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Why Us?

In a thriving dance community with many options for training, why choose us? 


At our roots, we are an academy dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded, diverse and passionate dance education. Our mission is to instill a love for dance and the performing arts in all our students, developing creative intelligence, ambition and a sense of self-confidence in every young dancer. We also strive to bring dance to our adult community through classes like adult ballet and fitness-focused barre workouts. Our aim is to create an environment that encourages both personal growth and intensive dance study, providing a solid technical foundation alongside family-oriented fun.


Let us tell you a little more about what truly makes our program unique - 



  1. Evaluations and Progress Reports - Our studio will hold in-class evaluations at the end of each semester, once in January and once in June, to assess our students' technical and artistic progress. Parents will be invited to observe these classes and will be provided with take-home progress reports explaining their child's individual assessment in detail. Parent/teacher conferences can also be scheduled to follow up in person with your child's instructors.

  2. Weekly Stretch/Conditioning Class - For our intermediate and advanced students, especially those pursuing their training at the pre-professional level, it's crucial that subjects like injury prevention and cross training techniques be introduced and practiced weekly. We offer this class free of charge to our dancers as part of their pre-professional multi-class packaging option.

  3. New Facilities - The CNYAOD studio space features top of the line Stagestep sprung floors under a new marley surface for the perfect blend of stability and cushioning. Our entire facility has been renovated and perfected for our dancers and their families, complete with dressing rooms, multiple restrooms and a kitchenette/dining area for long class or rehearsal days.

  4. Highly Educated Faculty - Our instructors are incredibly passionate about the style of dance they teach, but also have the education and experience to provide the foundation for great teaching. All of our teachers have earned either degrees in the dance field or teaching certifications and bring with them a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation.

  5. Varied Training Options - Although we offer a full range of classes and styles, the level of commitment to training is always up to our dance families. Whether a pre-professional student, recreational dancer or "a la carte" student supplementing their current training schedule with CNYAOD technique classes, we are always able to accommodate our students' individual needs.

  6. Frequent Guest Instructor Masterclasses - From hip hop to musical theatre to African dance, we are committed to providing our students with a thorough and diverse dance education. We bring in specialized instructors 4-6 times per year to broaden our students' artistic awareness and abilities.

  7. Year-Round Training Options - While our studio follows the academic school year from September - June, our summer programs provide an opportunity to train all year long without losing hard-earned progress. We currently have planned a 4-week summer intensive, two separate 1-week children's dance camps, a 1-week ballet technique intensive and a 1-week fairy-tale camp for our littlest dancers beginning summer 2019.

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