ECD 2 (4-5 yrs)
Children learn the basics of dance through the use of specially designed exercises and creative movement activities, while improving their agility, coordination and strength. Spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skills will be developed in preparation for future dance training.
- Space and how we relate to it – both as an individual and as a member of a group.
- Eight basic loco motor movements, music, rhythm, beat and time, opposites and directions.
- Elementary positions of ballet.
Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, teamwork and basic body health awareness.
Through participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom behaviour and manners, which remains the same throughout their dancing years. These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together and having a positive attitude.
Educators now know that training young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning and spatial relationships lays a strong foundation for the later development of reading, mathematics and other educational skills. Our “Early Childhood Dance Program” works actively in all these areas.