This program educates dancers in multiple disciplines with an emphasis on proper technique and an appreciation of the art. Our youngest dancers begin by exploring movement, rhythm, spatial awareness and building their own creativity. These concepts create a foundation that we nurture as dancers grow within the program.
Through the years, dancers will be introduced to discipline, specific terminology, body placement and movement that is appropriately challenging for their level. All dancers will be given the opportunity to join each quarter, showing off their development at at the end of each quarter for a studio showcase as well a year end performance for family and friends.
An additional part of every dancer's curriculum is gaining appreciation of the arts through understanding the history, experiencing the art as a spectator and even becoming a part of the creative process through self-expression.
As we educate dancers, our goal is to increase exposure and understanding of the art form, and also give dancers the opportunity to develop friendships, memories and an enhanced sense of self that will last a lifetime.
Little Learners I (Ages 2-3) & II (Ages 3-4): This 45-minute class combines the elements of creative movement, ballet, and tumbling into one fun and exciting class. Students will learn basic floor tumbling techniques, coordination, strength, flexibility, and rhythm as they explore how to move in and through space with their peers.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-6), Ballet I (Ages 6-8), & II (Ages 9-12): This class will have an emphasis on body placement, proper technique, and ballet terminology at age appropriate levels. This class will benefit dancers continuing their dance training as well as those who wish to begin.The rigor and pace of the class will increase at the year progresses.
* At the discretion of the instructors with Carolina Dance Collaborative, dancers may be placed in classes based on their dance proficiency instead of age.
Class assessment and size
During the first two weeks of the quarter, each child will be assessed to make sure they are within an age and level appropriate class. On occasion, a class change may be appropriate to accommodate the needs of the student. Each class must have at least 4 students enrolled in order to stay on the schedule. For the benefit of the students, class sizes are limited and enrollment will remain open only if space is available. If a class becomes full prior to the semester beginning, additional classes may be added to the schedule.
All students are required to wear appropriate dance attire. For the health and safety of the your child we require that they wear cover ups and street shoes to and from dance classes.
For your convenience, we are working with The Sock Basket, a dance attire store located on the corner of Laurens Road and Woodruff Road (2433 Laurens Road om Greenville. We have picked out all the necessary attire that your child needs so that buying dance attire is simple and easy.
Go into The Sock Basket and tell them that you are with the YMCA program and would like to purchase your required attire. They will give you the options we have chose and help you with shoe fittings.
Must be secured off the neck and away from the face. Students in ballet class are asked to have hair pinned up in a bun.
Little Learners I and II: Girls must wear solid pink or purple leotards with capped or long-sleeves and pink tights. Individual tutu or skirts may be worn but are not a requirement. Boys should wear a white top with black dance pants.
Ballet Levels I: Girls must wear solid blue or black leotards with pink tights. Skirts may be worn but are not a requirement. Boys should wear a white top with black dance pants.
Little Learners: Girls should wear pink split sole ballet slippers. Boys should wear white or black split sole ballet slippers.
Ballet: Girls should wear pink split sole ballet slippers. Boys should wear white or black split sole ballet slippers.
Community Dance Non-profit
Our mission is to make dance education accessible regardless of location, ability, and resources.