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 best preschool activities makes use of your child's imagination. Expanding their movement vocabulary in our creative dance classes is so beneficial. We make learning fun and that is why this is perhaps the perfect preschool activity 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

Fall 2017

 Preschool Activities In Our Greenwood Studios

Creative Dance I

Ages 3-4; Please note the ages cutoff date is August 31

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

 Friday, 11:15-11:55AM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2

 Saturday, 11:30AM-12:10PM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2

 Sunday, 10:35-11:15AM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2

Creative Dance I & II

Ages 3.5-5; Please note the ages cutoff date is August 31.

Tuesday, 3:45-4:30PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #2

Creative Dance II

Ages 4-5; Please note the ages cutoff date is August 31

Monday, 3:00-3:40PM, Maia Nowack, Studio #2

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

Creative Dance

Ages 3.5-5; Please note the age cutoff date is August 31.

Monday, 3:30-4:15PM with Margaret Behm

Wednesday, 10:15-11:00AM with Margaret Behm

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

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

The Perfect Preschool Activity! Creative Dance Class Registration Opens August 7.

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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

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

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.

Margaret Behm teaches creative dance classes, preschool activities, activities for preschoolers

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 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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