• Ballet

    Class Description
  • Dance Exploration’s Ballet Class is for children who have mastered the basic dance movements taught in Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet. The Ballet class is built on 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. In Ballet, students are challenged to focus on Ballet Terminology and proper technical execution of steps. Ballet history, terminology and famous dancers and choreographers will be studied each week as a part of the ‘Dance to Discover!’™Method. Changing the weekly discovery of class, keeps class interesting and ensures a well rounded education of all facets that compose the Ballet technique. After the weekly class discovery, the class moves onto gentle warm ups, stretches, coordination and strength exercises commonly performed at a ballet “barre”. Dance Exploration often uses desks and chairs as make shift barres, or may even perform barre exercises in the center for further study of balance and weight transfer. Attention to proper execution of exercises and technique is critical when performing Barre exercises and therefore are often performed in repetition. After the barre, the dancers will move across the floor performing single movements and linking movements together forming combinations of movements and skills. All skills are taught chronologically in a progressive series to ensure mastery and prevent injury. The progressive class structure of warms ups, barre and traveling across the floor is part of Dance Exploration’s ‘Dance to Move!’™ method. Exercises are performed individually and with partners. Students 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 Pre-Ballet. Musicality and phrasing is further studied in Ballet as students are challenged to choreograph a short movement to an instrumental musical score by the end of their session. This challenge of creating original choreography and expression through free dance and artistry is included as part of the ‘Dance to Create!’™ Method. To ensure each student provides input in the dance, they will each receive a dedicated piece of the routine to create their work. This opportunity for self-expression correlates with the ‘Dance to Express!’™ Method. Combined with student-based choreography, the Dance Educator ensures all Ballet students are taught choreography to enhance memorization, spatial awareness, and self worth! Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth. To encourage continued study and exploration of Ballet at home, the Ballet classes include weekly emailed updates and at-home activity suggestions as part of Dance Exploration’s Family Engagement Program!

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
    • Class Style:
      Teacher Led
    • Class Length:
      60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture. Flexibility will also be increased as safe stretching techniques are followed
    • Students will learn the 5 basic positions of arms and feet as well as simple ballet movements and terminology
    • Dancers will learn the process of enchaînment (linking steps together) as the basis of simple choreography
    • Dancers will learn beginning to intermediate ballet movements through progressive teaching techniques
    • Students will learn a simple choreographic dance which they will perform at a session ending performance
    • Students will choreograph their own 8-16 count combination to be performed in the choreographic routine
    Cognitive Development
    • Dancers will understand the elements of dance including space, time and energy
    • Students will understand variations on the 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
    • Students will learn sequencing through progressive dance activities performed throughout different parts of class including Exploring the Concept and Developing Skills
    • Dancers will learn patterns, formations and sequences through dance combinations and choreography
    Social and Emotional Development
    • 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 dance and movement
    • Students will learn how to listen, take direction and follow instructions from a teacher
    • Students will learn how Dancers behave through the D-A-N-C-E-R acronym
    • Students will learn how to accept the unique differences of their peers and how to accept each other’s unique talents
    • Students will work together in small groups to create a short 8-16 count dance combo to be performed in the choreographic routine
    Language Skills
    • Each week ballet students will learn new dance terminology, the origin of the word (usually french), the meaning of the terminology and how to associate that terminology with the correct movement
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their dance teacher
  • Our Teaching Method

    6 Methods of Dance™
    • 'Dance to Learn!'®

      Our Preschool Program includes activities that advance each individual child’s development. Activities are focused on cognitive thinking, problem solving, social and speech development, peer relations, and motor skills.

    • 'Dance to Discover!'™

      In our preschool program, we introduce a new theme each week to prevent stagnation. Themes are age and development appropriate. Children will learn new concepts to stimulate their cognitive development as well as their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    • 'Dance to Accept!'™

      Dance Exploration teaches in a positive ‘Yes’ Environment where artistry, imagination and innovations can thrive. The ‘Yes!’ Environment cannot survive with negativity or intolerance. Therefore, from day one, children are taught how to work in groups and in teams. This teaches children at a young age about peer relations. In the preschool program, emphasis will be placed on partner and small group activities, sharing, patience and waiting turns. Children will develop the ability to overcome disagreements with their classmates and develop contented relationships.

    • 'Dance to Express!'™

      Dance Exploration Educators are trained to aid the students in decision making processes. When faced with dance activities where a participant’s imagination and creativity are honed, Dance Educators may demonstrate their ideas, but will always reassure and support a child who takes inventive liberty and spin on an idea. This is part of Dance Exploration’s ‘Yes’ Environment and creating a positive teaching atmosphere that fosters growth and learning potential.

    • 'Dance to Create!'™

      Dance Exploration Preschool classes encourage creative development and expression. Classes allow children the opportunity to move in their own way and at their own pace allowing children to create their idea of class themes and concepts through their own dance interpretations. Teachers guide the creative process through a positive and nurturing environment.

    • 'Dance to Move!'™

      Dance Exploration Educators teach progressively for mastery and success. Proper technical skill will be achieved before advancing to additional dance moves. Dance Exploration will combine locomotor and non locomotor skills in all classes to assure that the child’s gross motor skills continue to be improved upon. Skills to be measured in the Preschool Program will be balance, coordination, muscle control and muscle memory, fine motor ability, flexibility and strength.

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