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Young Dancers’ Program Participants © Jae Yang

Early Steps Ages 3 +

Dancers in Early Steps will learn movement skills through stories, songs, and actions. Classes are accompanied by gifted musicians who inspire the children to delight in rhythm and musicality. This is a positive and supportive environment for a child’s first experience in a classroom separate from their parents.

Creative Movement Ages 4-7

Children are encouraged through movement games, floor and air patterns, physical play, and cooperative group activity to develop their movement skills and stimulate their creative imaginations. There are three levels of the Creative Movement course, in which the young dancers develop confidence, self-awareness, and a sense of accomplishment.

Young Dancers Ages 7-17

Young Dancers are introduced to the fundamentals of contemporary dance technique, including integrating the use of the torso and limbs, and the use of time, energy, weight, space, and dynamics. Inspired by live music, dancers are introduced to creative improvisation, and they learn to create their own dances.

As the the dancers progress, they focus on integrating the use of fall and rebound, use of the floor, balance, jumping, and turning. Older dancers learn solo and group repertory, supported by engaging and inspiring live music. Students learn to dance with grace and energy, and dive into movement with dynamic physicality and creative imagination.

Creative Movement Made for Me 

An integrated creative movement class for children of mixed abilities, including physical challenges. This class provides opportunities for need-specific children with diverse learning styles that are not easily accommodated in a standard dance class. The dancers meet in an environment sensitive to the children’s abilities and potential, supported with enthusiastic and caring teachers, providing the dancers with a positive energy and the joy of live music.

My daughter (who has special needs) started the Creative Movement Made for Me classes three years ago. It is a fantastic dance environment which is extraordinarily supportive and where everyone feels safe and valued. – JoAnn, parent, Creative Movement Made for Me