Preschool Classes start September 4th!
Make sure you little dancer is dressed appropriately for class: LFDA Class Attire
Lake Forest Dance Academy is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and as such employs and implements the set of standards developed by the organization. These standards provide a continuum of learning and teaching dance for infants through professionals. The Standards for Dance in Early Childhood are based on neurological development, motor development, social development, and cognitive development as well as artistic learning. We base our program for infants through six years of age on these guidelines of what children should know and be able to do in the arts making processes of performing, responding to, and interconnecting dance.
Our program follows the belief that dance can and should play in the development and learning of young children; that all children have a right to enjoy dance and that they will receive numerous benefits from participation in dance education. We use a conceptual approach to dance curriculum and instruction; we don’t just teach steps and routines. We educate children in the use of their body, moving through space and time with energy, to explore and discover, to create and to share. This facilitates the learning process as the child connects linguistic, kinesthetic, spatial, temporal, and energetic concepts in action and idea.
Our fall session of Preschool Academy classes culminate in an informal studio showing on the last day of classes in December. Winter/Spring classes participate in a Spring Recital on stage in costumes.
Irish Dance - please see Irish Dance.
Dance Play is interactive movement, dance games and wonderful music making this a perfect introduction to dance class. Favorite songs, colorful scarves, huggable teddy bears...join us and experience the pure joy of movement! Caregiver must be present. Nannies, daycare givers as well as moms or even dads are welcome to join in the fun.
Creative Dance captivates children and their love of movement in a wonderful exploratory dance course. This class introduces the basic elements of movement: time, space, energy, relationships and the coordination of our bodies. Locomotor and rhythmic skills are taught with an approach that emphasizes the child’s natural creativity. Fun props and stories are used! Children must be three years old by 9/1.
Kinder Hip Hop is a high energy and fun introduction to the hip hop genre. Children must be three years old by 9/1.
Pre Ballet 1 introduces beginning ballet steps and positions. French terminology, rhythmic skills, creative concepts, and short dance sequences combined with lots of hopping, skipping, and galloping make this class the perfect fit for your active children and their love of music and movement. Children must be four years old by 9/1.
Pre Ballet 2 builds upon the basic ballet steps and positions introduced in Pre-Ballet 1. French terminology is also introduced. This class is the one for active kindergarteners who love music and movement. (Pre-Ballet 1 is not a pre-requisite). Children must be five years old by 9/1.
Pre Hip Hop is an extension of Kinder Hip Hop and is for children who love music videos and can’t stop moving to the beat! They will learn the most basic elements such as posture, rhythm and isolation in this high energy and fun introduction to the hip hop genre. Children must be four years old by 9/1.
Pre Tap 1 is an introductory tap class which is just the venue for every child who loves to tap their toes and make music come alive! They will also begin to understand timing and rhythm. Coordination of mind and body is developed through familiar nursery rhymes and fun sound games. Children must be four years old by 9/1.
Pre Tap 2 builds upon the material learned in Pre Tap 1 which is just the venue for every child who loves to tap their toes and make music come alive! They will also further understand timing and rhythm. Coordination of mind and body is developed through familiar nursery rhymes and fun sound games. Children must be five years old by 9/1.
Dine & Dance - Pack a lunch and twirl your way to dance class! Our staff will supervise your little dancers as they enjoy their lunch before and/or after dance class.