Early Childhood Dance
A sister-program to our Early Childhood Music classes, the Early Childhood Dance classes offered at The Ridgewood Conservatory are structured to address the different physical and social skills of each age group – adding more “movement to music” opportunities for our younger students.
Taught by certified instructors, Early Childhood Dance classes are a lovely way to introduce your child to the magical world of dance, including ballet, tap, and hip-hop. Your young dancer will discover that our classes encourage self-expression in a safe, non-competitive environment.
No glitz, no glamour – just delightful dance classes!
EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE CLASSES
Fall ’17 Semester: September 9, 2017 – January 15, 2017*
Spring ’18 Semester: January 29, 2018 – June 14, 2018*
Pre-Ballet 3-4 YEAR OLDS
Pre-Ballet class exposes our youngest dancers to the basic positions of the feet, port de bras or am movements, as well as simple jumps on two feet, gallops, skips and gentle stretching. They will also learn to use dance as a way of telling a story, while learning to relate to musical rhythms. By learning simple pre-ballet movements, your child will begin to explore movement as a way of self-expression. (45 minutes)
Spring ’18 Semester: Saturday 9:15AM; Sunday 9:00AM
Intro to Ballet5-6 YEAR OLDS
In Intro to Ballet, our five and six year olds focus on the various positions of feet and arms and beginning work at the barre. Plies, piques and passes will be introduced along with the correct terminology for each step. Children will learn transfer of weight, jumping on one foot, and “spotting.” Free movement and story-telling through dance will be used to encourage self-expression. (60 minutes)
Spring ’18 Semester: SATURDAY 10:15AM; SUNDAY 1:00PM
Pre-Ballet / Tap
3-4 YEAR OLDS
Three and four year old dancers develop posture, coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and the awareness of movement with music in this introdution to basic pre-level Ballet and Tap steps. (45 minutes)
Spring ’18 Semester: SATURDAY 11:15AM
Intro to Tap5-6 YEAR OLDS
Intro to Tap introduces the dancer to formal tap training, learning practiced exercises and proper tap technique, increasing coordination, and developing a sound awareness of rhythm. (60 minutes)
Spring ’18 Semester: SATURDAY 2:15 PM
Intro to Hip-Hop 5-6 YEAR OLDS
In this fun introductory class, our five and six year olds become familiar with popular Hip-Hop moves, stylized technique and beginner rhythmic tones of jazz dance, while improving their coordination and physical strength. (60 minutes)
Spring ’18 Semester: SATURDAY 12:15PM; SUNDAY 2:00PM
Fees for all Fall/Spring Early Childhood Dance classes:
First class per week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $335/semester
Second class per week.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$310/semester
Third class per week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$285/semester
Single classes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 each
Special Offer: SAVE $25 on tuition if your child enrolls in
both music and dance classes during Fall or Spring!
Appropriate dance attire is required for all classes.
BALLET ATTIRE: Girls wear leotards (no embellishments, skirts or tutus), tights and leather ballet slippers. Boys wear plain white t-shirts, black jazz pants or tight fitting leggings/sweats and leather ballet slippers.
TAP DANCE ATTIRE: Same attire as ballet with tap shoes (Tap).
HIP-HOP ATTIRE: Sneakers or dance shoes designated for use in class only, loose comfortable “workout” clothing (no jeans or casual dress attire).
Please Note: Hair must be worn tied back in all classes.
All classes are subject to enrollment.
* Note: Semesters may be extended as makeups for classes cancelled due to inclement weather or teacher absences.