It is great to start your child's dance journey early in life. By the time they can walk by themselves comfortably (around age 2) they are ready to get their little bodies moving with music. You see them dancing around the house all the time, and you know how amazingly flexible they are. Early dance lessons can help develop large motor muscle control, encourage mind-body connections, and build physical literacy. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, prevent poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health.
A recent study at the Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Early exposure to music has impacts far beyond academic achievement. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. Regular dance practice can increase children's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.
Parents love to see how their child is developing and to celebrate their acheivements with them. We invite one parent to join each child in their 2m dance square to help them learn how to practice safe distancing, and to enjoy the music and moves along with them. In the past parents were restricted to viewing areas only. What a special opportunity you will have to witness their growth and share their love for dance. Our parents have just as much fun during class as their little dancers! You also get a chance to watch how Miss Brianna interacts with your child, and she will show you some of the techniques she uses to help them dance their best.
To address the current safety and health concerns we have reduced our class sizes for children aged 2-4, so they have more space to explore. It is pretty tough for someone that size to stay within a 2m square. With fewer students in the class there is more room while still keeping everyone a safe distance from each other. Small class sizes also reduce the efforts required in contact tracing.
Parents from all walks of life bring their children to dance at Ascension. We offer classes during the daytime, afternoon, and weekends to fit all their different schedules. Please pick the best time for you from our schedule below and click the Register link.
* Tuition is billed monthly
Our normal season runs from September 2020 to May 2021 and we are very flexible with sign-ups especially of little ones. Contact us for more details about when to sign up, or our semester system.
If you can't fit in-studio classes into your life, we offer online classes so that your little one can dance and learn along with Miss Brianna from the safety of your own home. New classes go live on Monday mornings and are available for you to watch as many times as you want each week. Online classes run on a month-by-month basis.
Seeing children perform on stage is a great thrill for parents (and grand-parents and neighbours and friends!) and we love recitals too. We cannot promise when in-person recitals will be possible again, so we will organize a virtual recital for the holiday season this year. This means your little one will learn their dance moves, practice them to get really good at it, get all dressed up in their costume and we will film their dance in a fun location. This method of sharing their performance keeps everyone safe and even allows distant friends and relatives to see a show they might not have been able to travel to attend. This also reduces some of the stage fright for kids and stress for parents. It's a great way to introduce little ones to performance, and get them warmed up to the idea of dancing in front of an audience.
We will keep a close eye on the developing coronavirus situation, and hope that by June of 2021 we can hold a more traditional in-person recital with all your little ones on stage.
Dancing with Miss Bri makes me feel happy. I like that she is always there for me when I am learning something new. She is fun and always kind. Dancing with her makes my heart smile.