California Dance Institute

California Dance Institute


We want to thank everyone that came to our 1st EVER launch event for our 2021 Summer Collection! We can’t thank these mother-founded companies enough for being a part of our special day! Sophie Dance for the incredible location, Domonique Rose Floral Design for the most beautiful backdrop and bouquets ever, my talented brother Chase for our Wren Amber sign, Kids Luv Drinks for the healthy sustainable drinks that the kiddos and adults loved! Petite 'n Pretty for the mini makeovers that the kids lined up for! Pizza Girl for the yummy & healthy organic pasta Peekaboo Ice Cream for the delicious ice cream that everyone loved and Edoughble cookie dough that we all couldn’t get enough of! Each child absolutely enjoyed making their dream catchers to take home… and the parents really got into it too! And most importantly, we raised nearly $1000 for California Dance Institute! This was such a fun day for the families and we can’t wait for the next one 😊
Today we celebrate California Dance Institute (CDI) an Associate of National Dance Institute (ANDI) that teaches life and learning skills through dance and music.

CDI's mission as an in-school and after-school non-profit arts education program is to motivate children to develop a personal standard of excellence by instilling confidence, discipline, and focus through the rigor and joy of dance. The organization's child-friendly choreography has been carefully tailored to allow all children, including those with special needs, to experience success. In its 21-year history, CDI has served over 20,000 students in the Los Angeles area.

Associates of National Dance Institute is a collection of independent non-profit programs that are inspired by and utilize the NDI Method of teaching dance education.⁠

One gift we cherish the most this season is the gift of dance. We enjoyed learning and sharing these steps with our sister programs: Momentum-Excellence, NDI New Mexico, Celebrate the Beat, Richmond Ballet, New Hampshire Dance Institute, TRICA, Kids Excel El Paso, North Carolina Arts in Action, Kids Dance Outreach, California Dance Institute, Creative Arts Momentum, and National Dance Institute! Stay tuned to catch the ArtSparks interns perform it again in a project with dancers across the country! #ArtSparks #DanceMusicJoy #artseducation #ohio
The film explores the artistic process of Anna Halprin through the prism of a unique performance with residents of two nursing homes in California.
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Happy 2020, Everybody !!! Holla, California Dance Institute - Friends & Associates, I'm wishing y'all Love, Peace & Happiness !!! Cheers' . Holla, Everybody... Please Listen, Enjoy & Proclaim : ENIGMATIC CANON - RESPECT (752935972).
Holla, California Dance Institute & Friends. Holla, Everybody... Please Listen, Enjoy & Proclaim : Enigmatic Canon - Respect (752935972).
A look back at when fourth-grade students from Plymouth Elementary School performed during a California Dance Institute showcase. Students participated in weekly dance lessons with the company throughout the year and were challenged to think outside the box! For more information on Plymouth's academic programs, visit:
Fourth-grade students from Plymouth Elementary School have worked with California Dance Institute throughout the year, participating in weekly dance lessons with the company. The enrichment program is made possible through a grant provided by the Boone Foundation! For more information on Plymouth's academic programs, visit:, Can you dance with me, Can you sing with me, can you make me laugh, and Can you act with me. We are giving you a year notice so you have time to prepare yourself. The Competition will be In Chicago, This is the first show we are representing. Winner will get a price Visit our website for more details thanks.
Keep on checking our websites for more excitement jobs and shows.
This is an amazing organization with an amazing director.
Such a great performance. My son loved CDI thank you.

California Dance Institute is an in-school and after-school arts education program that uses dance to teach life and learning skills. CDI works to give students in Los Angeles public schools opportunities to experience the joys of art and exercise.

Founder and Director Carole Valleskey, formerly a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, started CDI in 2001. During the current school year CDI is serving over 1600 children in ten public schools in underserved neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. In its thirteen-year history, CDI has served over 14,000 Los Angeles area children. CDI is the California associate of the National Dance Institute

Operating as usual


Take walk through the past few years with the student's of CDI. This holiday and forward, Let's Be Love! #CDI #ArtsEducation #CDIMoreThanDance


Happy Holidays from the students of CDI. Please consider making a gift to support hundreds of students this season! Your donation will give the gift of the arts to children across the Los Angeles area.


Enjoy the Finale from our 2021 EOY!

Students and musicians from all over the state were brought together through the power of technology to express their joy and love of the arts and American history in this piece: Shout Sister Shout! #CDIMoreThanDance #Performance #ArtsEducation #SEL


Thank You!

This land, Los Angeles and Monrovia, that we live on and off of is supported and strengthened by the Tongva and Chumash people. We are so thankful for their care. In the spirit of giving thanks, please allow the students of CDI to share theirs. Thank you for being a part of the CDI community. The joy and pride you see from these students is only possible because of you. #Gratitude


Hear from a CDI Dancer

Daniela shares her experience with the California Dance Institute!


Happy Diwali from CDI!

Photos from California Dance Institute's post 10/31/2021

Happy Halloween! Enjoy a spooky holiday and CDI looks forward to seeing you next week! (Last picture is Eagle Rock students performing their annual “Thriller” dance!) #HauntedCDI #CDIMoreThanDance #ArtsEd #nonprofits


CDI’s after school program kicked off this week and we couldn’t be more excited! Students haven’t been in person learning for almost 2 years and the team work they are already exhibiting is truly magical. Join all of us in support by liking, sharing and commenting something excellent you saw in this video! #CDIMoreThanDance #artseducation #cognitivefunction #harmony #confidence #california


CDI Concept 5: Music Notes

CDI shares our fifth and final fundamental which we use to teach dance and music education.


CDI Concept 4: Dancing to the Beat

CDI shares our fourth of five fundamentals we use to teach dance and music education. Rhythmn changes how we hear and process sounds and sequences, making languages and math easier to learn.


CDI Concept 3: Nonverbal Communication

CDI shares our third of five fundamentals we use to teach dance and music education.


CDI Concept 2: Call & Response

CDI shares our second of five fundamentals we use to teach dance and music education. This concept can be used in every arts medium from music to dance to painting and more.


CDI Concept 1: Mirroring

CDI shares one of five fundamentals we use to teach dance and music education.


We are so excited to announce the 2021-2022 CDI season! Our teachers can't wait to teach LA county and Glendale county students in-person this year. If you'd like to see students experience success and joy this year, follow, like and subscribe our social media channels- link in bio! #CDIMOreThanDance #Artsed


Thanks to your hard work, care and dedication, we are back in schools this year. Over the course of over 100 years, the labor of workers in America (and beyond) have contributed to all the achievements of this modern society. Together we can continue to support our students and each other. #HappyLaborDay #happyartmovement #CDiMoreThanDance #californiastudents #artseducation #nonprofitsofinstagram #celebrate

The Linda Lindas - "Oh!" 08/07/2021

The Linda Lindas - "Oh!"

CDI celebrates alumni Lucia and Mila and the rest of the ladies from The Linda Lindas as they continue to make their voices heard- thru art!
Check out their latest and keep an eye on CDI's instagram for some behind the scenes pictures!

The Linda Lindas - "Oh!" "Oh!" by @The Linda Lindas Stream & Download: on Spotify:, Paintings, a...


It’s here! The California Dance Institute and presents: “A More Perfect Union.” The children of CDI worked tirelessly to bring you their best and we know you’ll enjoy tonight at 5pm PDT. Secure your link to the show and special Zoom Cocktail Reception after the show! Simply visit link in bio. #CDiMoreThanDance #ArtsEducation #ArtsInOurHearts #Dance #LiveMusic #Music #LetTheShowBegin


Tomorrow at 5pm PDT, the children of CDI present their energetic art for all of our enjoyment. After a challenging year, we are excited to relax and virtually enjoy moments of pure joy! Experience their success is resilience by visiting to purchase your tickets today! #CDIMoreThanDance #ArtsEducation #ArtsInOurHearts #Music #LetTheMusicPlay


2 days til our students take center stage and show you their hard work and determination. Tune in June 7th at 5 pm PDT for an amazing End of Year Performance! Tickets available at ! #CDIMoreThanDance #artseducation #artsinourhearts #nonprofit #dance #livemusic #magic


In 3 days, the students of CDI take their virtual stage by storm! We can’t wait to show you how their hard work turned out. We raise the bar and they meet it then beat it everytime! Arts education is important now more than ever and your support of our students allow them to find their magic and share it with the world. We hope you’ll join us this June 7th at 5p. Tickets in bio. #artseducation #CDIMoreThanDance #ArtsInOurHearts #AMorePerfectUnion



We are so excited to share with you all the hard work we've put into this years show!

CDI students never cease to amaze us with their passion and dedication to their performance. All the long hours and hard work pays off when we get to see our students take center stage and wow the entire audience.

Programs like CDI could not exist without your generous support, so get your tickets now for the Monday, June 7th virtual premiere when you head over to our website



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CALIFORNIA DANCE INSTITUTE California Dance Institute, and in-school and after-school arts education program, teaching excellence step by step.

TEENtastic Tuesdays: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-off with The Linda Lindas 05/22/2021

TEENtastic Tuesdays: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-off with The Linda Lindas

For AAPI appreciation month, please enjoy The Linda Linda's performance! 2 CDI students are included in the courageous Linda Linda's, Mila and Lucia. The arts help give a voice to all. #CDIMoreThanDance

TEENtastic Tuesdays: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-off with The Linda Lindas Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a mini concert and interview with LA's own Asian & Latinx teen band The Linda Lindas! This program was ...


What a year it's been at CDI! We are so proud of our student's hard work and determination. Even when faced with adversity from the COVID-19 pandemic, they persevered and are beyond excited to share with you their virtual premiere this June 7th!

Life can be tough sometimes, and anything that helps a student develop skills that benefit them in their journey is essential. We've found that our programs foster teamwork, collaboration, listening, communication and ability to resolve conflict, improved social skills, a sense of responsibility, and ability to follow instructions. Help CDI continue providing a creative outlet for these students when you donate or purchase your ticket to this years virtual performance on our website

Together, we can build a better future filled with art!

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TE VAKA - TE LALAMA (Live) 05/01/2021


Happy #AsianPacificHeritageMonth! Please join us in celebrating the rhythmic drumming and storytelling of Polynesian group Te Vaka as they weave a story rich in history about traditional fishing. Both the dance and drums represent the excitement of the catch! #CDIMoreThanDance

TE VAKA - TE LALAMA (Live) Te Vaka performing live at TOATA Stadium in Papeete, French Polynesia in 2005. Written by Opetaia Foa'i."Te Lalama" from the "Tutuki" A...


Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Please enjoy a still from CDI’s 2019 Event if the Year, “Game Changers, History Makers!” #SelmaElementary #CDIMoreThanDance #ArtsEducation #Ballet #Dance #LiveMusic #Art #Excellence


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! #goodluck #luckoftheirish🍀

She Was the First Woman of Color in Space—And Dance Helped Her Get There 02/26/2021

She Was the First Woman of Color in Space—And Dance Helped Her Get There


She Was the First Woman of Color in Space—And Dance Helped Her Get There When Dr. Mae Jemison was growing up, she was obsessed with space. But she didn't see any astronauts who looked like her.


From us to you! #happyvalentinesday #CDiMoreThanDance


Hazel Scott The Heat’s On

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth! Hazel Scott was a celebrated pianist dubbed the Darling of Cafe Society (Cafe Society being the first fully integrated club in New York.) Born in Trinidad, Scott soon moved stateside and found herself auditioning for the prestigious Julliard School of Music at the age of 8. Though the normal age to be admitted was 16, her audition was enough to earn her a scholarship to private lessons and she began her successful career that would see her performing in radio, movies and television. In fact, she is the first Black musician to host her own television show- playing and often singing in one of the 7 languages she spoke. Unfortunately, her outspoken support of civil rights led her to be labeled “un-American” and she soon lost her television show. She remained vocal about her views on civil rights and equality until her death in 1981. Please enjoy Hazel Scott sharing her genius in 1943. #BlackHistoryISAmericanHistory #CDIMoreThanDance


The Nicholas Brothers

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth! Today, CDI celebrates The Nicholas Brothers. Born to two musicians in the south in 1914 and 1921, the Nicholas Brothers were self-taught performers that were known for their acrobatic performances. They were a featured act at Harlem's Cotton Club and would go on to teach at Harvard and Radcliff. Some of their most famous students were Debbie Allen, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson! Here they are in what many call their most famous dance sequence from the movie Stormy Weather. Thank you, Nicholas Brothers! #BlackHistoryisAmericanHistory #CDIMoreThanDance


Dear CDI Alumni,
We want to hear from YOU! Where are you now and what do you miss about CDI? What are you happy you learned? Comment below and send a short video clip to [email protected] for a chance to be in this years EOY Gala Performance!


Happy New Year!

As we step into 2021, CDI is grateful to celebrate 20 years of live music, dancing, and instilling hope in students as only the arts can. Please enjoy a special message from CDI's Founder/Director Carole Valleskey!

Holiday Palate Cleanser: ‘Nutcracker’ Ballet On an Alameda Tarmac 12/28/2020

Holiday Palate Cleanser: ‘Nutcracker’ Ballet On an Alameda Tarmac

The creativity of artists during this time is really something to celebrate.

Holiday Palate Cleanser: ‘Nutcracker’ Ballet On an Alameda Tarmac Drop everything immediately and check out this open-air interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Snowflakes” on an airport tarmac by Post:Ballet.

Videos (show all)

Enjoy the Finale from our 2021 EOY!
Thank You!
Hear from a CDI Dancer
CDI Concept 5: Music Notes
CDI Concept 4: Dancing to the Beat
CDI Concept 3: Nonverbal Communication
CDI Concept 2: Call & Response
CDI Concept 1: Mirroring
Hazel Scott The Heat’s On






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