All the dance programmes are offered by Cecilia Chan & Ballerinas Studio.

 

In the early childhood years most of the learning is connected to movement. This is the first-ever Pre-school Dance Curriculum developed by The Royal Academy of Dance.

Objectives
This Pre-school Dance Curriculum is designed to capture and promote young children's instinctive joy of movement and freedom of expression. This dance class aims to enhance children's awareness of their bodies and exploration what they can do with their bodies. Through participation in this course, children not only expand their movement vocabulary, developing control and skill of fundamental movements, but can utilise their powerful curiosity and active imaginations, as well as experience enjoyment and success at movement experiences. This course lays the solid foundation for children to reach their potential as future participants in dance. We hope the lessons will stay with your child throughout their life.

Contents
Within the dance class, children develop and explore a range of fundamental movements such as walking, running, turning and jumping. Teacher will help develop control and co-ordination of movements in response to the capabilities and needs of children. Children will have the opportunities to dance with props and respond creatively through movement to varying stimuli such as music and sounds, stories and poems. They will also learn how to work co-operatively as part of a group, learning how to takes turns and communicate and interact with teacher and peers. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively as well as to imitate movements and dance patterns. By the way, they develop self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as social skill.

Measurement of Progress
At the end of each level, students may participate in a Demonstration Class in every May/June, lead by the teacher and performed to a Royal Academy of Dance examiner. All participating children will receive a Certificate of Achievement awarded by the Academy, which will mark the child's participation and progress.

At demonstration time students are eager to show what they have learned for an audience. They may be overwhelmed by the excitement and the attention. Therefore we believe that the demonstration experience can be very positive and uplifting for kids, but please remember that the curriculum is process and not product oriented.

Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English

Target Audience
For Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Pre-school I for children aged between 2.5 and 4**, opens to boys and girls.
Pre-school II for children aged between 4 and 5, opens to boys and girls.
**Children between the ages of 2.5 and 3 years will be accepted if they are capable to learn independence from their parents. Some children at this age are tentative and hesitate to participate at first. It sometimes takes time for them to feel ready to join the group. They may want to observe at first and slowly begin to participate. This is normal behaviour for very young dancers.

Attire
Pink soft leather ballet shoes, short-sleeve scooped neck cotton leotard in pale pink, chiffon skirt and scarf, sock, headband. All the regulated dancewear is available for purchase at . All hair must be secured in a bun before entering class.

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  • Pre-school Dance Curriculum is the first dance curriculum for pre-schooler age group designed by the Royal Academy of Dance, the world's leading educator in classical ballet.

  • The new curriculum is grounding in education and developmental theory. It is a fundamental movement training providing pre-school children with a developmentally appropriate framework of learning dance and movement play.

  • The curriculum is available to all young children and it is divided into two age groups: Level 1: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 and Level 2: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 or 5, so that its delivery is closely tailored to the needs of individual children.

  • The curriculum provides an outlet for children's innate needs to move and opportunities for developing creative responses to music, sounds, poems and prose.

  • Our Programme & Teaching Director, Miss Cecilia Chan believes the importance of movement in the development of children. Her teaching style emphasises using guided discovery and exploration to ensure an enjoyable and effective learning environment. She specializes in fostering children's creativity and musicality by using their body to express intent and emotion through the face, body and movement.

  • Rather than perfecting or stylising movement, young children are encouraged to move and play expressively so as to expand their movement vocabulary and co-ordination. Through participation, children can be motivated to become co-operative and sociable.

  • Children will be invited to participate in a Demonstration Class, performing a selection of the material covered over the year to an Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance. This Demonstration Class provides excellent opportunities for developing self-esteem, and self-confidence.

  • All participating children will receive a certificate of achievement from the Royal Academy of Dance. The certificate will mark the child's participation and involvement in the Pre-School Dance Curriculum. This kind of feedback and recognition not only inform parents and teachers of the child's progress, but also motivate children fostering their artistic and movement potential as future participants in dance.

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