Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner PROJO Best RI Dance School 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
See Covid Safety page for details. Policies subject to change.

CDDS Summer Dance Camp - Decendents and Disney Themed!
Dance, Crafts, History, Music, Film and FUN!

Class Descriptions:
No drop-in's or trials.

Toddler and Me, 18 months-3 years
A 30 minute fun-filled adult/child creative movement program designed to impart the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of our youngest dancers. Students will be experience a nurturing classroom experience learning classroom etiquette, musical awareness, as well as exploring self-awareness, creative expression and imagination. Rhythm, creative movement and the use of props are introduced.  Any adult care giver is welcome. Students do not need to be potty trained. 
  • Bring your own props in a small bag: small ball, rhythm sticks (ie. wooden kitchen utensils, Lummi sticks), face cloth/dish towel, small stuffed animal, sheet/light blanket as a parachute, stickers, shaker toy (ie. percussion egg, rattle). Car keys can be stored in bag during class, no cell phones or other items.
  • To uphold the integrity of our dance education, Toddler & Me classes require 1 adult per dancer.  If you have multiple children, another adult must attend per child. Can be dad, auntie, uncle, grandma, etc.!  No other adults or siblings allowed in dance room.  Other siblings/children, may not be left unattended the Studio.
Preschool, 2years 8 months-5 years old, Potty trained
Designed to introduce and explore creative movement. Emphasis is on developing gross motor skills, muscle control, balance and spatial awareness, as well as listening and leadership skills. Rhythmical patterns and props are used to create a fun, moving environment! Students must be 100% potty trained in order to enroll.

Primary, 5-7 years old
Exploring the very basics and fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Tumbling and Creative Movement. This class builds confidence, strength, and coordination and is an extension of the Preschool Class.  We recommend adding Tumbling 3-5 or Acro 5-9 to your schedule.

Hippity Hop, Ages 5-7

A hip hop class designed for ages 5-7. Class begins with a warmup, progressions, and students learn a combination with introductory hip hop moves that will build each week. Movement games and props are used each week. Music and lyrics appropriate for their age group. Most of all...this class is fun!!

Hip Hop Ages 7-11
Combines elements of various street dance styles, blending Old School, New School, Breakdancing, and even Jazz, performed to upbeat, current, appropriate and popular music.

Acro Ages 3-5
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required.  
Class introducing basic acrobatic skills to our youngest dancers.  This class will build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and confidence.  Dancers will stretch, learn acrobatic poses, tumble, climb through obstacle courses and get their wiggles out in a safe space with our certified instructors.
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. Must be 100% potty trained, Ages 3-5.

Acro Ages 5-9
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required.  
These mixed-level classes build strength, flexibility, agility and confidence in Acro skills. Throughout the session, students will work on various skills appropriate to their individual level like somersaults, splits, backbends, cartwheels, handstands etc

Acro Level I & II 
Ages 7+ years old with 1 year minimum Acro experience and walkover skill required. 
Mixed-level intensive classes is for focused students who want to work hard! This class builds strength, flexibility, agility and confidence in Acro skills. Throughout the session, students will work on various skills and preparations based on level, such as: handstands, front/back walkover, cartwheels, aerial, handsprings, and more.

Contemporary Ages 7-11
Contemporary dance combines elements of several genres including jazz, lyrical and ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements and have the opportunity to express themselves through improvisational movements

Musical Theater Ages 7-11
Styles of dance will vary based on the show dancers are learning about each week; styles could include "musical theater" jazz and contemporary.

Pointe experience required.
This mixed-level Pointe class implements the Vaganova Method with a focus on technique and strength.
Pointe is the dream for dancers! To safely start pointe, dancers should be at least 11 years old and have studied Ballet for at least 3 years for 3-5 hours per week. Their feet must also be structurally ready for demands of pointe work.