Ages 4 - 5 1/2 yrs.
Ballet / Tap
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Ballet/Tap Ages 4 - 5 1/2
This 50-minute class is split up between Ballet (approx 35 minutes) and Tap (approx 15 minutes). Through creative and fun exercises, these young dancers will be able to memorize Ballet and Tap moves and sequences, as well as learn basic vocabulary that will prepare them for the classes taken in years to come. Limited to 10 students.
Hip Hop Jr.
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Hip Hop Jr. Ages 4 - 5 1/2
This is a high energy and upbeat dance class in which students focus on coordination, confidence, and rhythm through fun & exciting exercises. Your child will learn to count music, memorize dance steps, and will learn fun choreography to age appropriate, popular music. Join this class to learn the latest dance moves! Limited to 12 students.
Why is dance important?
First and foremost, dance is important because it’s fun! Our teachers are dancers themselves and share their passion with their students. Additionally, the National Dance Education Organization says that dance trains a better combination of flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination than most other physical pursuits. But beyond that, educators are increasingly recognizing the importance of the arts on cognitive development. Creative and aesthetic pursuits like dance have been repeatedly linked to improved physical, mental, and social well being, as well as academic achievement. More than ever, dance and the arts are being recognized as essential pieces of a complete education by leading teachers, administrators, and educational philosophers.
Why Ballet and Tap?
At 4-5 years old, many kids can begin learning more complex skills, and while there are many different styles of dance, ballet teaches the strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, and movement basics which are the foundation from everything from Hip Hop to Salsa. Likewise, Tap teaches complex motor skills, coordination, a sense of rhythm, and cardiovascular strength, all of which are important developmentally whether your child wants to become a dancer or not. The American Council on Exercise says Tap is a great activity for both the young and old because it easily modulates to any fitness level, meaning it’s easy to learn the basics, but also easy to progress. Plus, learning specific dancing skills makes it easy for kids to measure their progress, which gives them a great feeling of accomplishment with each new skill that’s learned.
Why Hip Hop?
Kids like to move. So do we! Hip Hop is exciting, active, and expressive, and your kid will love it for all of those reasons. But you’ll also love it because it’s fast becoming one of the best ways for kids to stay active and grow up strong. Hip Hop encourages kids to move their entire body and get comfortable within their own skin, both physically and socially.
Why should we choose a particular style of dance?
The National Dance Education Organization lists the following as reasons to learn standardized dance forms:
- Provide a scaffold outlining the breadth and scope of learning and teaching dance as an art upon which to design curricula and course syllabi. Standards are a guide, not a directive nor a curriculum. They offer constructive support, suggesting areas of curriculum but not defining it. Standards allow each district or school to develop an approach most suited to local or individual values.
- Serve as a springboard for creativity for the learning and teaching of dance making: improvisation, choreography, and composition. Standards suggest avenues of creative exploration in the arts-making processes of Performing, Creating, Responding to, and interconnecting dance learning to knowledge of other disciplines and life skills.
- Define age-appropriate expectations and levels of achievement in the art of dance. Standards inform individual schools of dance and school districts what students should know and be able to do in the art of dance at certain benchmark levels when taught by a highly qualified dance teacher in a graduated curriculum.
- None of that means students can’t learn more than one style (many of our students do, and we think that’s great!) or create their own styles out of elements of others, but when learning to dance, it’s helpful to have an established standard to learn from.
Why Choose Us?
- Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
- Small class sizes
- Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
- Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
- University trained teachers
- Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
- Optional, low pressure recitals
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"My daughter has met lots of friends at the school and has a great time coming here. She loves the teachers and staff and looks forward to the fabulous dance & music recitals they put on every year. The school is very well run and very accommodating to stressed out parents with ever changing schedules."
"What wonderful life long lessons my kids are learning at the School of Dance & Music! The teachers are positive and motivating and they each bring their own originality every week. The staff is kind and professional. Our family looks forward to a long relationship with the school."
June 2016 Dance Recital General Info