• Ballet/Tap Combo

    Class Description
  • Dance Exploration’s Ballet/Tap Combo Class is perfect for children who want to be soft and graceful, but also enjoy making a lot of noise! The Dance Exploration, LLC Ballet/Tap Combo Class follows 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. Like Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance; Ballet/Tap combo classes follow a themed class structure which changes each month to keep class exciting as part of the ‘Dance to Discover!’™ Method. The first 30 minutes of class is focused on ballet movements. Students will learn the five positions of the arms and feet, basic body positions, introductory ballet movements as well as ballet terminology. After warming up, children move to the center where they must learn to balance and stand with their feet in the five basic turned out positions. Careful attention is placed on hip, knee and toe alignment to ensure that children are turning out properly, this is primarily for injury prevention. Next children practice movements performed at a ‘barre.’ Pliés, tendus, degagés, relevés and passés are some examples of the beginning movements taught at the barre. The activities are based on the Story Dance Exploration™ which is teaching new movements based on figurative and play-based structure. Next children move onto Across the Floor portion of class. Across the floor movements are taught progressively to ensure that children warm up the muscles and don’t strain themselves. Across the Floor ends with the Story Dance Pathways™ which are movement based obstacle courses based on the theme and utilized to combine and link movements together as the basis for teaching choreography. After 30 minutes of ballet, we will change shoes and switch to tap class where we will focus on making noises with our toes, heels and balls of the feet. Tap class also includes warm ups and across the floor sections all based on the theme. The focus on stretching, flexibility, strength, coordination and proper execution is part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™ method. Fun props such as Teddy Bears, Magic Wands, Hula Hoops and Scarves are used in this class to help children with association to learn the moves more quickly. Children 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! At the end of class, children are encouraged to Free Dance to express themselves artistically! Self-expression through free dance time is included as part of the ‘Dance to Express!’™ Method. Free Dance also incorporates the ‘Dance to Create!’™ Method as children may be challenged to include variations on their movements including directions, shapes, weights, nouns, verbs, emotions and more. Challenging the students to associate these concepts with movement will enhance their creative thinking and problem solving processes. All Ballet/Tap Combo students are taught choreography. They learn a ballet routine as well as a tap routine. Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth. Children get to share their dances with parents at select parent observation days throughout the session. Ballet/Tap Combo classes include the Terpsichore Literacy Program™ as well as the Dance Exploration, LLC ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program!

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
      3-5
    • Class Style:
      Kiss and Go
    • Class Length:
      60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:10
  • 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
    • During the Ballet Portion of class, students will learn the 5 basic positions of arms and feet as well as simple ballet movements and terminology
    • During the tap portion of class, children will learn how to make rhythms and tempos with their feet
    • Dancers will learn the process of enchaînment (linking steps together) as the basis of simple choreography
    • Dancers will learn simple dance movements through progressive teaching techniques
    • Students will learn a simple choreographic dance which they will perform with help from the teacher
    Cognitive Development
    • Children will learn how to associate dance movements through different themes; for example dancing like a rainstorm or dancing the steps of a butterfly chrysalis
    • Children will learn concepts such as over, under, through, around, etc during Story Dance Pathway™ Activities
    • Students will learn sequencing through progressive dance activities performed throughout different parts of class including Exploring the Concept, Story Dance Pathway™ and Story Dance Exploration™
    • Students will understand simple 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
    • During Tap, students will learn basic math skills, including matching and comparing through changes in pitch, volume, and rhythm when tapping their feet
    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 verbal and non-verbal communication through simple dance activities
    • Students will learn how to listen, take direction and follow instructions from a teacher
    Language Skills
    • Children will learn new dance terminology, the meaning of the terminology and how to associate that terminology with the correct movement
    • During Ballet students will learn simple ballet terminology, the origin of the word (usually french), the meaning of the terminology and how to perform the movement
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their dance teacher
    • Through the Terpsichore Literacy Program™ Children will learn different parts of a story including the plot, characters, conflict and resolution and how to retell the story through dance and movement
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