Dance is a practice that you learn for life and is the best gift a parent can gift their child, especially at an early age. Learning a timeless art that embodies movement, music and humanity is something the Dance Works believes in and strives to build with it’s students, and values in it’s faculty and instructors. We are proudly opening enrollment for the 2018 Fall Season of the Dance Works classes for our youngest dancers, pre-school, youth and primary students. Read below to find out more about the program and be sure to register your young ones today!
The appropriate class and level for each student is entirely determined by The Dance Works staff.
Correct placement for each dancer is individualistic and specific to that dancer’s needs and abilities. Please remember that all students do not learn at the same rate. Students who start in the same class together will not always progress in the same way and therefore may be placed in different levels based upon the evaluation of their progress.
New students with no or little dance experience will be placed in beginner classes of the appropriate age group in the subject of their choice. New students with prior dance instruction may have to try a few different classes and levels to find the appropriate fit at Footnotes.
Returning students are generally kept with their group for the new dance season. However, each student is evaluated at the end of each year and may therefore be placed in a different level in accordance with their progress.
What to expect once your preschool dance class starts?
The first few weeks of classes serve as an introductory phase to help students become comfortable with the overall dance experience, the classroom, their teacher, and their classmates. Right from the beginning, we focus on your child’s coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and developing imagination. We accomplish this through age-appropriate music and song, simple stretching exercises, ballet and tap basics, and games in an environment of creativity.
Each age group has a defined focus:
(Students must be of qualifying age by August 1)
Pre-school Combo 1:
Designed for preschoolers ages 2 ½ -3. Students will learn creative movement, ballet and tap. Students will also learn classroom etiquette such as raising your hand, taking turns and respecting others.
Pre-school Combo 2:
Designed for preschoolers ages 3 and 4. Students will learn creative movement, ballet and tap. Students will also learn classroom etiquette such as raising your hand, taking turns & respecting others. This is a good physical activity to help coordination, rhythm and fitness develop as well as a great introduction to dance technique. The primary goal is to foster love of movement.
Pre-school Combo 3:
For our dancers ages 4 and 5, the same format in a more mature manner. Having fun while being in a structured activity, learning self-discipline and the development of motor skills is our main priority. This level covers a basis of movement found in all dance forms. The goal is to foster creativity, freedom and expression in movement, and a love for dance. The class includes concepts that are found in an older child’s dance class. 1 or 2 creative or free components are also included within each class. By the end of the year the students can do a dance set independent of the teacher, memorize simple exercises and sequences, and make a start of musical interpretation.
Combo Level 4:
For our dancers ages 5 and 6 years old, concepts from prior class attendance will continue to evolve in our dancers as we will be taught flexibility, arm placement, head alignment, rhythmic counting, stretching of feet, basic turn out and the foundation for Tap, Jazz, Ballet and performance.
The perfect introduction for our young students. These classes include basic ballet and tap vocabulary while focusing on mobility, coordination, and rhythm in creative and imaginative ways while dancing to our favorite songs!
These classes include basic ballet and jazz vocabulary and follow the same format as our ballet/tap combo….only with a little more jazz!
Ballet is offered from a beginner level to advanced. Students are taught proper body placement, body alignment, barre and center floor work, along with across the floor combinations. Beginner classes introduce vocabulary, proper alignment, and classical ballet technique. Advanced classes include adagio and allegro work, and combinations using balance, strength, and style. The Dance Works highly recommends for our students to study ballet, as it is the foundation of all other dance styles and facilitates further success in these disciplines.
The Dance Works offers pre-pointe classes for students that currently take ballet and are interested in Pointe. Pre- Pointe is a more technical ballet class for the dancer transitioning to Pointe. This class will focus on basic barre and center work to prepare students for pointe. Our Pre-pointe candidates must take two ballet classes per week the year prior to enrolling in our pre-pointe program. Students are evaluated in December and May of each dance year for placement on pointe.
This dance class involves rhythm, dynamics, and varying sounds. Tappers will have a graduated warm-up to loosen their ankles and knees for proper execution of skills, across the floor progressions and have center floor work to learn and perfect new skills.
Our Jazz classes are fun and energetic! They include such elements as kicks, leaps, turns, splits, and isolations. Classes include stretch and strengthening exercises, floor work, and across the floor and center combinations as well as choreography.
Our Hip Hop classes combine street dance with funk and jazz, similar to what you would see in televised dance performances or music videos. Students will learn the importance of isolations and dynamics to execute pop-and-lock and funk movements.
Contemporary is a style of dance that uses the emotion and mood of the music to elicit movements from the dancers. Students have a warm up focusing in core strength, flexibility, and movement of the back. The class includes floor work, progressions, and center combinations. As Contemporary is a ballet based genre, we strongly suggest our dancers to study ballet in conjunction with Contemporary in order to have a strong foundation.
Our drill program is led by former Kilgore Rangerette and current Texas Dance Team Director Miss Kali Boyd. This program is a must for anyone interested in trying out for their high school drill teams. This class will include stretching to encourage flexibility, jazz technique, field routine techniques and kickline skills.