THE SCHOOL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
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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.

Children will explore their inner star as they learn the fundamentals of dancing. Our creative and joyous approach will surely ignite each child’s own special magic. Children will learn spatial awareness, develop motor skills, and improve upon their balance, stamina, coordination and strength. We offer the ABT National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary and Primary Levels in the School of Early Childhood.

We use an age-appropriate, specially created syllabus, and our instructors are well-qualified and ready to work with young children. Classes are scheduled by age and are NOT taught alone by teens, they are taught by professionals. This makes our programs both safe and fun. Many classes have a minimum of two instructors with student assistants. All instructors who teach in our School of Early Childhood receive extensive training in the syllabus before they enter the classroom.  Class structure includes Share Time or Opening Activity, Warm-up, Stretching, Class Objective, Locomotor Skills, and Creative Expression.

LEVEL 1, Ages 2 1/2-4

Discover Dance  Pre-Ballet & Creative Movement
Parent may stay in the studio nearby if child is not ready to dance “all by myself”.
This class is a non-performing class.

LEVEL 2, Ages 3-4

Level 2 Ages 3-4

COMMERCIAL DANCE DIVISION
Classic Combo 2
Musical Theatre 2/3
Acro 2/3 (Non Performing)
Tap 2/3
Classic Combo 2
Performing Company Prep 2/3 (Must be enrolled in 1 other class/wk)
Hip Hoppin Combo 2/3
Classic Combo 2
Hippy Hop 2

BALLET TRACK
Creative Ballet 2

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

LEVEL 3, Ages 5-6

COMMERCIAL DANCE DIVISION

Modern 3/4
Classic Combo 3
Hippity Hop 3
Classic Combo 3
Musical Theatre 2/3
Performing Company Prep 2/3 (Must be enrolled in 1 other class/wk)
Acro 2/3
Tap 2/3
Hip Hoppin
PrePrimary Ballet 3
Storybook Ballet 3

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

PERFORMANCE PREP

A perfect second class to add to your child’s schedule. This class will be invite to perform at the Miss York County Pageant 1/20/18 & the June DanceFest. 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!

Image5PERFORMING 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 – PERFORMING COMPANY PREP 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.