Early Childhood

Pre-BalletPhoto: Lori Foxworth

The Early Childhood Program includes Dance Together-Toddler & Caregiver Creative Movement, Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes. This program is designed to cultivate the joy for ballet in our youngest dancers while introducing them to the format of a dance class. The use of music, props, and imagination keeps students engaged while they learn basic ballet vocabulary.

Dance Together-Toddler & Caregiver Creative Movement offers an opportunity for toddlers and their caregivers to experience the joy of dancing together.  Caregivers actively participate in this class.  Be prepared to move!

Students go into class independently in Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes. There are two scheduled observation classes for Creative Movement students, one in January and one in June. Creative Movement classes do not participate in the Spring Showcase, but all Pre-Ballet classes do.

Students may try one class before committing to the semester. After they are enrolled, tuition is 75% refundable after the 1st class, 50% refundable after the 2nd class, and NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER THE 3rd CLASS. We will issue a credit to your account. This includes changes in nap times, moving, time conflicts, etc. We will try to accommodate schedule changes if there is space available in another class.

In Pre-Ballet 1 students use props and imagery as part of the class, but more ballet vocabulary is integrated into the curriculum than in Creative Movement. In Pre-Ballet 2 our goal continues to be the achievement of a positive association with ballet. However, we begin to limit the use of props and story elements so that students can transition smoothly into the beginner ballet class (Ballet 1) at age 6.

Dress Code:
Dance Together & Creative Movement – white leotard (required), white socks & pink ballet slippers (optional)
Pre-Ballet – white leotard, white socks, pink ballet slippers (pink footed tights instead of socks required for Spring Showcase)
Boys – white tee shirt, black pants, white socks, white ballet slippers

We offer Early Childhood classes at our main location in Old City and our two satellite locations in Rittenhouse and Main Line. See these pages for our class schedule.

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