Objectives
Free-to-Move is a fun and safe way to introduce your children to dance, music and fitness, while developing strength, flexibility, locomotion, balance and coordination skills in children. Every dance piece incorporates different movement skills, ballet and modern dance techniques, to encourage motor skills proficiency, co-ordination and comprehension skills. Focus is to build self-esteem and physical discipline. Children are organized in small groups; in which they are working for a goal to increase develop group co-operation, social interactions and friendships. Students are not competing with each other, but are striving for self-improvement.

will organise mini-performance occasionally to share the learning outcomes and witness the progress of your child.

Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English

Target Audience
Free-to-Move I for children aged between 5 and 9. Suitable for young novice dancers or those with a fundamental knowledge of dance.
Free-to-Move II for teens aged 10 or above. Highly recommended to those who have completed at least three years of dance training.

Attire
Sports clothing and gymnastic shoes are worn. Girls with long hair - all hair must be secured in ponytails or in a bun before entering class.

Objectives
DanceGym is a gymnastics and motor skills development programme for children aged 5-9, combining fitness and fun to make them as healthy and happy as possible in both mind and body. This programme aims to teach children knowledge, skills and understanding through dance, games and gymnastic activities; and help them along the path to fitness. This exciting class will give kids a great workout while developing the health-related fitness (cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance and body composition) and skill-related fitness (agility, balance, coordination, speed, power) of children to enrich their lives.

Contents

  1. Demonstration and practice using the following equipments:
    Resistance Band
    Gymnastic Balls and Rings
    Hoops and Ribbons
    Skipping Ropes
     
  2. Teaching movements skills through aerobic dance and gymnastics
    Gymnastic skills: balance, transfer weight, roll, climb, hang and swing
    Locomotor skills: walk, run, jump, skipping, gallop, hop
    Nonlocomotor skills: stretch, bend, turn, sway, twist
     
  3. Warm up and cool down through yoga stretch
     
  4. Interactive Games are part of the class. Team sprit and social interaction will be initiated and developed during this section.
**Some activities will be modified or adapted, depending on your child's condition.

Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English

Target Audience
All children aged 5 to 9 are welcome.

Attire
Sports clothing and gymnastic shoes are worn. When doing gymnastics and yoga stretch, bare foot may be required. Girls with long hair - all hair must be secured in ponytails or in a bun before entering class.

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Objectives
KidsFlexiStrength and TeensFlexiStrength are designed to help building and strengthening muscular strength and flexibility in children and youth. It integrates the movement techniques of ballet, yoga and pilates, focuses on the fluidity and ease of movement. Through long-term practice, children and youth will enhance the understanding the body has of himself/herself. In the experimental study conducted by our Programme & Teaching Director, Miss Cecilia Chan, it was found that a once-weekly yoga-based conditioning programme showed positive effects on strength and flexibility in female young ballet dancers.

Contents
Practicing and holding poses on mats to help children and youth develop muscle strength, stamina and concentration. They will be taught the correct postures and breathing techniques through a sequence of stretching movements that the children can practice regularly on their own to develop physical fitness. The programme is designed to engage the entire mind, body, and spirit in a way that honours all the ways individuals learn. Some postures will be modified or adapted, depending on various body conditions.

Target Audience
For KidsFlexiStrength, all children aged 5 to 9 are welcome
For TeensFlexiStrength, all youths aged 10 to 15 are welcome
These courses are especially good for those practicing dance, skating, swimming and gymnastics for injury prevention.

Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English

Attire
Tight-fit clothes and bare foot. Please note that exercises are not recommended to be done on full stomach.

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Objectives
FlexiStrength integrates the movement techniques of ballet, yoga and pilates, focuses on the fluidity and ease of movement. Through long-term practice, you will enhance the understanding the body has of yourself. While we prize cardiovascular and strength training for their role in helping us lose weight, build muscle and get fit, the benefits of flexibility training are less immediately alluring. However, as the population ages, more of us are learning to appreciate the rewards of stretching. Staying limber can offset age-related stiffness, improve athletic performance and optimize functional movement in daily life. Research shows that flexibility training can develop and maintain range of motion and may help prevent and treat injury. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has added flexibility training to its general exercise recommendations, advising that stretching exercises for the major muscle groups be performed two to three days per week.

Contents
The first part of the lesson emphasises gentle stretching at barre for warming up the whole body. The latter part focuses on practicing and holding poses on mats to help developing muscle strength, stamina and concentration. Through practicing a sequence of stretching and strengthening movements, the correct postures and breathing techniques will be covered. Emphasizes placed on developing muscle symmetry and correcting poor postures. After a period of practice, you can practice regularly on your own to develop physical fitness. The programme is designed to engage the entire mind, body, and spirit in a way that honours all the ways individuals learn. Some postures will be modified or adapted, depending on various body conditions.

Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English

Target Audience
All female aged 16 or above are welcome. No prior ballet, yoga or pilates experience is needed. This course is especially good for those with sedentary lifestyle.

Attire
Tight-fit clothes and bare foot. Please note that exercises are not recommended to be done on full stomach.

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