Early Dance Education
Never again in our lives will we feel the joy of movement as strongly as we did as toddlers, who, in normal development, follow their natural instincts. Unfortunately in our day and age, the motor skill development of our children commencing with the school days and even at pre-school level is unfavorably influenced by various factors such as excessive television and computer games. Instead of experiencing natural movement, many children today suffer from a substantial lack of motor skills. The consequence is an appallingly large number of overweight, uncoordinated, fidgety and attention deficit children.
It has long been undisputed among experts that movement is of primary importance for the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of a child. Only children who have been exposed to a comprehensive experience of movement and body awareness will be able to master complex learning processes at school.
For this very reason, the early introduction of dance is becoming more and more important as a vital addition to today’s academic curriculum. As opposed to sports, which tend to develop specific muscle groups and focus on specific competitive goals, dance as a complete art form, promotes a whole body and mind experience.
The Ballet Academy introduces dance to 4 to 6 year olds in a playful manner. The first fundamentals of classical ballet are integrated in story-plays and mime, so that the children are not aware of the methodical background. We use a specially developed syllabus based on Joyce Desiderio-von Bühler’s decade long professional teaching experiences and her experiences as a professional ballet dancer. This syllabus, while keeping up on the latest medical findings related to dance and dance education, is beneficial to each individual child’s progressive development, and is important in avoiding any excessive demands to body and psyche.
The early educational dance program at the Ballett-Akademie Desiderio-von Bühler fulfills many important objectives. On one hand, it promotes music appreciation and develops imagination , creativity and concentration, on the other hand, it improves subconsciously body awareness, self-esteem and carriage.
Finally, it should be noted the obvious effects on the child’s social conduct. Dancing is a co-operative activity enabling us to communicate with others and build supportive relationships. Dancing leads to mutual acceptance, respect, discipline and tolerance.
It has long been recognized that the early educational dance program at the Ballett-Akademie Desiderio-von Bühler is an ideal preparation for school and the children enjoy it! The number of new registrations has continuously increased with each succeeding year.