Our parent participation class gives your curious toddlers the opportunity to discover their bodies and explore movement inspired by the world around them. Having adults participate allows young children to have the security and support they need while giving the opportunity to bond with a parent or caregiver. As they grow, their independence is nutured to allow them to blossom on their own. The class is paced to aid your little dancer’s ability to develop focus without being overwhelming. Using basic movement building blocks, the dancers explore both free improvised movement as well as dance steps from ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. This movement, inspired by everything from animals and food to modes of transportation and toys, is woven together and supported by music and tactile props, helping them to learn about much more than just dance. 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.