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Thank you for teaching the girls this year and for all the fun, colour and order you’ve infused into the dance classes and letters.

— Parent, Tunbridge Wells

Pre-School Dance

 

  • Develops good posture, balance and self-awareness

  • Builds confidence

  • Focus and Concentration

  • Health

  • Develops Social Skills

  • Education

 

Our classes

Capturing the incredible imagination of your two to four year olds, engaging them with exciting themes and props. A tailor-made syllabus for your little one created by the Principal of Just Dance, Alice Burren. Each class has a clear structure introducing the children to the basic steps of dance with the beginnings of Ballet technique.

Around the lesson framework are 5 themes that are rotated between the classes every half a term. This allows enough time for your child to master the steps, while being met with the new challenges each theme offers.

Under the Sea
Put on sun cream, swim around the room, be a crab, collect shells, dance in the sea with blue sparkly pompoms.

Outer Space
Take a ride in a spaceship, walk in space, land on the moon

Unicorns and Rainbows
Run over the rainbow, dance in the clouds, put on bells and trot like a unicorn, dance with pom poms.

In the Garden
Grow flowers, jump like a frog, water the garden, fly like a butterfly.

At the Farm
Jump like a rabbit, swim with the ducks, trot like a horse and be a scarecrow.

 

What to Expect

  • Children and parents arrive and wait outside the studio until the teacher invites the group in.
  • The children should be in uniform, with their hair tied up, carrying their favourite teddy or doll (they rock the baby to sleep at the end of every class).
  • Ideally parents say goodbye at the door unless they are new and need settling.
  • When the children come into the room they will see a circle of Ballet books They sit down and look at the books while the other children arrive and the register is taken on an iPad or iPhone.
  • The books are cleared away, a piece of coloured tape is put on the floor for each child so they know their spot in the room to stand on.
  • The class starts sitting down in a circle with claps, good toes and stretches. Using the chosen theme to engage the children’s imaginations, they stand up to work on first position, plies and points before travelling around the room working on travelling, timing, expression, confidence and much more.
  • At the end of Ballet the class rock their teddy/baby to sleep and do their curtsey thanking the teacher and the music.
  • Once the children have collected their teddy/baby and tape, they line up at the door in a train, sitting down and wait for the teacher to call their name ready to go home.

 
A Piece of mind

All the Just Dance teachers are qualified with the ISTD, hold a DBS check, along with 2 references, have First Aid Training and Child Protection Training. Our teachers are young, enthusiastic and perfect at meeting the different needs of pre-school children.

 

When is my child ready to move up

The classes described above are tailor made for pre-school children (aged two and a half  to four and a half years old). They sit in a circle which is an easier way to see the teacher at a young age and are able to be more aware of the other children in the class, learning to take turns. The class uses a large number of props and imagery to engage the children.

The next class up is Pre-Primary Ballet designed for children who have started Reception at school. The class is structured around the ISTD Pre-Primary syllabus. The class is more formal and the children are placed in rows facing the front. The class still uses imagery and is fun, but it is working towards a higher level of technique. As the children have started school they are familiar working within a class situation, this element can be overwhelming for a pre-school child.

The teacher is always looking closely at the children in all the classes. We always ensure the children are reaching their full potential, therefore if she feels your child may benefit and cope with the next class before starting school, we will approach you about moving up to Pre-Primary Ballet earlier. Similarly if you feel they might be ready please contact us to discuss info@jdance.co.uk 

Thank you for teaching the girls this year and for all the fun, colour and order you’ve infused into the dance classes and letters.

— Parent, Tunbridge Wells
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