KKI Dance Combo Class – A Preschool 40 minute intro to dance class. This Pre Tap, Pre Ballet and Tumbling class is designed for the 3-5 yr old child. Children may start the class at 2.5 years if ready. The class introduces them to very basic tap, ballet, and tumbling moves and allows a young dance student’s interest to expand.
Tap – The tap portion of the class is approximately 15-20 minutes. The following basic coordination concepts are repeated in class weekly: right and left, up and down, heel and toe, side to side. Children will learn such steps as knee bounces, flash trick step, boogie woogies, rock and roll, brush steps, knees and clap, marches, marching turns, jump out, jump in, heel push and toe heel walks. We will learn many song and dance routines using all these new steps.
Ballet – In the 10-15 minute ballet portion of the class the children will be taught ballet exercises and French terminology. The following is a list of the steps introduced: Plies (to bend), releve (to rise), tendues (to stretch/point), bourres, (on tip toes), chasses, arabesques and curtsys. Children will learn first and second positions of the feet. Other steps include: ballet walks, hopping, jumping, skipping, and turns. Arm positions are taught and a stretching floor exercise where children will learn how to point and flex the feet is also incorporated into the class. These ballet steps will also be put to fun dance routines and exercises.
Tumbling-The last 5-10 minutes of class are spent on the floor mats. Forward and backward rolls, frog jumps, bunny jumps, log rolls, inch worms, wheel barrows, crab walks, and bear walks, monkey jumps and cartwheels are a few of the beginning tumbling tricks we will learn.