The Dance to Learn® Curriculum’s Creative Dance classes are designed as an interactive, play-time dance class with a goal to introduce dance and movement to preschool aged children. Our ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum has been designed with the whole child in mind and has been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development to form the 5 Methods of Dance™. Each month, Dance to Learn® designs the class around a new monthly theme to keep the classes fun and exciting as part of our ‘Dance to Discover!™ method. The class structure remains the same with classes beginning with a warm up and stretches on the floor and slowly moving to standing. Next the dancers move Across the Floor. Movements consist of introductory movements such as tip toe walks, skips, marches, gallops and jumps. Movements are taught progressively to ensure mastery and proper execution as part of our ‘Dance to Move!’™ method. The ‘Dance to Accept!’™ method was created to help children learn to accept the unique talents and differences of their peers. To encourage teamwork and peer relations, many of the exercises and activities include dancing with partners or in groups. Story Dance Pathways™ are included in this class to teach shapes and concepts such as over, under, through, around, in between, inside, outside, and more. The Story Dance Pathways™ can also be designed to teach different concepts such as the life cycle of a butterfly or can be used to re-enact the plot of a story such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Story Dance Pathways™ are a creative approach to teaching children the basis of linking steps together to form choreographic works. Class ends with costumes and free style dancing where the child is allowed to let their creativity and imagination take over as part of the ‘Dance to Express!’™ and ‘Dance to Create!’™ methods focused on self-expression and creative thinking. They are challenged to learn musicality as they dance to fast and slow tempos, and their minds are encouraged to be creative when asked to strike big, little or medium poses or pose like animals or bugs! Throughout the class, the Educator incorporates the use of several different types of props including multi-colored scarves, mats, wands, hula hoops and more! Incorporating props can help develop fine motor skills and improve hand-eye co-ordination and of course to make simple steps like twirling more fun! The Creative Dance Class includes The Terpsichore Literacy Program™ . This literacy readiness program includes reading a new children’s book each month. Children are then taken on an adventure with their dance Educator reenacting the characters, plot, conflict and resolution with movement. Children are nurtured by their instructor through a positive “Yes!” environment, and the small class size ensures the personal attention needed at this stage of learning. Children at this level are taught the fundamentals of choreography where they are taught dance routines and how to memorize them. Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and are designed to encourage self-confidence and worth when executed correctly! Parents are able to observe what their child has learned through several free observations and community performances throughout the session! Creative Dance classes include participation in the ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program!