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The Side Effects of Dancing at Chattanooga Dance Theatre

Chattanooga Dance Theatre teaches some great technique. Students at CDT develop a strong foundation in ballet and with training in modern, jazz and other forms of dance, these dancers feel comfortable in almost any class. But there are even more reasons to dance at CDT. Here are the side effects of dancing at Chattanooga Dance Theatre:

  • Confidence. At Chattanooga Dance Theatre, we work to empower students. While good technique is taught, it is always taught in an encouraging way. Teachers help students set goals and assist dancers to achieve them. Dancers feel supported, accomplished, and ready to take on more in life.
  • Ballet I tinyCreativity. Throughout our syllabus we incorporate and encourage student expression and creativity. When dancers learn to use their creativity, they are better problem solvers in the studio and throughout life.
  • Transcendence Elsa and EIntellegence. Did you know that dance makes you smarter? No joke. They are using dance to help slow down dementia and it has been helpful for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Dance does some amazing things for keeping healthy brain development and brain function. Check it out here: Ballet Barre Retire smaller
  • Work Ethic. You don’t get too far in dance without working hard, and with a supportive environment, students learn that it can be fun to work hard as a group and reach amazing new heights.Smaller version
  • Responsibility. Students at Chattanooga Dance Theatre learn responsibility in class and preparing for performances. Dancers are required to adhere to dress code, have hair properly pulled back and have all dance necessities in their dance bag.3 Princesses smaller
  • Friendship. Not only are the teachers supportive of the students at Chattanooga Dance Theatre, but the students are supportive of each other. It’s an encouraging environment all the way around and dancers create life long friendships. friends small

If you are a current or potential student at Chattanooga Dance Theatre feel free to speak with a teacher or office staff member about any questions, concerns, praises, or suggestions.

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July 27, 2016 0 Comments

Preparing Ballet Slippers for their First Class

By Christine Mashburn-Paul

It seems so simple, they are little leather slippers with a draw string. But believe it or not, poorly fitting slippers can easily become a distraction in class, not to mention cause pain for your little ballet dancer. If a dancer’s feet are hurting, they won’t be able to dance to their potential.  So, I’ve compiled a quick list of “dos” and “don’ts” for fitting your child’s ballet slippers….

First, the ‘dos’….

  • Do make sure that your child’s shoes are fitted, but not too tight. Ballet slippers ideally fit like a pair of socks. There shouldn’t be extra fabric around the foot. If your child is growing quickly it is understandable to buy a half size larger so that you aren’t buying new shoes every four months, but make sure they don’t look like clown shoes!
  • Do write your child’s name in their shoes. There are a lot of dance shoes that look alike.
  • If the elastics aren’t pre-sewn onto the slipper, do make sure the elastics are far enough back that they will hold the heel of the shoe. It is incredibly hard to dance when your shoes keep falling off!
  • Do tie a knot (those bows always come out) in the drawstring without pulling on it tight around the foot.
  • Do cut the drawstring so that there are only half inch tails. No tying and retying. These shoes should be able to easy slip on and off before and after every class.
  • Do tuck the drawstring into the shoe. Hide those tails so that you have a clean looking shoe!


Now, the ‘donts’…

  • Don’t pull on that elastic drawstring! When you pull on the elastic drawstring it tightens the elastic all the way around the foot and can put pressure on the Achilles tendon. This can cut off circulation to the foot and cause a lot of discomfort and pain for your little dancer.
  • Don’t tie the draw string in a bow. Those drawstrings are notorious for coming undone in the middle of class. Many young ones don’t know how to tie it back and if they do, they end up taking a lot of time to do so. The teacher will often end up having to stop class to retie it or knot and cut it. This can be time consuming when you’ve got 12 kids in class!
  • Don’t let your child’s shoes get too small. I know things can get really busy for moms. I’m a mom who works full time to run a business, believe me, I know! But a child wearing shoes that are too small can really injure their feet in the long run. Make sure to take the time to purchase some new shoes as soon as your child says they are feeling tight!
  • Don’t let your child wear ballet slippers (or any dance shoes that she is wearing in the studio) outside. It’s important to keep those shoes clean and you want them to last as long as possible.


If you have any other questions about your dancer’s shoes you should speak with your child’s teacher. They know that not everyone has worn ballet slippers and they are always there to help!

February 17, 2016 0 Comments
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Half Off All Yoga Classes the Month of January

Yep, you heard right! All yoga classes are half off during the month of January. So how much is that exactly? Here’s the break down….

$6.50 for a drop in class

$60 for a 10 class card that is good for one year

$19.50 for the month for taking one class a week ($10 registration fee if you are not currently taking class at CDT)

So why are we doing this in January? Well, January is our anniversary month! We opened our door for our grand opening January 12th, 2013. We feel like January is a great time to give back and discount all the great yogis out there. Whether you are new to yoga, or have been practicing for years, we are sure to have a class for you (at an amazing price!). See you in class!

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January 15, 2015 0 Comments