More than just dance!

Different styles of dance will have different class structures. In general, this is what a class in the Itsy-Bitsy program entails:

CIRCLE TIME– Warming up muscles and light stretching. Fun and engaging!

CENTER WORK– Working on coordination and basic dance skills. Often in this part of the class, there will be fun games and exercises to help coordination along with gross motor development. To increase precision of movement, children at this age must learn where their body is in relation to the space around them- also known as proprioception. Along with some fundamental dance skills, you may see dancers learning to isolate arms from legs while doing movement and working on movements with one side of the body while the other is stationary. There may also be some conditioning activities during this time such as jumping or skipping that help with strength training, balance, and coordination.

CHOREOGRAPHY– Learning fun choreography incorporating skills learned from center work.

FREESTYLE– Encouraging creativity and unique movement through fun freestyle activities.

FLEXIBILITY– The end of class is a great time to work on exercises that help increase range of motion.

EQUIPMENT– Many classes will use interactive dance equipment such as colorful cones and squares. This helps young dancers to understand movement patterns (circles, lines, zig-zags) and groups shapes (standing in lines/circles, standing in multiple lines with staggered positioning to create “windows”). Bonus: dancers get practice learning colors! At times, teachers may use the colorful parachute to practice dance movements learned in class. Certain dance classes will also use gym mats and balance beam.

TEAMWORK & LISTENING-Activities in dance are designed to be educational in more areas than dance. Dancers will improve listening skills by following the teacher’s directions. They’ll also improve social skills by working as a team and taking turns.

REWARDS– Stickers or stamps may be given at the end of class to reward teamwork and good dance class behavior.

REVERENCE- We encourage our dancers to say thank you to the instructors at the end of class. This teaches respect and dance etiquette. Dancer’s may courtesy, clap, or say a quick thank you before leaving.