Choosing the Right Class
STYLES OF DANCE & CLASS SELECTION
Midwest Dance Mechanix offers classes in a wide range of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, modern and musical theatre. In all styles, we focus on musicality and stage presence, but most importantly, proper dance technique. While choosing the style of dance is sometimes a daunting task, looking at each students goal in training often helps us in giving advice on the training they'll need. CLICK HERE for a brief description of some of the styles of dance taught at Midwest Dance Mechanix, noting that there are prerequisites for some classes.
TINY DANCERS (ages 2 - 5 )
Our TINY DANCER program is designed for children ages 2 - 5 and introduces preschool and Kindergarten aged dancers to a variety of dance styles and dance foundations. Our Taps & Twirls classes alternates weekly between ballet and tap. Alternating styles weekly gives dancers a strong foundation in a variety of styles, but is also more efficient than changing shoes midway through class. Our Kinder-Kidz classes are designed for kids who are approaching Kindergarten age. Kinder-Kidz offers a Ballet/Tap combo class or an Acro/Hip/Jazz combo class. The focus of the TINY DANCER curriculum is introducing various fundamentals of dance within a creative and fun atmosphere. Within our TINY DANCER program, there are varying levels that allow for growth in skill level in these early years of dance education and training.
Note that statistics show that creativity at 5 years old is 90% but has dropped to 10% by the age of 7. This knowledge is key in how we design our curriculum, along with how we communicate and work with this age. The pre-school and kindergarten years are a wonderful chance to develop that creative potential!
MINI & JUNIOR DANCE DIVISION (ages 6 - 12 )
Our Mini and Junior age division is designed for children ages 6 - 12 and focuses on a progressive class curriculum that focuses on developing and mastering the following skills:
Correct Terminology (including French when applicable) of the steps taught.
A strong foundation of the general dance steps and terminology within a set class level curriculum.
Use of patterns and formations through repetition of steps, the structure of the class and through body/spacial awareness
Creative time focusing on dancing a story or mimicking an animal to incorporate the imaginative process into the dance performance.
Ear training to recognize instruments, major/minor sounds, and to find rhythm and beats.
Creating camps to foster a love of dance through childhood themes (i.e. Princess, etc.)
Create early memorization skills through repetition of movement and structured learning.
Within our Mini & Junior division, there 3-4 varying levels of classes that allow for growth in skill levels for dancers in these age categories.
TEEN DANCE PROGRAM (ages 11 - 18)
Our Teen age division is designed for students ages 13+ and offers classes at varying skill levels. For the brand new dancer, we offer beginner classes with peers of a similar age. For dancers who are advancing through our established curriculum, Teen level classes continue to build on the core skills learned in earlier age levels, but with an increased focus on foundational technique, terminology & discipline. The curriculum within this age division includes a focus on mastering skills that create not only a fine technician, but also a beautiful artist. Integral areas of training at this level include:
Work in movement quality
Embodiment of a character
Professional wisdom in making choices while dancing
Frequency of classes per week as well as effort made in classes becomes more important at this level of training.
Within our Teen age division, there are 3-5 varying levels of classes that allow for growth in skill levels for dancers in these age categories.