Our Dance Program
Our children’s dance program is specifically designed to provide boys and girls ages 2 to 12 with a strong foundation in dance and movement. Our focus is on the basic elements of:
Little Leapers Grown Up & Me Movement
ages 20-32 months
Whether flying in outer space, going to the circus, playing in the park, dancing like the animals in the zoo, or growing a magical garden, each child will be captivated when they attend a Little Leapers class with River Oaks Dance. Grown-ups will be amazed at how useful each lesson is to their child’s development and love every second of class as they share many smiles and giggles with their little one.
ages 2 1/3 – 3 1/2
This 30 minute creative movement based class will introduce your child to the wonderful world of movement and music. Studies show that stimulation in the form of movement and sensory experiences during the early developing years is crucial. Listening to music and developing awareness of the body and basic motor skills, learning to listen and follow instructions and developing imaginative dance play are the focus of this class.
ages 3 1/2 – 5+
Pre-Primary classes are 45 minutes and separated by age. These classes educate young children in dance focusing on flexibility, balance, rhythm, musicality and spacial awareness in a positive, fun and imaginative environment while learning to express themselves in a creative way through music and movement. Students will gain a solid foundation of basic ballet technique gaining greater understanding as they progress through this age group.
ages 5 – 7+
Primary students are ready to begin a more structured ballet class. The fundamentals learned in the pre-primary level are continued and further developed in this level. Quality of movement and coordination will increase with the addition of more complex movement while keeping imagination and fun in the class. Students will learn ballet terminology and be able to remember and perform short dance sequences independently.
Level 1 Ballet
Level 1 students are ready to build strength, stamina and confidence in their movement. They will build on their skills acquired in our toddler and pre-ballet program but with a higher expectation. They begin joining steps create more complex movements. Imaginative expression doesn’t stop here and in fact we believe it’s even more important to allow student this age to continue creative movement and pretend play. We end every class with a creative movement exercise when students have a chance to express themselves with movement of their choice guided by a prompt.
2nd Grade & up
Hip-Hop is a high energy, upbeat style of urban dance. This class will focus on musicality, rhythm and movement during warm-up, learning individual steps, across the floor combinations and putting together fun routines to age-appropriate top hits.
Our Class Structure
There are four basic sections to each class