Purdance’s mission for the Preschool & Children and Teens Dance Program (CT Program) is to cultivate an environment that promotes our young students to discover music and rhythm, gain self-confidence and poise, feel inspired by creativity and imagination, and engage in learning through positive and healthy curriculum.
Why choose dance for your child?
Introducing dance to children at an early age has wonderful physical and cognitive benefits. Children can grow and learn in many ways through movement, music and rhythm. Physically, dancing exercises muscle groups and eye-hand coordination, improves posture, and increases agility. Dancing also promotes cognitive development through challenging the child to think through a motion in order to create a movement response.
The National Dance Education Organization explains that dance promotes psychological health and maturity through a physical release of emotion and the development of self-awareness. If your child is shy, dance encourages social interaction and cooperation with others. Young dancers will naturally boost their self-esteem while they have fun exchanging ideas and participating in a noncompetitive group dynamic. Discover how Purdance can make a difference in your child’s life today.
twinkle toe: Pre-school Ages 2.5-5.5
Our Twinkle Toe Program is for ages 2.5-5.5 year olds that want to get started in dance. We offer Combination classes as well as creative movement and ballet classes for these ages.
Our Children and teens Program is for ages 5-17. We offer Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Acro, K-pop and more from Introductory-Advanced levels!
Children and teens: Ages 5.5 to teens
Ballet carries emphasis on vocabulary and French terminology. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center floor work is introduced with continued focus on the positions of the arms, legs and feet using classical ballet vocabulary.
Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard-toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from instructor is required before students begin taking pointe classes. Two ballet classes are required along with pointe class.
Lyrical dance is the fusion of Ballet and Jazz dance. Dancers will learn to express themselves through song lyrics and improve their musicality while blending ballet technique with the style of jazz. Students are encouraged to take a ballet and or jazz class in addition to this class.
Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength.
Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required
Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style. Each level of jazz is a continuation of the previous level and increases in difficulty.
The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies.
Contemporary, similar to Lyrical and Jazz, is very versatile and can be danced to almost any style of music and paired with other forms of dance to create new types of movement.
Turns & Leaps
Focuses how to properly find balance and understanding of body coordination for dance techniques in a variety types of turns and leaps within body coordination.