Our Early Childhood Program
We are proud to announce that Silver Lining Dance Academy is now a licensed Leap ‘N Learn studio. Our early childhood educators have gone through rigorous training in child psychology and anatomy to prepare for this upcoming year. They will also continue their education this summer by attending the annual Leap ‘N Learn conference in Louisiana.
Leap 'N Learn focuses on the basic elements of physical space and how we relate to it as an individual and a group member, locomotor and non-locomotor movements, musical awareness, opposites, directions, and pathways, elementary positions, and movements of ballet. In addition to these physical elements, our dance program integrates the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, teamwork, creative expression,imagination, and basic body and health awareness.
LNL also helps children learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude. Concepts are explored throughout the year such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness, relationships to the working space and stage, expressing emotion through movement, and pantomime.
Classes are grouped into age-specific levels. The program is specifically designed for boys and girls between the ages of three to six, and our seven year old program and Ballet I programs are designed for dance students ages seven to ten. Leap 'N Learn helps build strong foundations in dance and movement. These skills benefit the dance students for later roles in life both in general applications and for transitioning into adult ballet.