Early Childhood

THE SCHOOL OF Early Childhood

At Greater York Dance, inspiring the young dancer is our joy! Classes are available for children ages 2 and up. Our Early Childhood Classes provide young children with a strong foundation in dance to branch out into any dance, modeling, music or acting area as their future unfolds. When you start your child in dance lessons at Greater York Dance, you are assured that your child will have a place to continue to be challenged as they progress and that the development of their talent will be first priority.

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We are pleased to introduce you to the Twinkle Star Dance™ Curriculum and the SHOWStars™ Curriculum at Greater York Dance. These are nationally recognized programs carefully crafted to provide the best in children’s dance. Our instructors have been certified and will begin teaching these programs this school year. Children will learn spatial awareness, develop motor skills, and improve upon their balance, stamina, coordination and strength. There are four pillars of Twinkle Star Dance that make up the Twinkle Star Method – Skill Building, Creative Movement, Just for Fun and Showtime.

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We also offer the ABT National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary and Primary Levels at Greater York Dance.

Classes are scheduled by age and are NOT taught alone by teens, they are taught by certified professionals. This makes our programs both safe and fun.

Twinkle Babies™ (Formerly Discover Dance) is a thirty-minute introductory dance class that is unique and valuable in the dance industry. The secret to the class is that it is structured and fun!  It contains ballet, tap, and creative movement. Young dancers learn the necessary steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little dancers inspired to dance. The use of props such as “dancing bears,” hula hoops and maracas, enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!
This class is a non-performing class.

Twinkle Star Dance™ (Formerly Classic Combo) is an age specific 45 minute class containing ballet, tap and jazz/creative movement.  The purpose of the class is to teach young dancers the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers also learn dance steps and terminology in all three styles. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props makes the end of class the most fun! SHOWStars classes are a continuation of the Twinkle Star Dance™ that offer classes that are not combo classes but rather focus on one dance style.


Mini SHOWStars™ Tap 2/3

Mini SHOWStars™ Hippity Hop 2
Musical Theatre 2/3

Mini SHOWStars COMPANY 2/3 (Must be enrolled in 1 other class/wk)

BALLET TRACK
Creative Ballet 2

Class descriptions are listed in the Studio Director Online Enrollment Portal.

Twinkle Star Dance (Formerly Classic Combo) is an age specific 45 minute class containing ballet, tap and jazz/creative movement.  The purpose of the class is to teach young dancers the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers also learn dance steps and terminology in all three styles. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props makes the end of class the most fun! SHOWStars classes are a continuation of the Twinkle Star Dancethat offer classes that are not combo classes but rather focus on one dance style.

Mini SHOWStars™ Tap 2/3

Mini SHOWStars™ Hippity Hop 3
Mini SHOWStars™ Contemporary 3
Musical Theatre 2/3

Mini SHOWStars™ COMPANY 2/3 (Must be enrolled in 1 other class/wk)

BALLET TRACK
PrePrimary Ballet 3

Class descriptions are listed in the Studio Director Online Enrollment Portal.

A perfect second class to add to your child’s schedule. This class is often invited to perform at the Miss York County Pageant & the June Dance Show. Must be enrolled in one other class; learn multiple pieces of choreography! This is NOT a performing company, and none of the details or fees below apply. Just add the class!

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PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES, Early Childhood
All students in Levels 2 & 3 of the Early Childhood School are invited to participate in the annual June Show and the annual Nutcracker Ballet (minimum age 4). We also have a performing training class – Mini SHOWStars COMPANY 2/3.  Dancers enrolled in the School of Early Childhood will earn a special award while enjoying performing in a professional production, the June Show.

Don’t want to participate in the performance? That’s OK, too. No need to want to be a pro or give your entire life to dance… yet our classes are based on national standards of dance education. Each dancer is able to build upon their skills as they wish. Many of our high school-aged students are dancing on a pre-professional level. Others dance for their entire childhood simply for fun and fulfillment. Let your little one discover the magic of movement and music through these unique and fun early childhood dance experiences.