• Elementary Method

    5 Methods of Dance!™
  • Dance Exploration’s Elementary Program includes the 5 Methods of ‘Dance to Learn!’ ® Curriculum. Designed to teach the whole child, it is not simply a recreational program. The Elementary Program Curriculum is used as a teaching tool designed to supplement what our students are already learning in school. The Program is designed to increase self-esteem, allow a new form of self expression and identity, and foster a new level of thinking and problem solving all while having fun!

    • 'Dance to Discover!'™

      The ‘Dance to Discover Method!’™ focuses on Cognitive Development in the stages of early childhood development. Cognition is the process of intellectual development and how a child learns to process their surroundings, solve problems, and think both creatively and analytically. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, each class is focused on a terminology word based on the dance genre we are learning. That word can be related to a sub-genre, a movemente within the genre, or an important historical moment, dancer or choreographer that influenced the genre. Conceptual Based Learning allows our dancers to focus on ideas or experiences that are familiar to them and expand their knowledge in those areas through dance and movement.

    • Dance to Express™

      The Dance to Express™ Method focuses on Emotional Development in the Stages of Child Development. Emotional Development is a child’s ability to experience, express and manage their emotions and feelings. In the Dance to Learn® Curriculum, the Dance to Express™ Method also targets Language Development in our dancers as we are constantly teaching new dance terminology along with the pronunciations and meanings. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, the Dance to Express™ Method focuses on the students’ ability to use dance and movement as a means to communicateand tell a story. In combination with the Dance to Create™ Method, students will be challenged to create an 8-16 count phrase of movement to be performed during their choreographic work. Each student will need to communicate their ideas to ensure their ideas are captured throughout the process.

    • 'Dance to Accept!'™

      The ‘Dance to Accept!’™ Method targets Social Development. Social Development is the means in which children interact with others to establish and develop positive and rewarding relationships. 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 to strengthen their cooperation while working with others. This teaches children about interpersonal ways of thinking, improving their ability to communicate and relate to others. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, students will focus on the ability to appreciate the talents of each individual child in class as well as accept each other’s differences. This willingness to appreciate each other and the unique perspectives and talents of each child in class will be a great way for children to overcome intolerance and bullying.

    • Dance to Create™

      The Dance to Create™ Method focuses on a child’s Creative Development. Creativity fuels a child’s ability to solve-problems, innovate, and explore new and unfamiliar areas. It is the hallmark of ingenuity, which may lead to successes later in life in the world of art, science, and technology. Children who are encouraged to think creatively exhibit higher self-esteem and motivation. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, the class flow includes a Dance to Create™ portion of class where children work in groups or individually to create an 8-16 count phrase of choreography to be used in the final Showcase Performance. Educators and Students work collaboratively to create a phrase that is age and skill appropriate. When students create their own phrases of movement they are learning to take pride in their work, recognize that dedication to a project can render a positive outcome and ultimately learn how to use movement to communicate and express themselves.

    • 'Dance to Move!'™

      The Dance to Move™ Method targets a child’s Physical Development both in fine and gross motor skills. Fine Motor Development is the child’s ability to move smaller muscles such as fingers and toes, it can also refer to hand-eye coordination. Gross Motor Development involves a child’s ability to move on a larger scale such as dancing or playing sports. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, we target both fine and gross motor development. Students in an Elementary class may be given props, on occasion, that can be held and manipulated through dance and movement. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, students also spend some time writing on the weekly worksheets as they learn their terminology or history studies. Writing is a great way to further develop Fine Motor skills, as the action of grasping and moving the pen to create the desired outcome requires strong Fine Motor skills. In the Dance Exploration Elementary Program, dance movements are taught at a more intermediate level of skill. Dancers at this age will understand how their bodies move in and through space. Students will be challenged to perform skills for mastery as the more advanced movements are taught progressively to avoid injury. The dancers in the Dance Exploration Elementary Program will be able to link multiple movements together in short phrases as well as memorize choreography to perform at the Showcase for friends and family.

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