at the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center
Class Ages: 18months-3
Class Style: Parent Participation
Class Length: 30 Minutes
Day and Time: Tuesdays 9:30-10 am
Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me
Dance Exploration, LLC’s Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ classes at the Castle Rock Rec Center are a child’s first introduction to a structured dance and movement class. This 30 minute parent participation class is designed as an interactive, play-time dance class with a goal to introduce dance and movement to toddlers and preschool aged children ages 18 months to three years old. Parents and care givers will enjoy stretching, making noise, dancing and blowing bubbles with their little ones. The class is designed based on the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum which is focused on the whole child and has been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development to form the 6 Methods of Dance™. The goal is to have child and caregiver interacting, moving and bonding with each other and the other participants. Children are allowed to explore, create and move in their own way and at their own pace. Activities are suggested and alternative activities are provided to each child and care giver as needed. Class activities are directed by the instructor and the course of the class may change based on the children and how they are performing and interacting. Dance Exploration bases their Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ class on quick transitions and changing up games and activities as often as possible to keep class fun and the children actively engaged. Class structure and routines are consistent from week to week with class beginning with warm ups, next music shakers, parachutes, and scarves games will be played. Story Dance Exploration™ is a movement based center game without props, and Story Dance Pathway™ is a movement based obstacle course. Class ends with Teddy Bear Dance time! Teddy Bear Dance time is a time the caregiver can rest and observe as the children create, interact, dance and move with their teddy bears and their classmates. Dance Exploration provides Teddy Bears, but children are also welcome to bring their own. After Teddy Bear Dance time, class ends with an all-time favorite- bubble time to say goodbye! Throughout class the Dance Educator will discuss each activity, the Method of Dance and developmental stage it focuses on and how the parents can continue the activities at home as part of the ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me Program™.
The Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me classes at the Castle Rock Rec Center follows the Dance to Learn® Curriculum. Dance to Learn® is a play-based curriculum focused on the brain and body connection to engage the whole child through multi-sensory experiences throughout class. Dance to Learn® combines dance concepts, props, music and themes to foster creativity, problem solving skills, independence and confidence in the tiniest of our dancers. Dancers in the Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me Classes at the Castle Rock Recreation Center will learn 8 of 15 dance concepts throughout an 8-10 week session. Expand each tab below to learn about the dance concepts explored in class.
Action is the first Dance Concept, it refers to a body in action (moving) vs in-action (stationary). In Dance you may hear these terms referred to as locomotion (moving) and non-locomotion (stationary). We explore Action in Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me with stop and go games such as freeze dance.
Dance Exploration’s Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™️ class at the Castle Rock Recreation Center allows your toddler to dance, learn and grow with you by their side. Your child’s movement and motor abilities are improved as they learn basic gross and fine motor skills as they tip toe, twirl, and tap along under your watchful eye. Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™️ offers conceptual based learning as different parts of class focus on levels, shapes, speed, tempo, directions and more to really tap into your child’s cognitive learning development. Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™️ is designed to brighten your day as you watch your child grow physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. Our learn at your own pace class structure allows you to enjoy this unique bonding experience with your toddler in a fun and stress free environment! We can’t wait to welcome you to the Dance Exploration Family!