Dance plays an important role in children’s health
Dance Conservatory Seattle announced that the studio is now offering classes for children ages 5-18.
The studio offers creative movement, pre-ballet, and pre-jazz classes for ages 5-7. Additionally, the studio also offers ballet, jazz, and modernity classes for ages 8 to 18, as well as for adults. Classes for children are ongoing through June, then during the summer months, several dance camps for ages 5-18 will focus on movement, dance, craft and creativity.
Since the launch of the studio last September, offering dance lessons to children has been a goal. In addition to offering children the joy of learning to dance, the founders of the studio are aware of the many benefits that dance brings to children. In addition to promoting self-expression and spatial awareness, dance training strengthens muscles, flexibility, range of motion, coordination and balance. Dancing can also boost a child’s body awareness and self-esteem.
Dance plays an important role in the physical and mental health of children. Numerous studies have shown that dancing is much more than a physical and creative activity, but an activity that also helps children develop strong social skills, encompassing teamwork, communication, cooperation and confidence. . Blogger moms, child psychologists and early education experts have all touted the benefits of dancing for children. What better way to channel the overflowing energy of young children?
While movement and rhythm come naturally to children, Dance Conservatory Seattle recognizes that children have a wide range of abilities. Some children may have more natural dancing skills than others. Regardless of a child’s innate ability, the Conservatory fosters an inclusive and welcoming environment.
“We recognize everyone’s differences in a very positive way – there are differences that make us unique and special, and they should be celebrated,” said general manager Sierra Keith.
In the creative movement of the Conservatory and the classes for the youngest, children learn to explore all the different ways a body can move through space. Imagery and analogies are used to encourage young dancers to experiment with as much creativity as possible.
“We want to get away from the idea that you have to look a certain way to be a dancer. Anyone can be a DANCER body,” added co-artistic director Chris Montoya.
Yet, there are kids who have the innate drive, talent, and passion to have a full-fledged dance career. The Conservatory is also interested in mentoring students who wish to move from exploring dance as a hobby to choosing dance as a career choice.
According to co-artistic director Joshua Grant:
“That would mean that their technique classes would have to increase in order to create higher performing opportunities. We have professional experiences that we can share with our dancers who choose to pursue a career in dance.
Dance Conservatory Seattle is committed to ensuring that children of all ages and abilities have fun. They are constantly checking in with students and their parents to make sure everyone is enjoying the course. Through feedback, the Conservatory is able to make the necessary changes to ensure everyone has a great dance experience.
About Seattle Conservatory of Dance
The Seattle Dance Conservatory was founded by Joshua Grant, Christopher E. Montoya and Sierra Keith. Located in the industrial area of Seattle’s South Park, the studio’s 2,700-square-foot suspended dance floor is nearly as large as Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) Studio C. Current class offerings include ballet, jazz, modern dance, yoga, and creative movement. For co-artistic directors Joshua “Josh” Grant and Christopher “Chris” Montoya, Dance Conservatory Seattle is the fruition of a lifelong dream to create a dance studio that welcomes and supports students of all ages, abilities, identities and body types. Joshua Grant has worked with the world’s leading contemporary choreographers and is recognizable in the dance world as a soloist at PNB. Christopher E. Montoya, a highly accomplished professional dancer, received his undergraduate degree from the Cornish College of the Arts and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Executive Director Sierra Keith began her ballet training as an adult and has long been known in the Seattle Dance Community for her commitment to dance and her popular news blog.
For more information, please visit DanceConservatorySeattle.com.
Seattle Conservatory of Dance
426 S Cloverdale Street
Seattle, WA 98108
Courses for children:
- Pre-Ballet (5—6 years old) Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Ballet 1 (7 – 11 years old) Thursday, 4.30 – 5.30 p.m.
- Pre-Jazz (5 –8 years old) Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Creative Movement 1 (4—6 years old) Monday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
- Creative Movement 2 (5—7 years old) Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Classes for teens:
- Beginner ballet: two lessons per week: Tue and Fri 4-5.30 p.m.
- Intermediate/advanced ballet: three lessons per week: Mon, Wed 4-5.30pm, Fri 5.30-7pm
- Jazz: Saturday 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Monthly payment plans are available.
Ballet, jazz and modernity classes for adults:
- Open Level Ballet is offered: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Monday to Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Some lessons include live piano accompaniment
Consult the schedule for jazz and modernity classes
Summer dance camps for children and teenagers available from July 25 to August 12
Check our website for more details and early registration:
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