About Dance Cavise
Quoted in the New York Times as “setting higher standards in dance education in Westchester County”, Dance Cavise is a teaching oriented program that emphasizes the development of proper technique with correct terminology. Our program offers quality dance education in all disciplines of movement to all ages. Classes offered include Ballet, Pointe, Character, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Musical Theatre, and Stretch.
Students are placed by their age and technical ability, and must meet the requirements of one level before going on to the next. Though the emphasis is not on a performance, dance is a performing art and we encourage the experience of being on stage as part of the learning process. The studio adopts a “graduating” performance schedule, presenting several smaller showcases as opposed to a full studio, full length production.
Why Dance Cavise?
About the Director
Hailed as “Westchester’s Dance Man” in the nationally published Dance Teacher Magazine, Joe Antony Cavise began his professional career in 1981 when he joined the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. In 1983, he joined the original Broadway Company of CATS making the Winter Garden Theatre stage his home for 4 years. During that stay, he was featured i A Chorus Line-The Movie. Mr. Cavise left his performing career to pursue his passion for dance education and opened Dance Cavise Studios with wife Lori in 1989. In 1991, he founded Off Center Dance Theatre (OCDT), a non-for-profit organization housed at Dance Cavise, dedicated todance performance and community outreach. Subsequently, he founded OCDT’s Youth Ensemble in 1993, further establishing the Company’s philanthropic mission.Mr. Cavise created “Beyond Ballroom” in 2006, which teaches students social interaction skills through pertner dancing. He has taken this program into multiple public school systems throughout Westchester. Mr Cavise has spent over three decades devoted to dance education.
General Studio Policy
• Students are expected to be in class on time and in proper dance attire, (see dress code). Students arriving 15 minutes late or not in proper dress may be asked to observe class only.
• Dance Cavise reserves the right to change the schedule based on student enrollment and teacher availability.
• Students may transfer to a different class with permission from Dance Cavise staff only.
Dance Cavise Studios Facility
After our recent renovations, Dance Cavise now is one of the finest privately owned dance facilities in Westchester County. With four studios totally over 10,000 square feet, our rooms have professionally installed sprung floors with parent observation windows. Now, as one of the largest facilities in the county, we offer a full service dance boutique and nursery services to our clients. Located directly across from the NYC metro north train station, Dance Cavise has acquired some of the best teachers from New York City. Stop in to pick up a brochure.
Mr. Cavise has developed a teaching syllabus designed to fit the needs of our students. All classes in Ballet, Jazz and Tap follow a step-by-step teaching plan maintaining a cohesive program within each discipline. Students in any class will learn the same dance technique, regardless of the teacher.
Creative Movement – Creative Movement is for our most “petite danseur.” In this class, students will learn basic dance terminology and fundamental elements of dance such as weight transference and balance. This class acts as a springboard and prepares the student for more structured classes to follow beginning in kindergarten. Students can register for half year or full year.
Ballet – Classical dance form based on proper placement, line and extension. This is considered the foundation of all forms of movement based on execution of proper technique.
Jazz – Based on Classical Ballet but incorporates contemporary movement and music. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, utilizing strong and controlled legwork, and employing stress on the torso, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation.
Modern – Contemporary movement based on several pioneers of the Modern movement including Alvin Ailey, Horton, Maddox and Cunningham.
Tap – A percussive dance form based on sounds and rhythm. Considered a “specialty” dance form that is essential if interested in Musical Theatre.
HIP HOP – The most contemporary dance form, non-ballet based, used mainly in music videos and on the stage. Classes based on quick, sharp and fast movements.
The Dance Cavise faculty follow a teaching syllabus in order to maintain a cohesive program. At the end of the year, teachers evaluate the level of each student based on their line and execution of the syllabus. These evaluations help place the student in theappropriate class for the following year
A non-refundable registration fee of $35.00 is required annually of all students.
Children’s tuition is based on the school calendar year. Payments reflect the year’s tuition and are not based on the number of lessons. One half deposit is required at time of enrollment, with balance due by November 1st. We will NOT send a bill. If balance is not received, a late fee of $25.00 will be added to your tuition and require immediate payment. Dance Cavise reserves the right to terminate the student’s registration if tuition is not paid by this time.
Refunds are only applicable up to two weeks from your start date. After that time, no refunds will be given. Please note that $100.00 of your deposit is non-refundable. Any refunds will be pro-rated from the drop-out date. No exceptions will be extended to our refund policy for any reason.
There are NO refunds, deductions, or credits for student absenteeism. The studio does not reschedule classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather. Make-up classes may be taken in another class of same level & discipline, within the current term. Please call the studio prior to class to confirm a make-up date.
Dance Cavise requires a dress code for reasons of health, safety, and professionalism.
|Level: CM,K,1A,1B||Pink Leotard|
|Level: 2A,2B,2B/C,2C||Solid Burgundy Leotard|
|Level: 3B,3B/C,3C, all 4’s and 5’s||Solid Black Leotard|
Pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair must be up in a bun. Skirts and tu-tu’s are not allowed beyond Creative Movement.
Black dance tights or dance pants, white T-shirt, black or white ballet slippers.
Girls: Dancewear of any design and/or color, Jazz shoes. Hair must be up and off the face.
Boys: Black dance tights or dance pants, any fitted T-shirt, jazz shoes.
Dancewear of any design and/or color. Black hip hop sneakers are required.
Same dress as jazz, tap shoes, no jeans
Leotard of any color, pink tights and ballet slippers
All of our studios have observation windows. Parents are welcome to observe classes during the first month of the term. Children will show better progress with less distraction. Therefore, we encourage parents to separate as soon as possible. All classes will schedule a “Parent’s Day” in January for observing your child’s progress and discussing any matters with the teacher.
Our adult program is on-going, allowing students to begin at any time. Adults (ages 16 or older) may purchase a single class or a variety of card options to fit their schedule. These “Class Cards” can be used for any regular adult class on our schedule. They do have limited expiration and are non-transferable.
Dance Cavise is a non-recital oriented program with an emphasis on teaching technique. Students are not required to participate in their year-end showcase and can continue class until June. However, as dance is a performing art, we encourage the experience of being on stage as part of the learning process. Our studio adopts the following policy:
Pre-school through Kindergarten
“Parents Day” performance during class time.
1st grade through 12th grade
Performance at outside locations*
*These showcases are divided into small groups of classes and are NOT combined into one, full company performance.
Work Study//Tuition Assistance
Dance Cavise offers tuition assistance through a payment plan to the student who shows demonstrated financial need. Students receiving this assistance must attend classes regularly and demonstrate a strong work ethic. Students may also receive tuition assistance by becoming a teacher demonstrator in a class of a lower age and level. The “demo” sets an example for the younger children and must therefore demonstrate good attitude and technique. Additional work study programs may also be available. If you are interested, please leave contact information at the studio.
• Dance Birthday Parties!!
• Private Instruction
• Studio Rentals
• AM Baby-sitting, Monday through Friday