• Teddy Bear and Me Improv

    Class Description
  • Broadway Exploration’s Teddy Bear and Me™ classes are a child’s first introduction to improvisation and acting. This 20 minute drama, movement and play class is designed as an interactive, play-based dance class with a goal to introduce acting and improv techniques to toddlers and preschoolers ages 1.5 to three years old. Toddlers will enjoy using stuffed animals each week to learn how the animals move, the sounds the make and recreate the animals in different scenarios. For example, the Certified Educator may use a stuffed frog and students can crawl, jump and ribbitt as the frog would. The teacher may also place some lily pads on the floor to create a scene and give the students scenarios on how they would jump from pad to pad. The class is designed based on the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum which is focused on the whole child and has been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development to form the 5 Methods of Dance and Performance Arts™. Children are allowed to explore, create and move in their own way and at their own pace. Class activities are directed by the instructor and the course of the class may change based on the children and how they are performing and interacting.  Dance Exploration structures their Teddy Bear and Me™ class on quick transitions and changing up games and activities as often as possible to keep class fun and the children actively engaged. Class structure and routines are consistent from week to week with class beginning with warm ups, animal study and movement exploration, then scene work. This class participates in the ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me Program™.

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
      1.5 - 3 years old
    • Class Style:
      Kiss and Go
    • Class Length:
      20 Minutes
    • Teacher to Student Ratio:
      1:10
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Children will learn basic fine motor skills and improved hand strength as they grasp and manipulate stuffed animals and other props
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture
    Cognitive Development
    • Toddlers will learn how to associate movements, sounds, and behaviors with different animals. For example, if the stuffed animal is an elephant, students will learn how to make movements bigger, how to use arms as trunks or ears and how to march or move like an elephant may move in the wild
    • Children will learn how to quickly adjust to different scenarios for example how would the elephant move if he was hungry, or if he was being chased by a lion
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children and how they can exist with others in space while moving
    • Toddlers will learn important spatial skills as they are challenged to move in personal space as well as general space and how they should interact when meeting another person in space
    Language Skills
    • Children will learn new words and phrases that will assist in their improvisation techniques and how to associate that terminology with the correct movements and behaviors
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to not only their peers, but also their dance teacher
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