All classes meet once a week for 45 minutes either in-studio or outdoors under the Pavilion at the JCC.
Students are placed according to their age as of September 1, 2022.
Dance With Me
(Ages 18 months to 2)
Dance With Me is a wonderful bonding and explorative experience for young dancers and their parents or caregiver. In this sensory-rich movement experience, dancers are engaged with stories, dance games, rhythm, and songs all the while learning how their bodies can move through space.
Next Steps is the perfect transition for young children who are becoming more independent. From the comfort and safety of parents or caregivers still participating in the fun, students continue learning in a sensory-rich movement experience with stories, dance games, rhythm and songs. As the year progresses, students are guided towards independence as they step away from the comfort of their caregiver. By the end of the year, we hope these dancers are ready to take on Creative Dance with confidence!
(Ages 3 & 4)
Creative Dance builds on the fundamentals introduced in Dance With Me and Next Steps. The syllabus is designed to gently introduce young dancers to a structured and safe classroom environment, while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. Classes are narrative in nature as dancers are led through a series of movement stories and ballet-based activities that appeal to all. Social skills are also developed through collaborative and cooperative games. Over the course of each year, activities become more challenging as dancers gain confidence in their coordination and skills.
Creative Ballet is a perfect balance of ballet basics and creative dance. Dancers are developing their technique, gaining body awareness, and refining basic skills, while still having imaginative and creative movement experiences. They are taking a more active role in their own learning, acquiring the tools to collaborate, choreograph, and exchange ideas with their peers. Dancers advance through Creative Ballet ready to step into the Pre-Ballet Division.
Pre-Ballet – The curriculum of the Pre-Ballet Division is designed to be a bridge between the content and feel of the Young Children’s Division and the more traditional classical ballet format of the Elementary Division. We introduce more ballet components as we progress from 6 to 7-year-old classes and gently prepare students for Level 1 when they begin the progressive syllabus of the Elementary Division.
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