The Studio is closed until further notice.  Keep in touch for updates here and via email.

The safety of students and faculty is our primary concern.  We are monitoring guidelines from both the state and federal governments and will be continuing to adjust schedules as the situation develops

Update March 30, 2020

From the Director, Jill A. Brighton


To Our CPDW Dancers and Families:  


We hope you all are healthy and adjusting well to the ongoing changes in your lives. Fortunately, your CPDW faculty is here to keep you dancing, in your living room, kitchen, and anywhere you can find a spot big enough to turn around! At noon today, we will launch Virtual CPDW Studio, a series of on-line videos created by your teachers. There are over 30 to choose from in a variety of levels and styles, and we will be updating and adding throughout the weeks to come. Please take advantage of all that the site has to offer. With it, you can keep current with your training and try new styles every day. 


To access the Virtual Studio, go to, click on the Virtual Studio button at the top of the page, and then log in with the password CPDW50.


Look for additional emails from your individual instructors to help guide your choices, and please contact us with questions, suggestions, and requests.


Students may video themselves (5 minutes or less) doing an exercise or combination, and send it to their instructor for feedback.  We'd like to limit this to one video per student for each class in which you are registered.


On a sadder note, we have made the tough call to cancel our annual spring school performance. This is a disappointment to us all, but we know that we can look forward to many performances to come. We encourage you all to continue practicing your school performance dances, as they will help you grow in so many ways - retention of material, sequencing, musicality, skill, and technique. 


We miss you all, and will take comfort knowing you are staying safe, but dancing.  WE thank you for all of your patience and understanding.  Now it is time to get up and DANCE!


Update March 25, 2020

From the Director, Jill A. Brighton


To Our CPDW Dancers and Families:  


I hope this message finds all of you well, and adjusting to the new normal.  The situation continues to change and develop, and we all must do so as well.


In compliance with the governor’s order, and with everyone's safety in mind, we are suspending our live and in person classes until further notice.  While this saddens us, we are committed to keeping students moving and learning, so that even if we can't be together, we can still dance. To this end, all instruction is moving online. On Monday, we will open Virtual CPDW Studio, a collection of videos created by our faculty, covering all levels and styles, with open access to our whole CPDW family.  


While we know this won't replace the synergy we get when we come together to dance, it will allow us to keep dance in our bodies, and in our hearts and souls.  


Please look for another email in the next few days or so, with instructions on how you can access the videos, and dance!


We miss you all so much and can't wait to see you all in the studio again.  Please take care of yourselves and each other, and stay healthy!


Update March 17, 2020

From the Director, Jill A. Brighton

CPDW Dancers and Families:


In light of the Governor's shutdown, and to keep you all safe and healthy, CPDW's classes will be canceled through Saturday, March 28th.  Hopefully, with all the precautions in place, and everyone taking them seriously and behaving sensibly, we'll all be able to resume our regular schedules soon.


In the meantime, take the opportunity to practice your dances for School Performance.  Thinking ahead with positivity and optimism, I'd like us to be as prepared for our performance as we can be.  The situation is not at all ideal, but your teachers have provided you with tools to practice at home, and we hope you will do so. Of course this doesn't give us the same sense of togetherness as class and rehearsal do, but if everyone does their part, when we are able to come together again we can assemble the individual pieces and make a whole.  


We are working to get all the school performance memos that we had planned to distribute this week on our website, along with the Intersession and summer semester schedules, so go take a look.  If you need an art project, make a poster for the poster contest, and check out the rehearsal schedule with the show order (we're always eager for that one).  


Our small CPDW community, as well as our global community, is facing challenges we've never experienced before. It can be easy to become overwhelmed and despondent, so get up, get those endorphins flowing, and dance.


Please be smart, and stay safe and healthy.  We're looking forward to seeing all of you again soon!



Update March 14, 2020

From the Director, Jill A. Brighton

To Our CPDW Dancers and Families:


The health and safety of our dancers, families, and faculty is of the utmost importance at this time of unprecedented challenges connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To that end we are canceling our classes and other activities through next week.  Our intention is to resume classes as scheduled on Sunday, March 22nd.


To date there have not been any confirmed cases in our area. We are doing everything we can to make sure it stays that way, however this is a very fluid situation.  While we are remaining calm, we are taking every action.  


Here is what WE are doing at CPDW to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19:


1.  All door knobs, handles, the hallway banister, light switches, and ballet barres are being disinfected multiple times a day.

2.  We are using hand sanitizer before and after we go to the barre.  We have replaced cloth towels with paper towels in all the bathrooms, and have anti-bacterial soap at all sinks.


3.  We will not rehearse any choreography that includes contact of any kind to eliminate direct touching at this time.


4.  We will work to eliminate the use of props in our dances for the present.  


Here are some suggestions of what YOU can do to help based on these CDC guidelines


1.  Please stay home if you or a family member are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.


2.  Cover your sneezes or coughs with a tissue, or into your elbow.


3.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


4.  Avoid contact with other people (handshakes, hugging).


5.  And, of course, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.


As of now, the Student Choreographers' Showcase scheduled for Saturday, 03/21, is canceled.  We hope to be able to reschedule at some later date.  We plan to resume all classes on Sunday, March 22nd, and to proceed with our end of semester performance at this time.


Our classes are small (all less than 20 students, and most less than 10), so potential exposure will be minimal.  We hope you will be able to join us on the 22nd when we plan to resume classes, but please use your best judgement, and do what feels right for you..


In the meantime, we ask that our dancers continue to practice their dances at home.  For my students, I have previously sent the music for the performance dances, along with videos taken during rehearsals. The other faculty either already have methods in place for you to practice (dropbox, etc.), or will be making them available soon.  Now more than ever, it is important that our students take the initiative to practice outside of class so that we can shine as usual in our school performance.  


While we hope it doesn't come to any further measures, we will continue to monitor the situation, and will address the situation as needed. 


Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  


We're all in this together (yes, I'm quoting High School Musical), but with the proper precautions, we can get through it.



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