Creative Dance for Kids

EM creative dance classes have been designed to allow children the opportunity to dance without the expectation or pressure of style-specific technique, performance and competition. Children discover the magic of movement and music in a fun class, where imagination and play is encouraged. 

Dance Class Structure

Classes have a specific structure to maintain a stable and safe learning environment and ensure safe-dance practice. There is much freedom within the form of the class for children to express and explore through movement.

  • Warm Up
  • Dance Games - including free dance, improvisation, partner and group activities
  • Composition - children work in small groups to develop and structure their own movement based on a stimulus
  • Choreography - children learn choreography developed by the teacher
  • Cool down

dANCE CLASS THEMES

Classes are designed around a unique theme, including:

  • Art - colours, emotions, shapes, images, artists, etc.
  • Nature - universe, garden, ocean, elements, planets, stars, constellations, camping, etc.
  • Animals - on Safari, the farm, in the jungle, dinosaurs, Australian animals, etc. 
  • Around the World - travel, countries, cultures, treasure hunt, transport (bus, car, train, boat, plane) etc. 
  • Storybooks - Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Aladdin, The Lion King, etc. 
  • Hobbies/Sports - archery, yoga, kite-flying, drawing, cooking, soccer, netball, swimming, etc. 
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BENEFITS OF CREATIVE DANCE with EM

Interpersonal benefits

  • Children learn to be authentic to themselves and express their individuality, as there is no competition or comparisons
  • Play and freedom of expression is encouraged within a safe structure
  • Creativity and curiosity is valued
  • Individual achievement and success is acknowledged and celebrated, to promote self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Children work as a team, developing emotional intelligence, communication skill and social skill
  • Themes are often used to guide movement to promote connection to the wider world

Physical benefits

  • Physical fitness and conditioning - muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, agility, flexibility, mobility and stability
  • Body literacy including coordination and motor skills
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Children develop a positive relationship to their body by listening to, connecting to, appreciating and caring for their body

Cognitive benefits

  • Focus
  • Pattern recognition
  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Divergent thinking
  • Right/left brain crossover
  • Musicality (rhythm, tempo, accent, music appreciation)
  • Sensory integration
  • Knowledge and understanding of body: parts, muscles, joints, bones, etc.

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