Recommended Dance Classes for 2-5 Year Olds
- Mommy & Me
Designed for toddlers (18 mo-3 yrs) and caregivers to enhance gross motor coordination and listening skills through music, props, crafts, and dance. Moms and dads assist our very youngest movers through their first dance class. Dancers discover creativity, explore flexibility and build self confidence through movement.
- Tutus for Tots
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.
- Tippy Toes
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.
- Tiny Tappers
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!
- Song & Dance
The world of Broadway comes to life for children ages 3-4 years in this class, consisting of two basic components: music and dance!
Traditional tap is taught in our beginning classes. As students ages 5-6 years progress, new popular forms of tap are introduced and studied.
- Intro to Jazz
Jazz is an exciting and ever-evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. This class will introduce students ages 5-6 years to many jazz styles. Class will focus on teaching basic body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and will layer jazz style over the traditional technique of ballet.
- Pre Ballet
An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students ages 5-6 years will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.
- Hippity Hop
Students ages 5-6 years will learn movement terminology and historical facts about urban dance culture. This class uses R&B and other popular music of today. Dancers are introduced to the elements of freestyle and the styles that influence it such as popping, locking and b-boying.
- Musical Theatre
Students ages 5-8 years learn how to bring characterization to a song and choreography, define a character, vocal techniques, and become acquainted with various musical theatre techniques and styles. Students will also create and build their own props. All musical theatre students are recommended to take additional ballet, jazz, and voice classes. At least one additional dance technique class is strongly recommended.
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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