The Young Dancer Program

Saturday morning pre-ballet with Miss Meredith

Saturday morning pre-ballet with Miss Meredith

In order to provide a secure support for each student’s future dance training, K.S.D. utilizes the structure of the LEAP ‘N LEARN syllabus. Child psychologists and master dance educators developed the syllabus tailored to the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of the child at each age. It is specifically shaped around the format of those classes traditionally aimed at the older dance student.

Instead of a “free form” class, the LEAP ‘N LEARN syllabus provides young dancers with the opportunity to experience a warm-up, centre barre and across-the-floor activities, just like the structure of a traditional ballet class.

Throughout the class, children explore monthly objectives such as music and body awareness, expressing emotions through movement concepts, class etiquette, relationships to others, spatial awareness, learning about other dances from other countries, pantomime and performance time.

Children experience the joy of movement and engage their imaginations…

while mastering the motor skills they require for future dance training. Additionally, students participate in a free dance activity gaining confidence and creativity in their choreographic efforts.

Tiny Tumblers: 4-5 yrs old

An introduction to Acrobatic Dance – rolls, balances, flexibility, and muscle training will be explored in this fun & energetic class!

Pre-Ballet: 3-4 yrs old

The Pre-Ballet Program introduces concepts of dance through creative movement and expression. The goal is to integrate our youngest dancers into a class setting, develop their movement skills and coordination, encourage musicality, and prepare them for more structured ballet training.

Pre-Primary & Primary Ballet: 4-5 yrs old

The Pre-Primary and Primary ballet classes expand upon creative concepts, and introduces the basic movements and concepts of traditional ballet technique. The goal of these classes is to prepare the dancer for the ballet program’s more intensive ballet training, (Levels 1-6) while encouraging a love of dance and performance. The Pre-Primary/ Primary levels are a pivotal period for many young dancers, when talent emerges and an enduring love of dance is formed.

At this level, the focus is on creativity and the development of correct posture, building physical strength and acquiring flexibility. Children in this class develop self-discipline, increased attention span and response to rhythm and musical patterns. This class is a prelude to formal ballet instruction. Classes are 45 minutes long, once a week and the children participate in the year end performance.

Primary Tap:5-6 yrs old

A 45 minute introduction to the basics of tap dance and rhythms. A precursor to Tap 1.

Introduction to Dance

A 45 minute introduction to various styles of dance including ballet, funky jazz and creative movement for dancers ages 4-6.