The Busby Dancenter Early Childhood Program is specially designed to provide children between three and seven years of age with a strong foundation in dance and movement. The syllabus is written to specifically meet the needs and abilities of young children. The curriculum is based on years of experience in teaching young children, as well as the best sources available to date for dance training for the very young.
Through participation in this program, young children learn the basic elements of movement and dance such as; space and how we relate to it, both as an individual and as a member of a group; the eight basic locomotor movements; musical rhythm, beat and time; opposites and directions; some elementary positions of ballet. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, teamwork, and basic body/health awareness.
Students also learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which remain the same throughout their dancing years. These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer, or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.
Educators now know that training young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships lays a strong foundation for the later development of reading, mathematics, and other educational skills. Children in our Early Childhood Program work actively in all of these area.
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