Preschool and Combination Classes
At RMSD, we realize that there is a big difference in maturity between a student who has just turned three and a student who is four and a half. By separating each age group we can provide the best possible learning experience for all of our younger dancers. Our teachers create a positive atmosphere in class and provide one on one attention so that each student feels good about his or her accomplishments. We make learning basic techniques fun by incorporating age appropriate music, games and the current interests of the students into all of our classes. Classes are offered in the morning, after school, and on Saturdays to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules.
Preschool 1 ( Ages 3 and 4) 45 minute class
The students are introduced to basic stretching, pre-ballet and tumbling. Through imaginative storytelling and singing, we keep the dancers engaged and foster their creativity. The students will also have fun practicing motor skills, such as skips, gallops and jumps.
Preschool 2 (Ages 4 and 5) 45 minute class
We continue to build upon the concepts in stretching, pre-ballet and tumbling taught in preschool 1 and also introduce the dancers to tap. Students will practice counting while having a blast using basic tap steps to make tons of noise!
Combination Classes 1 hour (ballet/tap) or 1.5 hours (ballet/tap/acrobatics)
Combo 1 (Ages 5 and 6)
Combo 2 (Ages 6 and 7)
Once the dancers start school, they are able to focus on one subject for a longer period of time. Dancers may choose a combination of ballet and tap or a combination of ballet, tap, and acrobatics.
In ballet, the students start with stretching exercises and ballet barre, and then progress to the center floor where closer attention is paid to body placement and basic ballet feet and arm positions. Movement across the floor becomes more complex with the addition of arm and head positions, and dancers become familiar with ballet terminology.
In tap, the dancers will master single and double sounds such as drops, taps, digs, shuffles and flaps. The students will use these steps to execute patterns and rhythms while still combining singing with their dancing.
In acrobatics, the students will start with flexibility and strength exercises. Then they will work individually on the mats learning different types of rolls, bridges, handstands and cartwheels. Safety is our primary concern. The students will be spotted by an instructor until they have mastered a trick.