Benefits of Dance Classes for Young Children

 

Young children learn such skills as listening carefully and not talking while instructions are being given. They also learn to be a member of a group and to take turns. Dance classes offer the opportunity to move to a beat, increase musicality and the use of the imagination. They learn to express their feelings and emotions physically in a non-aggressive manner. Students are helped to become more familiar with their bodies and to use their bodies creatively. Dance can also offer experiences of different cultures. To this list of benefits, we must add physical flexibility, and co-ordination. Also, cardiovascular and general fitness are improved. Dance lessons are a team-building and confidence-enhancing activity.

Twinkle Babies Dance – Ages 2.5-3

Twinkle Stars Dance – Ages 3.5-4 and 4.5-5

Jazz – Ages 6 and up

Tap – Ages 6 and up

Lyrical – Ages 6.5 and up (required to take ballet class)

Contemporary – Ages 12 and up (required to take ballet class)

Hip-Hop – Ages 5 and up

Ballroom Dance - Coming Soon

Acrobatics Dance - Coming Soon

Musical Theater – Ages 7-12 (required to take jazz class)

Adult Classes – Ballet, Tap & Hip Hop

Music Lessons – Coming Soon 

CLASSES OFFERED

Twinkle Babies Dance – Ages 2.5-3

A thirty minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basics steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little guys inspired to dance. The use of props such as Twinkle bears and hula hoops enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!

Dress Code: Pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. You can purchase the kit through our online boutique.

 

Twinkle Stars Dance – Ages 3.5-4 and 4.5-5

An age specific 45 minute class containing ballet, tap and jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the tree styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment.

Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” in and how to demonstrate one. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as hula hoops for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun!

Dress Code: Pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. You can purchase the kit through our online boutique.

Jazz - Ages 6 and up

Modifying ballet technique from turned out to parallel, jazz dance is a style performed from the core, with clean and strong lines emanating from the hips and chest.  Dancers will learn all the fundamentals of jazz dance: proper technique, body isolation, grounded movement, syncopation, contractions, performance quality, and improvisation.

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, tan Bloch jazz shoes, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck.

 

Tap - Ages 6 and up

In this class, children learn fundamental tap techniques using rhythmic footwork in specially equipped shoes. The benefits of tap are that it increases rhythm and motor skills and it is extremely helpful in developing musicality in dances.

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, black tap shoes, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck.

 

Lyrical – Ages 6.5 and up (required to take ballet class)

Lyrical dance is defined as a fusion of Ballet and Jazz technique.  This style of dance utilizes subtle, dynamic, and expressive emotion through movement to tell a story.  It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves choreographed to a song about freedom, love, of releasing sad emotion, or of overcoming obstacles. A solid, ballet based technique is an essential component of this advance style of dance.

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, twylas shoes, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck. 

 

Contemporary - Ages 12 and up (required to take ballet class) 

Contemporary dance is an advanced style of dance which combines the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance.  Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.  Contemporary choreography strives for creative freedom, pushing of boundaries, breathtaking imagery, athletic strength, and intricate gestures to tell a story.

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, barefoot, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck. 

 

Hip-Hop - Ages 5 and up  

Hip Hop is fun, high energy class for all ages. Our instructor infuses different styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, locking, as well as confidence building. These classes’ help students step out of their comfort zone and develop their own style.

Dress Code: Female dancers must wear a sports bra with a shirt that will not come up when they are moving, booty shorts or leggings. Male dancers can wear a t-shirt, basketball shorts or sweat pants. Shoes: Clean sneakers must not be worn outside. Street shoes are not permitted. NO JEANS.      

 

Musical Theater - Ages 7-12 (required to take jazz class)

Musical Theater is designed to develop musical theater skill while incorporating proper dance technique, acting, and character development. This is a dance focused class using music from Broadway shows.

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, tan Bloch jazz shoes, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck.

Jumps & Turns 

Jumps and Turns class is divided into two parts, First is strength training  to increase muscular strength  in ones core, upper and lower body to provide support to the joints for the dancer so as not to comprise  alignment and to increase position stability. Second is skill development/technique to facilitate the breakdown and execution of jumps and turns, performed in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance.   

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, barefoot, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck. 

Legs & Feet

Legs & Feet class is divided into two parts.  First, in a controlled environment, dancers learn dynamic stretching and overstretching to increase leg flexibility, range of motion, and injury prevention to be able to perform leg extensions and tricks.  Second is the strengthening of feet and ankles to develop pointed feet, elevated arches, strong ankles, and proper alignment of the metatarsals and heels to ensure correct balance, finished lines, and injury prevention.

Dress Code: Any color or style leotard or crop top, booty shorts, barefoot, hair securely in a pony tail away from face and neck. 

 

Ballroom Dance - Coming Soon

Acrobatics Dance - Coming Soon

Adult Classes – Ballet, Tap & Hip Hop

 

Music Lessons – Coming Soon

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Elite Dance Academy

13365 W. Foxfire Dr. #4, Surprise, Az 85378

Phone: 623-518-6823

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