Leap 'n learn - creative movement + Pre-ballet

We are the only studio in the Sioux Falls area licensed to teach the Leap 'N Learn curriculum. Leap 'N Learn is a dance curriculum written by Beverly F. Spell with applied expertise from child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell, Ph.D. Leap 'N Learn has a deep understanding of the progression of movement in children and integrates into the curriculum child development. Children are placed in age specific class levels and students work on exercises which are physically, emotionally and mentally appropriate for them. Teachers utilize developmentally appropriate lesson plans that engage the child's creativity as well as stimulate their educational learning. 

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Leap 'n learn for 3 year olds

In LNL 3 toddlers are introduced to what a class environment is. Toddlers also begin to develop an awareness of their body and movement. Pretend play is an additional piece incorporated into LNL 3. It is through the use of pretend play and movement that children begin to develop spatial awareness with the use of creative movement and pre-ballet exercises. Classes are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of a 3 year old.

CLASS LENGTH & FREQUENCY

45 Minutes, Once a week

REQUIREMENTS

Children must be 3 years old, potty trained, attend class once a week, and follow the specified dress code

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leap 'n learn for 4 year olds

In LNL 4 there is a focus on pre-ballet, creative movement, and pretend play using the Leap 'N Learn curriculum. Students are introduced to basic French terminology of ballet terms. Classes are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of a 4 year old.

CLASS LENGTH & FREQUENCY

45 Minutes, Once a week

REQUIREMENTS

Children must be 4 years old, potty trained, attend class once a week, and follow the specified dress code

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leap 'n learn for 5 year olds

In LNL 5 dance classes focus on pre-ballet at a primary level, creative movement concepts, and pretend play with greater complexity using the Leap 'N Learn curriculum. Students continue to expand their vocabulary in French terminology of ballet terms. During class time exercises used are to help increase the child's musical awareness, balance, agility, and gross-motor development is continued to be worked on.

CLASS LENGTH & FREQUENCY

60 Minutes, Once a week

REQUIREMENTS

Children must be 5 years old, attend class once a week, and follow the specified dress code

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leap 'n learn for 6 year olds

In LNL 6 dance classes focus on primary ballet concepts with greater complexity using the Leap 'N Learn curriculum. Students now perform exercises in a "turned-out" position and steps are combined to form dance combinations. Each class focuses on French terminology, musical awareness, balance, agility, and gross-motor development. Pretend play and creative movement concepts continue to be weaved into exercises during class.

CLASS LENGTH & FREQUENCY

60 Minutes, Once a week

REQUIREMENTS

Children must be 6 years old, attend one class per week, and follow the specified dress code

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leap 'n learn for 7 year olds

In LNL 7 dance classes focus on the transition from the pre-ballet creative movement program of younger ages into the beginning level of classical ballet taught at age eight. Children begin to use the ballet barres. There is an increased focus on French terminology, musical awareness, balance, agility, and gross-motor development. 

CLASS LENGTH & FREQUENCY

1 Hour & 15 Minutes, Once a week

REQUIREMENTS

Children must be 7 years old, attend one class per week, and follow the specified dress code

ballet ~ children 8 years of age - adult

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Pre grade I for 8 & 9 year olds

This curriculum is geared towards 8-9 year olds as preparation for beginning a more intense ballet program, the Cecchetti program. Students will begin learning terminology, and theory used throughout the Cecchetti program. There is a heavy emphasis on proper body posture and boy alignment, feet and arm positions, and a basic understanding and love of classical music. Pre Grade I follows the Primary III syllabus developed by the Cecchetti Council of America

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Cecchetti Syllabus for 10 yrs – advanced

The Cecchetti Program begins at Grade I and allows students the opportunity to progress from Grade I-VII and Diploma levels. Students will be expected to memorize terms, as well as “barre” and “centre” combinations from a syllabus book. Student are able to purchase the book for the level they are working on in our store. The typical student will spend 2 years in each grade before being considered for participating in a mock examination. If the student passes their mock examination the student is required to participate in 5-6 weeks of examination prep classes leading up to the professional examination. When the students are prepared, a professional examiner will be brought to South Dakota to administer a nationally certified exam. It is important to note that the instructor will make the decision on when a dancer is prepared to take an exam.

Dance Gallery of SD is apart of the Northern Plain Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America and is the only school in Sioux Falls that offers the Cecchetti method. For more information on this method of ballet instruction, visit the Cecchetti Council of America national website.

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Boys ballet Program

Boys 8 years of age and older interested in enrolling at Dance Gallery will be given the opportunity to participate in Dance Gallery’s Boys Ballet Program. Dance Gallery firmly believes in training boys in proper ballet technique. Ballet teaches self-discipline, self-motivation and self-awareness. If this is something you are interested in please contact us at info@dancegallerysd.com so that we can send you additional information regarding the program.

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Non-Syllabus Ballet for 10 yrs-advanced

Non-Syllabus ballet classes are offered to students in beginner levels through advanced levels (Pre-Professional) on a progressive basis. Non-Syllabus classes have a free style format that encompasses many different ballet techniques, including Cecchetti and Russian. Our Non-Syllabus class levels are based off of the Cecchetti syllabus levels. *Grade I & II Non-Syllabus Ballet,  *Grade III, IV, V Non-Syllabus Ballet,  *Intermediate & Advanced Non-Syllabus Ballet,  *Advanced Non-Syllabus Ballet on Pointe

Emphasis is placed on developing:

1) Responsive suppleness and strength of the body

2) A conscious and artistic approach to movement

3) Diversity, adaptability, stamina, and memorization

4) Strictness in form and technique, while allowing artistic expression

5) Application and appreciation of artistry in dance

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Sur Le Pointe (by invitation of the ballet instructor only)

Pointe work is available as part of the intermediate and advanced class curriculum.  The student must have several years of proper ballet training. It is required that students be enrolled in the pointe program enroll in a minimum of TWO ballet classes per week to prevent injury. The two classes must be a proper ballet-structured class, Cecchetti or Non-Syllabus Ballet. Students are required to pass their Cecchetti Grade II exam once their exam has been passed they are then eligible for receiving an invite into the Pointe Program by the ballet instructor. It is important to note that Dance Gallery will not place students on pointe before they are fully prepared.