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.
Preschool pre-ballet/creative: These classes are for students 3-4 years of age just beginning their journey in the art of dance. Classes are structured the same as a traditional ballet class with a warm-up, center barre, and across the floor activities. Throughout the class, children explore monthly objectives such as music, movement concepts and class etiquette and participate in a free dance activity at the end of each class. The curriculum for this age group focuses on building muscle strength, coordination, rhythm, musicality, body awareness and self- expression. Students also learn to follow directions and how to follow proper dance etiquette in the class room. Classes are separated into three year old classes and four year old classes to utilize children’s naturally occurring cognitive and neural development. The age cut off for classes is October 1, 2017. For example if your child will be turning four on September 15, 2017, they should register for the four year old class. Three year old classes are 50 minutes in length, Four year classes are one hour.
Schedule of Classes:
Preschool (ages 3-4)
|Preschool 3A||Monday||10:15-11:05 am||Studio 1|
|Preschool 3B||Tuesday||10:30-11:20 am||Studio 1|
|Preschool 4A||Monday||9:15-10:15 am||Studio 1|
|Preschool 4B||Monday||11:05-12:05 pm||Studio 1|
|Preschool 4C||Tuesday||11:20-12:20 pm||Studio 1|
|Preschool 4D||Wednesday||3:00-4:00 pm||Studio 7|
Uniform: pink footless tights, black or pink leotard, hair in a ponytail or bun. We have a store at the studio where you may purchase dance supplies.
Yearly cost for preschool classes (minimum of 36 weekly classes plus three performances including run throughs, tech and dress rehearsals)
Tuition: (half tuition for August and June, full tuition September-May) 3 year old class $40 a month 4 year old class $50 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, “Be The Hero of Your Story” $25 recital fee per family, tickets $6.00 each
The Lifehouse Spring Recital, “Hansel and Gretel” $25 recital fee per family, tickets $6.00 each