Young Dancer Program – Building a Love of Dance
Enjoyment, socialization and listening skills, coordination, posture, confidence, and self-discipline are only some of the many rewards typical of any dance program, and pre-school dance opportunities can play an important part in every child’s healthy development.
While we understand that most of the children enrolled in our program will never be professional dancers, we know that every one of them will benefit from the experiences they’ve gained here at CCB!
Strength, balance and coordination are gained by simple exercises based on running, jumping, hopping, skipping and walking. Hand control is improved which will benefit children when writing, drawing or playing a musical instrument. The practice of eye/hand coordination is of particular value. From the Wobbly Walkers thru the Pre-Ballet classes, knowledge will be acquired and experience gained that will last a lifetime! Ask about our Dance Explorer! class at 1:30 pm Mondays and Wednesdays for 4-7 year olds. It’s a perfect class for those in half-day Kindergarten!
Current Young Dancer Program Classes
Move With Me!
Ages 18 months – 3 years
Dance with me! is a program designed especially for wobbly walkers up to age 3 who are not yet ready to be on their own in one of our pre-school programs. This one hour class, designed by an early childhood education specialist, is designed to introduce students (along with their parent or caregiver) to movement key to healthy neurological development. Students and parents should both dress comfortably and prepare to have a great time!
Creative Movement Ballerinas
Ages 3 & 4
Boisterous boys & whirling girls will get all their wiggles out in this energetic 45-minute class designed for those daring young dancers ready to go it alone for the first time. Our Cavaliers & Prima Ballerinas class is a creative movement experience enhanced by familiar classical music – Classes introduce rhythms, basic steps and dance terminology. The high-energy class environment focuses on creativity and self-expression with structured progression in movement and group interaction. It is a joyful prelude to more formal ballet and contemporary training. We will require a parent to be present if the student is still in diapers.
Pre-Ballet Levels 1, 2, & 3
Pre-Ballet classes offer young dancers a variety of creative movement experiences and introduce students to the art of ballet at an age-appropriate pace. Children learn basic ballet positions, vocabulary, and studio etiquette while focusing on improving coordination and musicality. Students may also wish to take a Dance Explorer class for an exciting introduction to tap, hip hop, modern, jazz, flamenco, lyrical, acting, improvisation, and singing presented on a rotating schedule throughout the school year. Children at this level are place primarily by age rather than dance experience or ability. Children must meet each class age requirement by September 1st.
- Pre-Ballet 1 – 45-minute class
- Pre-Ballet 2 & 3 – 1-hour class
Note: Dancers aged 6+ and enrolled in Pre-Ballet 3 are eligible to audition for our Youth Ensemble each May.
This one-hour class is perfect for the young dancer looking for variety in their dance experiences! Students will explore a wide variety of genres, including tap rhythms, jazz, modern, ballet and hip hop elements over the course of each semester.