Campus Dance Academy has been a dream in the making for quite a few years, and is finally here to promote, educate and develop young dancers grades PreK through 8 within Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Through multiple styles of dance, students are provided the opportunity to explore dance vocabulary, choreography, and enhance their technique and performance confidence conveniently after school within their own school campus.
All CDA curriculum is designed to be safely taught in a variety of facility spaces and is easily moved to the stage when the time comes to show off what the children worked on each session. Each 15-week session culminates in a recital or concert designed specifically for each school campus. The beauty of this design is all performances are held in-house within each school’s auditorium or stage setting making the entire CDA experience extremely relaxed, efficient and organized for school administration, faculty, staff, parents and dancers.
The goals for CDA are to:
Beaches Chapel School
The Bolles School, Ponte Vedra Campus
The Bolles School, Whitehurst Campus
Providence School of Jacksonville, Preschool Campus
San Jose Episcopal Day School
St. John's Country Day School
"The professionalism and artistic talent Ms. Emily brings to each school is incredible. The children respond to her enthusiasm and teaching with extreme dedication, and they fall more in love with dancing as they continue to grow as performers each year." - Virginia Dickert, Florida Elementary Music Educator of the Year, 2020
"Emily Gray and her Campus Dance Academy has been such an outstanding dance experience for both of our girls. Not only is it incredibly impressive what Emily is able to do with the students but she has instilled a love of dance in our daughters! She puts her heart and soul into every class that she teaches and it's evident by the way our kids come home and want to teach us all that she's shown them. They are already planning what classes they'd like to sign up for in the fall! Emily is patient, fun, kind, energetic and very professional. We feel so lucky that our girls are able to experience a dance program that is of such high caliber and do so at their school! Emily is a gift to the Bolles after school Advantage program and we are so glad that Campus Dance Academy is a part of our girl's school experience!" - Stacey, The Bolles School Ponte Vedra Parent
"Mrs. Emily has turned us into a dance loving family! My daughter participated in ballet and hip hop this year. I am so impressed with how much my daughter learned in such a short time. It was obvious that Mrs. Emily loved and cared for each dancer individually. My daughter left every class beaming from compliments and hugs! I highly recommend CDA to anyone looking for a fun way to learn about dance!" - Katie, Providence Preschool Parent
"My daughters have done cheerleading and dance camp and they both have loved their experiences so much. They have learned so much and the classes have really motivated to be active and share what they’ve learned with their little cousins and friends. I look forward to many more years of dance with CDA!" - Kat, The Bolles School Whitehurst Parent
"We are so thankful Emily offers the dance program at Bolles. Our daughter has learned so much in both her summer camps and after school programs. Emily is a true professional. You can tell how hard she works to teach the students but also makes sure they’re having fun! We also couldn’t be happier with the convenience of the program. My daughter can’t wait to start cheer again in the fall!" - Darlene, The Bolles School Ponte Vedra Parent
"CDA is our first experience with Ballet instruction for our daughter and we could not be more impressed. After two seasons with Emily we continue to be amazed and what she accomplishes with such young students. She brings out confidence and pride in such tiny dancers, teaches technique and foundational skills that will be important as they progress, and most of all allows them to enjoy dance. It is SO evident that these children respect and admire Emily as they perform their recitals and each dancer is so-excited to share what they have learned. Our 3 year old daughter often wants to play “Miss Emily” at home because she loves her dance class so much each week! Emily is a true professional and the results of her programs are memories that our family will always treasure." - Robyn, Providence Preschool Parent