7-8 Year Old Combo Classes
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 3-7 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.
7-8 year old and 8-9 year old combo classes: These classes meet once a week for one and a half hours. One hour is spent on ballet and a half hour on tap. This year in ballet, the students will be introduced to the ballet barre. It is an exciting and special day that typically happens during month 2 of the curriculum depending on the progress of the class. Students work on standing with correct posture and learn how this affects their ability to dance, how to stand and balance on one leg, the importance of shifting weight, proper barre etiquette and to think more abstractly about how their bodies moves to enhance technical execution. They are expected to behave with proper dancer manners and to work with their classmates as a team. In tap students begin Level 3 tap technique which builds speed and complexity of steps worked on in Level 2. 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.
|Advanced Open 7 year old combo class
(by director approval only)
|Advanced Open 8-9 year old combo class
(by director approval only)
Uniform: pink tights with feet, black leotard, hair in a pony tail or bun, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes. (We do have a store at the studio that will be open August 3-6 from 9 am – 12 pm and August 10-14 9 am – 5 pm for you to come in and order/purchase supplies at very reasonable rates.)
New Mastery Binders
For all students ages 6 and older, we will be implementing a new mastery program. As my directors and I have been defining our beliefs about dance, my jazz director came up with the word mastery. We want our students to understand that we don’t come to class to “do” steps. We come to master every aspect of technique and classroom etiquette. Dance is all about building blocks. If you haven’t mastered principles and techniques and are just doing steps, you will hit a wall in your progress as a dancer. This year students will need to bring a 1 inch three binder to class beginning the 2nd week in September. Please get a good quality binder with a clear plastic cover. We will give them a cover sheet to decorate and put in their binder. They will be provided detailed mastery check lists for every genre they study at the studio. It will also include a goal sheet for the students and a place to write down skills to practice at home. This will give students a way to measure and track their progress and to receive individualized feedback. Students who master 80% of the skills will receive an invitation to a Lifehouse Swim Party in June.
Yearly cost for 7-8 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)
7-8 year old class one hour and thirty minutes $60 a month
Annual Registration fee:
$20 per student (due upon registration) maximum $50 per family
One rental costume $40 fee
one purchased costume $45 purchase price
($70 nonrefundable costume deposit due upon enrollment. The deposit will go toward total costume fees for the year. Balance due April 1st, 2016)
Recital fee: (due January 31st)
The Nutcracker in December-$25 recital fee per family, tickets $5.00 each
Spring Recital in June-$25 recital fee per family, tickets $5.00 each
Performances for 7-8 year old and 8-9 year old Combo Classes 2015-16
The Nutcracker Ballet (dates TBD the first of September after Salem Hills High School releases auditorium rental to the public) Students will tell the story of Clara and The Nutcracker in this favorite holiday production and famous classical ballet.
Opening Night February 29-March 3 at the Covey Center for the Arts—An original play that tells the story of a cast their opening night on Broadway. This is an OPTIONAL performance. Participation will require outside rehearsals and a fee of $85 per part. This fee will include costume, rehearsal time and performance fee. They will not prepare for this performance in their weekly class.
Spring Recital 2016 June 8 Salem Hills High School. Students will present a production of Alice in Wonderland
Interested in more than one class at Lifehouse? The more classes you take the better the value! Tuition is based on a monthly fee and not a per class basis. Payment is the same no matter how many times your child attends class. If class has to be canceled due to bad weather or teacher illness, you will be notified and a makeup class scheduled. I ask that you only sign up for dance if you are committed to finish through the June recital. I believe in finishing what you start. A dancer must participate in the performances to receive the full benefit and reward of their dancing training. A student’s lack of commitment and follow through affects their entire class and inhibits the teacher’s ability to help their classes have a successful experience on the stage. If you are unable to finish the dance year through June, you must give written notification. For open classes, you will be responsible for tuition 30 days after the studio receives your written notification of withdrawal. For company students, you will be responsible for two months of tuition after the studio receives your written notification and your student stops attending class. Remember, costume and registration fees are non-refundable.
Price of monthly tuition based on hours at the studio per week:
- 50 minutes $40
- 1 hour $50
- 1 hours and 15 $55
- 1 hour and half $60
- 2 hours $80
- 2 ½ hours $95
- 3 hours $110
- 4 hours $135
- 5 hours $155
- 6 hours $170
- 7 hours $185
- 8 hours $195
- 9 hours $205
- 10 hours $215
- 11 hours $225
- 12 hours $235
- Unlimited $255
Family discount for multiple students: Your first child 5% discount on tuition. A 10% discount will be given to any additional family members. The 10% tuition discount will be applied to the lowest tuition amounts. The program automatically applies the discount. However, because the program views open classes and company classes as two separate seasons, multiple family discounts for families with open and company students will have to be manually applied. Please email the studio if your tuition needs to be manually adjusted.