• Toddler Program

    Class Description
  • The Toddler Dance Exploration Program follows the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and Methods. ‘Dance to Learn!’® is a valuable addition to any early head start, preschool, day care or recreational center. Our 5 Methods of Dance™ are designed to teach the whole child at all stages of their development. ‘Dance to Learn!’® classes build critical and creative thinking skills, enhance creative expression and introduce social-emotional skills such as patience, waiting turns and sharing. ‘Dance to Learn!’® Program goals and outcomes align with the Head Start School Readiness Goals for Preschool Children as well as state and national standards for Dance Education.

    Classes are structured for success! The ‘Dance to Learn!’® Class Flow is choreographed to follow the natural progressions of a child’s movement and learning abilities to ensure mastery of class objectives and movement studies. ‘Dance to Learn!’® classes brighten a child’s school day by waking the brain and body up with lively, and educational dance based movement games and activities. Class is led by a passionate and Certified ‘Dance to Learn!’® Educator who cares about nurturing the success of each student at every turn.

    The learning does not stop in the classroom. The ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program is included in all classes. It stresses the important role parents and care givers play in the academic success of their children. 

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  • Toddler Program Details

    • Program Ages:
      18 months - 3
    • Class Length:
      20-30 Minutes
    • Teacher to Student Ratio:
      1:10
  • Toddler Program Objectives

    Objective 1: Gross Motor Development

    Students at the end of the session should be able to complete simple locomotor and non-locomotor dance movements including but not limited to: runs, marches, gallops, tip toe walks, twirls, spins, bounces, jumps and more. Students should also be able to grasp and manipulate objects such as scarves, music shakers, teddy bears and more to improve their fine motor skills.

    Objective 2: Tempo

    Students should be able to understand tempo changes between fast and slow, and how to change their dancing accordingly.

    Objective 3: Spatial Awareness

    Students should have a sense of spatial awareness and moving within personal space vs general space, how to move in space and creating different shapes within the space.

    Objective 4: Language Skills

    Students should have a simple understanding of dance and movement vocabulary. For example, they will begin to learn the words associated with movements and how to perform the appropriate movements with the associated words. For example they will know the difference between a run and a tip toe walk or a march vs a gallop.

    Objective 5: Cognitive Development

    The Toddler Dance Exploration program, follows the Dance to Learn® Curriculum, a conceptual and theme, play-based curriculum. Students will learn several different cognitive concepts including space, tempo, numbers, colors, levels, and sizes, all through fun dance, movement and music based activities and exploration.

    Objective 6: Emotional Development

    Students in the Toddler Dance Exploration program, will learn how to appropriately talk to the teacher and other students to express their needs and wants, for example “I want the pink the scarf!” They will also learn how to regulate emotions and feelings as they learn different social skills such as patience, sharing, waiting turns and listening skills.

    Objective 7: Social Development

    Students should have an understanding of classroom etiquette in dance class and be able to show patience, share, say please, thank you and you’re welcome.

    Objective 8: Association

    Students will learn how to associate dance and movement with different concepts. For example, one concept may be size. Dance Exploration may have a large elephant on a piece of paper vs a smaller animal like a bunny on the other. Dance students will learn how to move big like the elephant vs small like the bunny. In the future when seeing similar animals, they will be able to more quickly associate appropriate movements with those animals.

    Objective 9: Knowledge Retention

    Parents who are involved in the Dance Exploration ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program should see a difference in their child develop and grow with the suggested at home ‘Dance to Learn!’® Activities.

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