Stages has introduced this new program to meet the needs of the very young dancer, ages 2 through 6/7 (through first grade) at a time when they are rapidly developing in an ever-changing and evolving environment. Good co-ordination is vital in developing skills learnt in other parts of life, such as learning to ride a bike and learning how to multitask successfully. Dance and movement patterns also develop the kinesthetic memory. It also develops strength and endurance from an early age. This creates a solid platform for the child’s physical development and level of fitness; in order to focus on the unique benefits of dance classes for teaching children basic life skills that can be used for throughout the rest of their lives.
This basic goal of this program is to build strength, musicality and freedom of movement; in an environment that is nurturing and positive. These classes will also give the young dancer the basic building blocks to more easily adapt to the classes that are offered as they continue on to the next stage, where classes will get more focused on specific styles & technique will start to be emphasized more.
This August THE GEMS @ STAGES will offer over 8 Classes, with afternoon and Saturday options that accommodate Kindergarten and Preschool Programs, as well as busy and working parents’ schedules. The creative process at STAGES DANCE STUDIO is always on overdrive, as the GEMS program is designed to stimulate the young and inventive minds of the young dancer. The GEMS class uses a vast array of artistic, imaginative and novel ways to achieve this: use of props, such as cowboy hats, play microphones, fairy wings and wands, and rhythm sticks, to name only a few. The variety of music and dance styles will also enable the instructors and parents more insight as to which classes would be the most appropriate for the child when it comes time to move on to the next stage.
The benefits of participating in performances provide yet another array of important life skills; They must take turns, work as a group, cooperate, share, understand space, form lines, watch and support one another, perform, and interact. They learn that communication can occur through immediate and effective movement to express an idea. The group dynamic inherent in a performance also challenges young ones to respect others as they share and move through space in unison. Those participating in the upper level GEMS will be involved in in-studio showcases where they will be able to perform for in front of their families on a bi-monthly basis that will also help them prepare for their final year-end Recital in May.