KIDS CREATIVE MOVEMENT/DANCE

does your child show a love of movement and signs of creativity?  would you love to see them nourish these instincts?  our quality dance training will help grow these talents and nurture their delight and appreciation of movement and song.  For kids 2yrs and older.  

each lesson includes a structured yet flexible curriculum:

  • imaginative and light meditation play for focus

  • intro to proper dance classroom manners

  • intro to dance terminology

  • intro to athletic stretching and conditioning

  • rhythm recognition and playing with beats (includes live instruments)

  • creative movement with props (scarves, ribbons, practice tutus, bubbles, shape stretchies & activity cards.  this portion covers everything from free-play movement to ballet, jazz, turning and jumping)

  • class finishes with fun parachute games

SUNDAY: 1:30pm - 2:30pM


INSTRUCTOR:

DARLA MEnDENHALl was BORN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and has been dancing since she was 5YRS OLD.  although she trained in GYMNASTICS AS A MAIN FOCUS, At 10 yrs old, SHE DECIDED TO SWITCH full time TO CLASSICAL BALLET, JAZZ, AND TAP.  BY HER TEEN YEARS, SHE KNEW SHE WANTED TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DANCER.  in 2001, DARLA RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP TO THE PRESTIGIOUS ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY.  she COMPLETED THE AILEY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND GRADUATED TO THE PROFESSIONAL DANCE DIVISION IN 2004.  HER EXPERIENCE INCLUDES CLASSICAL BALLET PRODUCTIONS AND COMMERCIAL DANCING IN NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, SAN FRANCISCO, AND ANAHEIM, IN PRODUCTIONS SUCH AS "LITTLE STEVEN'S UNDERGROUND GARAGE FESTIVAL", "THE NUTCRACKER", "GISELLE", AND "SLEEPING BEAUTY".  

HER START AS A DANCE TEACHER BEGAN IN 2002 AT THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY IN GREENWICH VILLAGE IN NEW YORK CITY, WHERE SHE CREATED THE VERY FIRST CREATIVE MOVEMENT CLASSES FOR THEIR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM.  SHE ALSO TAUGHT GYMNASTICS FOR ALL AGES AND CONTINUED HER TEACHING CAREER IN SAN FRANCISCO AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FOR A TEMPCARE AGENCY.  FOR 7 YEARS, SHE DEDICATED HERSELF TO TEACHING AT-RISK CHILDREN & YOUTH OF THE INNER-CITY COMMUNITY OF DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH AT AN AFTER-SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM CALLED RISING TIDES.  SHE SUCCESSFULLY INTRODUCED DISCIPLINE, CREATIVITY, SELF-AWARENESS, AND DEDICATION TO THE LEARNING PALETTE OF 3-16yr olds.  Her talent for teaching is driven by her passion for helping children grow and her love for being a part of their world as well as her curiosity to better understand them.  She enjoys encouraging them to develop confidence, self- awareness, self-expression, pride in learning, discipline, and of course, FUN!  she loves sharing the joy and personal freedom of dance and feel privileged to be able to aide in the developmental journey of a child's self-discovery and growth.

 

PRICING:

  • $10/CLASS.  CLASS PACK:  $45/5 CLASSES (CLASS PACKS REDEEMABLE AT ANY TIME, NO EXPIRATION)

  • PAYABLE AT THE STUDIO BEFORE EACH CLASS OR USING PAYPAL BUTTON BELOw

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