Dance is one of the oldest performing arts and the performance element is an important part of a complete dance education. We provide our students the opportunity to perform in our annual Nutcracker performance, our Spring Recital and even more through our CDA Company team.

The Nutcracker

An annual performance of the Nutcracker ballet that is open to all CDA students. Every season, Connolly Dance Arts enchants our community with the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. CDA students who participate in our summer Ballet Intensive are guaranteed a part in the performance. (Dancers must also be enrolled in a weekly ballet class at CDA.)


  •  Ages 5 and up
  • Enrolled in a ballet class
  • Must audition
  • Attend the Summer Ballet Intensive
  • If you attend the Summer Ballet Intensive you are guaranteed a spot in the performance

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Spring Recital 

Every year, CDA holds a Spring Recital at an area theater. This is a great way to showcase all that the dancers have learned throughout the season. (Students who participate in the recital will need a costume for each of the dances they perform.)

Annual end of year performance at one of our local Performing Arts Centers.-This year’s show-Channel Surfing is May 14th, 2022

Additional Cost to perform in the recital:

Costume fees

  • Recital Costumes are charged on October 1st: $80/Preschool, $90/Level I and Up (all charges are per costume, includes tights)
  • Recital Costumes that are charged on or after November 1st:  $95/Preschool, $105/Level I and Up (includes tights and $15 late shipping fee and is per costume)

Recital Fees

  • Recital Participation Fee is charged on February 1st: $115/student, $175/family. This will include a digital download of all the shows!


  • Dancers must be enrolled in classes through the end of May in order to participate in the spring recital

CDA Company

Established in 1994, the Performing Company provides dancers with the opportunity to take master classes in a variety of dance disciplines, attend conventions, compete and perform.  All students ages 5 and up who are enrolled at CDA are welcome to audition for the competitive company team. These dancers train at the studio year-round. In addition, the Company performs in shows and benefits throughout our area.