Our Concert Companies
Being a part of a performing company is both an opportunity to grow as a dancer and a wonderful bonding experience. There is a terrific sense of accomplishment not only in learning to work as part of a group, but also in moving together toward common goals.
A repertory company of enthusiastic students who perform for audiences throughout southeastern Connecticut. Dancers are selected yearly from the student body of The Dance Extension by artistic directors, Maggie & Nancy Dennis. The dancers must exhibit an enthusiasm for dance and enjoy performing in the community.
Kids in Motion dancers must attend a weekly ballet class as well as a repertory class at The Dance Extension to learn new choreography for the performance season.
Students who exhibit a passion for dance and a commitment to community service are encouraged to audition for our resident concert company, the CDE. Auditions are held annually in the spring.
The CDE performs at a multitude of venues including nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals, veterans homes, and charity benefits and has the opportunity to attend dance conventions, master classes and workshops throughout the season. The company uses its time and talent to raise funds for causes including the American Red Cross, Toys for Tots and the Gemma Moran United Way Food Bank.The CDE has performed at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Hershey Park, the Shriners Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House (Springfield, MA), Mitchell College and Mohegan Sun Casino.
CDE dancers have the opportunity to apply for induction in the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), one of the two major honor society organizations for high school and college age dance students in the United States.
Community Dance Ensemble, Inc. Ages 8+
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