MSD: Little Dancers Class Types And Ages

How do we teach?

Mercier School of Dance operates on a yearlong curriculum. We will be using the Ballerina Princess syllabus this year to supplement our ballet curriculum! Dancers will be learning new skills throughout the year as they progress in their dance training! Although we utilize fun songs and play games to capture little one’s interest, our classes are grounded in classic dance theories such as RAD, Vagonava, Checchetti, and BATD. We will always use proper dance terminology to help strengthen your dancer’s technical knowledge-base.

Most importantly, the time spent with our instructors develops self confidence, physical awareness, gross and fine motor skills, balance and rhythm. We focus on the basics and teach your children how to dance not just a dance!

Tiny Tumblers:

Ages 3-5

Does your child have a ton of energy or is a budding gymnast? Tiny tumblers is the class for them! In our tumbling class children work on coordination, as well as balance and beginning tumbling skills.  We will work on your little tumblers’ flexibility as well as basic floor skills such as bridges, forward rolls, and and obstacle course fun! Enjoy our balance beam and fun soft streamers.

Creative Movement:

Ages 3-4

Creative movement classes utilize a variety of fun interactive movement songs and props. Dancers will engage their gross motor skills with skipping, galloping, and more! We also start learning ballet arm positions and basic positions of the feet. Some skills to look for are: pointing and flexing of the feet, stretching, chassés, across the floor movement, moving slowly vs moving quickly, port de bras 1-5 (arms) pliés, sautés from first and much much more!

Storybook Ballet:

Ages 3-4

We invite your dancer’s imagination to take center stage in this class! We draw from elements of the creative movement and ballet classes and weave them together with a magical story that the dancers listen to and translate to dance and movement.

Ballet/Tap:

Ages 3-5

Ballet or Tap? Why chose? We will do both in a fun and engaging combination class! Students will learn both basic ballet skills such as positions of the feet and arms, as well as tap skills such as heel toe walks, stomps, and shuffles.

Pre-Ballet:

Ages 4-6

Ballet classes offer a solid foundation for a classical dance education.  Ballet classes focus on both fun and technique, introducing pliés, tendues, piques, passes, relevés, and grande battements. Dancers will learn to go gracefully across the floor with various exercises such chassés, chainé turns, and much more!

 

Ballet I:

Ages 6-8

Ballet  I classes focus on both fun and technique, introducing pliés, tendues, piques, passes, relevés, and grande battements. Dancers will learn to go gracefully across the floor with various exercises such chassés, chainé turns, and much more! This class is structured like a traditional ballet class with barre, center, and across the floor.

 

Ballet II

 Ages 9-11

In this classical ballet technique class, dancers will focus on the flexibility, control, and strength needed for classical ballet. The classes will follow the Cecchetti method for teaching the Italian style of ballet. Class will begin with barre, stretching, center, and across the floor work. This class is for dancers in grades four and five and above, previous experience recommended.

Tartan Tots:

Ages 3 to 6

Introductory class for our younger dancers wishing to connect with the traditional dances of the Scottish Highlands. The wee tots will learn the basic movements of Highland Dancing, and several introductory dances. Students may have performance opportunities at events in the surrounding community.

Scottish Highland:

Ages 4 and older

The traditional folk dancing of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Dance reflects the rich cultural heritage that produced William Wallace, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Dancers learn the Sword Dance, Highland Fling and more. We follow the SOBHD for our steps and competition guidelines. Highland dance is rich in traditions and culture! Our dancers compete up and down the east coast of the US, and perform in several shows a year.