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The ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum‘s Florrie Flamingo© Ballet Class is a short 6 week introductory dance class for new dancers ages 3-5. Florrie Flamingo© is a hand illustrated Flittering Flamingo Character dancing among a background of bright and brilliant colors. She performs 26 Ballet and dance moves on oversized 4×6 Flash Cards with the associated Ballet Term written fluently on the front of each card. Florrie Flamingo© is designed to teach the ABC’s of Dance to first time dancers. Florrie Flamingo© teaches basic dance and ballet movements. Florrie Flamingo© Ballet follows the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum and is designed to teach the whole child through the 6 Methods of Dance™ which have been formed based on the stages of childhood development. The Florrie Flamingo© Ballet classes follow a progressive class structure. Students will learn the ABC’s of Dance learning 26 Dance and Ballet movements as well as the associated ballet terminology. The moves are taught using creative and imaginative play as part of the Dance to Discover™ Method. This keeps class exciting and makes the exercises more fun. The class begins with imaginative warm ups all designed to increase flexibility. After stretching, children move to the center where they use the Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards as they learn 8 new dance moves each class. Florrie Flamingo© assists in proper technique while the teacher pays careful attention to hip, knee and toe alignment to ensure that children are turning out properly, this is primarily for injury prevention. Some movements performed by Florrie Flamingo© include pliés, tendus, degagés, relevés and passés which are learned during the Developing part of class. Fun props such as Teddy Bears, Magic Wands, Hula Hoops and Scarves are used to make this part of class more fun, and to help children with association to learn the moves more quickly. The focus on stretching, flexibility, strength, coordination and proper execution is part of the Dance to Move™ Method. The class includes Story Dance Exploration™ a play based and imaginative approach to teaching new movement concepts. Across the floor movements are taught progressively to ensure that children warm up the muscles and don’t strain themselves. Story Dance Pathways™ are used across the floor to help children learn Enchaînement. In ballet, enchaînement is a term used to describe the linking of multiple steps together. Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards include a number of Locomotor (moving) and Non-Locomotor (stationary) movements. Dancers will use the Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards to determine which movements are Locomotor vs Non-Locomotor. Florrie Flamingo© will also help children remember which moves comes next in their Story Dance Pathway™. Children work with partners in the class frequently to encourage not only social skills but to gain artistic inspiration from their peers. Partner work and teamwork are included as part of the Dance to Accept™ Method where children learn to accept each other’s unique talents through dance and movement activities. Children’s artistic freedom and self expression are encouraged by their teachers by creating a positive “Yes” Environment! Along with ballet movements, children learn about classical music! The basics of musicality such as how to count music, phrasing, and tempo are all a part of dance and these basic skills are taught in Florrie Flamingo© Ballet. At the end of class, children are encouraged to Free Dance to express themselves artistically and foster creative thinking! Florrie Flamingo© Flash Cards include 5 Wild Cards which help with the Dance to Create™ part of class. Self expression through free dance time is included as part of the Dance to Express™ Method. This enhances and awakens a child’s creative thinking as they are challenged to create dance moves that can be associated with the Florrie Flamingo© Wild Cards. All Florrie Flamingo© Ballet students are taught choreography to teach memorization, spatial awareness, and self worth! Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth.