• Animal Safari Improv

    Class Description
  • Broadway Exploration’s Animal Safari Improv classes are a child’s first introduction to improvisation and acting. This 45 minute drama, movement and play class is designed as an interactive, play-based dance class with a goal to introduce acting and improvisation techniques to preschool children ages 3-5 years old. Classes are composed of 5 Methods: Discovery, Movement, Expression, Acceptance, and Creativity. These Methods are the Dance Exploration 5 Methods of Performance Arts Education. Class begins with Discovery as preschoolers discover a new animal group each week that they may explore. From invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals; preschoolers will learn about each type of animal group, where different classes of animals may be found and how their environment may affect their behaviors. After discovery class moves onto Creativity as preschoolers play a game of charades of sorts, where a different animal is drawn that each student must act out using only behaviors, movement characteristics and sounds. Preschoolers will enjoy using stuffed animals each week to learn how the animals move, the sounds they make and recreate the animals in different scenarios. For example, the Certified Educator may use a stuffed frog and students can crawl, jump and ribbitt as the frog would. The teacher may also place some lily pads on the floor to create a scene and give the students scenarios on how they would jump from pad to pad. The instructor may introduce another type of animal into the scenario, such as an alligator. How will the alligator affect the behaviors of the frogs? Maybe the frogs are scared or maybe they decide to ignore the alligator. This will challenge the students to work together in creative problem solving scenarios as part of the Acceptance Method. Students will be guided and prompted by the Certified Educator on scenarios and how to move or behave while also having the creative freedom to determine their own characters and behaviors. This technique is part of the Expression Method. Movement is incorporated as students must use gross and fine motor movements to accurately depict animals that may be much larger or smaller than they are. Adding creative movement to the class is part of the Movement Method. The Certified Educator is trained to teach in a positive “Yes” Environment. The Animal Safari Improv class participates in the Dance to Learn® at Home with Me Program.

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
    • Class Style:
      Kiss and Go
    • Class Length:
      45 Minutes
    • Teacher to Student Ratio:
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Children will learn basic fine motor skills and improved hand strength as they grasp and manipulate stuffed animals and other props
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture
    • Interactive play and performance prompts will encourage students to practice movements in small and grand sizes as they portray different animals. This will improve gross motor movement and muscle development.
    Cognitive Development
    • Preschoolers will learn how to associate movements, sounds, and behaviors with different animals. For example, if the stuffed animal is an elephant, students will learn how to make movements bigger, how to use arms as trunks or ears and how to march or move like an elephant may move in the wild
    • Children will learn how to quickly adjust to different scenarios for example how would the elephant move if he was hungry, or if he was being chased by a lion
    • Preschoolers will learn the different animal classifications as well as be able to recognize the similarities and differences in those classifications
    • Preschoolers will learn about different animal habitats, what types of animals thrive in those habitats and how animals may behave different based on habitat
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children and how they can exist with others in space while moving
    • Preschoolers will learn important spatial skills as they are challenged to move in personal space as well as general space and how they should interact when meeting another person in space
    • Preschoolers will sharpen creative problem solving skills, teamwork and collaborative play as they interact with others in different scenarios
    Language Skills
    • Children will learn new words and phrases that will assist in their improvisation techniques and how to associate that terminology with the correct movements and behaviors
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to not only their peers, but also their dance teacher
    • Students will learn different scientific terminology as they learn about different animals and their habitats
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