Giggly Wigglys

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3 years – 4 ½ years

Course Overview

The fun and encouraging atmosphere continues but the technical element increases, as we concentrate on posture and foot placement. As well as the elements of music, imagination and free movement, we also explore working in groups or with a partner and memory recall is now regularly used. 40 minutes duration.

Current Program

The excitement and fun continues in this age group as we build on our teamwork skills and increase the technical element within our dance steps, encouraging the students to focus on their body placement and learning new music rhythms.  We are currently waddling away to a Happy Feet hit for our choreographed dance, as well as grooving to popular songs from Disney’s Frozen, Lazytown and Hi-5.

Family and Friends Day

Family and friends are always welcome to watch our classes. However, as we come to the end of each program, we love our students to extend a special invitation to family members and special friends to join us for the final class. This gives us an opportunity to showcase our new moves and routines.

Objectives

1. Balance and Posture

Students are constantly focusing on tall backs and “Geoffrey Giraffe” necks to practice posture developing their muscle memory. Students now focus on holding this posture for longer periods of time and using it to assist with difficult moves such as arabesques, skipping and basic dance turns.

2. Working As A Group

Students are challenged to work as a team with their fellow dancers during group activities such as cannons, conga lines and forming circles unassisted. Working as a group is also practiced during imagination time where students create a scenario, place and characters as a group.

3. Animated Faces

There are many opportunites in this age group to practice the basic facial expressions, especially during our concert dances. Students are further challenged to create more advanced facial expressions such as confused, mischevious and their own silly creations which is a great way for them to express their ideas and build confidence.

4. Solo Work

Students are coached throughout the term to perform certain items on their own by performing the piece on by one. By the end of term at our quarterly concert in class students are challenged to perform short dance sequences on their own as well as perform an improvised solo for their audience.

5. 5…6…7…8 Intro

As a standard introduction to most dance exercises, this is an important skill for all dancers. Students are taught to count themselves in on the beat and to start their dance on beat 1 of the next bar. This encourages dancers to prepare thier posture, faces, and energy for the exercise and sets the timing of their steps.

6. Ballet Feet Placement

Students are taught important jazz and ballet positions of the feet, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. During other steps students are taught how to correctly place the foot e.g. neatly pointed next to the knee for skipping. Our furry friend BB Bear continues to help in this age group and students begin to learn to point the toes correctly and not sickle the feet (turn toes in).

7. Intro of Arm Movements

Students are taught basic arm movements and ballet arm positions and are encouraged to apply the correct technique to create nice lines with their bodies. E.g. Shoulders down, elbows straight when reaching up above head.

8. Spacing

Students are taught the importance of having your own dancing space and stand on specially placed “magic dots” during class to become used to the suitable distance to stand from their fellow dancers. Students are further challenged to apply this suitable distance to other circumstances where the spots are not used, such as creating a circle or siting together on the parachute.

9. Memory Recall

Teacher’s regurlarly ask students questions about the steps they are learning and also the names of steps to encourage them to retain the information. Students are also encouraged to sing all words to nursery rhymes and teacher will often ask students to sing parts on their own. Students are challenged to remember the move of the week each week and perform dance sequences without teacher’s assistance on concert day.

10. Stage Confidence

Students are coached throughout the term to perform their work to the best of their ability using “big faces” and “big dancing”. Teachers are always encouraging the students’ performance energy by demonstrating their own high energy throughout every class. This is all preparation for a dynamic and fun display on concert day.