'Dance to Learn!'® is a valuable addition to any public or private elementary school location. Our 6 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. The 'Dance to Learn!'® Program for Elementary Schools include an AcceptDANCE™ Policy which encourages healthy relationships among participants. 'Dance to Learn!'® Elementary Program goals and outcomes align with state and national standards for Dance Education as well as align with Common Core Standards for Grades 1-5.
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!'® Family Engagement™ is included in all classes. It stresses the important role parents and care givers play in the academic success of their children.
Our Teaching Method
'Dance to Discover!'™
The Dance to Learn!® Curriculum is formulated to explore dance techniques, principles and choreography as well as school subjects. This allows the students a new way to develop a thought process on school, school assignments and different school subjects. Each week a new topic is covered to keep classes exciting. Topics are based on what the children are learning in school. This allows them to successfully merge their after school fun with their objectives as students.
In the Elementary Program, our Dance to Learn ® Curriculum is designed to reinforce what children are learning in school. Using dance as a tool to expand the learning curve and allow children a new way of thinking, and problem solving to ultimately improve school work. Including dance activities that incorporate Math, Science, History and Literacy creates a recipe for the child's overall success.
'Dance to Learn!'®
Our sessions are structured to encourage student choreography and creative input. This allows for the children to build self-confidence, boost self-esteem and find their identity through dance and movement. Students will be asked to create dances and movements both as individuals and in teams to learn how the creative process can flourish with team work. Improvisation exercises and free style allows the students to break free from structured, teacher-lead activities and offers them the opportunity to completely submerge themselves in their own artistic needs.
'Dance to Express!'™
The 'Dance to Learn!' ® Elementary Program includes the 6 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 Accept'™
'Dance to Learn!' ® strives to teach each and every student to embrace their differences. Through dance, we teach children how each person is unique and has individual qualities and talents. Students are encouraged to utilize the talents and qualities of others along with their own personal assets to come together to create beautiful movement and art. Many 'Dance to Learn!' ® activities require small and large group work and input from every participant. Intolerance and bullying is not acceptable in our program.
'Dance to Move'™
Our classes include dance styles, that are age appropriate and popular for the times! We stay current on popular dance trends and draw inspiration from the ever popular So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and America's Best Dance Crew. At a time where childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic, it is imperative that we can get kids moving and staying active in a fun and healthy way.
'Dance to Create'™
'Dance to Learn!' ® teaches the basis of Choreography development in the Elementary Program classes. Each class will be asked to create a student created choreographic work with an understanding of the elements of dance (space, time, energy). This choreographic challenge is combined with teacher created choreography and input.
The 'Dance to Learn!'® Cheerleading program is a progressive exploration of chanting, stunting, dance and movement as seen on the side lines of major sports teams. Our Cheerleading program has been designed around childhood development and the stages of each student’s schooling. Our unique ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum, includes 6 Methods of Dance™ all focused on teaching our students dance principles as a tool to help them succeed in other areas of learning. The most important concept in our cheerleading class will be working as a team!
The 'Dance to Learn!'® Jr Hip Hop is a class designed especially for Kindergartners to 1st graders. Designed around the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and the 6 Methods of Dance™ , our Jr Hip Hop class is designed to teach the whole child. Each month, we pick a new theme to keep classes and activities new and exciting each week. As part of the ‘Dance to Discover!’™ Method, our themed classes will help children associate the skills learned in class with day to day learning. Jr Hip Hop is an introduction to the urban street styles of dancing known commonly as Hip Hop. Jr hip hoppers learn age appropriate movements and skills that will test their motor development as well as their spatial awareness all part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™ Method.
The 'Dance to Learn!'® Hip Hop class explores the popular urban street style dance as seen on popular shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew! Designed around the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and the 6 Methods of Dance™ , our Hip Hop class is designed with the whole child in mind. Each week we explore a new aspect of the Hip Hop dance style whether it be a genre such as break dance vs tutting or Hip Hop terminology such as coffee grinder vs isolations. By exploring a new concept each week, we follow the guidelines of the ‘Dance to Discover!’™ Method, to keep class interesting and exciting and ensure children are learning as much as possible.
The 'Dance to Learn!'® 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.
The 'Dance to Learn!'® Viral Dance class explores the popular dance videos as found on YouTube! Designed around the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and the 6 Methods of Dance™ , our Viral Dance Party class is designed with the whole child in mind. Each week we learn two to three new viral video dances and we will put our own class flare to each dance. The videos kids love the most are
AcceptDANCE™ is a new Elementary aged anti-bullying class which was introduced in 2015. This program encourages dancers to accept each others' unique talents and abilities through dance and movement. In every class, 'Dance to Learn!'® Educators encourage a 'Yes!' Environment™ where children work together in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. AcceptDANCE™ takes this one step further as an all-inclusive anti-bullying class offered as a six to ten week session. Throughout the session children work together to create dances that showcase each child and how they are different.