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Early Childhood Classes

Dance for children 0-4yrs

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Dance is a unique medium for children to learn through their favorite avenue-play! Children are born with an innate desire to move rhythmically, explore space with their bodies, and discover their own capabilities. Our goal is to provide a fun and enriching space for young dancers to develop in ways that will benefit them throughout their lives. Dance at this age doesn't have to be strict, prescriptive or exclusive, its for everybody and EVERY BODY!

Why are sessions 6 weeks long? We have observed that six consecutive classes gives children a chance to observe, warm up, ease in and flourish. By the end of the session most children are fully engaged in the activities! At the end of the session you can choose to explore other activities-or sign up for more classes, it allows for ultimate flexbility for busy families!

Session Dates

Drop-in $15+tax ($10 sibs)

Sessions (6 week blocks)

40mins=$90/session ($60 sibs) +tax

Registration opens two weeks before the start of each session.

*sessions will only run if minimum registration is met*

FALL 2023

Mondays 3:45-4:30 Discover Dance ages 2-3

August 14th-September 18th Closed

September 25th-November 6th Waitlisted (NO CLASS 10/9)

November 13th-December 18h

Thursdays 4:15-5:00 Discover Dance ages 2-3 

August 17th- September 21st Closed

September 28th-November 2nd Waitlisted 

November 9th-December 21st (NO CLASS Thanksgiving)

 

Fridays 9:15-10:00 Discover Dance ages 2-3

August 18th-September 22nd Closed

September 29th-November 3rd Waitlisted

November 10th-December 15th

Discover Dance
Stage 2-child participates without an adult's assistance

This beautifully crafted curriculum developed by Discover Dance, is based on brain science and developmental theories, and designed to give your little one an incredibly positive and valuable introduction to dance. Offered to ages 2, 3, 4 or a combination of those (check for current offerings) we take the children on a dance journey like no other. Class will be structured in the same way each time, but the skills and concepts will change within the framework provided. We utilize many props to give children a multi-sensory experience. Obstacle courses are utilized to explore and practice balance, gross motor skills, spacial patterns and exploration. Every class offers chances for dancers to engage in improvisation and create their own movement. 

Parents are encouraged to remain close if necessary (for potty or attachment needs!) but give children an opportunity to develop independence. Dress code is comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement and self expression. Bare feet or ballet slippers. Class is 40 minutes but allows for a few minutes of entry and exit time- plan for 50 minutes total at the studio. Sessions run six weeks.

The heart of our curriculum

We strive to provide children a fun space to explore and develop in these areas, and more!

Levels (high/low) 
Tempo (fast/slow) 
Rhythm (move to a beat or create the beat)
Body parts (identification, isolation) 
Storytelling/self expression
Auditory processing (active listening)
Balance (on feet, on hands, one side)
Proprioception (body within space)
Pathways (forward backwards sideways)

Patterns (sequence of movements)
Complex movements (jumping, skipping, spinning)
Coordination (right and left brain communication)
Right and Left sides

Community and relationship building

*we do not implement dress code because we believe in "come as you are" for children under 4 years old. Some like to dress up in dance clothes, some like comfortable pants and a t-shirt. Ballet shoes or bare feet.*

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Dancer & Caregiver Classes
Stage 1-Child participates with an adult's assistance

This class can be found on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Main Library (downtown location) at 10:00am. They are a FREE program offered by the city.

 

 This class is designed to give caregivers and toddlers a special bonding time, with activities that are developmentally appropriate and driven by dance and education theory. We do a combination of stretching, rhymes, movement games/dances, rhythm activities and free dancing. We utilize props such as scarves, shakers, balance beam and tunnels! Tempo, action, levels, space, shapes and more are explored. Bring a friend or make a new one at class! 

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