Dance

~ Vision ~

Dance classes at Peachtree Learning Center are focused on connecting the mind, body, and spirit through movement.  We believe that dance and movement are a perfect display of how wonderfully designed our bodies have been made to express ourselves without the utterance of one word, and that our bodies have become a voice that speaks and communicates the message of our Creator.  We value the creative potential that each individual life carries and we encourage students to find their own distinctive creative voice through movement in each of our classes.  

In each class, we focus heavily on building strong coordinated bodies because our bodies are used to communicate our ideas and thoughts.  We focus on solid dance technique principles and standards to build a foundation for our students to then be able to branch out into their own creative movement styles. 

The Mind is essential in dance and we encourage intentional thinking in our dancers.  We educate our students using a dance vocabulary taken from a variety of specific dance techniques and introduce students to a wide variety of dance styles.  We also incorporate the dance standards set forth by the Tennessee Board of Education as well as other experts in the field of dance. 

The spirit within each student is what makes their movement come alive.  We believe that each student is gifted with great creative potential and we encourage students to explore and discover their own creative spirit through movement.  We also emphasize that our bodies are the temple of our spirit and we see dancing with our bodies as a beautifully expressive tool for worship.

-SCHEDULE-

-TUESDAY-
11:20-12:30 – Creative Movement

-WEDNESDAY-
 3:00-4:00 - Irish Dance

-THURSDAY-

12:30-1:30 - Intro to Dance 3
1:20-2:30 – Pre-Ballet
2:30-3:30 – Intro to Dance 1
3:30-4:30 – Intro to Dance 2

-CLASS DESCRIPTIONS-

Creative Movement

Teacher: Leah Smith
Ages: K-2nd Grades

Creative movement is a class designed to help students think creatively through movement by exploring the different elements of dance: body, space, effort, and time.  This fun and exciting class helps students to learn, explore, and develop their motor rhythm skills through fun and creative movement exercises.

Irish Dance

Teacher: Katelyn Dunn
Irish dancing has gained world wide popularity over the past several years with the help of shows such as River Dance and Lord of the Dance.  Irish Dance is a great way to build confidence, create friendships, and learn about one of Ireland’s oldest and richest traditions!  In this on-going glass you will learn the fundamentals of Traditional Irish Step Dance with an emphasis on Ceili, or group dancing.  So put on your dancing shoes and come join the fun!

Pre-Ballet

Teacher: Anna Higgins
Ages: 5-7yrs. old

This class is designed as an introduction to ballet with beginning development of Ballet concepts, such as turn out, flexibility, posture, basic locomotor skills, body awareness, spatial awareness, musicality, and rhythm, creative thinking skills, and class etiquette.  Classes often incorporate a fun, free-dance worship time to give children the opportunity for self-expression as well.  This class will nurture your child’s interest in dance and encourage them to move gracefully in the way the Creator has so beautifully designed their bodies to move.

Intro to Dance 1

Teacher: Anna Higgins
Ages: 8-10yrs. old

This class is designed as an introduction class to ballet as well as a continuation class for students who have previously taken Pre-Ballet.  This class will be beginning/continuing development of ballet concepts such as turn out, flexibility, posture, basic locomotor skills, body awareness, spacial awareness, musicality, and rhythm, creative thinking skills, and class etiquette.  Classes often incorporate a fun free-dance and worship time to give children the opportunity for self-expression as well.  This class will nurture your child’s interest in dance and encourage them to move gracefully in the way the Creator has so beautifully designed their bodies to move.

Introduction to Dance 2

Teacher: Anna Higgins

Ages: 10-13 yrs.
Introduction to Dance is a beginning level class that will introduce students to a different variety of dance styles.  Throughout the year, the students will learn classical ballet and modern technique as well as jazz.  Students will also learn to think creatively through movement by exploring the different elements of dance: body, space, effort, and time.  This class is great for students who have an interest in dance and want a taste of each of these specific genres of dance.

Introduction to Dance 3

Teacher: Anna Higgins

Ages: 13 yrs. & up

This class will build even further on the skills already studied by younger students, and continue the students' exposure to a variety of styles and skills.  Students will continue growing in their pursuit of excellence in all dance elements.

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Cookeville, TN 38501

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