What Class Should I sign My Child Up For?
Preschool Combo – Ages 2-4
Preschool Combo – Introduction to basic dance forms (tap, ballet, jazz) using props, games & children’s music. Promotes motor & cognitive development through music and movement; Emphasis on imaginative dance, coordination and rhythm; Also encourages social interaction; Class appropriate for children aged 2 – 4.
Dance & Tumble (Eaton Location Only) – Introduction to basic ballet, jazz & tumbling through creative movement using props, games & children’s music. Promotes motor development through music and movement, imaginative dance, body strengthening and coordination, and imaginative dance. Class appropriate for potty-trained children aged 3 – 4.
Level 1 – Ages 4 1/2 – 6 (Older Preschool/Kindergarten) *Must be 4 years and 6 months to register
Level 1 Tap/Ballet – Introduction to beginning tap & ballet technique in a fun and positive environment.
Jazz/Poms 1 – Introduction to basic cheer, jazz and tumbling movements in a fun and upbeat class.Hippity Hop – Introduction to basic hip-hip moves, including body isolations, hiphop footwork, freezes, and more! Emphasis on style, musicality, and creativity using age appropriate music. Level 1 Ballet/Poms (Eaton Only) – Introduction to beginning ballet & jazz technique in a fun and positive environment geared toward children aged 5 – 7. Level 2 – Ages 6-8 (All 6 & 7 year olds go here and 8 year old who have never danced) Level 3 – Ages 7-9 (All kids with 1-2 years of dance since age 6 go here) Level 4 – Ages 9-11 (All kids with 3+ years of dance experience go here)
- Ballet – Highly technical dance form focusing on body placement, grace, strength, and balance.
- Jazz – Theatrical-type dance style with a ballet based technique inspired by American Jazz music but currently taught and performed to pop music. Less technical than ballet but more technical than Hip Hop.
- Hip Hop – Funky street dancing style with a jazz based technique.
- Tap – Rhythmic dance style creating sounds and rhythms with taps on shoes.
- Lyrical – Graceful dance style emphasizing emotional expression, with a ballet and jazz based technique.
Teen Classes – Ages 11 & up (All students beginner level, little to no dance experience)
- Teen Jazz/HipHop
- Teen Ballet
What makes A Dance Place so special?
While many dance studios might look similar on the surface, A Dance Place offers some positive differences that you might not have considered.
What is expected of my preschooler?
We expect them to have fun! Parents have told us that other studios are too serious for young children, and that their kids quickly lose interest. We believe that children as young as two years old can experience great joy and great learning from an early introduction to movement and music. Our staff has more than 30 years combined experience teaching dance and are incredibly proud of what we have to offer to preschoolers.
What is the focus of the studio?
A positive, encouraging environment is crucial to a dancer’s enjoyment and success. Our studio’s goal is to build confidence and esteem in our students, while instilling a love of dance that will last a lifetime. We pride ourselves in welcoming all dancers, regardless of their ability or experience, and conducting classes in a positive, encouraging atmosphere. [ED: left most of the first part alone, since it sounded genuine] We’re also very aware of family needs, so everything is age appropriate, including choreography, music, costume, and especially rehearsal times!
Many studios offer competition programs; we’ve tried this approach and have found that it is usually a less than positive experience for the student. We have replaced our competition program with a Performance Troupe, an all-inclusive group of dancers who perform at various events around the community. There is no “placement” after they perform…only applause, leaving the students feeling accomplished and never defeated.
What is the class size?
If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more, and have more fun. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.
Our studio limits all of our classes (ages 6 and up) to a maximum of just 12 students per class. With our Preschool & Level 1 classes (ages 2 – 5) we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just 8 – 10 students per class.
Is the studio organized?
We want you to be informed as much as possible, and we want your interactions with us to be easy and professional. We have an online registration and account management system in place to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, we have administrative staff available any time of day to address them.
Is there a structured curriculum in place?
We believe it’s important to have a curriculum in place that all of our instructors can agree on and implement. This ensures that each student will receive the same quality instruction, no matter which studio they’re attending.
What can I expect for the year-end show?
Entertainment! The show is held in the 1,600-seat Union Colony Civic Center Monfort Theater in Greeley. Unfortunately, many other dance studios make parents pay to attend their own child’s performance! A Dance Place provides two free tickets to our show. Perhaps even better, the creation of costumes isn’t your responsibility…it’s all handled by our professional seamstress.
Can you watch your child?
Yes! We want you to see just what goes into the progress you’ll see. When your child tells you about something exciting that happened at dance class, we want you to be able to relate to what they’ve experienced. We have observation windows to make both you and your child as comfortable as possible.