LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER
The beginner class is the first official level at CBA and will include all the basics needed to progress. In our semester based program, boys and girls ages 5 and up will learn introductory level steps, basic Irish dance music structure, proper foot placement, technique, posture, and more. After mastering their core dances, students will be eligible for performances and may enter into competitions at their discretion. While continuing with the basics, the focus will be on their soft shoe solo dances needed for competition. Students will learn the Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig and Slip Jig.
LEVEL 2 - ADVANCED BEGINNER
At the beginning of each new semester, current students will be evaluated to determine if they are ready to advance into the Level 2 class. Hard shoe dancing will be introduced at this level (Treble Jig, Hornpipe, and Traditional Set), as well as more advanced soft shoe dancing and the basics of team dancing. Once a dancer masters all of their hard shoe material and their more advanced soft shoe dances, they will be eligible to advance into Level 3.
LEVEL 3 - NOVICE / PRIZEWINNER / NEW-PRELIM
With a stronger focus on more advanced technique and athleticism, Level 3 dancers will continue to elevate their soft shoe, hard shoe, and team dancing skills, with the addition of more advanced performance/show dancing. Starting at the Prizewinner level, a CBA dancer is also allowed to begin wearing a solo costume in competitions.
LEVEL 4 - CHAMPIONSHIPS
Comprised primarily of Preliminary and Open Championship level dancers, Level 4 is CBA’s highest and most elite class. Dancers engage in intense training in solo, team, and performance dancing with an even stronger focus on agility, athleticism, and mastery of technique. These dancers typically will also have additional opportunities to attend international competitions and be part of professional show opportunities.