Not sure what class to take? Listed below are the classes we offer at ICDS. We are committed to keeping class sizes small and manageable so that each student is given the individual attention they need to succeed.
Is your child ready for a Dance Class? If your child will turn 3 by October 1, then he or she may be ready for a dance class. Consider these questions.
1. Can your child handle being separated from your for 30 minutes?
2. Is your child completely potty trained?
3. Does your child willingly follow directions?
4. Does your child enjoy music with others?
5. Does your child understand the concept of taking turns?
Toddler Dance – age 3 (age 3 by October 1st) – This class is designed to introduce small children to basic elements of dance and music, including concepts of space, tempo, rhythm, movement, and energy. Children will improve kinesthetic skills while earning about music and dance. The students will explore creative expression while learning basic ballet and jazz steps.
Creative Movement – ages 4-5 (age 4 by October 1st) – This class specializes in fostering the love of movement and music in the little dancer. This class will develop your child’s coordination, as well as an understanding of basic dance concepts in ballet and jazz. The dancers will work on their listening and concentration skills, and will learn how to use dance as a creative way of self-expression. This is a continuation of the Toddler Dance Class, and will also incorporate Ballet and Jazz technique in the class on a more advanced level. Level I & Level II
Pre Dance – ages 6-7 (age 6 by October 1st) The students will begin to learn simple ballet steps with small amounts of turn-out. Exercises will be done at the barre and center. The students will also learn the basic steps in the jazz technique. They will develop gross and fine motor skills, coordination, strength, and rhythm. Level I & Level II
Beginning Dance – ages 8-13 (age 8 by October 1st) Ballet- Barre work is continued with a greater emphasis on placement, alignment and technique. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center work is introduced with continued focus on the position of the arms, legs, and feet in classical ballet vocabulary. Jazz – students learn rhythm, syncopation, isolation, and improvisation. The class teaches basic jazz vocabulary and technique derived from classical ballet and modern, and encourages individual express and style. Level 1 & Level II
Teen Dance – ages 14-17 (age 14 by October 1st) Ballet- Barre work is continued with a greater emphasis on placement, alignment and technique. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center work is introduced with continued focus on the position of the arms, legs, and feet in classical ballet vocabulary. Jazz – Students learn rhythm, syncopation, isolation, and improvisation. The class teaches basic jazz vocabulary and technique derived from classical ballet and modern, and encourages individual express and style. Modern – The students will move freely through spade exploring an innovative and highly creative dance form in a structured class environment. Level I & Level II
Hip Hop – ages 7-14 (age 8 by October 1st) This class will introduce students to the basics of Hip Hop movements. Hip Hop is about personal style, expression and creativity. The student will have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of Hip Hop, and be able to perform with clarity and dynamics. The history of hip hop dance will also be shared with the dancers.
ICDS Premiere Dance Program (Showstoppers) – The Premiere Dance Program is designed to offer a relevant, rigorous, and motivating curriculum/performing opportunity for ICDS most talented and dedicated dancers. PDP provides training in ballet, jazz, Horton, Hip Hop, modern, dance history, and Dunham. The many styles offered will help to develop versatile, dedicated, disciplined, determined, and driven dancers. Dancers are judged on technical skills, physical strength, and performance quality in their audition. Dancers ages 7 and up can audition for ICDS-PDP. If you are interested in auditioning for the ICDS-PDP please contact Mrs. Allen at (313) 444-0243 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is My Child Learning Technique?
Our goal at ICDS is to teach technique and make sure the dancers are having fun!
When will my child start learning technique?
First, we cannot assume that a beginner dancer observing an advanced dancer and “copying” them is actually authentically replicating the technique of the dance. In order to accurately replicate a dance, one must understand the mechanics required to create the movement. Dancers with no training simply do not have this knowledge base…
When a student start dancing at the age of 2 ½ - 5 they are in class to have fun and demonstrate the ability to copy the movements that are being displayed by the teacher and or teacher assistant. They are not in class to learn technique. Why do we say this? One must understand the mechanics required to create the movement to really replicate a dance step. So what does this mean for my child who is dancing at the age of 3? It means your child is having fun in class thru creative movement, and also learning how to copy what is being demonstrated through different teaching strategies.
Example: A 2 year old dancer should be able to copy a plié , but would not understand the mechanics of how to do a plie’.
*Understanding the mechanics comes with age, time, experience, and proper training
*Technique is learned over a period of time. It normally takes about 10 years of dance training to become a dancer. In addition, not all individuals who take dance classes for years will become a professional dancer. The arts are specific and it takes proper training, dedication, body type and structure, discipline, determination, and diversity to become a dancer.
So are you saying my daughter who has taken dance since the age of 3 and now is 15 will not become a professional dancer? I’m saying that your daughter may or may not become a professional dancer. The growth and development of an artist is not solely dependent on the instructors. The artists plays a big part in his/her own development.
Second, people learn in different styles – some are visual learners, some are kinesthetic. A teacher must cater to each learning style in order to reach each student. Visual copying is not enough when teaching technique. Using different teaching strategies is crucial in the educational setting.
Third, the problem with a lot of dance training is that there are teachers out there who started out as competent dancers who had no clue how they did what they did, then they discovered that they can make money from people who want to look like them, so they started teaching lessons. But the problem was that they still didn’t understand how to explain what they were doing to other people, so they do a lot of demonstrating but not a lot of ACTUAL teaching.
Inner City Dance Scope Philosophy on Teaching Technique:
*Dancers ages 2 ½ - 5 will enjoy the dance experience thru creative movement, self-expression, and yes the opportunity to copy what the teacher is doing.
*Dancers ages 6 and up will enjoy the dance experience with a focus on learning and understanding the mechanics of the steps (TECHNIQUE) to enhance their performance and overall form as a dancer.