The Fred Astaire’s Preschool dance program allows children to enhance their movement, singing and body awareness skills. Your child will show improvement in:
- music and tempo
- motor skills
- good pre-technique skills like posture, leg and foot positions, pointing and stretching
- spatial awareness movements like up/down, left/right
We focus on fundamental ballet and tap movements, like plies and battements, shuffles and rhythms. But we also explore different musical genres like MUSIC FOR AARDVARKS to James Taylor to Classical to Reggae and more. Our goal is to improve your preschoolersand body movements such as twisting, turning, spinning, leaping, hopping, spiraling, rolling, and more. Movements like crawling, crab-walks, bear-walks and more will build your child’s muscles. They will also encounter social skills like listening, taking turns, team-work and following-directions.
With dance core basics, we aim to help your child stay active and healthy. There’s no telling what a 3, 4 and 5 year old can absorb or retain as far as a “routine.” Our program is not about recitals or costumes and showing-off for Grandma.
We aim to help your child develop a love for dancing and moving his or her body, and expressing emotions. Young children have an affinity toward music, movement and dance. We will help them burn calories and energy, strengthen their muscles, improve flexibility, provide an emotional outlet. They will sleep better! We will ask them to move like they are excited, or angry, or happy. They will gain praise expressing themselves, they will have greater self-esteem and confidence, and emotional awareness. We’ll also explore manners and “noise-pollution” such as screaming in a small space, and being kind to your neighbors.
We also employs techniques like puppet-command, and Simon Says only backwards. As the mother of a 4 year-old, Carrie constantly read and research preschool blogs, teacher blogs, parenting books and brain-books. While she doesn’t promise to engage every four-year-old in every class all the time, she does promise to provide the most current and up-to-date techniques to help your child become stronger and more advanced and a better thinker. In http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/simon-says-dont-use-flashcards/, Tara Parker Pope says “The key to games education is to start with a simple game and add increasingly complicated rules. For instance, Oregon researchers have developed a game called Head-to-Toes, which they use to assess preschool children’s development. Initially, the child copies the teacher’s movements, touching her head or toes. But later, the child is expected to do the opposite, touching her toes when the teacher touches her head.
While the game may sound simple, it actually requires a high level of cognitive function for a preschooler, including focus and attention, working memory to remember rules, mental flexibility (to do the opposite) and self-control.”
The Best Part of Fred Astaire’s Pre-Dance Program – your child is in charge. If she/he wants to wear tights and tutus and leotards, great. But we know first-hand what it’s like to get a tired pre-schooler to change into a required garment. We’re big proponents of child-led activity. If your child is ok with a bun and pink ballet slippers? Great. But if they want to come in their after-school clothes, and are having trouble focusing… we are ok with that too.
We want your child to love coming to dance. We will make his/her classes the highlight of your week. And you or your Nanny can walk to the studio. Best of all, we think, is you don’t have to stay. You can drop off your child. We’ll always have a teacher in the class, and a teacher outside the class to help with potty-breaks, drinks-of-water and the occasional emotional-melt-down.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:45PM
$90 for a 6-week session
Sessions are paid in full prior to the start of each session
Ages 3.5-6 welcome
Ballet shoes are required
973-783-8999 for questions
We also do birthday parties!