DANCE CLASSES FOR
AGES 3-4, 4-5 & 5-6
TwinkleStar Dance is an age-specific class containing ballet, tap, and jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment.
Dancers also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one.
The use of fun, age-appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as maracas for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun!
For the TwinkleStar Dance™ 3-4 class, students must be at least 3 years old on the first day of the dance season. TwinkleStar Dance™ 4-5 students must be at least 4 years old on the first day of the dance season.
There are four pillars of the Twinkle Star Method - Skill Building, Center Movement, Just For Fun, and Showtime!
Skill Building is the essential base that all dancers learn and build upon as they continue to fine tune these skills throughout their dance life.
Center Movement builds on all the skills dancers learn through choreographed combinations where they can really start to understand musicality and move together as a core of tiny dancers.
JUST FOR FUN
Just For Fun keeps dancers engaged and excited for class with dance activities, storylines, and sweetness that every little dancer dreams of.
The big day! With Showtime dancers work on choreography, receive adorable costumes, and get ready to shine in their on stage performances.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST DAY - FROM ONE PARENT TO ANOTHER!
We are very excited to welcome your little one to our TwinkleStar™ Dance program. They come into the classroom very slowly, but make the most measurable progress by the end of the year!! We look forward to seeing all of the beautiful little dancers all dressed in tutus!
We know that as a parent you have a vision for how you think the first day will go. I am writing this letter in order to give you some ideas of how it might go, and how it might not. You may take this advice for whatever it is worth to you. All children are different and react differently in situations.
Usually a brand new 3 year old will cling to mom as they walk in the studio door, as they are unaware of their environment. Everything to them is new. Please arrive early on the first day in order to get them acclimated to their new teacher and environment.
Separation anxiety is one of the most common issues on the first day, you may overcome this by explaining to your child before they arrive that mommy will watch them through the window during the class and that mommy won’t leave.
Our TwinkleStar™ Dance class is designed as a teacher/child class. Our policy is that all parents need to be in the lobby when class is in session. We also need to keep the door to the studio closed during class, in order to avoid any wandering dancers. We will work with you and your child to achieve success in bringing happy dancers into the classroom without mom. This is a gradual process for most young ones.
Have you ever noticed that when one 3 year old begins to cry, the others follow suit? We have observed this as well and it is why we need to have any crying child wait with mom outside at the window until they feel confident to come back in. We know this sounds harsh, but we will make every attempt at calming your child and getting them to join the class that we possibly can, before we ask the mom to exit the room. Sometimes the child is actually upset just being in the room, so you may calm them down more effectively outside. In the past we let the parent of an unsure child remain in the room with the child; however, we found that this practice can distract other dancers, and the inability for Mom to leave the room in subsequent weeks, as the child has learned, “my mommy stays with me”.
Most of the time our little dancers come into the room right away and never look back. Sometimes our little dancers aren’t ready for a teacher/child class. As parents, we won’t know until we try. Please remember that it sometimes takes a few weeks in order for the child to warm up to the idea, even if they LOVE to dance.
Lastly, our goal on the first day is to get every child into the class without mom and without crying. If we have done that we have succeeded. Please don’t be alarmed if your child just stands in her hula hoop and stares at the teacher jumping up and down. They are simply observing their environment. They will dance when they are ready!!! We hope you all have a positive experience at our studio. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or concerns.