• Florrie Flamingo© Ballet

    Class Description
  • Dance Exploration’s Florrie Flamingo© Ballet Class is a short 6 week introductory dance class for new dancers in the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum program. Florrie Flamingo© is a hand illustrated Flittering Flamingo Character dancing among a background of bright and brilliant colors. She performs 26 Ballet and dance moves on oversized 4×6 Flash Cards with the associated Ballet Term written fluently on the front of each card. Florrie Flamingo©  is designed to teach the ABC’s of Dance to first time dancers. Florrie Flamingo©  teaches basic dance and ballet movements. Florrie Flamingo© Ballet follows the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and is designed to teach the whole child through the 6 Methods of Dance™ which have been formed based on the stages of childhood development. The Florrie Flamingo© Ballet classes follow a progressive class structure. Students will learn the ABC’s of Dance learning 26 Dance and Ballet movements as well as the associated ballet terminology. The moves are taught using creative and imaginative play as part of the ‘Dance to Discover!’™ Method. This keeps class exciting and makes the exercises more fun. The class begins with imaginative warm ups all designed to increase flexibility. After stretching, children move to the center where they use the Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards as they learn 8 new dance moves each class. Florrie Flamingo© assists in proper technique while the teacher pays careful attention to hip, knee and toe alignment to ensure that children are turning out properly, this is primarily for injury prevention. Some movements performed by Florrie Flamingo© include pliés, tendus, degagés, relevés and passés which are learned during the Developing Skills part of class. Fun props such as Teddy Bears, Magic Wands, Hula Hoops and Scarves are used to make this part of class more fun, and to help children with association to learn the moves more quickly. The focus on stretching, flexibility, strength, coordination and proper execution is part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™ method. Dance Exploration use Story Dance Exploration™ a play based and imaginative approach to teaching new movement concepts. Across the floor movements are taught progressively to ensure that children warm up the muscles and don’t strain themselves. Story Dance Pathways™ are used across the floor to help children learn Enchaînement. In ballet, enchaînement is a term used to describe the linking of multiple steps together. Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards  include a number of Locomotor (moving) and Non-Locomotor (stationary) movements. Dancers will use the Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards to determine which movements are Locomotor vs Non-Locomotor complete. Florrie Flamingo© will also help children remember which moves comes next in their Story Dance Pathway™. Children work with partners in the class frequently to encourage not only social skills but to gain artistic inspiration from their peers. Partner work and teamwork are included as part of the ‘Dance to Accept!’™ method where children learn to accept each other’s unique talents through dance and movement activities. Children’s artistic freedom and self expression are encouraged by their teachers by creating a positive “Yes” environment! Along with ballet movements, children learn about classical music! The basics of musicality such as how to count music, phrasing, and tempo are all a part of dance and these basic skills are taught in Florrie Flamingo© Ballet. At the end of class, children are encouraged to Free Dance to express themselves artistically and foster creative thinking! Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards include 5 Wild Cards which help with the ‘Dance to Create!’™ part of class. Self expression through free dance time is included as part of the ‘Dance to Express!’™ Method. This enhances and awakens a child’s creative thinking as they are challenged to create dance moves that can be associated with the Florrie Flamingo© Wild Cards.  All Florrie Flamingo© Ballet students are taught choreography to teach memorization, spatial awareness, and self worth! Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth. 

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
      3-5
    • Class Style:
      Kiss and Go
    • Class Length:
      45-60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:10
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Students will learn 26 beginning ballet and dance movements using the Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards
    • Students will learn the difference between locomotor (traveling) and non-locomotor (stationary) movement. This will also help students with their spatial awareness and learning how to dance in self space versus general space.
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture.
    • Florrie Flamingo© Ballet students will learn the 5 basic positions of arms and feet as well as simple ballet movements and terminology.
    • Children will improve hand-eye coordination by waving scarves and other props.
    • Dancers will learn the process of enchaînment (linking steps together) as the basis of simple choreography using the Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards.
    • Dancers will learn simple dance movements through progressive teaching techniques.
    • Students will learn a simple choreographic dance which they will perform with help from the teacher.
    Cognitive Development
    • Florrie Flamingo© Ballet Students will learn how to take visual cues from the Flash Cards to perform the correct movements.
    • /Florrie Flamingo© Ballet Students learn how to compare and contrast different movements. For example, they may be asked to demonstrate through movement a “Waltz” versus “Zumba.” Then they will be asked what was similar or different between the movement.
    • Student’s recollection skills will be challenged when asked to perform movements from memory.
    • Children will learn concepts such as over, under, through, around, etc during Story Dance Pathway™ Activities
    • Students will learn sequencing through progressive dance activities performed throughout different parts of class including Exploring the Concept, Story Dance Pathway™ and Story Dance Exploration™
    • Students will understand simple dance elements such as dancing in self space vs general space, dancing to different tempos, and dancing with variations on energy including movement flow, tension or weight concepts
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Students in Florrie Flamingo© Ballet Class may have to sit through turns, exhibiting growth in self-control, patience, and trust.
    • Children will learn to interact with other children and how they can exist with others in space while moving.
    • Students learn how to wait patiently, take turns and work cooperatively in a group.
    • Students will learn how to express themselves through verbal and non-verbal communication through simple dance activities.
    Language Skills
    • In Florrie Flamingo© Ballet students will learn 26 dance and ballet terms kown as the ABC’s of Dance.
    • Children will learn new dance terminology, the meaning of the terminology and how to associate that terminology with the correct movement.
    • Florrie Flamingo© Ballet students will learn simple ballet terminology, the origin of the word (usually french), the meaning of the terminology and how to perform the movement.
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their dance teacher.
    • Through the Terpsichore Literacy Program™ Children will learn different parts of a story including the plot, characters, conflict and resolution and how to retell the story through dance and movement.
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