Debra Collier's School of Dance
Debra Collier's School of Dance

Studio Hours

    • M-TH: 12:30p-9p

    F: 9a-4:30p


Debra Collier's School of Dance Debra Collier's School of Dance Debra Collier's School of Dance

Why do our staff and students attend CNADM?

Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) offers so many amazing opportunities for our dancers and teachers to grow.  Let’s just start a the beginning of the week…

Our staff can step out of the teachers roles as they attend the CNADM Training School.  This program, only for teachers, focuses on enhancing teaching skills through technique and educational theory.  Having the opportunity to learn the newest teaching techniques and choreography keeps us all inspired and eager to share our knowledge with our students.

Ballet Forum is an amazing five-day ballet intensive where students are immersed in the world of classical ballet, sprinkled with variations, character work, modern, lyrical and more.  Students learn newly commissioned choreography and then perform at the Ballet Gala at the end of the week.  A placement class assures each student is placed in the appropriate level where they will be challenged and can excel.  The exposure to professional classical ballet faculty from around the world gives the students diversity in their training that you cannot find at any other workshop.

Just down the hallway is another opportunity for dancers age 16 and older that want to pursue a career in the field of dance, Dance & More.  With classes designed to help you explore your options in the world of dance and the opportunity to learn artistic choreography to perform at the CNADM annual awards banquet, Dance & More is packed with experience for the advanced dancer to use to broaden their knowledge and push themselves as a dancer.

Three programs down, but the as the weekend approaches CNADM continues to offer more!  Teachers can attend the Convention which provides them with fresh choreography from master teachers from around the country.  For the students, there are seven different levels in the Student Sessions; each of them filled with age and level appropriate technique and choreography to expand their knowledge and build their skills.  The week caps off with a wrap up rally where the dancers and teachers join together to celebrate dance, see fun performances by the yellow class (most advanced Student Session level) and the faculty.  It’s a perfect ending to a week filled with dance, friends and fun!

We asked this year’s attendees a few questions about their experiences.  Read what they had to say below.

What keeps you coming back to Ballet Forum each year?

“I love performing at the Ballet Gala.  Learning the choreography and having a chance to perform in the same week is exciting.”  ~Abi, Ballet Forum Attendee

“I like to push myself and I like to learn.  CNADM gives me the chance to do both.” ~Aly, Ballet Forum Attendee

What makes CNADM different from other conventions you have attended?

“CNADM focuses on education, technique and theory, not just dance steps.  From the Training School for our staff to the Student Honors program for our students, everything is designed to expand your knowledge as a dancer.”  ~Miss Claire

You do not normally take tap and jazz.  Was it hard for you to take those classes?

“Not at all. Jay Fagan (tap teacher) was so encouraging and positive, it made it fun.  And jazz was a blast!  Many of the things I have learned in ballet, modern and contemporary carried over into the other styles and made it easy for me to pick up the choreography.” ~Emma, Student Session Attendee

What do you feel you gain most from Student Session?

“I get to learn so many styles of dance and from so many different teachers.  I like gaining confidence to step into the front and really try everything.  The faculty at CNADM is really encouraging to try things, even if you’re not perfect.  They just want you to learn.”  ~Lauren, Student Session Attendee

Join us at CNADM November 2 & 3, 2019 for the Fall Workshop!

First time attending CNADM ♥

Dance friends make the best friends!

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