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The Studio: A CVDA and 4 Elements Story

The Studio: more than a shared space for CVDA Mac and 4 Elements In our last blog post we celebrated the growth of the past 10 years of CVDA Mac. A pivotal moment in that history was opening up The Studio in downtown McMinnville with 4 Elements Yoga. 4 Elements is owned by Erin Bowman, […]

Now registering for summer classes!

  Click here for a link to our current class schedules and the summer information reservation form. Feel free to call 503.537.3902 during the week for questions, or 503.766.5266 after hours! We are happy to answer questions about our programs and philosophies!

Our Mission

Chehalem Valley Dance Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of dance training and discipline in a judgement-free and family-friendly environment. At CVDA we emphasize dance skills as life skills to inspire and empower our students to not only great dancers but also contributing and mature community members that are prepared for whatever their next chapter is in life.

Instructor Spotlight: Rae Polivka

CVDA is thrilled to welcome Rae Polivka to our faculty. Rae moved to McMinnville in August 2016 from Chicago to join her husband, Caleb, who was hired to be the general manager at The Oak. As fate would have it, Kristen and Francisco were chatting with Caleb one evening at The Oak and he mentioned […]

Thunderstruck Recap 2017

This weekend CVDA dancers and families from Newberg and McMinnville locations attended Thunderstruck Dance Competition. We had quite a few of our dancers and groups earn top awards and walk off stage saying it was their personal best performances. I personally enjoy spending time backstage with the dancers and catching up with parents.  I am […]

The Studio: A CVDA and 4 Elements Story

The Studio: more than a shared space for CVDA Mac and 4 Elements In our last blog post we celebrated the growth of the past 10 years of CVDA Mac. A pivotal moment in that history was opening up The Studio in downtown McMinnville with 4 Elements Yoga. 4 Elements is owned by Erin Bowman, […]

Annual evaluations aim to encourage and inform

Every spring all the dance teachers at CVDA set aside time to evaluate every student in every class. This takes quite a bit of time and effort outside of regular instruction, but we believe it is time well spent. Evaluations are based on teacher observations of dancers in their classes since September. We focus on […]