• Teddy Bear and Me

    Class Description
  • Dance Exploration, LLC’s Teddy Bear and Me™ classes are a child’s first introduction to a structured dance and movement class. This 20 minute dance and movement class is designed as an interactive, play-based dance class with a goal to introduce dance and movement to toddlers and preschool aged children ages 1.5 to three years old. Toddlers will enjoy stretching, making noise, playing with parachutes, scarves and teddy bears with their caring dance educator leading the way. 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™. 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, next music shakers, parachutes, and scarves games will be played. Story Dance Exploration™ is a movement based center game without props, and Story Dance Pathway™ is a movement based obstacle course. Class ends with Teddy Bear Dance time! Teddy Bear Dance time is a time the children create, interact, dance and move with their teddy bears and their classmates as they need. Dance Exploration provides Teddy Bears, but children are also welcome to bring their own. After Teddy Bear Dance time, class ends with a goodbye song!  This class participates in the ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me Program™.

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  • Teddy Bear and Me™

    A Peek Inside
  • The Teddy bear and me class is designed specifically for toddlers where they can move, groove and play in their familiar preschool environment. The teddy bear and me class teaches the whole child focusing on fine motor, gross motor, social and emotional skills and cognitive concepts lead by a friendly certified dance educator. This upbeat and face paced learning environment is a child’s introduction to dance and movement. The journey begins here, we hope your child will dance, learn and grow with us!

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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 when they grasp props and toys such as scarves, music shakers, parachutes and teddy bears
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture
    • Children will improve hand-eye coordination by waving and playing with scarves, parachutes, and teddy bears
    Cognitive Development
    • Children will learn dance concepts such as over, under, through, around, etc during the play-based Story Dance Pathway™ Activities
    • Children will improve memory skills as they complete weekly progressions
    • Children will learn how to adjust movement when hearing tempo changes in music such as dancing faster when music gets louder or dancing slower when music gets softer
    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 dance in personal space as well as general space and how they should interact when meeting another dance in space
    Language Skills
    • Children will learn new dance terminology and how to associate that terminology with the correct movement
    • 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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