Beginning with our esteemed Early Childhood Dance program description and a detailed description of class offerings for ages 3 through High School below the image.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD & BOYS DANCE PROGRAMS

Philosophy on Early Childhood Dance

as derived from the National Dance Education Organization Standards

Dance embodies one of our most primal relationships to the universe. It is pre-verbal. beginning before words can be formed. It is innate in children before they possess command over language and is evoked when thoughts or emotions are too powerful for words to contain.

Children move naturally. They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling, and they move because it is joyful and feels wonderful. When their movement becomes consciously structured and is performed with awareness for its own sake, it becomes dance.

Dance is a natural method for learning and a basic form of cultural expression. Children learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language. Just as all societies create forms of visual representation or organize sounds into music, all cultures organize movement and rhythm into one or more forms of dance. Yet, while our educational systems for early childhood include drawing and singing, they often neglect to include dance. It is essential that education provide our children with the developmental benefits and unique learning opportunities that come from organizing movement into the aesthetic experience of dance.

The Benefits of Dance

Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.

Physical Development: Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance than most other physical activities. This is accomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. Dancing utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, but dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills.

Emotional Maturity: Dance promotes psychological health and maturity. Children enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement. A pres-school child enters a dance class or classroom with a history of emotional experiences. Movement within a class offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and appreciation of oneself and others.

Social Awareness: Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation. Children learn to communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate mode of body movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic. As the ongoing and sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves, children learn to understand themselves in relation to others.

Cognitive Development: Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response. Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to function in and understand the world. The relationship of movement to intellectual development and education is an embryonic field of study that has only recently begun to be explored.

Our Faculty and Classes:

At CORE, we believe that our Early Childhood classes deserve the utmost care. We choose faculty who concentrate their dance education studies in early childhood development; both physical and mental. Our well-balanced classes address the “whole child”. It is the combination of this understanding that makes for a HAPPY, successful student in our dance studio and in life! And, most importantly, WE HAVE FUN!

Children develop at individual rates, thus abilities and talents in early childhood are extremely varied. Our long-standing curriculum provides a sequential program that is appropriate to the age and developmental needs of the child.

Age 3-4, Intro to Ballet

Our Intro to Ballet classes meet 45 minutes per week. We begin our classes with an attention to the individual’s sense of self, encouraging them to introduce themselves and feel connected to their teachers and classmates! The dancers are led through a series of stretches, movement stories and sequences and various ballet activities. With movement using creative props and materials, the dancers develop motor coordination as they run, leap, stretch and move to the music!

Ages 4-5, 5-6 Tap and Ballet

The fun combo of Tap and Ballet fundamentals helps to improve coordination and promote quick thinking, discipline and self-confidence. It’s our goal to learn the basics properly from the very beginning! We strive to give the best possible dance experience in a fun and healthy environment while providing an ever growing box of dance “tools” that your child will carry throughout their dance life!

Boys Dance

Our innovative Boys Dance class is a safe place for young boys to experiment with dance outside of the confines of a single discipline. With a focus on creative movement, balance, rhythm and musicality, your child will explore the joy of dance! Let the boys be boys – TOGETHER!


Ballet Class Descriptions

Intro to Ballet (3-4 years old)
This is an introduction to ballet incorporating basic terminology with the positions of the feet, hands and body.

Ballet/Tap (4 -5 and 5-6 year olds)
This class will follow a traditional format of an classical ballet class to include basic barre exercise and center practice. Children will also demonstrate skills and combinations traveling across the floor.  The tap portion consists of rhythm and musicality set to fun music with accumulating movements in the tradition of tap.

Ballet Levels by age group and difficulty
The foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work.

  • (7-8 years old)

Physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology.

  • (11-13 years old)

Understanding the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement with proper ballet technique.

  • (Teen)

New and more complex material will be taught at an accelerated pace. Student will begin to learn basic ballet history and develop a knowledge and great appreciation of the great ballets, classical music and famous dancers.

  • (Advanced Teen)

An advanced class combining skills from previous level classes and correlating steps to lengthy and complex combinations with] correct technique, extensive terminology and knowledge of the art of ballet itself.

 


Musical Theatre Dance Description

Jazz (12-14 and High School ages welcome)
Sing-Dance-Act! – This class is an introduction to the Musical Theater genre for young children.  This class will provide young students the opportunity to explore acting exercises, simple movement for musical theater and an introduction to singing.  Students will learn songs and movement from current and classic musicals in preparation for an end of semester in class presentation.


Jazz Class Descriptions

Early Jazz (9-11 years old)
This is an energetic class that will include stretching and cardiovascular warm Up along with basic body isolations and coordination exercises using upbeat And popular music.

Jazz (11-13 years old)
Basic combinations of rhythmic, percussive movements of traditional jazz style. This is a wonderful way to expand energy and learn to dance at the same time.

Jazz (12-14 and High School)
We challenge our students with many different forms of jazz, all high energy But with different styles. These classes are popular with all ages and provide And added benefit of cardiovascular exercise due to the high level of energy Exerted. Jazz class is a fun and fast paced mixture of various techniques.


Modern Dance Class Descriptions

Modern
Modern dance explores movement, space, rhythm and the dancer’s own creativity with emphasizes on momentum, shapes and patterns. This form of dance is inspired by nature, music, art, and human emotions.


Tap Class Descriptions

Pre-Tap (4-5 years old)
This is an introduction to tap using basic tap steps and slow music so children can develop a sense of rhythm and learn to count music while dancing at the same time.

Basic Tap (5 – 6 and 7-8 years old)
Basic combinations of rhythmic, percussive movements of traditional jazz style. This is a wonderful way to expand energy and learn to dance at the same time.

Tap (Teen- Advanced High School Teen)
Rhythm patterns for the feet including, standard time steps, percussive styles and rhythms through the more complicated steps of the Tap repertoire.


Hip Hop Class Description

Hip Hop
This course will introduce students to classic and contemporary hip-hop dance technique. Students will demonstrate hip-hop dance skills through warm-ups and choreographed routines. This class will also explore the culture and music of hip-hop and other related styles of dance such as African dance, jazz, and pop/culture dance.

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