At Dansations we promote an atmosphere and curriculum designed specifically to meet each child at the appropriate level for his or her age and development. The curriculum is based on fine and gross motor skill development, as well as cognitive thinking skills, attention spans and learning development for each age group.

Dansations start dancers at a very young age. Our smallest children begin in the Mommy and Me program at a mere 18 months. Sharing class time with a parent can make the classroom setting less intimidating for a young child. The goal of this class is to introduce a classroom environment, dance shoes, rhythm, movement and taking turns. We allow for free time, climbing on mats, under tunnels, jumping on trampolines, and exploring space!

Our next level of little dancers are in the combo 1 class. These toddlers are ages 2 & 3. The most important thing for parents to remember is that these kids are not kids, they are toddlers. They often cannot be reasoned with, they are not predictable, they sometimes throw tempers, refuse to participate, and even cry. That is all ok! That is part of being a toddler. Our job is to help these youngsters learn how to calm down, feel safe and have fun!  The kids not only learn how to participate in class, they are introduced to age appropriate tap steps and an assortment of creative movement, stretching and acrobatic skills. It is a great class to watch your toddlers explore the world of dance!

At the age of 3 & 4, dancers can enroll in the combo 2 class. Combo 2 is a very important bridge between combo 1 & combo 3.  Some of the music in combo 2 is used in combo 1. This is done to establish consistency and repetition. It is important for parents to remember, that although repetition can be boring for adults, kids LOVE it. That is why they watch the same movie over and over. They like knowing what comes next. Consistency and predictability helps them feel safe. As the year progress more and more new steps and songs are added to the repertoire. By the end of the year, most kids will be ready for combo 3! If not, let them repeat! Repetition in dance is a good thing. These kids are so young it is very important that they are in the right environment for their age and development.

Combo 3 is the final of the combo classes. This class is designed for 4 & 5 year olds to get ready for the “big kid” classes. Kids at this age are able to focus on dance skills for a much longer period of time. Motor skills and processing skills are much more developed at this age. In combo 3,  there is less time spent on creative movement and more time spent on skill development and proper skill execution. This class is not appropriate for toddlers, as toddlers are not ready for this type of processing. Toddlers learn better through play, over vocal instructions.

After Combo 3 comes Primary Split 1, designed for ages 5 &6 . It is an hour long class that combines tap and jazz. At this level dancers need to be in kindergarten to reap the full benefits of the class. Kids in Primary split 1 learn how basic ballet technique applies to jazz skills. This level of thinking demands that the young dancer be able to focus on specific motor skills. It is not appropriate for dancers under the age of 5.

From Primary Split 1, dancers can either repeat that level or move to Primary Split 2. If the dancers did Primary split 1 at the age of 5, we recommend repeating the level so the dancers can work towards perfecting the technical aspects of the skills presented rather than rushing ahead to the next level. This is especially important as Primary Split 2 is an hour and a half class that had 2 dances in the recital. It is best that the dancer be 7-9 years old to succeed at this level. Many, many kids repeat this level for 2 (some even 3) years!

From there dancers progress to level 1&2, then 3&4 and final level 5 classes. Dancers will spend many years in each level until they perfect the skills presented. Perfecting these skills is no easy task! Professional ballerinas are still working on perfecting the plie. Professional tappers are working on perfecting their sense of timing. Professional jazz, modern and contemporary dancers will work on obtaining the perfect battement until the day they retire. These are all skills presented in levels 1&2! Obtaining technical precision in dance is incredibly difficult. It demands a strong foundation. The best way to build that foundation, is by dancing at the appropriate level. Every teachers and accomplished dancer alike can agree, nothing, except for bad habits and poor technique, come from dancing above your level; while repetition, practice and patience build a strong, well studied, technical dancer!

Keep this in mind when choosing the correct level for your dancer. If you need help, contact Dansations. We are always happy to lend our profession advise specific for your dancer!

Register your child in the correct level, today.