PRINCE AND PRINCESS
For Preschool Learners
A preschool program based on pre-k fundamentals and formal dance instruction.
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
SEPTEMBER - JUNE
$85/MONTH -1 DAY/WEEK
(plus registration fee $75)
About Our Program
We are so happy to introduce our Prince & Princess Dance academy for preschool learners. This is a new program that we are unveiling January 2017. The dance academy is a preschool academic program combined with formal dance training. Each day the students will start their day off with 45 min of dance instruction by a dance teacher, and the remainder of the day is dedicated to pre-k learning; math, science, language & literacy, and social studies. There is a limited number of spots available in this program, as our student-teacher ratio is 7-
This program can be used as a supplement to other preschool learning programs or as the foundation to your child’s pre-kindergarten development. The dance academy is offered Tuesdays & Thursdays at Dance Evolution and we offer 1 or 2 days/week options for attendance. Students will come each day dressed in dancewear, leotard, tights, and tutu is optional. After dance class, they will make a quick change into normal daily wear and begin their school day. Over the course of the year students will learn Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling and World rhythms.
Philosophy Underlying Early Childhood Standards
Dance embodies one of our most primal relationships to the universe. It is pre-verbal, beginning before words can be formed. It is innate in children before they possess command over language and is evoked when thoughts or emotions are too powerful for words to contain.
Children move naturally. They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling, and they move because it is joyful and feels wonderful. When their movement becomes consciously structured and is performed with awareness for its own sake, it becomes dance.
Dance is a natural method for learning and a basic form of cultural expression. Children learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language. Just as all societies create forms of visual representation or organize sounds into music, all cultures organize movement and rhythm into one or more forms of dance. Yet, while our educational systems for early childhood include drawing and singing, they often neglect to include dance. It is essential that education provide our children with the developmental benefits and unique learning opportunities that come from organizing movement into the aesthetic experience of dance.
The Benefits of Dance
Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.
Physical Development: Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance than most other physical activities. This is accomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. Dancing utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, but dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills.
Emotional Maturity: Dance promotes psychological health and maturity. Children enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement. A pre-school child enters a dance class or classroom with a history of emotional experiences. Movement within a class offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and appreciation of oneself and others.
Social Awareness: Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation. Children learn to communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate mode of body movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic. As the ongoing and sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves, children learn to understand themselves in relation to others.
Cognitive Development: Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response. Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to function in and understand the world. The relationship of movement to intellectual development and education is an embryonic field of study that has only recently begun to be explored.