6 TO 8 YEAR OLD DANCE EXPLORATION
Our 6-8 year old class gives the students the space to acquire new dance skills while advancing their creativity as they mature into a new phase of development. Advanced Dance Exploration delves with higher specificity into different genres such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap as these dancers are ready to concentrate on differentiating dance forms. Depending on the interests of the group, each class may focus more on certain genres than others. While learning sequencing, musicality, and dynamics of the genres, their creative sides continue to be nurtured with a more advanced approach to improvisation and with the addition of exploring composition. Students are always nurtured in a supportive manner to learn, explore, and develop skills to the best of their ability aiding them in all future endeavors dance and otherwise.
The primary focus of the Joy of Dance classes is movement and cognitive skills rather than to learn English. However, the classes support and encourage the language needs of our bilingual students. Children learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar consistent with the communication needs of the class.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DANCE FORMS INCORPORATED?
Creative Movement: Imaginative improvisational movement using imitation and inspiration from real life
Ballet: Vertically anatomically aligned movements with grace and form.
Modern/Contemporary: A further development of the balletic form with more freedom of invention and a greater focus on weight, momentum, swing, use of levels and the floor with curving and twisting of the spine.
Jazz/Hip-Hop: Integrating style and expanding the use of dynamics and weight to ballet/modern/contemporary aspects
Tap/Step: Rhythmic use of feet and hands
Gymnastics/Somersault: Acrobatic coordination such as rolling, hanging, etc
WHAT OTHER ARTISTIC ASPECTS ARE INCORPORATED?
Music: Classical, Folk, Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and more. Appreciation of different genres, how it can be used with movement or made with the body, and how it is structured.
Props: Scarves, Maracas, Wands, Parachute etc. Used more with the little ones and less as they age. Props add a fun element that also adds an extension to our bodies and helps draw focus when needed
Visuals: pictures and books. Coordinated with the subject of the movement lessons to reinforce English vocabulary.
Language: As a class for bilingual students, English vocabulary is used for movements instead of french ballet terms until they have the ability to differentiate.
WHAT SKILLS WILL MY CHILD LEARN?
Creative Skills: Use of Imagination and Movement Creation
Physical Skills: Coordination, Balance, Spacial Awareness, and Body Awareness
Cognitive Skills: perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning
Language Skills: Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Grammar
Personal Skills: Patience, Kindness, Safety, Independence, and Manners