The Children’s Division is designed to provide a rich, nurturing, and structured dance environment that focuses on the whole child and allows each child’s creativity and individuality to shine. Through the exploration of the concepts of movement, introduction to techniques, stories, dance games, and use of props, students develop movement skills, social skills, enhanced creativity, and enhanced brain development that will support them as they move up to more advanced classes or to other activities. The Children’s Division is for ages walking through seven years and current classes offered are Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap.
Pre-Ballet Program (5-7)
Drawing upon elements from the various international methods of European classical dance training – Russian (Vaganova), American (Balanchine), Danish (Bourneville), French, English (Royal Academy derived from the Ceccheti/Italian method) – to create our own unique version of American classicism. We place a strong emphasis on body placement, correct and proper execution of movement, musicality, rhythmic acumen, coordination, clarity of the body’s form and proportions while moving, simplicity of demeanor and an unmannered decorum and deportment.
This class is a fun, creative introduction to the technique of tap dancing and dancing in general. Children ages 5-9, will learn the basics of tap while playing games, singing songs, giggling, and making friends! All they need is a pair of tap shoes, and their shiny hearts, minds and spirits ready to play and learn! And at the end pf the year, they will get to share everything they’ve learned through performance.