Children's Classes

This division introduces students to the world of dance through music and movement. Creative movement and ballet fundamentals for young students are tailored to meet the developmental needs of children according to their age. Kathryn Smith developed the progressive curriculum for this program, and the syllabus introduces students to basic movement exploration and develops into the more structured study of classical ballet. Creativity is emphasized to encourage the artistic exploration of movement and allow the child's natural talent and skills to be discovered.


Wee Dance

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Creative Movement Level 3

(ages 7-10) Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 with Joan Gonwa

Creative Movement 3 (CM3), for children 7-10 yr. old, is a Creative Dance class that contains tools to bring out and embrace the joyful, creative spirit of Middle Childhood. It focuses on increasing physical skills – strength, coordination, balance, rhythmic understanding, and an expanding range of motion with flexibility within the body and while moving through space. CM3 addresses the whole child!

Please reach out for more information about this exciting class returning to our curriculum. 

Family Stretch and Move

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am with Jacinta Hamilton

The UIYB is pleased to offer an “Hour of Movement” during our Spring Semester 2021. Make us a part of your routine and join us Saturday mornings in a class designed with the entire family in mind. This class will incorporate dancing, movement, and music—with a special emphasis on creative exploration—thus leaving you refreshed. Structured with a vigorous mix of stretching, strengthening, conditioning, and cardio, this class combines a mix of imagination and play for little ones while providing a full body and cross training workout for more advanced participants. Families and friends of all ages are invited to experience movement in this special all-inclusive format.

Special note on the format of the class: This class was specifically designed with the Zoom format we are using in mind. We aim to provide you the highest quality of engaging content that will help your child thrive. The foundation of what we do is to provide mastery through repetition and muscle memory, while creating novel experiences to create, imagine, and play. The goal is for you and your child to walk away happy, healthy, and energized. We appreciate your support of us and wish for you to know you are supported as we continue to teach over Zoom.

Wee Dance

(age 2-3 & guardian) Mondays, 4:30-5:00pm, and Saturdays, 10:30-11:00am

This is an introduction to the art of dance in a nurturing environment ideal for children ages two to three. Parents or caregivers attend and are participants. Imaginative exercises present an outlet for active minds and bodies. Through the use of shakers, scarves, balls, and beanie babies, children will experience the pure joy of movement! Class is thirty minutes.

Creative Movements Levels 1-2

Creative Movement I (age 4), Mondays, 5:00-5:30pm, and Saturdays, 11:00-11:30am

Creative Movement II (age 5), Saturdays, 11:30-12:00pm, and Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15pm 

In progressive levels, children ages four to six develop increased body awareness, gross motor skills, and phrasing while giving imagination a time to flourish! Classes begin with warm-up exercises and stretches that develop flexibility and posture. Class then moves on to center floor exercises to develop balance, rhythm, and coordination. Creative Movement 1 is thirty minutes and Creative Movement 2 is thirty or a forty-five minutes depending on the day of the week.

 

Pre-ballet

(Ages 6-7) Saturdays, 9:30-10:15am, and Thursdays, 5:15-6:00pm

A prelude to formal ballet instruction, students age six will develop a foundation for ballet technique in a learning environment that fosters a love for dance and music. Students begin to learn French vocabulary, exercises that introduce “ballet barre” and proper ballet etiquette in a non-competitive atmosphere. It is a forty-five minute class.