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

Switch off from work. Switch on to YOU!. Breathe, Dance, Stretch, Move. Hilal Dance provides an engaging and fun way to gain confidence, become centred and learn good posture, core strength, agility and grace. This class is about you, about de-stressing and de-cluttering; about being present and in the moment. Rachael will guide you through each session with the following offerings: Focussed breathing to re-energise and reconnect you; yin yoga to relax and re-engage you; dance to re-vitalise and re-invigorate toy
meditative movement to re-focus and re-ground you.
Dance experience is not necessary and classes are open to men and women. It’s all about exploring your own movement. No drills to remember!
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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