Childrens Preparatory Dance

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.
 
Primary Level (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) costumes.
 
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.

Extra Things Learned by taking dance classes at Hirschl School of Dance Arts

Different Types of Dance Classes at HSDA

BALLET Classes and Age Descriptions of Ballet

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