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Prep Dance at Danzart

Posted Feb 24, 2020 by Kellie Hansen. Filed under General

Prep Dance at Danzart Studio

Our teachers are fully equipped to be understanding of the Prep age student as they navigate the demands of the school day.

 

 

 

At Danzart we understand our "Preppies" are navigating starting "big school" and still engaging in extra curricular activities.  It is a long day for these children and suddenly the expectation bar has risen dramatically.  The Danzart Prep Dance curriculum is designed to gently introduce these youngsters to a more structured dance class.  We continue to follow early childhood learning practises to keep the prep dance student engaged and enthusiastic about their dance classes.

What Can Parents do to Help the Prep Student Prepare for after School Dance Lessons

  • Keep calm in the afternoon rush.  This can make our Prep dancers anxious and perhaps feel negative towards attending an afternoon class.
  • Ensure they have adequate afternoon tea and plenty of water.
  • Have their dance outfit ready and easy to access.  Ensure you have the correct footwear.
  • Brush and re do their hair (even the boys) - clean their faces.  This will make the students feel fresh and ready to start class.  (Brushing of the hair has a calming effect).

 

Prep Dance Curriculum

The Danzart Studio Prep Curriculum uses imagery, props, age appropriate music and syllabi as teaching aides.  We slowly introduce a more  structured class introducing basic ballet technique with fun first moves of learning jazz dance.  A musical and energetic class building on the children’s love and enjoyment of dance while learning new ballet and jazz steps, starting to make lifelong friends and having fun.

  • Our classes have a clear, well balanced structure to them and we put a lot of thought and time into ensuring the students are learning, having fun and their holistic development is being supported.
  • The prep students will learn an abundance of age appropriate skills and steps whilst being suitably challenged and encouraged each step of the way, we believe this provides the essentials of dance to become a creative, confident and versatile individual. .
  • Whilst  at Danzart we teach in a professional manner we have a special way of making our classes fun, engaging and very nurturing.

Participating in a dance class can enhance the milestones and skills the students require for school

Socialisation Benefits

In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. Dancing can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. Dance can also help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience.

Educational Benefits

Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that can be useful in other areas of your child’s life.  Dance lessons can help to spark creativity in young children and help them to develop an appreciation for the arts.

Improved Self-Esteem

As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their confidence and self-esteem also improve. 

Improved Physical Health

Dancing is a highly physical activity, and children that dance regularly will have significant improvement in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase children’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise.

 

Here is an example of a Danzart Prep Dance Class for Term 1

Prep Dance

LESSON 1 (these plans will be used for 3 weeks)

 

Classroom Rules & Etiquette - These objectives form the basis of how your students behave and move within the classroom.

- Know where to go when they enter the classroom and when they finish.

- Understand and obey the dance classroom rules.

- Introduction to the ballet bar and how they are to stand at the bar.

- Make a circle holding hands and letting go within the dance space.

- Perform exercises moving around to four separate corners.

- Learn to wait turn and be ready for their turn

- Perform a ‘fingernail test’ to space themselves out, making sure they are not touching others around them.

- Know where to start for free movement exercises.

Structure

Lesson Songs/Exercises

Props

Warm Up

(Standing in a circle)

Welcome & Warm Up

    • Hokey Pokey

 

Sitting Exercises

 

  • La La song – stretching whilst pretending we are at the beach

Point/Flex & Curling/Stretching

  • Legs and feet B (CSTD Pre Ballet)
  • Legs and feet – opening up their story book with their feet

Arms movements (Primary Ballet)

 

Standing exercises

 

Soft Hands or arms/Port de Bra (from sitting to standing)

  • Plie exercise in centre (CSTD Pre Ballet)
  • Port de bras – (CSTD Pre Ballet)
  • Jump and clap – learning to tur in the same direction
Bend and spin

 

Moving Exercises (including props)

  • Follow the yellow brick road – Walking, Tip toe and Skipping – (Baby Ballet Movers)
  • Ballet walks with plies – pretending we are trying to get the cookies out of the cookie jar
  • Skips in square – (RAD Primary)
  • Gallops

Jumping in hoops 

Hoops

Jazz

  • Marches – own pose at the end
  • Skips – counting in to 8 first
  • Hip exercises – CSTD Pre modern
  • Freeze dance
Teaching the students t.o dance to the beat of the music

Maracas

 

 

Dance

 

Up beat and fun

 

Curtsey & Reward

 

  • Freeze game
  • Curtsey
Props used – Hoops, Markers, Scarfs, beam, tunnel, shakers.