Early Childhood Program: ages 3-6

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The focus is on the basic physical and movement elements of:

  • space and how we relate to it as an individual & a group member
  • basic body awareness: control, balance and coordination
  • basic traveling & stationary movements
  • musical awareness
  • opposites, directions, & pathways
  • elementary positions & movements of ballet

In addition to these physical elements, we integrate the intellectual concepts of:

  • 20151102_183524self-awareness
  • teamwork
  • creative expression
  • imagination
  • observation skills

Program Benefits:

  • Creative movement provides children with success-oriented, creative experiences that can enhance all areas of learning and growth; including the later development of reading, math, and other educational skills.
  • In this nurturing and interactive environment children will learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which include learning how to take turns, wait patiently, work together with each other, how to follow another dancer or lead the way and have a positive attitude!
  • This is formatted to prepare young students both physically and mentally not only for studying the beautiful and disciplined art form of classical ballet but also for many other athletic endeavors!

What is Creative Dance/Movement?

Creative dance combines mastery of movement with the artistry of expression.

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Arrival:

Students will be permitted to come into class 5 minutes early as the schedule allows. During this time students may take the opportunity to enjoy Ms. Emily’s dance book collection.  This is an opportunity for the teacher to begin taking roll. Students are able to prepare for class.

Class Structure:

Classes meet once a week.  The duration of the class depends upon age: a two year old is 35 minutes, a 3 year old class is 45 minutes, a 4 year old class is 50 minutes, and a 5 or 6 year old class is an hour.   The content is based on age-appropriate developmental skills with a particular emphasis placed on creative movement and pre-ballet.

There are 4 basic sections to each class (ages 3-6):

1. Beginning – a brief sharing time followed by strength and stretching exercises

2. Center – training exercises, where students learn correct posture, balance, arm movements, and various jumps

3. Monthly Objectives – concepts explored throughout the year such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness and more!

4. Creative Expression – students participate in a variety of free movement exercises that teach listening skills, levels and directions

Young dancers who are consistently exposed to this type of activity are generally more creative and consistently freer in their movement and styles as they develop. Besides, its just plain fun!

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What to wear for ages 3-6?

For summer camp please dress your child in comfortable, loose fitting clothes. In the fall we require that all female students wear a  specific Revolution Dancewear uniform. By wearing these simple and cost efficient uniforms the students remain focused on their dancing.  Little ones are easily distracted by fancy leotards.  All male students are requested to wear black shorts or sweatpants, solid color tee shirt and black jazz shoes.  Hair should be pull back and secured in a ponytail, braid or bun for class.


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