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.
BENEFITS OF CREATIVE DANCE with EM
- 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 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
- Pattern recognition
- 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.