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.
Kindergarten students come one hour and fifteen minutes a week. 55 minutes is spent studying ballet and 20 minutes learning the basics of tap. In pre-ballet we focus on the basics of body alignment, proper feet and leg work, and learning the beginning vocabulary of ballet. More emphasis is given to executing steps with proper use of the body. 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. Ballet curriculum will become more technical as a five year old’s body increases in balance and coordination and their attention, concentration and language skills become more developed. In tap we learn the basics of tap skills, rhythm and counting using our feet as the instrument.
|Schedule of Classes|
|Kindergarten Class A||Thursday||9:15-10:30 am||Studio A|
|Kindergarten Class B||Thursday||12:45-2:00 pm||Studio A|
Pink tights with feet, black leotard, hair in a ponytail or bun, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes. (We have a store at the studio where you may purchase dance supplies)
Yearly cost for kindergarten classes
(minimum of 36 weekly classes plus three performances including run throughs, tech and dress rehearsals)
Tuition: (half tuition for August and ¼ tuition for June, full tuition September-May)
5 year old class one hour and fifteen minutes- $55 a month
Annual Registration fee:
$20 per student (due upon registration) maximum $50 per family
$60 fee includes two rented costumes
($60 nonrefundable costume deposit due upon enrollment)
Recital fee: (due January 31)
The Nutcracker Ballet- $25 recital fee per family, tickets $6.00 each
The Lifehouse Saratoga-Spring Recital “Opening Night”– $25 recital fee per family, tickets $6.00 each
Performances for Kindergarten Classes 2019-20
- The Nutcracker Ballet- TBD All students will perform in this production.
- The Lifehouse Saratoga- Spring Recital “Opening Night” for All Saratoga students. June 1st and 2nd at the Covey Center for the Arts.