What is Discover Dance?

The Discover Dance Early Childhood Program is a series of movement classes designed to introduce children to the creative and expressive world of dance. Each program offers children the opportunity to develop their natural movement ability in a multi-sensory environment. Music, movement, visuals, and props will enhance your dancer’s love of the art form and the unique conceptual approach to dance education will provide the opportunity for cognitive growth.

Discover Dance strongly believes that dance and movement should be a part of every child’s life for the benefit of their development. The Discover Dance Experience is based on science and best practices for early childhood dance education.  The Discover Dance was created by Andrea Trench and the classes will be taught by studio owner Laura Decheine who is not only a trained dancer, but also a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and has over 35 years of preschool dance teaching experience and 25 years of special education teaching experience.  

Discover Dance 1 Parent and Me! (6-24 months with Adult)

Explore the joy of movement with your little one and discover the many benefits of early childhood dance classes. We will dance, sing and play in both one-on-one activities and group activities. Through circle songs, open exploration and gross motor development exercises, children will blossom with each passing class as they grow with their caregiver during this precious time together.

Discover TOTS (Ages 2-3)

This 30 minute class involves creative movement, fun interactive songs, improving balance and gross motor skills, rhythmic patterning, as well as introducing beginning ballet concepts with proper technique and French terminology. Watch your child’s independence and confidence soar, as our Discover TOTS explore and discover the benefits of a more structured dance class. Following directions, waiting for our turn and collectively problem solving will encourage emotional and social development. Live singing, musical play and sensory props will have these little ones moving and grooving with their friends, building a strong dance foundation and eager to return to class each week.

The Discover TOTS perform 1 routine in the end of the year recital.

Discover Dance 3 (Age 3)

Discover the artistry of dance through structured explorations and skill development. Our Discover Dance 3 classes offer an outlet for creative expression, physical growth and social interaction while improving balance, gross motor skills and rhythmic patterning. Dancers will explore the essence of movement built on a strong foundation of proper ballet technique and French terminology as well and learning basic tap with single, double and sound combinations.

Discover Dance 3 performs 1 routine in the end of the year recital.

Discover Dance 4 (Ages 4-5)

As a continuation of our Discover Dance 3 classes, our Discover Dance 4 dancers continue the exploration of concepts with more emphasis on coordination and flexibility while challenging mobility and developing artistry in their dancing. Short choreographic combinations assist in memory development as structured class progressions continue to encourage more advanced problem solving and social interaction with their dance friends. Tap skills build to multiple sound combinations and more advanced and quick patterns of tap fundamentals.

Discover Dance 4 performs 2 routines in the end of the year recital.

How is the Discover Dance Program different than tap/ballet classes that my child has taken in the past?

Discover Dance classes are not that much different than what your child has been receiving at HDS.  The most obvious difference you will notice as parents is that the children will no longer be required to wear tap or ballet shoes in class.  They will still learn tap and ballet skills but without shoes.  Being barefoot benefits brain development and not having to change shoes will allow more time to do what we came to class to do...DANCE!  

How can I learn more about the science behind this program?

Follow these links!

https://www.raepica.com/2017/09/barefoot-benefits-brain-development-2018/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/09/barefoot-best-for-children

https://www.stagecoach.co.uk/blog/post/march-2014/benefits-of-dance-for-young-children

https://www.lifehack.org/374710/5-things-that-will-happen-to-your-brain-when-you-dance