Constantiaberg Dance Academy (CDA) is a well established school in the Constantiaberg area that has been training young dancers in the Royal Academy of Dance(RAD) method since 1980. Carole Wild successfully ran the caring school for 26 years.
In 2006 the school relocated to our current venue and continued under the name of Constantiaberg Dance Academy. Since 2006 Ilze Louw (previously De Beer) has been the principal teacher.
Constantiaberg Dance Academy offers ballet starting from the age of three. We are committed to obtaining equilibrium between correct technical and postural training while fostering the love of dance, music and performance. The RAD training method is an internationally recognized syllabus and successful completion of the examinations will lead to an internationally recognized qualification. AT CDA every individual is important and therefore we offer a variety of events that will cater for all, whether pupils are new to ballet or already have dance experience.
Pre school dance classes (Pre 1, Pre 2, Pre Primary), which develop basic movement skills, musicality, performance skills and creativity. Our theme-based classes encourage focus and class participation, and our parents watching days build confidence in performance and set the foundations for the Primary level. These classes are for pupils from age three to five.
RAD Graded ballet examinations and tests, which provide a practical dance education and develop technical, musical and performance skills in classical ballet, free movement and character dance. The option of participating in internationally recognized examinations is available (but not compulsory) from Primary to Grade 8 ballet.
In addition, CDA pupils may follow the Vocational Graded examination syllabus, which provides an in-depth study of ballet and introduces pointe work. This syllabus prepares pupils for a career in dance and is appropriate for pupils after they have completed Grade 5 ballet.
Ballet shows. All pupils are given an opportunity to perform on stage with a professional lighting, sound and camera team. As part of our social responsibility CDA offers charity performances to the community. CDA’s ballet productions are a highlight and a valuable part of our pupils dance curriculum.
Pupils may choose to participate in the Eisteddfod, dancing solos and/or group dances.
Performance opportunities offered by dance- related associations, such as the Western Province Dance Teachers Association Showcase at Artscape Theatre, Royal Academy of Dance events such as Spring Camps, extension programmes, Budding Ballerina day, workshops and performances.