For Children ages 2-4, Kinderdance and Primary classes are a general introduction to dance that includes ballet, jazz and creative movement. The children are introduced to dance steps through creative play. While learning basic dance steps they also learn how the structure of a class works - following a leader, listening to the teacher, lining up, basic social skills etc.
Class are 30 minutes in length and take place through the full season September - May. Kinder 1 (age 2) and Kinder 2 (age 3) have an in-studio presentation at the end of the season. Primary dancers (age 4) participate in the annual year-end production.
We understand the importance of individual attention so we cap our Kinder and Primary class sizes at 12 participants/class. Each class has 1 teacher and 1 or 2 senior student assistants. Since one of our goals is to teach children of this age how to participate in a studio and social setting, this class is for students only - the parents stay in the lobby and are welcome to watch the closed circuit television.
Please note that Kinder and Primary classes have been postponed until social distancing measures are lifted.
For children ages 5 and 6, we have Junior 1 Combo classes which are 45 minutes in length. We want to take the opportunity while they are this age to expose them to as many different disciplines as possible so combo classes are a great way to introduce different disciplines to the dancer. Half of the class is spent doing ballet and the other half of the class is spent doing another discipline (depending on the specific class): either tap, jazz, hip-hop or acro. Because ballet is the foundation of dance, we want all of these dancers to be introduced to it.
At the end of of the season, Junior 1 classes do an in-studio ballet presentation for their families. They then perform their second discipline in the annual year-end production.
We cap our Junior 1 classes at 12 for Acro/Ballet and at 14 for other disciplines. Each class has 1 teacher and 1 or 2 senior student assistants. While classes take place, only dancers and teachers are in the studios, but parents can see what is happening during class from the lobby with our closed-circuit TV system.