Our Preschool Program: Learn Important Skills while Having Fun

Our Preschool Program is specially designed to provide children between 1 1/2 and 5 years of age with a strong foundation in dance and movement. It teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance; space and how we relate to it, both as an individual and as a member of a group; the eight basic locomotor movements; musical rhythm, beat and time; opposites and direction and some elementary positions of ballet. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, teamwork and basic body/health awareness.

Through participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom behavior and maintenance, which remain the same throughout their dancing years. These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others and having a positive attitude.

Educators now know that training young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning and spatial relationships lays a strong foundation for the later development of reading, mathematics and other educational skills. And most importantly, it's just plain FUN!

We offer multiple classes for pre-school aged students. Our class offerings allow for students to move through our pre-school program at their own pace and interests, yet still learning the important foundation of all dance forms.  The following is overview of learning outcomes of each age group. Although we offer different themed classes, all classes follow the learning outcomes below. 

Preschool Learning Outcomes: 

Treasured Twos and Terrific Threes

Twos and threes are quite new to learning how their bodies move as well as how to behave in a classroom. Children in this program are gently introduced to the classroom environment. Some of the concepts taught are stretching the feet, balancing on one leg, weight transfer from one foot to the other, and moving across the floor. Many types of stretching movement characterizations are used to develop both movement quality and imagination.

Fantastic Fours

Students at this age now learn to further control their movements. Weight transfers are done not only forward and backward, but side to side. Balances are more sustained. Jumps are now done in basic patterns. Traveling steps are often done with partners and skipping is learned both forward and backward. Students also start learning the concepts of opposites and counting music.

Fabulous Fives

Fives continue to work on the same concepts, but in greater degrees of complexity. The ability to count the music is developed, they utilize opposite arms and legs while skipping, galloping, and balancing. Weight transfers are taught in more complex patterns, and traveling steps across the floor are done on half point.

Super Sixes and Sensational Sevens

At ages six and seven, children may choose to move into the pre-ballet/jazz level. This is a transition class before the study of classical ballet technique and/or a junior tap class. Essentially, the pre-ballet class takes the previous learned concepts and begins to put them into the format used in an actual ballet class. By the time students have turned eight, they are ready both physically and mentally to begin studying the beautiful and disciplined art form that is called Classical Ballet.

little dancers putting slippers on

While we initially place children in classes according to their age, if we feel that the student needs to be in another level we will place the child accordingly.

If you have other questions about this program or any other aspect of our school, please contact us. We'll be happy to talk with you!

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