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.
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
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.
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.
An introduction to the terminology and movement of tap and jazz, students ages seven through eleven will explore the fundamentals of moving and stretching while learning to incorporate performance skills needed in dance. This class is intended to enhance the beginning student’s flexibility, coordination, balance, and serves as an introduction to musicality.
This class is designed to be a further exploration of the terminology and movement learned in the Beginning class. Students ages eight through eleven should have mastered the basic movement fundamentals of both tap and jazz before advancing to this continuing level, including an increased flexibility, higher attention rate, and an enhanced sensitivity to musicality and performance skills during class.