Pre-Dance Ages 3 & 4
Pre-Dance Ages 3&4
Our purpose is to provide a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment where young dancers can develop basic skills, learn primary lessons, and build self-confidence. The first few weeks of classes serve as an introductory phase to help dancers and parents become comfortable with the overall dance experience, the classroom, their teachers, and their classmates. Right from the beginning, we focus on the dancer’s coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and imagination. Our 45 minute class consists of ballet and tumbling basics in a creative and fun way, age appropriate music and songs, simple stretching exercises, and interactive games. Children learn to express themselves creatively, as dance is not all about learning steps (although they do get introduced to basic steps). Preschool children perform one dance routine in our annual recital. Leotard, tights, & pink ballet slippers are required.
Separation from the parent
The process of separating from the parent as the child attends dance class is an important accomplishment of preschool children. As children mature, they begin to identify themselves as independent personalities, and our mission is to help make these personalities something everyone, especially the dancer, can be proud of. In separating from you, the parent, your child is learning:
- to build a strong character and backbone.
- to feel comfortable with themselves, their teachers, and other children in the class.
- to develop trust amongst other people.
- to become an individual unique from all others.
- to value their parents.
It is important to know that at times young children will explore the limits of attending dance class and say that they don’t want to go. This phase may occur at anytime, but it is usually short-lived. Here are some suggestions that might help you handle the situation:
- Emphasize what the child is doing at the dance class rather than what you do while he/she is in class.
- Before you leave, see that the child is involved in an activity or is in the hands of a teacher/assistant.
- Avoid prolonged good-byes.
- Ask the teacher for help in separation. We expect the crying!
It may not be the right time
If your dancer cries or does not want to take class, don’t panic. If we push children and create more stress than they are already experiencing, they may come to perceive dance class as a bad experience. That kind of negativity could make them apprehensive about dance for a long time, which isn’t good for anyone involved. Try to avoid forcing your dancer into the classroom. If your child stops attending within the first month, your registration fee will be credited to the following year. We encourage you to have your child try again next year.
It is not a requirement for dancers to be in a program. Dancers may choose to take any individual classes that are designed for their age range. *Teachers also advise what classes dancers will fit best into.*