Music, Movement & Dance
Our Music, Movement & Dance program is offered to boys and girls ages 3 to 5. The preschool classes are forty five minutes. The class combines creative movement, rhythm and motor skills and basic ballet terminology through creative activities. Children have fun and benefit greatly, improving their rhythm, coordination and balance. Dancers move to fun songs and use props. All dancers will also be provided, at no additional cost, their personal props for class. We have made some changes to our class this season in order to meet the needs of our dancers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are offering our in studio class as a hybrid program, so that you can choose if you would like to come in person or take the class on Zoom at home. A Zoom only class is also being offered for a nine week session. Girls wear a pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers, while boys wear black shorts or pants, a white t-shirt and bare foot or black ballet slippers.Girls wear a pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers, while boys wear black shorts or pants, a white t-shirt and bare foot or black ballet slippers.
Our toddler and preschool programs are specially designed to provide children between 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. The class explores space and how we relate to it, the eight basic locomotor movements, musical rhythm and beat, opposites and directions and some elementary positions of ballet. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, team work and basic body/health awareness. Through participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, 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 children in these young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships lays a strong foundation for later development of reading, mathematics and other educational skills. Children in our program work actively in all these areas.