There is a long list of benefits that dance offers to young children. Any physical activity promotes healthy growth and development and improves cardiovascular fitness. However, by using physical movement as a tool to tell a story, the children are constantly improving their cognitive skills, listening and thinking skills as well as building a healthy social-emotional development.
Bluebird Ballet is a delightful introduction to the joys of classical ballet, for girls and boys aged 3 – 4 years old.
The children learn the basic movements of ballet in a structured, yet imaginative way. Each week, a different theme is created and musical instruments and props are used to enhance learning.
Examples of Bluebird Ballet themes:
'Under the Sea', 'Over the Rainbow', 'Into the Woods'
Classes from Primary (5-6yrs) onwards are structured around the Graded system of the Royal Academy of Dance.
The progressive syllabi are made up of various exercises, which help train ballet technique. The focus is on the strength and technique of the legs and feet, the use of arms, pirouettes, adage (slower, more sustained movements), jumping steps, travelling steps and choreographed dances. Props are used to enhance the learning experience. Character dance is also introduced where students learn theatrical presentations of traditional national folk dances, ie. Hungarian, Ukranian, Russian and Polish.