Our Classes

Tiny Toes Movement's classes are built on foundational knowledge of early child education curriculum and are designed to help children build confidence, self-motivation, and physical coordination.  Dance is a wonderful way for children to learn a variety of different skills, and not just physical ones. During classes, children engage in creative problem solving, build familiarity with rhythm and patterns (which helps prime children for mathematical thinking), and develop language and literacy. Classes encourage children to make letters with their bodies (o-shaped ballet arms, or x’s as we cross the midline, which also helps to stimulate the left and right brain hemispheres). Classes also build social skills, including sharing, waiting for turns, and being mindful of our place in space in relation to other dancers. The physical benefits of dance are countless, and young dancers often see a marked improvement in coordination and balance. Classes are also designed to spark joy and help children become aware of their own inventiveness and creative abilities.

 

 

In their weekly classes, children learn the basic elements of hip hop, ballet, tap, and jazz. They participate in a wide array of activities that are shown to benefit children's all-around development. Every week, dancers progress through a familiar routine that involves the following class components:

 

  • A warm-up that addresses each child by name, allowing them to confidently claim space in the dance room,
  • Action songs that focus on a variety of skills, ranging from balance to different ways of locomotion (run, walk, gallop, skip, hop, jump, leap, etc.) and qualities of movement,
  • Age-appropriate choreography in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop styles. Children typically cycle through each style once a year,
  • Resting and stretching are also included in longer classes, giving the children a moment to meditate and relax,
  • A free dance / freeze dance or creative movement component with different props give children the opportunity to show off their dance moves,
  • Basic tumbling, an obstacle course, or an across the floor activity occur near the end of class and give each child the chance to “solo” and attempt a new skill,
  • After a quick goodbye song, stamps (one of the most popular parts of class) signal to children that it is time to transition out of dance class and back to their classroom.