Why invest in a strong early childhood dance education for your child?
Starting your child out with a strong foundation in dance education has many advantages. Our program for 3-8 year olds builds an incredible foundation in dance etiquette, body awareness, technique and musicality. Students are taught to master concepts and not just do them and become accustomed to this methodology. Many transfer students that we receive have not been taught the building blocks of alignment and technique. Our little students know what is expected of them in a dance class. They are taught in a nurturing way from the beginning how to follow dancer manners. They rise to the loving expectation of their teacher. This makes all of the difference in their training.
Many studios group large age groups of children together in the same classes. I’ve always recognized the differences in development between the ages of 3-8 years old and have avoided grouping these age groups together. Separating classes by age in the early years allows us to truly teach to the cognitive and physical development of the growing child. This allows us to utilize a student’s natural development in the way we teach so they can acquire motor, cognitive and social skills beneficial for later life roles, including that of a more advanced dancer. Ballet and tap are the most beneficial for the young dancer in building a foundation of body awareness, technique and rhythm in the young dancer.
Combo Classes for students ages 6-8 years old: These classes meet once a week for one and a half hours. They will do ballet for one hour and tap for a half hour. Ballet class has the same structure as an advanced ballet class with a warm up/stretch, center barre work, center combinations, across the floor and ends with a creative movement activity and reverence. Because of student’s physical and cognitive development, students can work on a strong supporting leg, develop the use of rotation, proper posture/alignment and more advanced coordination and rhythm work. In tap, students will learn a large vocabulary of steps, begin putting combinations of steps together with correct technical execution and rhythm mastery. The advanced open classes are for students who have mastered the previous year’s curriculum or are transfer students who have a high enough skill level.
|Combo 6A (Age 6)
Combo 6B (Age 6)
|Combo 7-8A (Ages 7-8)||Tuesday||6:30-8:00 pm||Studio 1|
|Combo 7-8B (Ages 7-8)||Thursday||5:30-7:00||Studio 7|
*New session of Combo Class can be added if sessions fill. Add to wait list, if class is full.
Uniform: pink tights with feet, black leotard, hair in a ponytail or bun, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes. (We do have a store at the studio for you to come in and order/purchase supplies at very reasonable rates)
Yearly cost for 6-8 year old combo classes (minimum of 36 weekly classes plus performances including run throughs, tech and dress rehearsals)
Tuition: (half tuition for August and June, full tuition September-May) $60 a month
Annual Registration fee: $20 per student (due upon registration) maximum $50 per family
Costumes: $60.00 fee includes two rented costumes
($60 nonrefundable costume deposit due upon enrollment)
Recital fee: (due January 31)
The Lifehouse Spectacular, “Opening Night” $25 recital fee per family, tickets $6.00 each
The Lifehouse Spring Recital, “Discovery at the Circus” $25 recital fee per family, tickets $6.00 each
- Lifehouse Spectacular- “Opening Night”- at The Covey Center for the Arts. Rehearsals February 24-25 and performances February 25-27.
- Lifehouse Children’s Production- “Discovery at the Circus ”- at American Leadership Academy. Rehearsals June 5 and performances June 6 at 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm.