It is a fact that training young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning and spatial relationships provides a strong foundation for later development of reading, mathematics and other educational skills. All of CKD programs work actively in these areas.
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.
- Martha Grahamraham
Developmental classes ages 6 months-18 months
A child is never to young to start exploring movement. Our classes for this age group concentrate on the caregiver-child bond. As some babies in class begin to stand and then walk, we explore the ways that we can support development of their gross motor skills, dexterity and learning skills.
Parent & Child classes ages 15 month-3 years old
Our classes for this age group are structured in a unique way starting with the class coming together as a community in our circle dances. The class then moves to floor time with fun stretching exercise and/or instrument time followed by creative movement challenges across the floor with props including mats, tunnels and balance beams. The class concludes with improv time utilizing drumming or eclectic world music and then a sitting lullabye dance and song to cool down and say goodbye. Children respond positively to a lose structure at this age and feel proud when they know what's coming next in class. Parents or caregivers are a childs most important role model so the parents or cargivers partcipation and support is key in these classes.
Drop off and afterschool classes ages 3 and up
This is the age of "I can do it all by myself" but also a time of lots of changes including seperation anxiety. Particpating in class without a parent can be exciting for some children and stressful for others. We at City Kids Dance see each child as an individual and realize they learn and take in new situations in their own ways. Our drop off and afterschool classes all work to nuture this individuality while building confidence, creativity, strength and flexibilty. The classes give the young child and opportunity to begin to learn basic classroom behavior such as taking turns, following another dancer, leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others and having a positive attitude. Most importantly, children learn a love and respect for dance which will stay with them their entire lives.