The Little Gems program is dedicated to bringing the joy of dance to young children. Our certified teachers are here to promote dance to your child and give them every tool a child needs to become their best!
We offer two programs:
Our 2-4 year old program: 2 hour weekly session with three themed classes.
Our 5-6 year old program: 2 hour & 15 minute weekly sessions with four themed classes.
Our Little Gems yearly program is the best introduction to dance you can give to your child! It is a weekly dance program for young children that includes themed classes: Encouraging Movement, Encouraging Expression, Encouraging Musicality and Encouraging Choreography (see below for brief descriptions of all our themed classes). In these classes, children learn 6 styles of dance: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro and Musical Theatre. On top of this, children also learn dance etiquette, theatre expression, music in relation to dance, and develop their large motor skills. And all of this is done through creativity and fun!
Little Gems programs run from September to June with a year end recital and includes yearly progressions to allow each child to improve to the best of their abilities. Both programs include a Snack Time.
Ballet / Acro
It is important to capture and cultivate a child's growing imagination to explore different feelings and expressions they have and use them in a way that they enjoy. Expression and feeling is what makes dance an art form, instead of a sport.
In this class we include elements of Ballet and Acro and your child will learn how to express themselves through games and role play.
Jazz / Hip Hop
With the growing body in mind, this class encourages both your child's larger and smaller muscle control and development. Dancers need to be able to run, jump, balance and be ready to move in any direction when necessary. This is developed through our movement play.
In this class we include elements of Jazz and Hip Hop and children have fun learning dance etiquette through games.
Music is included in our program as it is such an integral part of dance. Children learn the basics of music in relation to dance and start developing their 'inner ear'. A good dancer visualizes the music and finds the nuances to create a harmonious blend of dancer and music.
In this class we include elements of Tap and Musical Theatre and learn music through instruments, songs and movement.
Tap / Musical Theatre
Class 4 - Encouraging Choreography
for our 5-6 year old class only
Children instinctively love to create. To link their own steps together with their favourite piece of music. Creating their own masterpieces or just creating them with their friends. We encourage this as we know this gives a child a sense of pride in their own abilities and boosts self-confidence in their dance skills. In this class we include elements of child and teacher choreography which will be showcased in our year-end recital.