These classes introduce young children to the joys of dance in a nurturing and encouraging setting where they participate in creative movement, drama and music. The classes give each child a chance to express themselves verbally at the beginning before becoming dancers – after which communication is with their bodies. They are taught to move in pairs, encouraged to watch and learn from each other, and they foster creativity through improvisational dance. This approach to dance stimulates creative oriented minds. Telling the children age appropriate stories, connects group play, with the imagination, and using physical expression.
Even the youngest students learn ballet terminology through image-oriented fusion of words for example ‘butterfly-port de bras’. This sows the seeds of classical ballet education and makes the transgression to formal classes easier.
The older graded students often attend the preschool classes as guests enabling both sets of children to learn from each other.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin