Parents of 2 to 5 Year-Olds:
Our purpose is to provide the highest quality preschool education in a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Our age-appropriate curriculum serves the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the preschool students.
During the first few weeks of class, we will introduce the students to the overall dance experience and help them to become comfortable with the classroom, their instructors, and their classmates. We focus on coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and developing imagination. We use age-appropriate music and songs, simple stretching exercises, ballet and tap basics, and games in an environment of creativity.
Tot and Preschool dance focuses on helping children express themselves creatively, not necessarily learning steps (although they do get introduced to basic steps). They will learn a short routine and will be involved in both of our recitals. However don’t be disappointed if your child doesn’t appear to be a professional ballerina right off the bat.
Separation from the Parent:
The process of separating from the parent as the child attends dance class is an important accomplishment of this age children. We allow parents and visitors to view class the very first lesson of the month during the regular year. We also allow you to view the very first lesson of the year if it begins at the end of August. We are flexible with this policy for the first month as we know it can take youngsters a while to adjust.
As children mature, they begin to identify themselves as independent personalities. In separating from you, the parent, you child is learning:
1. To develop an interest in the activities of the dance class
2. To feel comfortable with other children in the class
3. To understand that his/her parent will come back and pick him/her up
4. To understand that all parents leave their children and come back for them
It is important to know that at times young children will explore the limits of attending dance class and say they don’t want to go. This period may occur anytime, but it is usually short-lived. Here are some suggestions that might help you handle this situation:
Emphasize what the child is doing at the dance class rather than what you do while he/she is in class.
Before you leave, see that the child is involved in an activity or is in the hands of a teacher.
1. Avoid prolonged good-byes.
2. Ask the teacher for help in separation.
3. We expect crying (and usually the tears are for the parent’s benefit and go away quickly).
It May Not Be the Right Time:
If your child cries or does not want to take class, don’t panic. If we push children too hard and create more stress than they are already experiencing, they may come to perceive dance class as a bad experience. That kind of negativity could make them apprehensive about dance for a long time, which isn’t good for anyone involved.
If your child stops attending class within the first 3 weeks of class, the registration fee will be credited to the following year, (but not refunded) and you will not be held accountable for paying for the rest of the semester. First month’s fees are non-refundable. We encourage you to have your child try again next year.
We recommend that children be encouraged to practice at home but not forced to do so. Repetition is one of the key elements of success with preschool dance students; the more they practice, the more confident they will feel. Practicing with your child allows you to join in the dance experience.
“I put my daughter in dance with Dantz Dynamix when she was two and she is now nine. I absolutely love all the dance teachers that have impacted her life. She is now on her third dance team. I love everything that she has experienced with this studio. In addition, she and I have both made some great friends. I couldn't imagine not being a part of the Dantz Dynamix family. I would never consider taking her anywhere else.” Susan P.