Preparatory "Dance-Prep" level
(3 & 4 year olds) This is an introductory level, preparing the student for the Primary and beginning
levels of formal lessons in dance. Emphasis is placed on: Eye-hand/eye-foot exercises
for basic coordination. Locomotor and non-locomotor exercises. Lengthening attention span. Timing,
rhythm and musicality. Basic lesson etiquette. Developing the teacher/student relationship. Working
with pier groups & partners in a learning atmosphere. Preparation of basic movement functions
for beginning levels of dance. Showing how much fun dancing is. Students may take one
or two lessons per week.
(5, 6 & 7 year olds) Still a combination of ballet & tap, this level introduces a wider curriculum
spectrum to further prepare the student for the beginning levels of dance. More assumption is made
that the student understands the fundamentals of lesson etiquette and the teacher-student relationship and is ready for a
formal lesson atmosphere. Students should take two lessons per week to maintain nominal progression.
LEARNING DANCE STEPS IS JUST A
SMALL PART OF WHAT IS LEARNED AT THE HIRSCHL SCHOOL! Proper body posture and alignment,
eye-hand/eye-foot loco-motor coordination, working with peer groups and partners, spatial coordination, lengthening
attention span, making circles, lines and other group formations. Basic musicality is introduced, and self-confidence
and a positive body awareness is always emphasized. A positive teacher/student relationship and proper lesson etiquette is
introduced and worked on as a preparation for the beginning levels of dance.
At recital time
students achievements are highlighted. Costumes are designed so academic and artistic talents and
what they have learned in classes shines through. We do not hide students behind sparkly (and expensive)
Each level in ballet
has it's own HSDA standardized curriculum syllabus, or "homework" sheet. It includes
the basic ballet & tap steps that are introduced and practiced in each level. Each student receives one, and is
encouraged to practice at home. This helps properly prepare the student for the next level up in
dance. At the Hirschl School, we see all students- not as they are now- but how they could and should
be: At their fullest possible potential.