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Connecticut Dance School

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Ballet, Dance, Performing Arts Schools

Mission: CDS is committed to providing the highest quality of dance education through classes, community outreach and performances. We educate aspiring dancers, instill an appreciation of the performing arts, and nurture every child regardless of background or ability.

Target demographics: Dancers of all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 175 students and over 12 different schools in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Fairfield.

Geographic areas served: Fairfield County, CT

Programs: Ballet Classes for ages 5 through Adult, Dance classes for 3 & 4 year olds, Dance 4 All Abilities Program , Summer Dance Program, Birthday Parties

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Madeleine P.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Between my training there and later returning to teach, Connecticut Dance School is a wonderful and loving place to experience dance. I hope the next 50 years are filled with as much expertise, care and dedication as the first 50.


Board Member

Rating: 5

SO impressed by non-profit CT Dance School's ballet teaching and performance excellence. This year, the school's 50th (!), the foundress, Elizabeth Gaynor, received the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's "Educator of the Year" Award. Even in the throes of this pandemic, the resilient and disciplined faculty and dancers are producing--safely--for online December viewing, "The Nutcracker: A Tale Retold," narrated by James Naughton, to continue the school's annual tradition of performing for family, friends and children in the Bridgeport Public Schools. Hope you will join me in supporting CDS and viewing the performance!


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CDS for over 14 years as a volunteer. My daughter loved dancing here and the warm and loving environment helped her to create lifelong friendships. The training she received allowed her to be accepted into many pre-professional programs throughout the world. She is a professional dancer and her experience at CDS helped prepare her for her career. Thank you