Recommendations for choosing classes
Dancing is a wonderful activity for children of all ages. Along with developing technique, artistry, and love for self-expression, dance encourages children to work towards goals, overcome obstacles, and gain self-confidence. Not only will the love of the art form be nurtured in your children, but skills will be grown in them that will last a lifetime.
Read below for some tips that will assist you in the process of class selection.
It is never too late to start dancing, though the earlier, the better. Gillman’s Dance Academy offers classes for children beginning at age 3. The classes geared toward ages 3-6 years old will not have a strong technical focus. In the event that your child is age 7-10 years old and has never taken a dance class, Kinder Combo and Dance Combo classes are a great start! For older children, aged 10 & up, for example, it is recommended that they start off in a lower level class to gain a foundation before jumping into more advanced classes. This will mean taking class with children several years younger than them, but it will be worth it in the long run! New students are always welcome to take a trial class, free of charge, so they can decide if dancing is something they want to commit to.
Gillman’s Dance Academy offers a variety of styles of dance. Whether it’s for the grace and poise of ballet or the freedom and energy of tap, there is value in studying any style! For students with a strong interest in lyrical and/or jazz, it is strongly recommended that they take ballet.
Ballet is the foundation of all styles of dance, and students’ progress in Lyrical and jazz will be hindered without the technical refinement that studying ballet brings. Tap can be taken independently of other dance styles.
As your young dancer grows in ability and training, the time commitment potentially grows as well. In order to determine how much time your child can commit to dance, it is important to evaluate their goals, schedule, and other activities.
The more styles of dance selected, the more hours per week. Members of M.A.G.I.C Dance Company will participate in the most hours of dance per week, including weekends.
Along with fees and tuition (see the fees & policies section of our website), the appropriate attire for each class will be required. This includes any variety of the following: leotards, tights, and ballet/pointe/jazz/tap/lyrical shoes. Investing in the proper attire is important for dancers, as it allows the dancers to get the most out of their training, and guards against avoidable accidents and injury.
If you are unsure of how to proceed in registering your child, please contact the office firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist you in making your selections!
Tiny Dancer -Ages 3 & 4
An introduction to basic dance skills through fun and innovative ways meant to instill a love for dance while expanding the child’s creative approach to movement. Basic coordination and gross motor skills are improved while exploring your child’s imagination and creativity. Ballet etiquette and basics are introduced as we build a foundation for future learning. This class is a 30-minute class.
- Monday 3:30-4:00
- Tuesday 10:00- 10:30 am
Kinder Combo -Ages 4-6
Your child’s first introduction to traditional dance through a combination class of ballet and tap. Rhythm and musical awareness, etiquette, posture, and grace are accented, while keeping dance a fun and creative experience. Specifically designed for children ages 4-6, this class evolves with the child’s educational development. This is a 45-minute class.
- Tuesday 3:30-4:15
- Thursday 5:30-6:15
Dance Combo -Ages 7-9
Coordination and attention of school-age children allows for a more concentrated class with dance technique. Balanced with structured dance training with creative concepts, so the class is fun while also being educational. This class creates the learning foundation for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. It is highly recommended as a base for future studies. This is a 60-minute class.
- Monday 5:45-6:45 Ballet/Tap Dance Combo
- Wednesday 4:00-5:00 Ballet/Jazz Dance Combo
The foundation of all dance forms. It teaches proper placement, carriage, grace, and poise. Barre exercises develop strength and flexibility, while center work allows the student to practice classic dance principles. Ballet is highly recommended as a complement to other classes because terminology and placement in Ballet quickens advancement in other classes. This is a 45-minute class.
- Monday 4:00-4:45 Primary/Intermediate -Ages 7-10
- Tuesday 5:30-6:15 Primary Ballet -Ages 7-9
- Thursday 6:00-6:45 Intermediate Ballet -Ages 9 & up
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy, and sadness.
Tap class combines dance with rhythmic foot patterns. Students learn the coordination of feet and musical rhythm in a way that is both challenging and fun.
Jazz dance is a variety of techniques influenced by many dance forms and is one of the most popular and essential. This class focuses on progression, coordination, technique, and performance. It is high in energy and a lot of fun!