classes start at age 5-9 with a combination class of Ballet and Tap, and a one hour Jazz class starting at age 9. Jazz class consists of warm up, across the floor, and a combination. Different styles may be incorporated into the class
MusicFunTime – an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum, has music classes for kids 18 months to 7 years old. Music FunTime is not a simple play group where children sing, dance, jump & play instruments.
Preschool dancers learn basic beginning level dance moves, work on gross motor skills, and use their imagination through creative dance. Props are used within the class and the emphasis is on fun, creativity, and positive reinforcement. In late Fall The Nutcracker Ballet is studied, and preparations begin in January for our June Showcase.
Students will enjoy Ballet, Jazz and Tumbling, singing and the arts in a hands on learning environment.Our littlest dancers will develop and improve their social skills, classroom skills and gross and fine motor skills while having fun and being creative. Incorporated into the class will be dress up, arts and crafts, story time, songs, snack time, free play and more.
Every Saturday from 11:15-11:45 we have a dance party just for 2-year olds! The first class is free to try. Stop on by one of these Saturdays — maybe a half an hour of dancing is just what your little guy or girl needs to get the wiggles out! Make sure to bring clothes they can move comfortably in and their dancing feet.
Tap students start at age 3 in combination classes learning basic rhythm and tap steps. Older students may transition into a more advanced class to work on dynamics, shading, complex rhythms, and trick steps.
Our Musical Theater program incorporates movement, drama, and vocal training. Claire Verity, and Darcy Schmitt will team together to head this performing arts program. Students will work on drama skills including (but by no means limited to): improv, stage combat, theater games, and vocal..
DanceWorks will be offering Performing Arts Preschool September 2016. Our Performing Arts Preschool will give kids ages 3-5 a strong, healthy start through our curriculum of dance (Ballet, Jazz, and Aero), Music Fun Time lessons, literature, math, and science.
It’s never too late to enroll your child in a dance class. If you’re unsure of which class is right for your dancer, you can try your first class for free!
You’re welcome to stop by the studio or give us a call at (360)892-5664.
Fairy Tale Ballet at DanceWorks
We incorporate a Fairy Tale Ballet program for 3-5 years which promotes creative expression. Warm ups, center barre, gross motor skills, creative movement and ballet choreography are taught at this age.
Students learn the stories of fairy tale ballets such as Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Snow White, Firebird, Cinderella etc and portray different characters from the ballet they are learning using simple props.
Why DanceWorks Dance Studio is Different
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience with teaching children, and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at?
Yes it does. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved in a dance program. Here are 4 things every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Dance Schools
WHAT TYPE OF DANCE FLOOR IS USED?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional sprung floor covered with Marley to prevent slipping.These floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired. Five of our six floors at DanceWorks have these floors, which give as the students move on them. Out tap room has a floating floor subsystem with hard wood.
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE CLASS?
If the dance class has fewer students in it, each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more, and have more fun. With younger students, it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions when there are fewer students per class. Our studio limits our classes (ages 6-12) to a maximum of just 12 students per class. With our younger classes (ages 3-5) we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just 10. We also have an assistant program in which our senior students demonstrate and assist in classes, which provides the teacher with more opportunity to watch and correct the students.
WHAT ARE THE “ EXTRAS “ REQUIRED FOR THE YEAR END SHOW?
Most studios put on a year end show at an outside venue. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, or pay extra, and the parents must find a seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Our studio orders costumes ready made so parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles and any alterations required are done for you and included. Most studios also require parents to purchase tickets separately for the performance. Our studio also gives each parent 5 free tickets and a dvd of the show included with your showcase fee.Extra tickets can be purchased for a minimal amount.
CAN I GET ASSISTANCE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE?
Conveniently order and purchase shoes, tights and dancewear all in one location. We have office staff on hand during all class times Monday through Thursday and Saturday mornings to answer your questions. All of our information is posted, with extra copies always available.