Creative Movement & Dance
In our Movement & Dance class, our goal is to keep your child healthy and fit. We explore rhythm, dance, sound, and movement through various modalities such as games, indoor circuits, and choreographed dance pieces.
Imagination is the key we use to open up a door into a world full of fun exercise. We begin each class with warming up and stretching our muscles to create strength and flexibility. We do this by “flying to different lands”, “riding our bicycles”, and “making crazy pizza”. At times we become Fairies with wands and wings. Other times, we may become Knights and Princess. We may also “go on a safari” or encounter various animals on a “trip to the jungle”. We incorporate aspects of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) curriculum, and use many props throughout our time together. Each class is designed to be slightly different so that the children are constantly stimulated by the environment we create.
Our Yoga Program introduces young children to the wonderful practice of yoga. Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. It also improves their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation. Through yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
Each class is 45 minutes in length and is comprised of breath work, asanas, poses, visualization, and movement games. Our teachers work on modified poses that are appropriate for growing bodies and incorporate a focus point for the month such as breath, strength, listening, and healthy eating habits. Classes are developed around a monthly theme such as “Spring Flowers” or “A Trip to the Zoo”. When yogis developed the asanas (poses) many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities.
The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, honor for oneself, and one’s part in the delicate web of life. Yoga is a non-competitive sport that allows children to participate without feeling stress about their performance. Children who take part in our Yoga Program will find fun and healthy ways to channel their energy, develop better concentration, and improve coordination.
The Creative Outlets 4 Kids Music Program is based on the nationally recognized Do Re Me Curriculum, which stimulates many areas of the brain and contributes to learning a broad range of skills. Music itself has several important characteristics such as rhythm, pitch, timbre, and melody. The brain picks up on these vibrations through the cerebrum, the frontal lobe, the cerebellum, and the limbic system, which are all activated by music and can enhance a child’s ability to recognize abstract ideas, special forms, and sequential skills. Our music program will promote better brain function, memory skills, and creativity while your child is having fun with their friends!
Our Instructors teach:
- The difference between beat and rhythm,
- How to making music with body parts (snapping, clapping, vocals),
- Songs, games and dances from around the world,
- Classical composers,
- Instruments of the orchestra,
- How to play percussion instruments such as cymbals, rhythm sticks, tone blocks, triangles, and maracas.