Posted Mar 15, 2021 by Letisha Fitell. Filed under General
The Tiny Movers Program has been divided into themed lessons. Each themed lesson will be taught for four weeks to become familiar with each exercise, retain the movement, and improve on these movements each week. Lesson Theme examples: Fairy Garden, Teddy Bears, Circus, The Beach & Sea. We also encourage our little dancers to express their ideas in their dance lessons and we plan the classes from their responses.
Danzart Tiny Movers dance classes also progress with age-appropriate gross motor skill development and dance technique. Students learn these skills starting from balancing to hopping and jumping, then to galloping and skipping. Along with gross motor development, ballet technique also requires progression. This includes feet and arm positions, basic steps and movements. All of these things have been written into the program with careful consideration and placement.
Welcome - Hello song & warm-up dance (In a circle)
Circle Time Sitting - hand action or nursery rhyme, good toes/naughty toes (point and flex), Hideaway (curling and stretching).
Circle Time Standing – big body movement song, plies and tendu, basic ballet technique. We use age-appropriate instructional songs and music.
Working in a circle is a great way for the dancers to feel safe and secure.
Theme box surprise – What's in the box? It is a great way to open up a discussion with our little dancers and relate the item in the box to the class content.
Moving in a Circle – Walking on tiptoes, fairy runs, marching, instruments.
Travelling steps – Large gross motor movements - hopping, jumping, galloping, skipping.
Learn a Dance - We work towards our Tiny Movers to link simple steps and movement together to form a dance sequence to some very fun tunes.
Goodbye song - We have a wonderful goodbye song the students love to sing.
Sticker Time - Our Sticker cards are always a big hit with the Tiny Movers.
Theme box surprise – Each week, there is a different object of discovering related to the theme; it can be a picture, book or tactile object.
Use of Props – Students are so excited when props are brought out to use when dancing. They help with musicality, imagination, teamwork and spatial awareness. Props used within the Tiny Movers Program include scarves, wings, wands, parachute, beam, coloured dots, hoops and instruments.
Sticker Time- At the end of each lesson, students will receive a sticker for attending the class and for a well-deserved reward for their efforts. This is a highlight of the class to see their own sticker, show their friends what they have, and finally, show their parent or caretaker after class.
Leotard or T-Shirt: Upon enrollment into the Danzart Tiny Movers program students receive a leotard or T-Shirt.
Parent watching day: This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come inside the classroom to experience the class for themselves. (Term 2)
Themed Days; A guest such as a real ballerina or a character from a book may pop in from time to time to dance with our Tiny Movers.
Concert, Costumes & Photos: Students will learn a routine during the year and have the opportunity to perform on stage at the end of the year Concert. Students love dressing in their new costumes and having their special photo taken on photo day. This isn't compulsory; however, the students who don't wish to participate at the end of year concert will be included in learning the dance and our classes continue in the same format throughout the year.