Appropriate for ages 3-5, children are engaged in fun rhythmic exercises and games that draw from tap, percussion, jazz and social dancing. A short routine will be worked on each week and shown at the end of the session.
Warm-up: Find the beat, count the beat
Warm-up: basic steps in “2” “3” and “4”: shuffle, flap, drawback, cramp roll, paddle and roll
Terminology bank: every class, learn 1-2 new terms and drill through a “pop quiz”
Progressions/across the floor: use terminology to create moving patterns and progressions
Center progressions: create a phrase using new terminology
Improvisation: at this age, using ‘games’ like ‘call and response’ and ‘repeat and add.’
Warm-up: adding speed and complexity to basic steps so that we can relax the hips, knees and feet
- Warm-up: integrating ‘air steps’ like hops, leaps, pullbacks and wings to condition our bodies and perfect our weight shifts
- Terminology bank: I still play this game but I increase the difficulty by grouping names of steps together and making the children figure out the phrase on their own, without me demonstrating. Students learn about classic time steps and how to make their own.
- “One at a time” - students must demonstrate exercises by themselves, it’s the only way to learn how to listen and correct timing and clarity
- Progressions/across the floor: integrating speed, air steps and turns to clean up sounds and weight shifts
Center progressions: I introduce the principles and tenets of jazz music into the phrase learning at this level.
Improvisation: at this age, I encourage the students to improvise via trading 8s and creating their own time steps.
Philly Clicks Youth Ensemble:
- Warm-up: relaxing into the floor, adding even more speed and complexity to basic steps so that we can relax the hips, knees and feet;
- Warm-up: integrating ‘air steps’ like hops, leaps, pullbacks and wings to condition our bodies and perfect our weight shifts; importantly, I also ask the students to do these steps at half-time to make sure they have the proper weight placement.
- “One at a time” - students must demonstrate exercises by themselves
- Progressions/across the floor: integrating speed, air steps and turns to clean up sounds and weight shifts, quicker turns are done one at a time.
Improvisation: we end each class with 5 minutes of improvisation.
Children learn how to find and count the beat, execute basic technique, move on and off the floor, and how to sequence steps into a phrase.
Children build upon technique with more complex steps. They learn about musicality and timing. They execute more complex ways off and on the floor and how to learn and perform longer sequences.