At Kindy Dance Time, we believe learning dance should be FUN! Behind the scenes our programme has been carefully crafted to ensure little dancers are fully prepared for a life of purposeful movement. We provide strong foundations of dance, without harming little bodies, and we aim broaden the love of dance and music in young children by exposing them to a wide range of dance and music. Kindy Dance Time is the perfect introduction into the world of dance for toddlers and preschoolers!
Caring For Little Bodies
It is our belief that children under the age of five should be exposed to a learning environment that fosters their love of dance.
Our teachers are experienced in teaching young children and believe that, while bones and muscles are still developing, it is important not to over-stretch or push their bodies beyond their normal physical limits – which could result in injuries now or later in life. Instead, Kindy Dance Time focuses on the many foundations of dance such as learning to balance and transferring weight from one leg to another, to jump quickly or move slowly. We extend their spatial awareness by encouraging them to move across the room in different directions and heights, or travel around the room in different group formations. Our programme also focuses on developing strong fine and gross motor skills. And of course we aim to broaden their musical appreciation. All of this is wrapped up in fun, age related and engaging themes which capture the children’s imagination.
We believe the greatest skill a professional dancer brings to the stage is his or her interpretation of the music. Whether performing Romeo and Juliet for an audience of thousands or busking as a tapper for passers-by, a dancer is a person who truly feels and responds to the music, and then uses their body to express their own interpretation.
At Kindy Dance Time, we allow the children to determine how a piece of music makes them move, acknowledging that there is no right or wrong way to interpret music. We use a wide variety of musical styles throughout the programme – from classical to contemporary, folk to popular early childhood favourites – to ensure the children are exposed to all genres. We also encourage and nurture improvisation in the older age groups, which further assists in developing a child’s love of dance and music. As a teacher, there is no greater joy than seeing a young child expressing themselves, moving freely without hesitation to a piece of music they truly love.
The physical skills learnt through Kindy Dance Time are valuable skills that enable each child to move confidently into more formal dance training at a later age. However, through Kindy Dance Time, children also gain skills that they can apply to everyday life. Balance, coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness and musical appreciation are just some of the skills they practise each week which can be transferred to many other hobbies – from the eye-hand / eye-foot coordination required for ball sports to the balance required for skiing. Over the duration of the programme, the children learn about their bodies, how they can move efficiently and what their body is capable of doing. This leads to greater self-awareness and a positive self-esteem, which is invaluable as they head into school and life.
A Moveable Feast
Because we believe that we never stop learning, so too the Kindy Dance Time programme is continually updated and refined to ensure the latest research in early childhood development and movement are transferred to our classes. All of our teachers attend regular workshops and undertake professional development to stay at the top of their profession. Often our greatest inspiration comes from the children, who teach us new ways to move every day.
With decades of experience in teaching dance to young children and with feedback from parents, we have found that emotionally, many children of this tender age are simply not ready for the pressure of major concerts and productions – even if they only have one or two dances to learn. Children under the age of five are still learning to learn, that is, to store and retrieve information. The anxiety caused by having to remember a sequence of any length, or having to perform in front of ‘strangers’ without a parent close-by, can create a situation where the child may actually end up having a negative experience at dance class. At Kindy Dance Time, with no mandatory uniform, no concerts and no stress, the children can focus purely on developing their love of dancing.