• Preschool Program

    Class Description
  • The Dance Exploration, LLC Preschool Program follows the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and Methods. ‘Dance to Learn!’® is a valuable addition to any early head start, preschool, pre-k or early elementary location. Our 6 Methods of Dance™ are designed to teach the whole child at all stages of their development. ‘Dance to Learn!’® classes build critical and creative thinking skills, enhance creative expression and introduce social-emotional skills such as patience, waiting turns and sharing. ‘Dance to Learn!’® Program goals and outcomes align with the Head Start School Readiness Goals for Preschool Children as well as state and national standards for Dance Education. 

    Classes are structured for success! The ‘Dance to Learn!’® Class Flow is choreographed to follow the natural progressions of a child’s movement and learning abilities to ensure mastery of class objectives and movement studies. ‘Dance to Learn!’® classes brighten a child’s school day by waking the brain and body up with lively, and educational dance based movement games and activities. Class is led by a passionate and Certified ‘Dance to Learn!’® Educator who cares about nurturing the success of each student at every turn.

    The learning does not stop in the classroom. The ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program is included in all classes. It stresses the important role parents and care givers play in the academic success of their children. 

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  • Preschool Program Details

    • Program Ages:
      18 months - 5
    • Class Length:
      30-60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
  • Preschool Program Objectives

    Objective 1: Gross Motor Development

    Students at the end of the session should be able to complete simple locomotor and non-locomotor dance movements including but not limited to: bourée walks (tip toes), marching, skipping, leaping, kicking, twirling, spinning, jumping, balancing, etc. They should also be able to link steps together.

    Objective 2: Tempo

    Students should be able to understand tempo changes between fast and slow, and how to change their dancing accordingly.

    Objective 3: Spatial Awareness

    Students should have a sense of spatial awareness and moving within personal space vs general space, how to move in space and creating different shapes within the space.

    Objective 4: Language Skills

    Students should have a simple understanding of dance vocabulary. For example, they should know the difference between marches and skips, and twirls and spins and should be able to demonstrate the difference. In dance styles like ballet, where dance terminology may be in another language- they should also know the meanings of each word; ie: plié means to bend.

    Objective 5: Cognitive Development

    Students should have an understanding of new cognitive concepts learned throughout the session. For example if learning about animals, they should be able to dance, move and make noises associated with different animals. They should also be able to use these Cognitive concepts through dance to problem solve. Through programs like Dance Exploration’s Terpsichore Literacy Program™, children in the Preschool Program should be able to associate words with movement.

    Objective 6: Emotional Development

    Students should have a sense of self expression and artistry. They should be able to express themselves freely without abandon through improvisation.

    Objective 7: Social Development

    Students should have an understanding of classroom etiquette in dance class and be able to show patience, share, say please, thank you and you’re welcome.

    Objective 8: Association

    Students should have a basic understanding of how Dance Exploration’s progressive class flow concepts relates to injury prevention. They should also know why dance is beneficial to their general health and well being.

    Objective 9: Performance

    At the Parent Showcase and Graduation Performances, students should be able to perform a class flow and simple choreography with help from the teacher.

    Objective 10: Knowledge Retention

    Parents who are involved in the Dance Exploration ‘Dance to Learn!’® at Home with Me™ Program should see a difference in their child develop and grow with the suggested at home ‘Dance to Learn!’® Activities.

  • Preschool Program Class Flow

    Warming Up/Introducing the Concept

    In a Dance Exploration Preschool Program Class, we begin with a seated warm up. Warm ups usually take place in a circle (space permitting) so the Dance Educator can see all of the children and quickly engage around the room with each child. Warm ups are play-based and interactive, with the Dance Educator asking each child a series of questions based on the day’s theme. Dancers will stretch and perform different strength and flexibility exercises all while discussing the day’s theme as they imagine and create based on the concept they are learning.

    Exploring the Concept

    In a Dance Exploration Preschool class, Exploring the Concept is our first standing warm up or dance activity performed as a group in the center. It usually includes easy dance moves to help set the theme while continuing to stretch and warm up the muscles.

    Developing Skills

    In a Dance Exploration Preschool class, the developing skills portion is technique focused. It includes students performing simple dance moves across or around the room with a focus on technical execution. Developing Skills is usually performed individually as opposed to a group, or for larger classes, with two or three dancers travelling at a time. On occasion, dancers will develop skills with a partner if it suits the theme.

    Story Dance Pathway™

    Dance Exploration Preschool Program classes include the Story Dance Pathway™ portion of class. In this part of class, all the movements practiced while Developing Skills, are combined together in a theme-based obstacle course activity which we call the Story Dance Pathway™. This is a creative way to teach a sequence or linking of steps as the basis of choreography.

    Story Dance Exploration™

    Dance Exploration Preschool Program classes include the Story Dance Exploration™ portion of class. In this part of class, all the movements practiced while Exploring the Concept, are combined together in a theme-based group activity which we call the Story Dance Exploration™ This is a creative way to continue exploring the theme of the day’s class beyond warming up. Story Dance Exploration™ is a group activity based on the class theme.


    The creating portion of class can be either a student-inspired activity such as a free dance activity, or teacher led choreography. It can also be a combination of the two.

    Cool Down

    Dance Exploration Preschool Program classes end with a cool down portion, in which dancers either do some easy breathing, meditation activities, or recap what they learned. It’s usually time used to reward the students with a sticker for a job well done.

  • Our Teaching Method

    6 Methods of Dance™
    'Dance to Discover!'™

    The ‘Dance to Discover Method!’™ focuses on Cognitive Development in the stages of early childhood development. Cognition is the process of intellectual development and how a child learns to process their surroundings, solve problems, and think both creatively and analytically. In the Dance Exploration Preschool Program, we focus on a conceptual, play-based approach to learning. Teaching conceptually, we frequently switch the themes and concepts of which we are learning. In changing our themes each month, we can keep our young mind’s actively engaged, interested in class and continuously exploring and expanding their knowledge. Conceptual based lesson plans allows our dancers to focus on ideas or experiences that are familiar to them and expand their knowledge in those areas through dance and movement. Concepts are taught through active play and imaginative activities designed to stimulate the child’s brain pathways. Monthly themes are age and developmentally appropriate and are based on what the child is currently learning in school.

    Dance to Express™

    The Dance to Express™ Method focuses on Emotional Development in the Stages of Child Development. Emotional Development is a child’s ability to experience, express and manage their emotions and feelings. In the Dance to Learn® Curriculum, the Dance to Express™ Method also targets Language Development in our dancers as we are constantly teaching new dance terminology along with the pronunciations and meanings. In the Dance Exploration Preschool Program, the Dance to Express™ Method is established throughout the majority of class, as dance lessons and activities are centered around student involvement. Allowing our dancers to express themselves both artistically and playfully builds trust between child and educator which in turn creates a safe environment for our participants. Dance Educators are trained to aid the students in decision making processes; when faced with dance games where a participant’s imagination and creativity are put to the test, Dance Educators may demonstrate their ideas, but will always reassure and support a child who takes inventive liberty and spin on an idea. This is part of Dance Exploration’s ‘Yes’ Environment and creating a positive atmosphere that fosters growth and learning potential, allowing students to feel safe and confident in their decisions and ideas.

    Dance to Accept™

    The ‘Dance to Accept!’™ Method targets Social Development. Social Development is the means in which children interact with others to establish and develop positive and rewarding relationships. Dance Exploration teaches in a positive ‘Yes’ Environment where artistry, imagination and innovations can thrive. The ‘Yes’ Environment cannot survive with negativity or intolerance. Therefore, from day one, children are taught how to work in groups and in teams to strengthen their cooperation while working with others. This teaches children about interpersonal ways of thinking, improving their ability to communicate and relate to others. In the Dance Exploration Preschool Program, emphasis will be placed on partner and small group activities, sharing, patience and waiting turns. Children will develop the ability to overcome disagreements with their classmates and develop contented relationships.

    Dance to Create™

    The Dance to Create™ Method focuses on a child’s Creative Development. Creativity fuels a child’s ability to solve-problems, innovate, and explore new and unfamiliar areas. It is the hallmark of ingenuity, which may lead to successes later in life in the world of art, science, and technology. Children who are encouraged to think creatively exhibit higher self-esteem and motivation. In the Dance Exploration Preschool Program, dancers are allowed the opportunity to move in their own way and at their own pace. This ability to free dance allows the dancers to create, through movement, their idea of that day’s theme through their own dance interpretations. Teachers guide the creative process through a positive and nurturing ‘Yes Environment. It is through this type of creative learning, that children can learn at a very early age how to engage and interact in the world around them.

    Dance to Move™

    The Dance to Move™ Method targets a child’s Physical Development both in fine and gross motor skills. Fine Motor Development is the child’s ability to move smaller muscles such as fingers and toes, it can also refer to hand-eye coordination. Gross Motor Development involves a child’s ability to move on a larger scale such as dancing or playing sports. In the Dance Exploration Preschool Program, we target both fine and gross motor development. Preschool classes include the playing with props. As dancers grasp and manipulate the props, they are strengthening their fine motor skills. Following props, like scarves, with their eyes they are also working on improving their hand-eye coordination. The Dance Exploration Preschool Program also focuses on gross motor development with an emphasis on the dance elements of space, time and energy. Dancers will study the Element of Space as they learn to dance in self-space vs general space; improving their spatial awareness. The Element of Time will be introduced as dancers listen to music and are asked questions about tempo, is it slow or fast? Dancers will then be asked to dance and adjust movement to the different tempos. Dancers will study the Element of Energy as part of their conceptual learning as they may be challenged to dance and move as different emotions, textures, colors, animals etc. They will also learn how to adjust movement to make it more forceful, soft, sharp, heavy or light etc. Physical Development in children is important as they will improve strength, balance, coordination, rhythm and flexibility. Movement and dance also promotes a healthy lifestyle and can combat the epidemic of childhood obesity.

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