Preschool Activities: Creative Dance Classes – Non-Competitive, Invigorating & Fun

Wayne Rutledge

Preschool Activities that are healthy, fun & educational: These adorable creative dance class students are taking their bows, having just performed for their families in our in-house, no-cost, no hassle dance recital.

Preschool Activities: Why Creative Dance Is The Best

When considering preschool activities for your child, here is why you might consider creative dance classes before all others.

Creative Dance: Does your child love to move when you play music? Play music and they will dance around the room. Observe them closely and you will notice that they repeat the same movements over and over. They not only have a limited early speaking vocabulary, they have a limited early movement vocabulary. The highest and best preschool activities makes use of your child's imagination. Expanding their movement vocabulary in our creative dance classes is so benefical. We make learning fun and that is why this is perhaps the perfect of preschool activities for your child.

Like creative dance classes at other comperable dance schools, our classes work on the obvious things like developing body awareness, loco-motor-skills, strength, and flexibility. However, children are capable of much more learning, and we take full advantage of this opportunity in our dance classes. Your child will learn more in our classes as a result.

Connie Bergstein Dow, MFA, is a huge advocate for preschooler's creative dance. Connie has performed and taught dance in the United States and Latin America for 38 years. She is the author of Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers. Connie's article for the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a wonderful read.

We introduce your child to ‘concepts’ such as levels in space, directions in space, pathways, qualities of movement, etc. Your child will see, feel and experience whether something is fast, slow, sharp, smooth, strong, light etc. As they become familiar with these concepts they can understand points of reference and perspective. For example, they will take one movement that feels very familiar in their body and with the instructors guidance, make it a dozen different creative dance movement variations. They’ll try it high, try it low, try it backwards, upside down, with a partner etc. It’s all wrapped in fun creative themes and it opens up unlimited possibilities to move, express and relate to the world around them.

Many locations offer preschool activities that are simply unstructured, haphazard and random play activity.​ Our creative dance class is among the best quality preschool activities that teaches so much however, all the kids know is that they are having fun.

Creative Dance Classes Schedule

Winter Spring 2017

 Preschool Activities In Our Greenwood Studios

Creative Dance I

Ages 3-4

NOTE: (Pre-requisite for 3 to 3 1/2 year olds: Must have completed at least 2 sessions of Mommy/Daddy & Me Toddler Dance)

 Sunday, 10:35-11:15 AM,

Creative Dance with Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2 - FULL

(please inquire to be added to this wait list) 

Creative Dance

Ages 3-5

Friday, 10:00-10:40 AM,

Creative Dance with Alyssa Brillinger,

Studio #2 - FULL (please inquire to be added to the wait list)

Creative Dance II

Ages 4-5

Wednesday, 3:10-3:55 PM,  Maia Nowack, Studio # 2

Saturday, 9:55-10:40 AM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2 - FULL (please inquire to be added to the wait list)

Sunday, 9:45-10:30 AM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2

Preschool Activities in Our Magnolia Studio

Creative Dance

Ages 3.5-5

Tuesday, 3:40-4:25PM, Margaret Behm

Thursday, 10:00-10:45AM, Mary Castaniada

Thursday, 12:15-1:00PM, Mary Castaniada

Thursday, 1:45-2:30PM, Mary Castaniada

Saturday, 9:55-10:40AM, Maia Nowack

Sunday, 9:45-10:30AM, Maia Nowack

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Preschool Activities: Creative Dance Class Attire

Preschool Girls wear Black cotton tank leotard (Block Style CL5405) with pink footless tights. Long hair must be pulled back in a pony tail.
Preschool Boys wear Black shorts or sweats, white T-Shirt and bare feet

Summer Attire: as above, however students can wear leotards without tights if the warm weather dictates.

Attire is available at Centerstage Capezio 5261 University NE. (206-527-4697)

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"Just as is true in the best preschool activities, the quality of the creative dance teacher makes all the difference." 

                           Elizabeth Chayer

Meet your Creative Dance Teachers

 Jenn Tarranto teachers creative dance classes, preschool activities, activities for preschoolers

Jenn Taranto

While in high school, Jenn studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre and the New York Ballet Institute where she received her most intensive training.

 Alyssa Billinger teaches creative dance classes, preschool activities, activities for preschoolers

Alyssa Billinger

She holds a BA in English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she minored Dance. While at Hope, she studied under instructors associated with the Ailey School, Alonzo King LINES training program, the Joffrey Ballet, Lehrer Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Nikolais/Louis, and Pilobolus.

mary castinadia teaches creative dance classes, preschool activities, activities for preschoolers

Office Manager & Dance Instructor

Mary Castaniada is a dance instructor and the Office Manager for American Dance Institute. She holds a BS in Business Administration with and concentration in Management from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
Margaret Behm teaches creative dance classes, preschool activities, activities for preschoolers

Margaret Behm

Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Margaret holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been a member of Louder than Words Dancetheatre in Denver, CO and most recently with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM.

Maia Nowack teaches children's creative dance for American Dance Institute children's creative dance

Maia Nowack

Maia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in Theatre and a minor in Dance. Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. While there, she performed in works by Chicago-based choreographers including Jeff Hancock, Joel Valentin Martinez, and Maray Gutierrez.

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Preschool Activies: Children & Competition

"Very young children shouldn't compete against each other. Comparing themselves to others who have more or less natural ability can skew a budding self image. Children with heathy self images try harder, are more persistant and are generally happier. We help children discover their own best-self image first." 

Elizabeth Chayer
Founder, Director American Dance Instituter

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Summary
Creative Dance Classes For Children
User Rating
5 based on 22 votes
Service Type
Creative Dance Classes For Children
Provider Name
American Dance Institute,
Area
Seattle
Description
We introduce your child to ‘concepts’ such as levels in space, directions in space, pathways, qualities of movement, etc. Your child will see, feel and experience whether something is fast, slow, sharp, smooth, strong, light etc. As they become familiar with these concepts they can understand points of reference and perspective. For example, they will take one movement that feels very familiar in their body and with the instructors guidance, make it a dozen different movement variations. They’ll try it high, try it low, try it backward, upside down, with a partner etc. It’s all wrapped in fun creative themes and it opens up unlimited possibilities to move, express and relate to the world around them.