Leap ‘N Learn studios excel at teaching creative movement and ballet based in education. All of our licensed dance studios go through thorough training and monthly check-ins to produce the best dance teachers around and to maintain the highest quality of teaching for young students.
Don’t settle when it comes to your child’s dance education. Leap ‘N Learn studios excel at teaching creative movement and ballet based in education. All of our licensed dance studios go through thorough training and monthly check-ins to produce the best dance teachers around and to maintain the highest quality of teaching for young students. If you walk into any Leap ‘N Learn studio, you’ll see that these dance classes are welcoming environments that encourage effort and creativity, which brings out only the most positive side of dance. Our proven dance theories from master dance teacher Beverly Spell and child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell will keep your young dancers happy and learning.
Our early childhood dance program is specifically designed for boys and girls between the ages of three to six, and our seven year old program and Ballet I programs are designed for dance students ages seven to ten. Leap ‘N Learn helps build strong foundations in dance and movement. These skills benefit the dance students for later roles in life both in general applications and for transitioning into adult ballet.
Leap ‘N Learn focuses on the basic elements of:
Physical space and how we relate to it as an individual and a group member
Locomotor and non-locomotor movements
Opposites, directions, and pathways
Elementary positions and movements of ballet
In addition to these physical elements, our dance program integrates the intellectual concepts of:
Basic body and health awareness
Leap ‘N Learn also helps children learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.
Concepts are explored throughout the year such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness, relationships to the working space and stage, expressing emotion through movement, and pantomime.
Leap ‘N Learn classes in the early childhood program are grouped into age-specific levels for three- to six-year-olds, with the content based on age-appropriate developmental skills. Then Leap ‘N Learn’s 7 Year Old and Ballet I programs are grouped for seven- to ten-year-olds by age and experience that will best benefit a deeper study and understanding of dance.
The structured classes have four basic sections to each class. The beginning of class is used for sharing time and stretching. Next comes Center and Barre work where the students work all muscle groups and learn basics of dance they will continue to use in classes. Following that is work across the floor, which practices loco-motor movements and also provides foundations of dance that they will continue to use. The students will gallop, skip, and march across the floor, as well as learn fun ballet leaps and turns. The last section of class is creative expression, where students participate in a variety of free movement exercises. Young dancers who are exposed to this type of activity are generally more creative and freer in their movement and styles as they develop.
There are three groups of concepts that are covered in each class of the Leap ‘n Learn curriculum:
The students learn about physical space and how we relate to it as an individual and in a group by learning to dance in their space and not get in the way of other dancers. They learn musical awareness such as following cues in the music of when to start dancing. They learn opposites, directions, and loco-motor/non-loco-motor movements. They also learn elementary positions and movements of ballet, such as demi-plies, port de bras, passé, and sautés.
The students learn teamwork, creative expression, imagination, basic body and health awareness, classroom behavior and manners, taking turns, following the leader, waiting patiently, and having a positive attitude.
The students learn more about musical awareness, relationships to the working space and stage, expressing emotion through movement, pantomime (which includes activities like showing different emotions and moving as they think an animal might in a certain situation), and classroom etiquette.
We have been taking our daughter here for almost a year now. She is in the Angelina Ballerina class and she LOVES it! All the teachers and staff are AMAZING and they really care and pour themselves into the students. My daughter has really blossomed as part of being in this class and part of this fabulous studio. We are so grateful.”