You can expect to be a part of a positive place that is run professionally and trains students progressively. Students are taught to be polite in every class, and above all, everything we do is pure on purpose. There are no concerns here about music, apparel, costumes, or moves being inappropriate. Everything we do is designed to engage, encourage and inspire our students to be a positive force for good in our community. We exist to delight students with classes that they love, help them discover the world of the arts and what they want to pursue within it, and to develop them into proficient artists and leaders who will in turn inspire others through the arts platform.
What if my child has never taken a dance class before?
Not to worry! Beginners are welcome here, and you or your child will flourish in our developmentally-based program that utilize professionally designed curricula guaranteed to move every student from square one through graduation.
Sparkle students are ages 3-6. They are grouped according to the year of their birth, so 3’s are with 3’s, 4’s with 4’s, etc. The beauty of this design is that everyone is more of less on the same page developmentally. They can all be expected to do the same things physically, whether they have been dancing for a couple of years or are brand new. (Of course, those who have dancing longer will have a more solid grasp of the material, but newbies will be able to do what is asked and will catch up to their peers soon enough.) Developmental training means we don’t push young children beyond what their body is ready to do at any given age. Rather, they are carefully trained within the safe boundaries of their developmental abilities. This extends to social, emotional and cognitive developmental abilities as well - each area of a child’s development is taken into consideration and intentionally nurtured in every class.
Students ages 7 and up are part of our Ripple Program and are carefully placed at the best level for their age and experience level, ensuring that they are appropriately challenged without being overwhelmed.
Older beginners are always welcome and do not necessarily have to take a class with students who may be several years younger. New students who are at least 9 years old may opt to enroll in the level above our Beginner track by taking a series of six private catch up lessons. Private catch up lessons are taken in conjunction with the group class and allow the teacher and student to work on the specific skills needed to feel confident and keep up in class.
What times are your classes?
You have a variety of days and times to choose from during the school year season. These include daytime options for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, and after-school and after-work hours Monday - Thursday for everyone. Sumer class times vary. These may be offered Monday - Saturday depending on the class. Please visit the Classes page to view current and upcoming classes.
We are in Fort Wayne, IN on the corner on Union Chapel and Coldwater Roads in the Watersong Office Park. Click here for directions.
No problem; our easy online Make Up Scheduler allows you to choose from a list of available make up classes for weekly students. Enrolled students get up to nine free make up classes per year.
Kids love to play. Parents want to know that their kids are learning and progressing. We utilize the Leap 'N Learn method of early childhood dance training to ensure that kids and parents are happy with our Sparkle Program for ages 3-6. Leap 'N Learn is based on the premise that play is a child’s job; it’s how they learn.
Sparkle Students are delighted to come to dance when they discover the imaginative storylines woven throughout their classes. Young students develop a solid foundation in dance technique and artistry while pretending to be princesses or princes, flamingos, fairies, baby birds, zebras, elephants and mice, and so much more.
The emphasis on using our Dancer Manners in every class means that students are respectful and polite, which results in a maximized use of classroom time.
Progressive, developmentally-based lesson plans are used in every classroom, every week, by every trained and certified Leap ‘N Learn teacher, guaranteeing that our students are being nurtured physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally throughout their years as a Leap ‘N Learn student. The foundation being laid during these years produces well-rounded, competent dancers who are prepared to achieve success in their ongoing dance training. You can click here to learn more about the International Leap ‘N Learn Program.
For Sparkle Students ages 3-6, the child's age on October 1 of the current school year determines his or her placement in class for the school year. Therefore, choose the appropriate age group for your child's class based on his or her age as of Oct. 1. Our curriculum for ages 3-6 is specifically designed for the developmental abilities and progression of each age group over a 9 month period. For this reason, the age requirements are strictly adhered to. For parents of the child with the oh-so-close early October birthday, it may help to realize that the cut-off date is a grace period that runs from the time classes begin in late August until October 1. In almost all cases, students benefit from being the oldest in a class rather than the youngest, especially when they are new to dance.
Ripple Students aged 7-18 should choose a class based on age, experience, and attained skill level. Teachers will ensure that new or transfer students are assigned to the most appropriate level for their age and ability.
Kindermusik classes are 45 minutes long, and dance classes are 60 minutes long.
All class sizes are kept small to ensure that each student gets adequate attention. In addition, small class sizes help to facilitate a calm learning environment for our young students. Assistants are present in most classes for children ages 7 and under.
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Can my child try out a class before I enroll him or her?
Yes! You may register for a trial class for $15. If your child loves class, we will apply the $15 to your registration fee. Students may enroll in a class anytime as long as there is space available. To register for a trial class, please click here. No money is due at the time you sign up; you may pay at the front desk before class begins.
During the school year, all classes follow a specific dress code for girls and boys. Please see the Dress Code Page for complete dress code requirements. All class wear is available at the studio.
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