Young Children's Program
To gently expose students age 3-4 to basic ballet and gross motor skills while developing a love of and excitement for ballet and movement play. Students will learn classroom etiquette and structure. Props will be used frequently during class (hula hoops, ribbons, scarves. Etc.) to give visual aid to dancers and help learning special floor patterns. Clapping counting and use of tambourines will be used frequently to develop rhythm and musicality.
Age 3-4 dancers will not use ballet barres. They begin class with floor exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles, and will follow with basic center exercises from parallel and turned out 1st and 2nd position. Traveling steps are performed on diagonal and in a circle.
Age 3-4 dancers will have an in studio performance in the spring.
To expose students age 5 to basic ballet technique and terminology while developing a love of and excitement for ballet. Students will learn classroom etiquette and structure. Dancers need to end the year with an understanding of specified steps, although dancers of this age will vary greatly in degrees of execution. Props will be used frequently including rings with ribbons, tambourines and hula hoops (to learn circular floor patterns).
Age 5 dancers will not use ballet barres. They begin class with floor exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles. These exercises are followed by basic ballet steps performed in the center. Traveling steps are performed on diagonal and in a circle.
Age 5 dancers will have a performance opportunity with SAFD annual spring performance in May at the Tennessee Theatre.
YOUNG CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Ballet, Tap & Modern
Age 6 & up
Our young classes are designed to inspire our young dancers to love ballet and modern dance. Developing strong motor skills, musicality and movement awareness is key at this age. Appropriate exposure to age speciﬁc technique is approached in a creative format with the use of props such as scarves, ribbons, tambourines and hula hoops. Improvisation and creative movement is implemented into every class and short stories are told on famous ballets such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.