Creative Dance: Kindergarten
Creative Dance classes focus on training the body as an instrument, the introduction of the elements of dance: space, time and energy, and self-expression through the exploration of creative ideas through movement. The class includes age-appropriate technique or exercises for the whole body. By age eight, dancers begin to work at the barre and to learn basic ballet vocabulary. The class introduces the young dancer to ways to move through space like galloping, skipping, sliding, running, leaping, jumping and hopping. Dancers explore shape and space, rhythm, both metric and breath, and qualities of movement. Teachers use literature and other elementary curriculum springboards that they creatively weave into the class. All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians. Children attend classes alone but parents are invited to watch on the first day of class, during parent participation and observation at the end of the semester. All students kindergarten and above perform at Kingsbury Hall in a year-end performance.