Christ Presbyterian Academy

Dance

The Power of Movement

Dance, the first art form historically associated with worship, is a powerful art form socially and artistically in our culture. That's why CPA Dance calls out students’ gifts, and instructors offer deeper, richer, and broader educational and performance opportunities integrated with a Christian worldview. 

Preschool and lower school encounter dance through arts integration field trips, guest artist performances, and dance within Christmas and spring performances.  

Students also have the intra-curricular opportunity to pursue growth in dance skill and performance through the lower, middle, and upper school Dance Companies. Students benefit from three professionally equipped dance studios on campus and five formally trained dance instructors spanning each school. In addition to Dance Companies, upper school offers two dance classes: Ballet and Intro to Dance, (which may count as Arts or P.E. credit) focusing on technique, fundamentals, and cultural context.

Dance Companies: Grades 5-12

About CPA Dance Companies

Dance Companies give students the experience of professional dance communities, honing technique, team cohesion, and performance skills in a competitive and fun environment. 

Students K-12 may audition for lower, middle, and upper school companies. Dance companies are extracurricular commitments, participating in weekly practices and annual performances including CPA Dance Fest. 

Lower School Dance Company

Fifth graders meet twice a week on Wednesday and Friday with grounded time for instruction as well as performance rehearsals. 

Middle School Dance Company

Students meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday with the opportunity to observe the TSSAA competition in November, along with training and service in the area of Adaptive Dance. 

Upper School Dance Company

This company meets four days a week, Monday - Thursday, engages with the TSSAA Dance competition, and has the opportunity to train and serve in the area of Adaptive Dance. 

After-School Dance Offerings: Grades 1-8

Intro to Ballet/Jazz Grades 1-3

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  • Intro to Ballet/Jazz
  • Tuesday/$275 (3 – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Grades 1-3
  • Instructor: Tricia Marion 

Students will be introduced to skills and develop terminology, coordination, rhythm, balance and technique through barre and center floor work in ballet, as well as steps and style of Jazz. Parents are invited to the final class of each semester. (Dance attire: lavender leotards, light pink tights and ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled back in a ponytail or bun).

Ballet/Tap Grades 3-5

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  • Ballet/Tap
  • Thursday/$275 (3 – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Grades 3-5
  • Instructor: Tricia Marion 

Students will become proficient in fundamental dance posture, positions, movement and technique. Barre and center work, across-the-floor combinations, and choreography will expand strength, control, discipline confidence, and grace to excel in multiple dance genres. Dancers will also develop skills in tap through rhythm, expression and musicality. Students will perform in Dance Fest and parents are invited to the final session for an in class demonstration. (Dance attire: lavender leotards, light pink tights, ballet slippers and black tap shoes---no patent leather. Hair must be in a bun).

Jazz/Hip Hop Grades 4-5

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  • Jazz/Hip Hop
  • Monday/$275 (3 – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Grades 4-5
  • Instructor: Tricia Marion 

Combining basic jazz technique with the upbeat urban dance moves of Hip Hop focus will be on proper dance technique with upper and lower body conditioning, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, patterns and combinations. Dancers will grow in flexibility, coordination, rhythm, confidence and self-expression. Fun, upbeat music and choreography will shape the work with developmentally appropriate lyrics/movements. On the final day there will be a Dance Observation where students will demonstrate their work from the semester. (Dance attire: lavender leotard, light tan tights, tan jazz shoes, black shorts or leggings and hair pulled back).

Jazz/Hip Hop Grades 6-8

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  • Jazz/Hip Hop
  • Monday/$300 (3 – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Instructor: Margaret Ann Owens

Combining basic jazz technique with the upbeat urban dance moves of Hip Hop focus will be on proper dance technique with upper and lower body conditioning, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, patterns and combinations. Dancers will grow in flexibility, coordination, rhythm, confidence and self-expression. Fun, upbeat music and choreography will shape the work with developmentally appropriate lyrics/movements. On the final day there will be a Dance Observation where students will demonstrate their work from the semester. (Dance attire: black leotard, light tan tights, tan jazz shoes, black shorts or leggings and hair pulled back).

Dance is for Everyone

CPA Dance is honored to partner with Nashville's special needs families to offer Adaptive Arts, a workshop in movement, music, and dance therapy. CPA Dance instructors travelled to Boston, receiving formal training in adaptive dance. Both middle and upper school dance companies have the opportunity to serve in adaptive dance workshops with Nashville's special needs children in grades K-8.