Recommended Dance Classes for 2-6 Year Olds
Designed to get toddlers and their caregivers moving, toddlers learn motor skills, listening skills, and basic dance skills through creative movement, games, and activities. Mommies, daddies, grandparents, and anyone else is welcome to assist their little one in this fun exploration of movement.
Tutus for Tots is an introduction to dance using creative movement and very basic ballet steps and terminology. Through movement games and activities children ages 3-4 years will learn and practice spatial awareness, rhythm, balance and coordination.
Bring your attitude to these creative movement jazz classes which invite children 3-4 years to dance through the use of fun music, rhythm games, and storytelling. Scarves, bean bags, hula hoops, and fans are used to enhance the child’s exploration of shape, level, and the dynamics of movement.
Students ages 3-4 years will learn tap terminology and tap combinations to different rhythms and a variety of music. In class tappers develop motor skills, rhythm and coordination while having lots of fun. 42nd Street, here we come!
Little tappers will begin to learn the basics of tap with a focus on rhythm, syncopation, and patterns. Taplettes will play games to help them learn new patterns and steps.
Intro to Jazz is an upbeat class that introduces basic jazz technique, rhythm, and choreography. With upbeat music, dancers will start to learn about the differences between jazz and ballet, the styles of jazz, and performance skills.
Pre-Ballet is an introductory ballet class that introduces the positions of the feet, port de bras, basic ballet steps, French vocabulary, class etiquette, barre work, center work, and choreography. Through games, creative movement, and imagery, the foundation for ballet technique will begin to blossom for young dancers.
In every class, our experienced and caring instructors conduct age-appropriate activities with the goal of introducing young children to basic musical and movement concepts. Through the use of percussion instruments, movement activities, listening exercises, and singing, our early childhood students begin to learn important concepts such as pitch, dynamics, and timbre and an awareness of self, coordination and physical expression. Additionally, motor control and inner hearing are also developed, enabling a natural transition to instrumental lessons or structured dance classes. Music & Dance Academy classes are educational and fun for both students and parents.
What makes Music & Dance Academy’s EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM unique?
OUR TEACHERS ARE PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS AND DANCERS!
They are trained and certified in early childhood educational methods and are also instrumentalists/vocalists/dancers who complement their teaching with musical or dance demonstrations.
OUR CLASSES ARE AGE APPROPRIATE.
Children develop at different rates, particularly when they are very young. The motor skills of a six month old are different from a 20 month old. Therefore, we structure our classes to specific age groups.
OUR CLASSES BUILD SKILLS.
Our Parent ‘N Tot class for parent and child, Pre-ballet through Music Fun Time, Music & Dance Academy’s Early Childhood Program builds skills from one class to the next, ultimately preparing each child for success in instrumental instruction.
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