Pre-Ballet, Tap, and Gymnastics – 4-7 years old
The youth dance program at Terre’s Dance Workshop in Dayton, OH begins at the age of three and continues to the age of seven or eight. At that point students enter into the pre-professional ballet program and are also offered different dance forms, including jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance.
In our classes for three to four year old students we teach creative movement and tumbling. This class level stresses improving gross motor skills, learning how to take turns, recognizing musical beats, pointing feet, and learning the basic ballet positions. In the tumbling portion of this class, students work on stretching and strengthening their arms and legs while progressing through front summersaults, back summersaults, and cartwheels. Students also start to work on a low balance beam to improve balance.
In our classes for five, six and seven year olds we teach pre-ballet and tumbling. This level emphasizes the skills of skipping, galloping, marching, and leaping. We teach students to recognize both 4/4 and ¾ time beats. Students learn the five basic ballet positions and a modified barre routine while working on the releve and body control. In the tumbling, class round-offs, handstand roll downs, and back walkovers are added to the curriculum.
Youth Ballet Pre-Professional
The Pre-professional program at Terre’s Dance Workshop starts when children are seven or eight depending on their levels of dance and maturity. This program emphasizes correct body placement, musicality, strengthening, and flexibility while teaching students correct ballet terminology
Class placement is determined by ability rather than age. While we strive to place dancers appropriately, adjustments may be made during the first month of class. Returning students will follow a progressive program until second grade, when classical training will begin. Jazz classes can be taken after a child has had ballet and is eight years old. Tap classes can be added to the curriculum after a child has one year of ballet.