Preschool Classes

At Kew School of Dance, your child will learn ballet technique in a creative, caring and fun way.

Each class is:

Developmentally appropriate for young dancers

Conducted in a safe environment for young dancers to explore their creativity

Progressive in content so that each dancer learns a range of important skills over time

The teachers understand that every child develops at a different rate and that the period between 0-7 years is critical for cognitive, neural, motor, socio-emotional and language development. Dance is the ideal activity to encourage brain development and our dance curriculum has been designed to support students’ development during this important time.

Positive effects of movement/dance include:

  • increased concentration
  • sustained attention
  • maximised energy levels
  • improved storage and retrieval of information

Dance with Me: 18 months – 3 years

Kinder ballet student and their mum jumping in class

Our Dance with Me classes are specially designed for younger children aged between 18 months to 3 years old. The children are encouraged to participate, working closely with their accompanying adult, giving them a sense of security, allowing them to explore in a safe space. These classes are ideal for students and family members to have a shared dance class experience and lay the foundation for further study in dance.

The environment is friendly and relaxed with no set uniform.  (We recommend that you wear clothing suitable for moving in and socks, bare feet or ballet shoes). These classes introduce the structure and concepts of dance class in an age appropriate manner and combine song, dance and movement based exercises. Together they help to develop physical, social and dance skills; including spatial awareness, motor skills and listening abilities.

Dance class is the perfect place to begin learning how to; follow directions, interact effectively with other people, whilst also supporting cognitive and physical development.

Kinder Ballet: 3 – 4 year old classes

3 Kinder students demonstrate blowing a bubble

In these 30-minute classes students are introduced to age appropriate movements that lay the foundation for further study in dance. These classes encourage creativity, self-expression and individuality. The curriculum is flexible, allowing us to pace the work to the needs of each individual class. To help students learn most effectively students enter class without their parents. We have special open days when friends and family are invited to observe classes.

Dance with Me student using a magic fairy wand

Next Steps: Primary and Stage 1 – 5

From Primary level classes students move into the junior school and begin ballet classes in the Laurel Martyn Dance System and the Australian Teachers of Dancing syllabus for jazz and tap.

Refer to Dance Styles for further information.