School and Conservatory


COVID-19 Update

All classes are starting online with a limited number of Conservatory classes offering a hybrid online/in-person model.

About the School

Since 2005, the CityDance School & Conservatory has been providing high-quality dance training to beginner to pre-professional students ages 3 to 19. The School offers a well-rounded curriculum of Vaganova ballet training and contemporary dance techniques rounded out by jazz, hip-hop and world dance forms taught by world-renowned faculty. Students interested in pre-professional and advanced training may audition for the Conservatory program.  

CityDance strives to meet the needs of each individual according to his or her ability and goals, and a student's level is determined by these factors. For ages 9 and above, a placement audition or placement class is required.

Tailoring your curriculum begins with understanding these divisions:

Little Movers (Ages 3-7)

Open enrollment.

Dance classes designed to emphasize creativity and introduce technique, for dancers ages 3-7. Developed by Lorraine Spiegler, CityDance Artistic Director & dance educator for 25 + years, classes are rooted in a fundamental understanding of children’s basic developmental phases. No audition is required. For more information on the right class for your little mover, please submit an inquiry here.

Little Movers Schedule ->

Lower School (Ages 7-11)

Placement audition required. 

Lower School students build a solid foundation in classical and contemporary technique and develop their performance skills. Classes emphasize the development of artistic sensibility, musicality and creative thinking. Study in multiple genres is required. At this stage students are eligible to be tracked for the more intensive Conservatory program. All Lower School students participate in the culminating Children & Youth Year-End performance in the main concert hall at Strathmore. For more information, please submit an inquiry here.

Lower School Schedule ->

Upper School (Ages 12-19)

Placement audition required. 

The Upper School is for students who show dedication and promise but may not necessarily desire a professional performance career. Often, Upper School students excel in a single genre or have extra-curricular and academic activities that preclude them from the time commitment required for Conservatory level studies. Students in the Upper School may be identified for Conservatory advancement when they demonstrate elevated technique and artistic promise. Students may also take Conservatory classes in specific genres in which they excel. For more information, please submit an inquiry here

Read more about our placement audition process.

The Conservatory (Ages 9-19) 

Audition required. 

The Conservatory is for young dancers who are ready for intensive study and the demand of the professional world. Students who show talent, drive and desire -- and are able to make the time commitment to pursue pre-professional dance -- may be selected by Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler for the Conservatory. Read more about our Conservatory program.

Read more about our audition process.

For more information, please submit an inquiry here

CityDance School & Conservatory is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.