Contemporary Dance Program

NEW at DCSA this year!

DCSA is extremely proud to offer strong Pre-Professional training that provides the opportunity for our students to pursue a professional career in dance as well as develop skills such as hard work, discipline and confidence! DCSA has seen amazing success with our Classical Pre-Professional Program (see full list of recognitions here) and we are excited to now offer the same high-quality training for students who wish to pursue the study of Contemporary Dance.

Our Contemporary Dance Program will be headed by DCSA’s Edmond Cuiellette, a graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Art’s Contemporary Program. Edmond, along with our top-notch DCSA faculty that includes award winning Artistic Director Vanessa Bessler, will work to instill a sense of self-confidence, an ethic of hard work and discipline and prepare dancers to enter into a collegiate or Professional Career in dance. Dancers can begin training in the Contemporary Dance Track at age 6, and if they wish to pursue more rigorous training, can begin our Pre-Professional track at age 12.

Program Specifics

Open to male and female dancers ages 6 to 19.

Dancers in the Contemporary Dance Program have the opportunity to take the following classes:

  • Contemporary Dance Technique

  • Contemporary Composition and Improvisation (Choreography Composition)

  • Ballet Technique

  • Hip-Hop Dance

  • Jazz Dance

  • Strength and Flexibility

  • Any Open Division class offerings in a variety of disciplines


Pre-Professional Training - Dancers Ages 12 and up

For Dancers 12 and up who wish to pursue a professional or collegiate path in Contemporary Dance, we are excited to offer our Pre-Professional Training Program. Dancers in the Pre-Professional Track are accepted by audition or by invitation only! Please contact us today to receive complete program information, including requirements and scheduling.

Dancers in the Pre-Professional Contemporary Track will attend 10.5 hours of training per week including Contemporary Dance Class, Contemporary Composition, Ballet Technique, Jazz Dance and Strength and Conditioning.