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Below you can find anything you ever wanted to know about our classes and programs. Enjoy and feel free to email us with any questions you may have after reading through the information below.
General Information For All Students and Caregivers:
- Students in Recreational and Level I classes should arrive right at classtime. There is no need to arrive early as these young children still require constant supervision. Our teachers do not want to be setting up and getting settled while students are present. We want them to know they have our full attention when they are with us.
- Late arrivals are discouraged in all classes as they are always a distraction for both the students and the teacher. At the Recreational level, students require direct instruction from the teacher in order to join a class that has already begun this requires that class be stopped, and in more advanced classes, late arrivals could result in injury as the dancer may miss the warm up.
- Please always follow all parking laws and be mindful of our neighbors and others in the park. And always remember that there lots of dancers scurrying around at drop off and pick up!
- Children should approach their class without the help of a caregiver. Only students will be permitted to enter our immediate class space for Covid safety. Their teacher will be ready to receive them and help guide them onto their spot.
- Students who have not been vaccinated against Covid 19 must arrive in a mask. Students who have been vaccinated for Covid 19 are welcome to attend outdoor class without a mask. Unvaccinated children may be allowed to remove their mask for outdoor classes once on their spot. Spots will be placed a minimum of six feet apart.
- Outdoor students should bring something to sit on such as a yoga mat. We recommend a child size yoga mat or a regular yoga mat cut in half for our 4-6 year old age group. A smallet mat fosters independence because young children can manage them on their own.
- If your child is susceptible to bug bites or itchiness you may want to send them in leggings or tall socks and apply bug spray before arriving to class. If your child has a fear of grass (this is pretty common), please get them outside and into the grass as often as possible!
- Students should always bring water to class.
- There is no restroom acess for outdoor classes so please make sure your dancer uses the restroom just before coming to class. If there is a bathroom emergency, we'll call you.
Indoor Classes -
- All students must arrive in a mask. This mask must fit the face well with no gaps and also have a good fitting nose clamp that keeps the mask over the nose at all times. If a student arrives for an indoor class with an ill fitting mask that repeadetly slips off the nose, they will not be permitted to come inside. If we don't notice until they are inside, you will be called to pick them up right away! Bags and water bottles will be left outside the main studio (Dumane Street) in designated areas. Students will bring their things into the Oak street studio and a teacher will accomapny students out to the sidewalk for water breaks. A teacher will meet younger students out on the sidewalk at classtime and guide them inside the studio to their spots that are always six feet apart.
Pick Up Procedure
- Please arrive promptly for pick up. If a caregiver is late more than once for pick up, the late fee is $10 for the for the first five minutes and $5 a minute every minute after that. This must be paid to the teacher in cash at the following drop off. If a caregiver is late for pick up more than twice in one session, they will be required to stay and wait within eye sight for the rest of the session.
- Please do not crowd around the class area in the park or the exit to the studio and always maintain all distancing protocols.
- Caregivers must exit their car and be within eye sight for pick up of students ages 10 and under. For outdoor classes once your child has packed up their belongings and is looking for you, please wave your hands so that they can see you and so that the teacher can easily find you too. Having someone out of the ordinary pick up your young child during the time of Covid is strongly discouraged, as we would prefer not to have conversations with caregivers at drop off or pick up so that distance can safely be maintained. We are always available by email email@example.com
- Please park legally in the park and at the studio for every drop off and every pick up. Do not block traffic. Do not double park. Be mindful of our neighbors and others in the park. Remember that there will be other students scurrying around during arrival and dismissal so please be careful.
- Our main form of communication with parents and caregivers is email. Please make sure to read all emails sent from us. If your email address changes, make sure to notify us via email (not a drop off or pick up). If you have a question or concern please contact us through email. To properly maintain distance and limit exposure, there will be no after class announcements.
- Time sensitive information such as last minute class cancellations or location changes will be texted to the main phone number that you provide at registration. Please do NOT reply to group text messages. Text messages should only be used to contact us for emergency situations. All other communication should be done through email.
Zero Tolerance Policy
- City Park Movement and Art has a Zero Tolerance Policy. Children are expected to be respectful and kind at all times.
- We strive to provide an environment where everyone feels safe and welcome. Students will receive one warning for unkind or disrespectful behavior, after which they will be asked to take the remainder of the session off. No refund will be given.
- It takes everyone’s cooperation to create a peaceful and kind environment where we all feel safe and welcome. Thank you for playing your part in spreading kindness in our community!
- In addition to our usual zero tolerance policy of kindness and respectfulness, we have added Covid safety. All students must be mindful of our Covid safety protocol which now include distancing and mask protocol.
- Expectations for students are based on age and ability. We understand that all of our student's abilities are different and this policy takes that into account. For example, we know that all of our recreational students are still learning to follow directions and take turns talking and that they may require reminders for distancing. We strive to be an inclusive community and are always willing to work with students of different abilities, backgrounds, learning styles, etc, but we do have to make sure that all students are able to enjoy their classes and that our teachers are able to execute their curriculum.
Pre Covid Sick Policy Still Applies
- Please keep sick children home so they can heal!
- After a sickness, your child must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for 48 hours before returning. Children under 6 with runny noses should stay home. Our teachers do not wipe noses. If your child has a wet cough or a cough that is worsened by physical activity, they should not attend class.
Covid Sick Policy
- Students who have any symptoms of Covid (runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, fatigue, etc) should not attend class.
- If a student contracts Covid, they must get a negative Covid test result, wait a minimum of 10 days, AND be symptom free before returning to class.
- If your child has allergies, that cause cough, runny nose, or excessive sneezing, we will need to know this in advance and would like a doctor's note via email too.
- Please remember that young students are not yet vaccinated and that they can spread the virus even if their symptoms are mild. We want to do everything we can to keep our community safe.
Covid 19 Guidelines and Protocol -
- We follow ALL CDC and Orleans Parish recommended Covid safety guidelines and protocol at all times. No exceptions.
- All students must arrive to indoor classes with a mask. Vaccinated students can attend outdoor classes without a mask. Students must also practice distancing at all times. We will help young students with this by providing spots that they have to stay on. For outdoor classes, students may be given the option to remove their mask once they are on their spot.
- All students attending indoor classes must have a good fitting mask that has a nose clamp to keep the mask from sliding down their face. These students must also be following CDC guidelines outside of the studio. This means that if your child is attending a school that does not require masks indoors or if your family is choosing to engage in any activity outside of the CDC guidelines they should not be attending our indoor classes. Please opt for outdoor classes instead.
- Students who have been exposed to Covid 19 must sit out of class for one week and will need a negative PCR Covid test a minimum of 3 - 5 days after exposure before returning. If no Covid test is given, the student should quarantine 10 days.
- Students engaging in any activity outside of CDC guidelines such as maskless indoor birthday parties, maskless crowded outdoor events such as festivals, or any other maskless events where more than one unvaccinated person from multiple households are gathering should sit out of class one week and will need a negative PCR Covid test a minimum of 3 - 5 days after possible exposure.
- This policy will be every changing and will always follow ALL CDC and Orleans Parish Covid 19 protocol and guidelines.
- Should we have to move our indoor classes outdoors or all of our classes online, no refunds will be given.
- When severe weather happens, we follow the same schedule as schools and camps. If schools and camps are canceling for the day or closing early, the general rule is that we are too. An email and/or text will be sent if a cancellation happens. Classes cancelled for severe weather will not be rescheduled or refunded.
- Outdoor classes that are cancelled for rain or thurderstorms that are not severe will be held on zoom or rescheduled only if there is more than one cancellation in a session. Meaning that all outdoor classes can be cancelled once for weather without a zoom class or make up being scheduled. The price of outdoor versus indoor class reflects this.
- If a student's class registration is cancelled for any reason, a 50% refund will be given ONLY IF we are notified of the cancellation 14 days before the first class. If we are notified of a cancellation less than 14 days before the first class, no refund will be given.
- How is outdoor classroom different? Well, we'll still have a floor and music, but that's it. No bathroom. No shared tissues, no trashcan, etc. Please make sure that your child is prepared by using the restroom before class and bringing any needs that they may have. Bring something to sit on and maybe apply bug spray before arriving.
Covid 19 Guidelines and Protocol
City Park Movement and Art will continue doing everything we can to protect our community from Covid 19.
We follow all CDC and City of New Orleans Covid Guidelines.
-Fully vaccinated students do not not have to wear masks for outdoor classes. Students must provide proof of vaccination.
- Students who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid 19 must arrive to every class in a mask. All students should practice social distancing even when outdoors. We will help our young students do this by providing a spot for them to stay on. Once students are given their spot, which are always a minimum of six apart, they may be given the option to remove their mask.
-Students exhibiting any Covid symptoms (including but not limited to: headache, fever, cough, fatigue, runny nose, loss os taste or smell, extreme fatigue), should not attend class.
- Students who are exposed to Covid 19 should quarantine for 10 days or 7 days with a negative PCR Covid test taken a minimum of 5 days after exposure.
- Students who test postivie for Covid 19 should quarantine for 14 days or 10 days with negative PCR Covid test.
- Caregivers should not come into our class space. If a caregiver needs to communicate with the teacher, they should do so from a distance of no less than six feet from the teacher and student and they should be masked. Email communication is preferred.
- All students must wear a mask at all times while in class. This mask must fit the face well and should include a nose clamp so that the mask does not slip down the face. If a student's mask does not properly fit or repeatedly slide below the nose, a caregiver will be called for immediate pick up.
- All students who are exposed to Covid 19 should quarantine a minimum of 10 days with a negative PCR Covid test administered a minimum of 5 days after exposure or 14 days without a Covid test.
-Students attending indoor classes are expected to follow all CDC and city of New Orleans guidelines outside of the studio. For example, if a student is attending a school that does not require students and teachers to wear masks indoors, they should not attend indoor classes at this time. In the case of a special event like a wedding or birthday where a student is congregating indoors without a mask, they should quarantine for a minimum of 10 days after the possible exposure. Families choosing not to follow CDC guidelines, should not attend indoor classes.
- We are not welcoming caregivers into the studio at this time.
Program Details - Dance, Theater, Explorers
Dance - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro Dance, Lyrical, Improv, and More!
Come celebrate the art and dicipline of dance with us! At CPMA we teach our dancers to respect the history and dicipline of dance while also celebrating and exploring the artistic elements of being a dancer too!
Our dance program is classically focused and our dancers are classically trained. Ballet is at the center of our program and is recognized as the foundation of all classical dance. We require all of our dance students to take a weekly Ballet class. In addition to Ballet, we also offer Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro Dance, Modern, Improv, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and more! Our choreography, music, and costumes are always age appropriate. We do not participate in competitions. We teach our dancers to only be in competition with themselves, always challenging themselves to work hard and progress. Progression over perfection always.
We encourage all ages and abilities to come explore and enjoy a dance class with us. Whether you are a curious 5 year old, a tween looking to try something new, or an experienced dance student hoping to attend a trainee program or become a professional, we have a spot for you!
Our dance department produces three dance programs a year: an original Nutcracker in the Fall, a Spring student showcase, and a Summer dance intensive production too! We do our best to keep our performance costs to a minimum. We also put on fantastic productions that the whole family is sure to enjoy! Our shows are short, sweet, and exciting from the start to the finish.
More information on our original dance production The New Orleans Nutcracker
Recreational Dance Student Classes - Fall Schedule Here
These exciting introductory classes include Ballet, Tap, Acro Dance, and Jazz (6-9 year olds only this fall). Our Ballet and Tap classes are combined into one high energy 45 minute class that all Recreational dancers must take. While these classes are fun and playful these young dancers are alreday learning and practicing skills and terminology that they will continue to use for a lifetime. Even our youngest dancers learn proper French ballet terminology, begin to practice proper posture, learn basic music theory, and so much more! We encourage our students to enroll in two classes a week! They can add Acro Dance, Musical Theater (5 - 9), or Jazz (ages 6-9) to their weekly schedule. Taking multiple classes each week helps develop coordination, strength, flexiblity, self control, vocabulary, confidence, peer relationships, and so much more. We strongly encourage 6-9 year olds who would like to advance into Level I classes to take 2 - 3 classes each week.
Recreational classes are for students ages 4-9 years old. Classes are divided into two groups: ages 4-6 years and ages 6-9 years. Six year olds who would like to dance in the 6-9 year old classes, will need a minimum of one year dance experience and be interested in a more structured class. Our 4-6 year olds classes are so playful that children don't realize how much they're learning or how hard they're working. While our 6-9 year old classes are still playful they are also preparing these young dancers for our Level I programs that require even more focus and effort. If your six year old is still learning to focus for long periods of time, follow multiple step verbal directions, raising their hand to speak, or just prefers to be sillier please opt for the 4-6 year old class rather than the 6-9 year old class. We want all of our students to enjoy their dance classes. Enjoying class and having a positive experience is much more important then being promoted before they are ready. Once you are enrolled with us, and we know your child, we are happy to help you select the right class for your dancer, just email us.
* All Recreational dance classes are held outdoors in City Park to keep our young, not yet vaccinated dancers safe! We also know they'd prefer to outdoors without masks, than indoors with masks on. These young dancers don't yet require dance floor or mirrors, so City Park is a perfect place for them to dance safely!
Level I Dance Classes - Fall Schedule Here
Our Level I Dance Program is for dancers ages 8+ (some 7 year olds with two years of experience may be admitted) who are ready to focus and work hard to become the best dancer they can be! Our Level I dancers are required to take Ballet I and must dance a minimum of two days a week. Level I Dancers can add Pre Pointe (9+ years), Jazz/Contemporary, Tap (we prefer our Level I Dancers to take tap at least once a year to keep their musicality sharp), Acro Dance, and/or Musical Theater. The more classes your dancer takes, the faster they'll progress improving their confidence, and the closer relationships they'll build with their peers.
Level II Dance Classes - Fall Schedule Here
Our Level II Dance Program is for dancers ages 11+ who have a minimum of three years dance experience. All Level II dancers must be enrolled in Ballet II and must dance a minimum of two days a week, three days is preferred. In addition to Ballet II, Level II dancers can choose from Pre Pointe, Tap II, Jazz II, Technique II, Acro Dance, Muscial Theater, and/or Contemporary II. Level II dancers are required to dance year round. A dancer must audition or be invited to join our Level II classes. Please email if your dancer would like to join our Level II dance program.
Level III Dance Classes - Fall Schedule Here
Our Level III Dance Program is for our most advanced dancers, ages 13+ with a minimum of five years of dance experience. These dancers are our City Park Movement and Art company members. All Level III dancers must take Ballet III on Mondays at 5pm and Technique III Mondays at 6:15. Our Advanced Dancers must dance a minimum of three days a week, four is preferred. These dancers are required to dance year round and attend workshops during our holiday breaks. This Level of dance requires intense physical and mental training and a high level of commitment. A dancer must audition or be invited to join our Level III program. Eamil us if your dancer would like to join our Level III dance program.
Musical Theater - Fall Schedule Here
Acting, Singing, and Dancing too! Who doesn't LOVE musical theater?! Come sharpen your theater skills or get your first taste of theater with us. Whether you are a 6 year old that loves singing in the car, a 9 year old who was once in a school play, or a 17 year old seeking out at Performance Arts college for next year, we have a spot for you!
Our musical theater program welcomes ages 5 - 18 year olds of all levels and abilities. Students have the option to audition to be the star of the show or to choose to join the ensemble. We welcome our older experienced students to begin learning the art of co-directing, choreography, set design, backstage managing and more! There is a spot for everyone in musical theater. Everyone who registers will be able to participate. We do hold auditions for certain roles, but everyone will get a role and those more interested in set design and backstage managment can let us know that too! Our musical theater participants have the option to perform in three different musicals a year: fall, spring, and summer. Musical theater students are encouraged to take dance classes too!
Our Musical Theater Classes are leveled by age and experience. All Musical Theater students who would like a character role will need basic reading skills. All students involved in musical theater need to make rehearsals a priority, especially if an actor auditions for and is cast in a lead role. The commitment level for musical theater goes up as students age and progress. Our 5+ year olds will be required to listen to music at home and and our character roles will require line memrizations and drills outside of rehearsal. Our 9+ year olds will all need to learn lyrics and lines outside of rehearsal time. Our 12+ theater troupe will be expected to work outside of class quite a bit just as a professional would. At this level, actors are treated as professionals and expected to act as such. Caregivers should be aware that at this level our troupe is taking on PG-13 material.
All Musical Theater Students will be responsilbe for printing out their own script and providing their own costumes.
City Park Explorers - Fall Schedule Here
Our City Park Explorers will meet 9:30 - 11:30 three days a week. This program is designed for students ages 3 - 6 years old. Our explorers will meet outdoors in beautiful City Park for exploring, enrichment, and fun! These two hours will include: circle time songs, yoga, large motor movement, pre-literacy and literacy skills, counting and simple math skills, story time, science lessons, art, play time, and more! At City Park Movement and Art we know that play based learning is the best way for young children to learn. Our teachers will gently guide children into activities that excite them and will weave lessons in science, literacy, and math into their play. Each day there will be opportunity for more structured learning if a child desires this style of learning. For example, if during story time a child would like to name letters on each page or read the site words, they will be allowed to do so or if during art, the children are learning about ducks and one child would like to learn to write the letters in the word duck and sound them out this will absolutely be an option. Children's play may include fun learning activities such as collecting, then sorting leaves, and then counting each group, and discussing the similarities and differences. Our group will be no bigger than five children allowing our teacher and students to build strong relationships and the teacher to work individually with each child as needed or desired by the child. This program is a great way for children to get social interaction, learn the dynamics of a classroom and student/teacher relationships, learn to advocate for themselves, and prepare for more formal schooling without having to attend full time preschool and its Covid safe as a bonus!!!
Student Needs & Dress Codes
Dance - Fall Dance Schedule
Recreational Dance Students - Mask, Water, and Ground Mat for all classes.
Ballet & Tap Combo Class- Dance attire of any style or color. Ballet slippers and Tap shoes. Pink slippers for girls and black slippers for boys. Black tap shoes for everyone. Please make sure that dancers can change their shoes themselves without any help. If they can't yet do this, they may not be ready for dance class. To help young dancers feel grown up and independent opt for shoes with velcro buckles or replace laces with an elastic tie turning the shoe into a slip on. All dancers will need a mat to sit on. For our youngest students we recommend a child sized yoga mat or an adult mat cut in two.
Acro Dance Class - Attire dancers can move freely in. This may be dance attire or leggings and a tank top. This class will be done barefoot or in socks. All dancers will need a mat to sit on. For our youngest students we recommend a child sized yoga mat or an adult mat cut in two.
Jazz Dance Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Black jazz shoes. All dancers will need a mat to sit on.
Level I Dance Students - Mask and Water for all classes
Ballet I and Pre Pointe - Black leotard, black ballet skirt, pink ballet tights, and pink ballet slippers for girls. Black dance tights, black or white dance shirt, and black ballet shoes for male dancers. (If it is above 80 degrees dancers do not have to wear tights.)
Jazz/Contemporary I Class - Ballet attire from above as this class will follow ballet this Fall and black Jazz shoes.
Tap I Class - Dance attire of any style or color and lace up or slip on tap shoes that will allow your dancer's feet to bend at the ball of the foot. No patent leather mary jane style tap shoes at this level please.
Acro Dance class - Dance Attire of any style or color and socks. Socks will allow students to turn in the grass the way they would in a dance shoe inside the studio.
Level II Dance Students - Mask and Water for all classes
Ballet II & Pre Pointe - Black leotard, black ballet skirt, pink or black ballet tights, and pink ballet slippers for girls. Black dance tights, black or white dance shirt, and black ballet shoes for male dancers. Male dancers are encouraged to take this class even if they have no desire for pointe shoes.
Jazz II Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Black Jazz shoes.
Tap II Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Black Tap Shoes.
Contemporary/Lyrical II Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Pants or tights recomended for floor work. Nude color contemporary shoes (example: Capezio Pirouette) or dance socks (example Bloch sox)
Technique II Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Either jazz or contemporary shoes or dance socks.
Acro Dance - Dance attire of any or color and jazz or contemporary shoes.
Level III Dance Students - Mask and Water for all classes
Ballet III Classes - Leotard, tights, and optional ballet skirt of any color. Pink ballet slippers and Pointe shoes.
Jazz III Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Black Jazz shoes.
Tap III Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Black Tap Shoes.
Contemporary/Lyrical III Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Pants or tights recomended for floor work. Nude color contemporary shoes (example: Capezio Pirouette) or dance socks (example Block sox)
Technique III Class - Dance attire of any style or color. Either jazz or contemporary shoes or dance socks.
Musical Theater Jazz III - Leotard and Tights. Black Jazz shoes and Black Character shoes. If a dancer is not yet comfortable in character shoes, they can choose to wear a Grecian dance sandal which has more heel than a jazz shoe but not as much as a character shoe.
Acro Dance - Dance attire of any or color. Contemporary or jazz shoe. Pants or tights are recomended for floor work.
Musical Theater - Fall Theater Schedule
Musical Theater students will all need to print their own script and put it in a folder or binder to bring to every class. Students ages 9+ should also bring extra paper and a writing utensil to every class. As rehearsals get underway students may be responsible for bringing essential props to rehearsals too. All students will need to provide their own costumes for their shows. We will help guide their costume selection and we always attempt to reuse costumes and find anything we may need within the group before asking students to purchase something.
City Park Explorers - Fall Explorers Schedule
Everyday our explorers will need a mask, water, snack or lunch, watercolor set (crayola 8 color), pencil (one or two, we recommend the larger pencils for children under 5), crayons (small primary color box), small mixed media sketch book, soft pencil case (for pencils and crayons), and a small blanket or towel to sit on. Make sure not to over pack as your little one will carry their bag around a bit on their explorations.