Early Childhood Dance Programs

Ages 1½ -6 years old

 

Our Early Childhood Dance Program is designed to provide our youngest students, ages 1½-6, the basic elements of dance with emphasis on fun and developing a positive attitude toward dance and fitness. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The standards in our Early Childhood Dance Program address the developmental needs of the young child through the art of dance. Early Childhood Dance Program is a wonderful introduction to the world of dance.

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First Steps:   Ages 1 1/2 months-3 years old

Tuesday 11:00-11:45 AM • Fee:  $40.00 per month

 

Bubbles, parachutes, and hula hoops make for a fun and adventurous way of learning their first steps in music and dance.  Toddlers ages 1½ to 3 and a parent or caretaker dance together while focusing on rhythm, movement and music. In this interactive class, weekly themes combine large motor skill, as well as music and art projects.  This class will not participate in the annual spring recital.

What to wear: No dance attire needed. Just wear comfortable clothes and bare feet!

Creative Movement:  Ages 3-4

Tuesday 12:15-12:45 PM

Wednesday 5:15-5:45 PM • Fee: $30.00 per month

 

Creative Movement explores dancing with props, weekly themes, sing-along songs and creative imaginative play while encouraging a love for dance. This is a wonderful and fun way to introduce the 3-4 year child to ballet technique, mat work, and dance vocabulary. Creative Movement helps develop coordination, body control, confidence, and prepares the young dancer for future studies in all dance forms.

 

What to wear: Girls – Any color leotard and tights

Shoes – Pink Theatricals Leather or Pink Bloch
Elastasplit Leather

Boys – Black Pants and White T-Shirt

Shoes – Black Ballet Slippers

Ballet & Tap Combinations Class: Ages 5-6

Monday 5:00-5:45 PM

Wednesday 6:00-6:45 PM • Fee: $40.00 per month

 

Ballet and tap combination classes offer a prelude to formal ballet instruction at a perfect age to introduce tap dancing. Students are introduced to ballet terminology and barre work, while building flexibility of movement, dance exploration, and classroom decorum. Most dance experts agree learning tap before the age of 5 instills bad habits; children under the age of 5 do not have the fine motor skills needed to successfully learn tap. The 5-6 year old dancer has the coordination to balance, understand weight transfer, and combining steps.

 

What to wear: Girls – Any solid color leotard and pink or tan tights

Ballet Shoes – Pink Theatricals Leather T2800 or Pink Bloch Elastasplit

Tap Shoes – Tan Bloch Merry Jane

Boys – Black Pants and white T-shirt

Ballet Shoes – Black Ballet Slippers

Tap Shoes – Black Theatricals Lace-Up Tap

Hip Hop Ages 5-6

Wednesday 6:45-7:15 PM • Fee: $30.00 per month

 

 

Dance like your favorite pop stars! In this high-energy, age-appropriate class, kids  learn fun hip-hop techniques and combinations, danced to their favorite music.

 

What to wear: Leotard and jazz pant

Shoes – Pastry Glitters High Top

Tumbling I Ages 5-6

Tuesday 5:00-6:00 PM

Fee: $50.00 per month

 

Ready? Set? TUMBLE! All kids love to tumble in some way or another – somersaults on the couch, balancing while walking along the sidewalk curb or hanging from anything that looks slightly like monkey bars! If you have a kid at home who could use an outlet for their energy, this is the class for you.

 

Emphasis is on mastering beginning tumbling skills like forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, handstands.

What to wear: Leotard, leggings, and bare feet

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