at the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center
Class Ages: 3-5
Class Style: Kiss and Go
Class Length: 45 Minutes
Day and Time: Tuesdays 10:00- 10:45 am
Dance Exploration, LLC’s Creative Dance classes plant the seed for budding dancers as they begin their journey of growth in the Dance Exploration program. Creative Dance is designed as an interactive, play-time dance class with a goal to introduce dance and movement to preschool aged children. Our ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum has been designed with the whole child in mind and has been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development to form the 5 Methods of Dance™. Each month, Dance Exploration designs the class around a new monthly theme to keep the classes fun and exciting as part of our ‘Dance to Discover!™ method. Each week within that monthly theme, we focus on one of 14 different Dance Concepts or Elements to explore ensuring that classes are always evolving, educational and entertaining! The class structure remains the same with classes beginning with Introducing the Concept! We perform this part of class in our Learning Circle where each child has the chance to interact and engage with the Dance Educator and their peers. This is where we incorporate a bold and bright visual aid that the students can quickly relate to and identify with. We discuss the visual aid and discuss how we can apply it to our bodies through movement. After introducing our weekly concept, we continue to warm up and stretch on the floor and slowly move to standing. Next the dancers move Across the Floor where we Develop Skills. Movements consist of introductory movements such as tip toe walks, skips, marches, gallops and jumps. Movements are taught progressively to ensure mastery and proper execution as part of our ‘Dance to Move!’™ method. The ‘Dance to Accept!’™ method was created to help children learn to accept the unique talents and differences of their peers. To encourage teamwork and peer relations, many of the exercises and activities include dancing with partners or in groups. Story Dance Pathways™ are included in this class to teach shapes and concepts such as over, under, through, around, in between, inside, outside, and more. The Story Dance Pathways™ can also be designed to teach different concepts such as the life cycle of a butterfly or can be used to re-enact the plot of a story such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Story Dance Pathways™ are a creative approach to teaching children the basis of linking steps together to form choreographic works. Class ends with costumes and free style dancing where the child is allowed to let their creativity and imagination take over as part of the ‘Dance to Express!’™ and ‘Dance to Create!’™ methods focused on self-expression and creative thinking. They are challenged to learn musicality as they dance to fast and slow tempos, and their minds are encouraged to be creative when asked to strike big, little or medium poses or pose like animals or bugs! Throughout the class, Dance Exploration incorporates the use of several different types of props including multi-colored scarves, mats, wands, hula hoops and more! Incorporating props can help develop fine motor skills and improve hand-eye co-ordination and of course to make simple steps like twirling more fun! The Creative Dance Class includes The Dance Me a Story™ Program. This literacy readiness program includes reading a new children’s book each month. Children are then taken on an adventure with their dance Educator reenacting the characters, plot, conflict and resolution with movement. Children are nurtured by their instructor through a positive “Yes!” environment, and the small class size ensures the personal attention needed at this stage of learning. Children at this level are taught the fundamentals of choreography where they are taught dance routines and how to memorize them. Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and are designed to encourage self-confidence and worth when executed correctly! Parents are able to observe what their child has learned through several free observations and community performances throughout the session! Creative Dance classes include participation in the Dance Exploration, LLC ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program!
Dance Exploration’s Creative Dance class is a preschooler’s introduction to dance and movement. Preschoolers are invited to dance, learn and grow in a positive, nurturing environment lead by a friendly and knowledgeable instructor. Classes begin with imaginative warms up and stretches that allow the child to interact, imagine and play with their instructor and peers. Next dancers explore the daily theme or concept with a standing movement activity that stimulates and strengthens their gross motor development. This play based exploration also stimulates their brain pathways as they continue the discovery of new concepts and principles through movement. Students get to practice and perfect individual dance movements during the Developing Skills part of class. Once perfected, they get to link all the movements together to tell a story! We call this the Story Dance Pathway. This an interactive, play based obstacle course that challenges the dancers to remember each movement in the sequence. This important skill teaches the basis of choreography. Dancers in the Dance Exploration Creative Dance classes grow emotionally and socially as they interact, entertain and enjoy dancing and playing with their peers. We can’t wait to welcome your child into the Dance Exploration Family!