Kinderdance® programs are designed to be an integral part of your preschooler's "school day". Many of our programs take place where children's other learning occurs. In child care facilities. Other teaching locations can be found in numerous other venues. Your children move seamlessly from one type of learning to another.
Kinderdance programs blend educational concepts with various forms of movement, dance, and gymnastics. The programs help develop gross motor skills, movement creativity, fitness, and body awareness. Each class is taught using lesson plans which incorporate original and traditional age-appropriate music and songs.
Kinderdance Offers Six Programs Specially Designed For Children 2 - 12
Kinderdance® (ages 3-5) is a
developmental dance, motor development and fitness
program taught on 3 levels, teaching the basics of
Tap, Acrobatics and Creative Movement while blending educational concepts.
Kindergym® (ages 3-5) is a developmental floor gymnastics program with emphasis on fun, social and gross motor development, physical fitness and movement education while learning numbers, colors, shapes and words.
Kindertots® (age 2) is designed to develop the total child through gross motor skills, movement creativity, physical development and body awareness while learning numbers, colors, shapes and songs.
Kindercombo® (ages 6-8) is a developmentally designed combination Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance, and Fitness program. This gives the young dance student a healthy and solid foundation upon which to build.
Kindermotion® (ages 3-12) is a developmentally designed education through motor skills, physical development, fitness, nutrition and imagery program which prepares students' minds and bodies for athletic and academic pursuits.
(3-5, 6-12) is a sub program of
Kindermotion. Children get Energized, Stretch,
Strengthen, and Relax during the 30-45 minute
class. Parents, children, and teachers will enjoy
the child friendly music, fun fitness, playful
movements, stretch and strengthening components, and
Kinder "Dance with Me"® (15-24 Months) Its curriculum offers age appropriate exposure to developmental milestones through dance and sensory-motor activities while nurturing the bond between caregiver and child. Caregivers participate and learn to facilitate the natural exploration and progression of motor development through play, laying the groundwork for academic success as the child grows.
Kinderdance Theme Song
Here's what parents say!
Bev Waters, AZ.
Cindy Sellars, FL.
S. Sandler, MD.
Why Was Kinderdance Created?
was born out of the idea to reach out to as many
young children as possible and involve them in a
dance and gross motor development program blended
with academics. The Kinderdance programs were
designed to prepare children to enter the mainstream
educational system both physically, mentally,
emotionally and cognitively.
The preparation of the mind/body connection for preschool age children is of paramount importance as noted in the 1979 study released by the Department of Education in Washington, DC. This study demonstrated that there is concern for our nations young children and their lack of preparedness to enter Kindergarten with basic knowledge.These concerns still plague us today.
Those children who are not confident with their own movement personality and skills, who have not developed strong identities and have not had the opportunity to develop and test their over all abilities will not develop a strong sense of self-esteem. These students are always playing catch-up throughout their school years. The frustration of this scenario leads many to drop out of school and stray from a path of success and self-fulfillment.
Before children learn to walk they crawl, and before they crawl they move their arms and legs (these are gross motor movements). If we don't encourage our children to participate in activities such as developmentally planned movement programs, they will not fully develop their bodies and their minds. A problem solving mind is a creative mind and creative minds are developed over a period of time through developmental movement activities such as age appropriate dance and music.Blending academics is a natural progression when young children are involved with movement and dance. Learning is fun when you can see the word "Circle" and circle your arms, or see the shape "Circle" and hop around the circle. Sequencing a combination of movements helps to develop memory and placing your body in various shapes promotes balance and coordination, especially when asked to move from shape to shape as the music changes in tempo and mood. Problem solving and language development are key ingredients in the Kinderdance programs. A child is asked "How would you slide from corner one, to corner two?" or "What other direction can your body turn?". The possibilities for thinking creatively are endless and the children love the challenge of learning to move their bodies in a variety of ways, both structured and unstructured. Having many senses excited greatly enhances learning because we all learn differently so it is important to teach to all of the senses in a variety of different ways. This eclectic approach to learning allows the children to learn and grow at their own pace.
In conclusion, a developmentally designed movement program will enhance a young child`s ability to learn and grow. The young child's nervous system will be given an opportunity to properly develop, ensuring that the mind and body are working as one. Our goal is to reach out to as many preschoolers as possible across the US, Canada and the World to prepare our children for the challenges that face them in the new millennium. Also, we want to reach out to all those who would join us and take up this challenge as a lifetime career.