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!

Mercier Movers:

Ages 18 months to 2 years

Your little one will be introduced to dance class via guided movement and structured play. We will listen to songs and games, cross a balance beam, jump over ‘puddles,’ leap over cones, and balance beanbags.  What better way to meet and make friends then by working on gross motor skills in a fun and creative environment?

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 explore your child’s imagination while introducing them to dance with 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 basic ballet arm positions and positions of the feet.

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 translate to dance and movement.

 

 

Pre-Ballet:

Ages 4-6

Ballet classes offer a solid foundation for a classical dance education.  The 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.

 

 

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.