Kids Dance Class – Upper Montclair, NJ

sadie back to school niche ad_1Fred Astaire’s Kids Dance Class allows children to enhance their movement, singing and body awareness skills.  Your child will show improvement in balance, rhythm, motor skills, flexibility and good pre-technique skills like posture, leg and foot positions,  and a strong point and arch. We focus on fundamental ballet/tap movements, like plies and battements, shuffles and rhythms, while exploring different musical genres from Classical to Contemporary, Jackson Brown to Justin Bieber.  Our goal is to improve your preschoolers gross motor skills, rhythm, coordination, balance and confidence, as well as spatial awareness movements like up/down, left/right and 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.  The only kids dance class of it’s kind.

Dance Lessons with Meaning

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.”  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 will also employ techniques like puppet-command, and Simon Says and other games as a form of exploring movement, your child’s own creativity, and to help your child become stronger, more advanced and a better thinker.

Child-Led, Kid-Friendly Dance Lessons

The best part of our Kid’s Dance Program – your child is in charge.  If she/he wants to wear tights and tutus and leotards, great.  We’re big proponents of child-led activity. If your child is ok with a bun and pink ballet slippers, that’s fine, but if they want to come in their after-school clothes, we are ok with that too.   The “discipline”  of proper dress will come later.  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, drop off your child and go run some errands. There is a staff member outside the class to help should your child need to leave class for any reason.   

Pre-Dance: Tuesdays from 1:15 – 2:00PM.  $90 for a 6-week session.  Sessions are paid in full prior to the start of each session.  Ages 3.5-6 welcome.  Ballet and tap shoes recommended.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – 604 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

Fred Astaire is open Monday- Friday from 1-10PM.  Call us at 973-783-8999 for more information!