense of humour and community. This class is primarily designed for people aged 55+ who are able to move independently and without mobility aids. No prior experience necessary.
Hilal Dance

Hilal Dance provides an engaging and fun way to gain confidence, become centred and learn good posture, core strength, agility and grace. The 40 minute yoga style warm-up has a strong emphasis on breath work to help you align, stretch and become centred before you dance to an extensive range of music from traditional Middle Eastern to Hip Hop.
Dance experience is not necessary and classes are open to men and women.
Senior Ballet

Want to feel happier, more energetic and generally healthier? Experience the joy of graceful movement in a ballet class designed for older dancers, beginners to more experienced. This class is based on the model of a regular ballet class but modified slightly focusing more on balance, co-ordination and fitness. Senior ballet classes are lower impact than a regular ballet class. We begin with some barre work as the warm up. On the floor we will focus on technique and balance. You may also learn some basic repertoire from different ballets; learning a bit about the history of ballet.
This class is a great way to meet new like minded people, have fun and learn something new. This senior ballet class will help improve your posture, brain and memory. It will also improve bodily control and awareness, flexibility, and physical and overall well-being.
No bookings required. Wear comfortable exercise clothes, or dance wear if you have it. A pair of fine socks will suffice for ballet shoes. And arrive about 15 minutes ahead to register for the class (parking in the city is awkward sometimes). Check this great story from the BBC!
Age appropriate, energetic and creative dance for children and teenagers with additional needs. Fun and active classes that provide a range of movement and dance activities. They involve warm-up/ fitness/ co-ordination tasks, learning a variety of dances, problem solving and improvisation, and a relaxing cool down.
These classes offer lots of opportunities for the students to work with each other and/or their parent/carer. Fun for all generations!
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