Summer Dance at CVDA 2016

Jun 7, 2016 | Blog

“Dance is for everybody.” – Alvin Ailey

“When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.” – Katherine Jenkins

Here at Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, these two quotes definitely sum up how we feel about dance. We’re excited to present our summer offerings to you. Summer is a great time to try out dance classes. Dance is wonderful exercise and gives kids a chance to learn new skills and express themselves physically as well as artistically.

CVDA extends a full line up of classes at both our Newberg and McMinnville studios in the following genres: ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, tumbling, lyrical, hip hop, creative movement, and musical theater. We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels for ages 3 to adult.

Established in Newberg in 1996 and McMinnville in 2006, CVDA’s teachers are experienced and highly trained. They embody our mission, “Dance skills are life skills.” Our entire staff is excited to welcome new students to our 8 week summer session.

Fast facts:

  • Owner/artistic director: Kristen Stoller,
  • Office (registration help and questions)
  • 503-537-3902
  • P.O. Box 1004
  • Newberg, OR 97132
  • Newberg location: 309 and 311 E 1st St, Newberg, OR 97132
  • McMinnville location: 206 NE Evans St, McMinnville, OR 97128
  • First day of summer classes: July 5th, 2016
  • Last day of summer classes: August 22nd, 2016
  • How to register:


Q: What is CVDA?

A: CVDA is Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, a recreational and pre-professional dance academy with locations in Newberg and McMinnville.

Q: What classes do you offer?

A: Ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tumbling, hip hop, musical theater, creative movement, showtime in beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels for ages 3 to adult. We also offer audition-only competition teams, known as our Performing Company.

Q: Where are you located?

A: We are conveniently located in downtown Newberg on 99W and downtown McMinnville, a half block from 3rd Street.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Dance families pay an hourly rate that is pro-rated based on the amount of time a dancer spends in class(es) each week. There are discounts for families with more than one dancer, for male dancers, and one flat monthly fee for dancers and families enrolled in multiple classes. 

Q: Can I watch dance classes?

A: We strive to maintain a safe and distraction-free environment for our dancers. For this reason, families are invited to observe classes only during Parent Watch Week.

Q: How can my child join Performing Company?

A: Dancers are invited to audition for the Performing Company once a year in the late spring. Instructors make recommendations based on dance experience, potential, and maturity.

Q: When is the best time to start dance?

A: Anytime is a good time to start! We do recommend starting in the fall for our school-year program, culminating with the Annual Showcase in May. And our summer session is a great opportunity to try out classes and focus on technique.

Q: What about performances?

A: Every dancer has the opportunity to perform at our fantastic Annual Showcase, held in late May. CVDA also puts on The Nutcracker in December. Dancers with ballet experience may audition for a role in The Nutcracker in late August. Additionally, the Performing Company dances at various competitions and community events from January – August.

CVDA dress code:

Creative Movement (2-3 year olds)

Shoes: Ballet slippers

Clothing: dance dress or leotard and shorts or tutu or biketard (if your dancer wears a dress or leotard, must have shorts or tights underneath)

Hair: back and off face

Pre-Ballet (4 – 6 year olds) 

Shoes: Pink leather sole ballet shoes

Clothing: dance dress, leotard/tutu in any color.  Tights not required but suggested and must have socks/water bottle.

Hair: back and off face (prefer bun)

Tap/Jazz (4 – 6 Year Olds) 

Shoes: Pink leather ballet shoes OR black jazz shoes, AND black tap shoes

Clothing: dance dress or leotard/tutu in any color or leotard and shorts, or leotard and jazz pants; tights not required but suggested and must have socks/water bottle.

Ballet All classes: bun w/hair net and no bangs

Beg. and Level 1: full sole leather ballet shoes; black leotard, pink tights

Level 2 – 3/Intermediate: full sole leather ballet shoes; any color leotard, pink tights

Level 4a – 4b/Advanced: split sole leather or canvas ballet shoes; any color leotard, pink tights

Level 5: split sole leather or canvas ballet shoes; any color leo, black or pink tights 

Tap All classes: ponytail

All classes: lace up tap shoes: shorts or leggings and a fitted t-shirt or tank top (ankles must be exposed) NO JEANS, NO SKIRTS

Jazz/Lyrical All classes: secure ponytail or bun

All classes: dancepaws, footundeez, or jazz shoes; must be dance wear i.e. shorts, leos, tanks, jazz pants, tights, NO BAGGY SHIRTS

Tiny Hip Hoppers/Hip Hop

All classes: must be able to put hair up

All classes: clean tennis shoes or high tops; baggy shorts or pants, baggy shirt


Tiny Tumblers/Tumbling 

All classes: ponytail with secured bangs

All classes: barefoot (no tights); leotard and shorts or a biketard


Athletic, comfortable clothes, barefoot