A program designed to provide children with a strong foundation in dance and movement. It consists of several levels of competencies - each designed for a specific age group.
This program teaches the basic elements of movement and dance: space and how we relate to it; the eight basic loco-motor movements; musical rhythm, beat, and time; opposites - left, right and direction; decision-making; basic body/health awareness; elementary positions of ballet. Integrated with these physical and intellectual concepts are other concepts including creative expression, dramatic interpretation, imagination, teamwork, and self-awareness.
Enrollment is based on the child's age as of September 1st. A student assistant may work with the instructor in classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
TADA Kids I & II (Ages 3-5)
This program is designed to be a two-year program. Students will use and be exposed to the elements of dance (time, space, force and body), music (rhythm, dynamics and duration) and drama (expression, emotions, and pantomime). Students will explore their joy of movement through free dance, imagination, creativity, and movement stories. Through carefully selected exercises, students will experience a fun and engaging learning environment in preparation for the Pre-Dance, Music and Drama programs. Students will also learn basic dance vocabulary and work on locomotor and non-locomotor skills encouraging coordination. Class will meet once a week for 45 minutes- one hour. Class size is limited to 8-10 students. Required attire Pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (lack tap shoes for TADA Kids II only) See Downloads Page for more details on What to Wear to class.
Pre Dance K and I (Ages 5 -7)
This curriculum is designed for the dancer to complete in two years. Dancers will be introduced to elementary ballet terminology and technique. They will begin to be self aware of muscle development and the relationship between the limbs, neck, head, spine, and abdominal muscles and how it relates to classical ballet technique. Children will continue to work on non-locomotor and locomotor skills to reiterate coordination and work on gentle stretching in preparation for the next levels. The fundamental concept of “turn-out” is introduced with the understanding of the correct muscles involved in safely developing the strength used to support the dancer’s body. Class will meet once a week for 45 minutes. Class size is limited to 12 students. Required attire Lavender leotard, pink tights, and pink full sole ballet shoes black tap shoes. See Downloads Page for more details on What to Wear to class.
Primary II and III (Ages 7 -9)
These levels are designed to help the dancer feel prepared to enter the upper divisions. Because of the ballet foundation they have received at this point, students will be ready to incorporate more difficult movements into their vocabulary. Classical ballet technique will continue to be reiterated and improved upon as the dancers’ are given exercises to encourage the next level of muscle development. Dynamics, musicality, and body awareness are emphasized in order for the dancer to move on to the next level. Dancers will be placed into the upper division based upon their individual progress and knowledge of technique – not necessarily because of their age. Class will meet once a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Class size is limited to 12 - 14 students. Required attire is a Royal leotard, pink tights, pink full sole ballet shoes. See Downloads Page for more details on What to Wear to class.
Primary Tap (Ages 7-9)
During the tap portion of these classes, dancers will be introduced to elementary tap terminology and technique by developing precision and coordination of the feet, rhythmic sensibility, freedom of upper body movement, as well as gesture and individual expression. Children must be proficient at a certain technical level, have a grasp of the required artistic concepts and have a determined level of understanding of tap technique before they move to the next level. This is determined at the discretion of the artistic director and tap instructor. Class will meet once a week for 45 minutes. Class size is limited to 12 students. Required attire: black tap shoes and refer to ballet attire for leotard color. See Downloads Page for more details on What to Wear to class.
Pre-Jazz (Ages 6-8)
Dancers will be introduced to basic jazz technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution in jazz isolations, rhythm and style performed to contemporary music. Jazz technique develops body alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility as well as increased stamina, control, musicality and dynamics. Class will meet once a week for 45. Class size is limited to 12-15 students. Required attire: Pre Jazz I - Lavender leotard, convertible pink tights, no shoe; Primary Jazz II & III- Royal leotard, convertible pink tights, no shoes. See Downloads Page for more details on What to Wear to class.