Dance classes in German - Tuesdays and Thursdays after school
We are now offering an afternoon dance class led by an experienced early childhood teacher and dance teacher (ballet and contemporary), the lovely Esme. (Esme also works at the GAP.)
Dance is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5pm, and is suitable for children at all levels of German comprehension. Children would usually attend their dance class once a week on their GAP day, but can also attend on their non-GAP day if that works better for their family.
Parents may pay by the term ($212.70 for ten weeks) or use the program as occasional after-school care and just pay for the weeks their child attends ($26 per class).
Children pick up vocabulary easily through music and movement, along with improving their balance, flexibility and body awareness.
There is an emphasis on learning dance techniques and having fun with movement to music.
There is no requirement for parents to attend the sessions; however they are invited to applaud and admire their children in week 10 of each term, during a little showcase of what the children have been learning.
The program starts at 3:30pm with 15 minutes of afternoon tea, and this presents an opportunity for children to settle into their adjusted social setting and prepare themselves for action! GAP children who attend dance classes simply stay at the hall and make a seamless transition from GAP to Dance.
Like any dance class, there are three major sections within every lesson:
1. Warming Up
This section is all about preparing the body and mind for the dance experience. We welcome everybody in the group and do exercises supporting awareness of the components of the performing arts: our own bodies (our instruments), our fellow dancers and the space we are moving in. We gently stretch and move our joints and muscles, all with giggles and a sense of fun and joy.
2. Dance and Movement (to fun popular German music and classical music)
We learn steps and moves, experimenting with walking steps based on ballet and contemporary dance patterns. We'll have fun with various styles of sitting, getting up, jumps and turns. It is important to Esme to look at the individual dance patterns that the children bring to the class, and opportunities will be given for free dance expression. However, our aim will be to present what we've learned at the end of each term, in a choreography developed and practised in each lesson.
In a review of the lesson, we explore how the body reacts to the movement and dance experience.
The process of the dance program will be strongly influenced by the children, so the choreography will unfold as the children develop their skills and confidence.
What to wear and bring
We recommend comfortable clothing that allows all kinds of movement, and socks or gymnastic slippers.
Children will need to bring afternoon tea with them (or plan to have what might be left of their lunch), which they will eat during their dance session.
The cost is $21.27 per session if you enrol for the whole term (10 weeks), or $26 per single session (in which case, your child needs to be signed up for dance when you drop off your child at GAP in the morning).
Enrolments and ages
These dance sessions are also open to GAP graduates or non-GAP children.
The program is geared for the 3-5 year old age range, but there may be limited places for 6 year olds wanting to participate and keep up their German. Ask us.
If you are interested to enrol your child, please send an email to us (email@example.com).