Young Children's Dance Program

A creative approach to dance education for the 18 month- 7 year old teaching body placement,coordination and classroom skills while  promoting creativity and expressive movement. A progressive syllabus is taught, according to the young child's mental, physical and social development.  Basic concepts of the body in space and rhythmical movement are taught in a gender neutral manner trusting the child to learn concepts, integrate them  and  dance independently with imagination, grace and strength. All classes are kept small to optimize learning in an  individualized setting. Required class attire may be purchased through www.discountdance.com, Ballet slippers (for correct sizing) and tights may be purchased at the studio. 

Baby Ballet

An introduction to the world of dance for ages 18 months to 3 years. The child  with a parent will explore dance, rhythms, and music through imaginative stories, songs  and activities. Any movement friendly  (and fun!) attire is appropriate.

Five Week Sessions, $45 per session (Tuition is separate from family rates.)

Saturdays 9-9:45 am

Session One Autumn Leaves: Sept. 21-Oct. 19   

Session Two Holiday Magic: Oct. 26- Nov.  23

Session Three Winter Wonderland: Jan.11-Feb. 8

Session Four World Cruise: Feb 15-March 14

Session Five Animal Friends: March 21- April 25

The instructor, Annmarie Carlson Drake, has a BFA from Butler University with a dance major, music and drama minors,  and a certificate in Early Childhood Music from the Frankfurt Musikhochschule. 

"The difference is in our faculty, professional performers with degrees in their field."

Creative Movement

Only limited openings available, please call 507-469-4351 for if interested in registration

A developmentally appropriate class for the 3 to 5 year old child, focusing on motor development, coordination and listening skills.  Classroom etiquette is taught, and  the concepts of warming up and stretching.  Elements common to all dance forms will be learned, varied and mastered. Structured movement patterns  along with free expressive dance build cognitive and motor skills while fostering creativity. An imaginative and  joyful introduction to formal dance training.

Girls- pink skirted dance dress TH5510C, boys  black athletic shorts and  white t-shirt

Saturdays 9:45-10:30 am 

Instructor: Annmarie Carlson Drake

Pre-Ballet

Only limited openings available, please call 507-469-4351 for if interested in registration

A child-centered introduction  for 5-7 year olds  to the discipline of classical ballet. Basic ballet and contemporary dance techniques are introduced with French vocabulary and classical music.  Musicality and self-expression continue to be a focus for this age group. Lavender skirted dance dress TH5510C

Mondays 4:15-5:00 pm 

The instructor, Sam Budzinski, studied at Wayne State University in MI, finishing her  degree in dance  from Minnesota State University Mankato. 

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Mankato, MN 56001

507-469-4351