Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and other dance programs for 3-7 year olds offered upon request or as occasional series. Along with learning traditional techniques, young dancers will develop discipline, confidence, social skills and musicality in these structured, fun-filled classes.
Anything comfortable for movement. For ballet, tights or leggings are preferred along with socks or ballet shoes.
Dance. Play. Leap. Twirl. Stretch. Imagine.
Children will do all this and more in our Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet programs. Our goal is to make learning dance as much fun as possible, with each participant leaving the studio with new friends, lots of smiles, a positive self-image and a sense of accomplishment.
In Creative Movement, dancers as young as 3 will get an introduction to structured movement through games, stories and other fun activities. Pre-Ballet is designed for young girls and boys ages 4 and up who’d like to learn the art of classical ballet but without the pressure of auditions and formal recitals. For older children, we have kid-friendly variations of Zumba, hip-hop and several other dance genres, which we often lead at summer camps and special events.
Because these are such specialized programs, we offer them upon request for private events, parties or small groups. If you have a group of at least four kids who’d like to dance, please contact us and we’ll see if we can schedule a small-group sessions at one of our studios. If you’re looking for more personal attention, we also offer private and semi-private ballet lessons for children. Rates start at $35/half hour.
Here’s a sampling of the kids programs we’ve offered. Most of these can be customized for birthday parties, outdoor events, summer camps or festivals:
Creative Movement & Yoga for Toddlers — Using games, role-playing, stories and other activities, young children will explore all kinds of movement. Along with hopping, leaping, spinning and embodying various animals, they’ll even learn a number of yoga poses. As the kids have fun getting silly on the dance floor, they’ll also be developing body control and social skills (and of course, getting lots of practice at following directions!) No shoes required – socks or bare feet work best.
Pre-Ballet — An introduction to classical ballet in a welcoming, no-pressure environment. Along with traditional techniques, class includes exercises and movement activities inspired by popular children’s music. The structured group setting encourages students to connect with each other while also developing creativity, grace, poise, discipline, confidence and musicality. All children are welcome, regardless of experience. Individual attention is given to each student so that even those with prior ballet training can continue progressing.
Dance Party Mix — This combination of line dances and movement-based games will get even “non-dancers” on the floor. Children will participate in dance battles, get a chance to lead their own moves and play “freeze dance” and other games. And, of course, there will be plenty of easy-to-follow routines set to popular music as well as party favorites like “Jump in the Line,” “Follow the Leader,” and “Cupid Shuffle,” to name a few.
Zumba — Experience international rhythms in this uptempo dance class featuring kid-friendly adaptations of original Zumba choreography. Unlike an adult Zumba class, the instructor will break down some of the steps so that everyone can feel comfortable with the movements. (Specific international dance themes such as African, Bollywood and Latin are also available.)