Classical Dance Alliance, Inc.

Raising the Barre on Ballet Schooling®

aka CDA   |   New York, NY   |  www.classicaldancealliance.org

Mission

By presenting teaching artists and authoritative material, CDA makes the formal vocabulary and "teaching method of Classical Dance" more accessible to ballet instructors, as well as performers, creators, and spectators of dance. With so many other needs in the world, the training of teachers and ballet dancers often gets overlooked. Performance is just the final link in a chain that begins with formative training. Instructors and their students require the best available tools at this first critical phase of the dancemaking process.

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U.S. Ballet Teachers Benefit from Joint Russian-American Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The International Youth Ballet Festival is dedicated to celebrating International Dance Day,
under the auspices of UNESCO, on April 29, New York, New York April 30, 2016 -

Through the groundbreaking work and cooperation of American and Russian arts organizations, eleven ballet teachers and dancers from the United States and Taipei, Taiwan arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia to participate and perform in the 10 day International Youth Ballet Festival taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia April 21 - April 30, 2016. Through dance lessons, ballet pedagogy lectures and performances, the Festival supports emerging young talented ballet dancers who are striving to become professional ballet artists and ballet teachers who have exceptional professional development opportunities not usually available to them through the expertise of Russian pedagogical specialists.

Dancers perform on April 29 (International Dance Day) at the St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences followed by a Gala Performance on April 30 at the St. Petersburg Music Hall Theater. Performances are made possible through special international cooperation with the Oleg Vinogradov Foundation for the Preservation and Development of Classical Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia; N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory; St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences; St. Petersburg Music Hall Theater and Classical Dance Alliance, Inc., New York, NY USA.

Performances are under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov, Kirov Ballet Artistic Director Emeritus and Festival Artistic Director/ coordinator of faculty. Participants studied daily with specialists in Classical Dance (ballet), Historical Dance, Character Dance and other subjects to further their knowledge and career opportunities. Daily lessons were taught by master teachers including: Ilya Kuznetsov, Director of Kuznetsov's Childrens Ballet School and former principal dancer, Mariinsky Theater; Georgy Dzevulsky, Konstantin Chuvashev and Natalia Bashkirtseva, Ballet Masters of the Ballet Theater of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Vinogradov, Artistic Director). Bashkirtseva is a Merited Artist of the Russian Federation, Laureate, of the International Ballet Competition named after M. Petipa.

About Classical Dance Alliance, Inc.
Founded in 2002, Classical Dance Alliance, Inc. is a New York, NY - 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to support artistic effort and output by providing pedagogical resources to improve ballet training outcomes. By presenting outstanding teaching artists and authoritative material, CDA makes the formal vocabulary and training methodology of classical dance (ballet) more accessible to ballet instructors, as well as performers, creators and spectators of dance.

Ruling year info

2004

Founder, Executive Director

Mrs. Janet L. Springer Ms.

Treasurer

Mr. David A Eichler

Main address

353 Riverside Drive 5-A

New York, NY 10025 USA

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EIN

33-1004988

NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Ballet Pedagogy for Teachers

Courses in Ballet Pedagogy for teachers are online (zoom.us) and year round in person with the most recent taking place in Lisbon, Portugal (2019). CDA fosters Classical Dance in the classroom and on the stage by making its formal vocabulary available to ballet instructors, as well as performers, creators, and spectators of dance. Adjunct courses are offered periodically including Historical Dance, Character Dance and Partnering.

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Adults
Children and youth

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

*To build an alliance of professionals who actively participate in the training of Classical Dance using a common language and knowledge base to ensure the continuity and quality of Classical Dance.

*To support excellence in Classical Dance training for improved learning outcomes and better performance opportunities for their students.

*To educate ballet instructors and dance educators in Classical Dance pedagogy and promote the Classical Dance curriculum as an exceptional tool for training dancers.

* To enrich contemporary and traditional performances by making the Classical Dance vocabulary in its full depth and breadth more accessible to professionals choreographing, staging and performing dance.

* To foster a better understanding of and appreciation for the Classical Dance tradition through education, by facilitating communication, providing information, and stimulating discourse on Classical Dance.

CDA is working to raise awareness of what constitutes good schooling, to encourage networking and discourse among the dance community, and to prompt ballet teachers to work knowledgeably and responsibly in the classroom.

Central to this effort are CDA BarreRaiserâ„¢ events, where teachers and others can deepen and broaden their own knowledge. Training intensives are taught separately and in conjunction with the International Youth Ballet Festival which takes place in both the United States and Russia. Courses taught have included Classical Dance (ballet) Character Dance, Historical Dance and Variations with sessions held in New York, NY, St. Augustine, FL, St. Petersburg, Russia and Lisbon, Portugal. Instruction has been with leading teaching teaching artists and pedagogues. Faculty to date have included Oleg Vinogradov, Anna Marie Holmes, Irina Kolpakova, Vladilen Semenov, Nina Kosesnikova, Sasha Lunev. Irina Guseva, Janet L. Springer along with many associates in Russia.

Through observation, discussion, detailed breakdown of individual steps, and illustrative choreography, participants begin to master the craft through sound pedagogical method. Material is not only practiced but also presented in written form via a comprehensive syllabus. Appropriate music for barre and center exercises has been produced on companion CDs for use by teachers in their classrooms.

To this end, CDA has begun to produce subject-specific CDs introduced in courses and specifically designed for classroom accompaniment. Already released are Music for Elementary Character Dance and musical compositions for Historical Dance Volume I, arranged, composed, and performed on grand piano by Marina Gendel with artistic direction by Nina and Vladimir Kolesnikov. The CDs were directed and produced by CDA's Janet L. Springer.

By making Classical Dance pedagogy more accessible to every contributor to every phase of dancemaking, CDA is providing valuable tools to inform and enrich the entire process.

Producing Ballet Festivals and performances and conducting teachers' courses is hard work, time consuming and expensive! In the last 14 years, CDA has held events, at cost, and with no compensation for those who create and administer our festivals and programs. We have ongoing operating expenses and our very special teaching artists and musicians have often worked at a discount with some even volunteering full time because they are dedicated to our mission! Even with the significant growth of our organization, tuition from events, enrollment fees and audition fees is not enough to cover all of our costs. CDA has heavily relied on volunteers and in-kind service contributions.

CDA is in the process of applying for major grants and soliciting more individual contributions and sponsorships.

Classical Dance Alliance is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with a vision and a belief... when it comes to ballet training there is nothing more important than education! CDA was founded in 2002, to improve and maintain, at the highest level, the quality of classical ballet training. Our organization helps teachers and dancers improve ballet training outcomes by providing them with significant schooling and resources not usually available to them. In 2012, through unprecedented international cooperation with Oleg Vinogradov and the Oleg Vinogradov Foundation for the Preservation and Development of Classical Ballet, we launched the International Youth Ballet Festival. At the Festival, which takes place in the U.S. and Russia, authoritative material and choreography is presented to teachers and dancers. They are taught by world renowned teaching artists who are subject-specific specialists. Through such efforts, CDA hopes to enliven the art form and invigorate classical dance now and for generations to come.

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Classical Dance Alliance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/14/2021
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Janet Springer

Classical Dance Alliance, Inc.

Term: 2014 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Joel Posner

Classical Dance Alliance

Term: 2004 -

Janet Springer

Classical Dance Alliance, Inc.

Joel Posner

David Eichler

Dennis Mullen

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