Early Childhood Programs
Early Childhood Program is specially designed to provide children between
two and six years of age with a strong foundation in dance. It teaches young
dancers the basic elements of movement. Space and how we relate to it. Both
as an individual and as a member of a group. Musical rhythm, beat and time;
opposites and directions; and some elementary positions of ballet. Integrated
with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness,
creative expression, imagination, teamwork, and basic body/health awareness.Through
participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom
behavior and manners. These concepts remain the same throughout their dancing
years and 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 young children in the concepts of movement, sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships lays a strong foundation for the later development of reading, mathematics, and other educational skills, all of this adds up to the discipline necessary to be an excellent student in school as well. Children in our Early Childhood Program work actively in all these areas.
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