Our Teaching Method
'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.
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 Learn!'®
'Dance to Learn!'® 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 a 'Dance to Learn!'® 'Yes' Environment and creating a positive teaching atmosphere that fosters growth and learning potential.
'Dance to Express!'™
The 'Dance to Learn!'® Preschool Program, is a journey into the introduction of basic dance movements and principles. Using the 'Dance to Learn!' ® Curriculum Methods, we've created a program that combines dance techniques with early childhood development. The method behind our core curriculum is guaranteed to keep our young minds stimulated, curious, and amused with their dance education as well as continuously making progress in their development.
'Dance to Accept'™
'Dance to Learn!'® Educators teach 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 Move'™
'Dance to Learn!'® Educators teach progressively for mastery and success. Proper technical skill will be achieved before advancing to additional dance moves. 'Dance to Learn!'® 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.
'Dance to Create!'™
'Dance to Learn!'® 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.
"I have had the opportunity to observe several of the classes taught by Ms. Jessica. She is patient and gives clear directions. While using the correct terms for the dance positions/moves, she also provides a secondary explanation that is age-appropriate. My daughter enjoys her classes with Ms. Jessica and when asked, my daughter always has nice things to say about her teacher."
- Romi, Ayla's Mom
A huge thank you to your staff. Peyton has thoroughly enjoyed her Monday dance classes as well as her teachers. This is a great program and a great opportunity for children to engage in fun dance activities."
- Meghan, Peyton's Mom
'Dance to Learn!'® is excited to introduce our Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ class. Based on the foundations of Jr Hip Hop, this class is designed especially for preschoolers to 1st graders. Founded on the principles of the 'Dance to Learn!'® Curriculum and the 6 Methods of Dance™, our Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ Class is designed to teach the whole child. Each month, we pick a new storybook 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 and easy association and conceptualization of the steps for better mastery. Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ is an introduction to the urban street styles of dancing known commonly as Hip Hop. What makes the class unique is in the execution of the deliverance of dance steps. Each move will be taught using a stuffed animal, like a teddy bear, or similar prop to easily teach break dance moves and other hip hop genres. As classes progress dancers will be asked to perform dance moves that replicate a real life creature or event. For example when teaching isolations or robotics, we may utilize the imagery of a scarecrow to better teach the concepts. The utilizing of play-based and imaginative learning is part of the Story Dance Exploration™ part of class. The skills and movements taught will be age appropriate and will test their motor development as well as their spatial awareness all part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™ Method. The class begins with warming up the muscles with stretches, isolations (moving one body part separately from the others), and fun rhythmic patterns and play. All warm ups will include a ‘Prop of the Day’ which will base the theme of the class. During across the floor activities, dancers will complete Story Dance Pathways™ these themed obstacle courses will focus on one or multiple hip hop dance moves. Dance moves are age appropriate and as such are more "creative" and "imaginative" at this level. Dancers will be challenged to create their own moves to help tell a story or recreate a concept as part of the 'Dance to Create!'™ Method. The Terpsichore Literacy Program™ is included in Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ Class. This reading readiness program will allow students to explore children’s literacy stories, characters and plots. Dancers work in groups with their peers to further develop their ability to learn manners, patience, and other important life skills as part of the ‘Dance to Accept!’™ Method. Each Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ class will learn a combo or dance routine to be performed at the Graduation. Combos are taught for mastery of skill and are challenging enough to encourage motivation and determination. Teachers follow a "Yes!" Environment where the children feel comfortable and safe working with both their instructor and their peers. Educators also encourage children to make the right choices and nurture their self expression. As part of the ‘Dance to Express!’™ Method, all classes end with a free-style circle where kids are challenged to show off their best dance moves while their peers cheer them on! Teddy Bear Hip Hop™ includes the ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program.