CD & FS was founded in 1973 by Lorraine Neal, holding classes next door to the Barre Opera House, above what was then Lash Furniture. Performances were held at nearby high schools. Several years later, Lorraine began teaching in various churches in Montpelier and, in 1980, CD & FS moved to our present location at 18 Langdon Street. Starting in 1982, performances were held at the newly refurbished Barre Opera House.
From one teacher and a handful of classes, the studio now holds over 50 classes each week taught by over a dozen teachers and serves several hundred students.
Lorraine's commitment to establishing a culture of professionalism and caring has developed a community of dancing and teaching that nourishes students of all ages and levels, and plays a vital role in central Vermont. In 2010, Lorraine chose Allison Mann to take over as Director of CD & FS, and Allison has continued to develop the studio's offerings. We strive to know each of our students, and we work to develop and maintain a community of support and caring, while cultivating a love of dance and a respect for the rigors and discipline required for those advancing in levels.
The studio's longevity is a testament to the integrity and love of dancing that is nourished within its walls, and to the excellence in teaching. Over half of the current faculty grew up dancing at CD & FS and are alumni of the studio's Teen Jazz performance group. We provide age and developmentally appropriate dance education in a variety of genres.
Register for classes by mail, email, or phone. Registrations will be processed in the order they are received so register early.
Please note: enrollment in classes is contingent upon teacher approval. Do not consider yourself to be enrolled in a class until you have received a confirmation email or phone call from the studio. If you have questions about a class, or would like to discuss which classes might be appropriate for you or your child, please call the studio at (802) 229-4676.
Single Class Rate
3/4 - 1 hour class - $13
1:15 - 1:30 hour class - $16
2 hour class - $20
Private Coaching - $30/30 min $55/hour
CD & FS punch card system
10 punch card $50
20 punch card $95
40 punch card $180
60 punch card $255
80 punch card $320
3/4-1 hour class 2 punches on any size CD&FS card.
1:15-1:30 hour class 3 punches on any size CD&FS card.
2 hour class 4 punches on any size CD&FS card.
CD&FS Punch Cards may be used for any of our teen and adult classes. Punch cards expire one year after the date of purchase. Cards may not be extended or refunded. Medical exceptions only.
Costumes: Teen/Adult classes have a $25 costume fee (Winter/Spring).
Autumn session 9/5/2018 - 12/19/2018
Winter/Spring session 2019
Pre-Primary & Primary Ballet, Jr BBoy BGirls, Jr Tap & Jazz: Autumn session only: Monthly fee: $50 (4 consecutive sessions). Tuition may also be paid at the Kids' Classes rate. This monthly option is not available for Winter/Spring Session.
Tuition Refund Policy for Children's Classes:
Before 1st class - 100% less $20 administrative fee.
1-3 weeks after start date - 75%
4-6 weeks after start date - 50%
7-9 weeks after start date - 25%
No refund after 10 weeks.
Overdue accounts: Past due accounts subject to 5% added interest.
Dance Attire Requirements assure that students can move freely, without distraction caused by fit or style, and they allow teachers to focus on dancer alignment, form, and execution of movement. There is a studio-wide policy to have mid-riffs covered, and shorts should be no higher than mid-thigh. Neither hair nor attire should require adjustment while dancing.
Ballet: Pre-Primary thru Ballet 4:
Females wear black leotards, skin-tone or pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Males wear fitted white shirts, black tights, and black ballet shoes.
Ballet 5: Leotard and ballet tights (not black); skirts allowed in center.
Ballet: punch card classes:
Females wear leotards, tights, and ballet shoes, with optional skirts. Males wear dance tights, fitted shirts, and ballet shoes.
Jr. Jazz students wear black leos, black dance pants, and jazz shoes. Teen/adult jazz students wear leotards or tops, dance pants or tights. Footwear is optional for upper level teen/adult jazz students.
Jr. Modern students wear black leos and tights or dance pants. Teen/adult students wear leotards or tops, and tights or dance pants.
Hip Hop and B-Boys/B-Girls:
All students must wear clean dance sneakers that are dedicated to dance, sweatpants or dance pants, and leotards or tops.
No outside footwear permitted in the studios.
Tap Kids wear black leotards, black tights or dance pants, & tap shoes. Boys wear a close-fitting T.
Teen and Adult Tap students wear dance pants and leotards or tops, and tap shoes.
Students wear comfortable pants, shorts or tights, leotards and footwear if desired.
Hair and Jewelry:
Hair must be pulled back and off the face for all classes. Hair ties and bobby pins are available at the front desk, though we appreciate students supplying their own. Dangling jewelry must be removed.
Regular and prompt attendance is required. Please call the studio if a student will be absent or late. Students arriving late for class must wait at the door until the teacher gives permission to enter. There is a 3 absence maximum per semester for all dance classes, except Teen Jazz. Students absent during choreographic work might not perform that section of a dance. All Barre Opera House rehearsals and performances are mandatory for performers.
Students must tell their teachers about any injury that might affect their performance in class.
If an injury prevents a student from participating in class, it is recommended they watch class (at no charge).
If you have a contagious or transmittable illness or condition it is imperative that you stay home. If your illness is not contagious, but you feel you can’t dance, please watch class (at no charge).
Unclaimed items are placed in Lost and Found at the end of each night and recycled during each vacation. CD&FS is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please write dancer’s name in all dancewear.
Food, Drinks and Gum
Food and drinks may be consumed in the dressing rooms and lobby. Only plain water is allowed in the studios. Gum chewing is not allowed in the studios.
All electronic devices must be left in the dressing rooms or at the front desk, with ringers turned off.
In inclement weather, please call the studio for recorded message, scroll down on our Home page, check your email, tune into WDEV 550am, or check our Facebook page.
Rates by class length:
Class Length = 30 min - 1 hour
1st class - $195
2nd class - $180
3rd class - $170
4th class - $160
Family Rate (2nd child) - $180
Single class rate (for guests) - $13
Class Length = 1:15 - 1:30 hours
1st class - $230
2nd class - $210
3rd class - $200
4th class - $180
Family Rate (2nd child) - $210
Single class rate (for guests) - $16
Ballet + Pointe 2 - 2+ hours
1st class - $265
2nd class - $250
3rd class - $230
4th class - $210
Family Rate (2nd child) - $250
Single class rate (for guests) - $20
All Ballet - $50
Kids - $40
Jr. BBoy BGirl $30