Are you considering a performing arts school in the GTA? An academic school with a performing arts program is an invaluable choice for your child. The arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. Studies show that arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child’s attitude toward school. Students in arts schools can develop the following qualities: 

  •  a strong work ethic 
  • a secure sense of self within a creative environment 
  • the ability to learn and initiate independently 
  • communicating effectively with adults and peers 

CDM Dance & Music’s AAPP offers a program that prepares students to audition for a performing arts school confidently. This program is designed to help make your child’s dreams come true, by ensuring every AAPP participant is well prepared for their upcoming audition. In the audition, applicants may be asked by the panel to participate in a dance or acting class, to perform a dance solo, monologue, play a music piece, or demonstrate singing skills. A panel may also request to interview students. Make sure your child is well prepared. (*Note: AAPP students at CDM will be enrolled in their 2 weekly classes for the entire season September 9th, 2019 – June 7th, 2020, including classes after their audition). We strongly believe that training consistently is an integral part of developing skills and artistry. We strive to foster students who start their year at their new arts school excelling and leading their peers. As part of our program, we offer group audition practice workshops wherein we cover many essential skills that will benefit audition candidates: 

  • Interview technique and preparation. 
  • Mock audition and feedback 
  • Consultation on audition etiquettegrooming and attire. 
  • Fundamental training in jazz, modern, voice, drama. 

The program* offers discounted rates in: 

  1. Tuition Discount – The program offers a 5% discount to required weekly dance classes from September 9th, 2019 – June 7th, 2020 geared toward setting a technical foundation for the candidate. 
  2. Private Coaching – Minimum of 4 x 30-minute sessions will focus on various audition skills in the area that will most benefit each individual student.This includes focus on specific dance styles, dance solo choreography (if needed), voice training and drama monologue. Offered at a discounted rate of $35/30 min (non-member rate $40/30 min). Extra private coaching sessions can be added at the same discounted rate. 
  3. Workshop – Including information on audition etiquette, interview skills, presentation techniques. Offered at a discounted rate of $35 (non-member rate $50/workshop). 
  4. Mock Auditions – Modern Centre/Across the floor, an unseen choreographed routine, improvisation coaching, an interview, and a question/answer session. Offered at a discounted rate of $35 (non-member rate $50/mock audition). 

*Please note that while these programs will provide your child with valuable training and skills for arts program auditions, we cannot guarantee acceptance to any program. We are not responsible for audition registration. 



 We recommend students interested in attending a junior school for the arts, for entrance into Grade 4 begin preparation after their Grade 1 year.  Students should take dance and/or music classes for at least 1 year, prior to enrolment in the AAPP program where possible (during their grade 2 year). This program is intended to supplement a long-term commitment to the arts. 

Program Start Date: September 14th, 2019 

Program End Date: June 7th, 2020 

  • Minimum of 2 Weekly Group Dance classes: Sept 9th, 2019 – June 7th, 2020 
  • Workshop Date:  Saturday January 11th, 2020 
  • Mock Audition: Saturday January 25th, 2020 

 Required classes (5% Tuition Discount) 

  1. Choice of one of the following: Contemporary & Improvisation (Sat 1:00 – 2:00pm) OR Junior Lyrical & Contemporary (Thur 7:30-8:30 pm)  
  1. Musical Theatre (Vocal, Acting, Jazz Dance) 2:00pm to 3:00pm 

 Other Recommended Classes (not discounted) 

  • Jazz 1 or 2 
  • RAD Grade 1 or Grade 2 Ballet 


  • $40 Registration Fee per Family due upon registration (Sept 9, 2019) 
  • $140 + hst Private Lesson Fee due upon registration, Sept 9, 2019 (Discounted $35/30 min x 4) 
  • $70 + hst Audition Workshop & Mock Audition Fee (Discounted $35/workshop) Due December 2, 2019 
  • 5% discount on 2 x required group dance classes ($427.50 + hst /term x 3 terms) Due Sept 9th, 2019, Dec 2, 2019 & March 9, 2020.


We recommend students interested in attending middle or high school arts program for entrance in Grade 7 or 9 maintain their preparation with no less than 2- 4 hours of training per week.   

Program Start Date: Week of September 9th, 2019 

Program End Date: June 7th, 2020 

  • Minimum of 2 Weekly Group Dance classes*: Sept 9th, 2019 – June 7th, 2020 
  • Combined Workshop and Mock Audition:  
    • Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts Applicants (Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 @5:00 – 6:30pm) 
    •  Earl Haig Applicants (Sunday, December 8th, 2019 @ 3:00 – 4:30pm) 

*Minimum 2 classes (full year) are required to participate, this program is a supplement to a continued commitment to dance training.  


  • $40 Registration Fee per Family due upon registration (Sept 9, 2019) 
  • $140 Private Lesson Fee due upon registration, Sept 9, 2019 (Discounted $35/30 min x 4) 
  • $35 per Mock Audition/Workshop Fee 
  • 5% discount on 2 x required group dance classes ($213.75 + hst /term x 3 terms) Due Sept 9th, 2019, Dec 2, 2019 & March 9, 2020. 

Recommended classes (5% Tuition Discount) 

  1. 1 or 2 Ballet classes at Student’s Level 

Choice of one of the following: Lyrical & Contemporary 2 (Wed 6:30-7:30pm) OR Teen Contemporary (Sat 3:00 – 4:00pm) OR Competitive Contemporary Class 

  1. Jazz Classes (ie .Teen Jazz Sat 4:00 – 5:00pm or Competitive Jazz Class) 

Our AAPP students have successfully been accepted into and graduated from programs and professional dance schools such as: 

  • Claude Watson Arts Program – Earl Haig Secondary School  
  • Claud Watson School for the Arts – CWSA 
  • Wexford Collegiate 
  • Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Toronto 
  • Etobicoke School for the Arts, Etobicoke 
  • Unionville High School – Arts Unionville Program, Markham 
  • The Ailey School, NYC 
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School 

AAPP Students have been accepted into and graduated from programs and professional dance schools such as:
• Claude Watson School for the Arts: Grades 4 to 8  • Earl Haig Secondary School – Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program • Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Toronto  • Wexford Collegiate Arts Program, Scarborough • Etobicoke School for the Arts, Etobicoke • Rosedale Heights School of the Arts  • Unionville High School – Arts Unionville Program, Markham  • The Ailey School, NYC• Royal Winnipeg Ballet School • The Joffrey Ballet School 
Arts Focus Schools • SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, NY

How to Register

1) Create your CDM Online Account with us (accessible from our webpage). Click Register and complete the online registration process.

2) Enrol in the AAPP Program: Click ‘Enrol in a class’. Choose ‘Dance Season: September 9th, 2019 – June 7th, 2020’. Enrol in either:

– AAPP Program A – Saturday 1:00-3:00 (recommended for Claude Watson auditionees) or
– AAPP Program B – found on the Saturday schedule however this is not a weekly time slot (recommended for Earl Haig
CWSA or Cardinal Carter, Wexford auditionees).

3) Make payment online, in-person or by phone.

4) Fill out this AAPP registration form. This form will allow you to give us information on your child’s past experience in the arts so we can create an individualized program with the best private lessons for your child. Your application will help us place your child into the appropriate class/es, and private coaching sessions (Program A – 4, 30-min sessions , Program B – 4, 30-min sessions).

5) Once we have reviewed your application form, we will contact you via email for further instructions.

6) Be sure that you are aware of all important registration dates, open house dates, audition dates and dress code required for the arts program your child is auditioning for. We are not responsible for your registration process.

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This is the second year My daughter takes Ballet class in CDM. She’s having wonderful time while dancing with all those same age girls. CDM has many professional dance teachers. They pass their skills along with their different styles and same passions to our little dancers. Every Tuesday while I’m waiting in the CDM hall way, having different age dancers walking by, I can feel the happiness of dancing. I also like the CDM summer camp. It gives a great opportunity to have fun and try different dances.
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