for all ages
Serving the families of Fort Bend County for 37 years!
SLDC offers classes for children as young as two and all the way up to pre-professional levels for advanced dancers.
Age and developmentally appropriate classes for children ages two to five.
Foundational classes that teach the essence of ballet, tap, and jazz while building strength and understanding of the core muscles.
Classes for students that are willing and able to move at an accelerated pace, building technique, form and performance skills..
What We Do For Children
As part of the curriculum at Sugar Land Dance Center, we pay special attention to the age and developmental stage of each level of class. In young children's classes, these are some of the topics we address:
Class structure - change activities frequently
Socialization in class - taking turns, keeping hands to yourself, fostering teamwork, be nice to your neighbor
Developing character traits - self-discipline, perseverance, humility, gratitude, confidence, team-building, goal-setting, a sense of accomplishment
Expression - anchors learning & understanding, healthy outlet for exploring feelings
Cultural development - appreciation for the arts & other cultures, learning French, history, music appreciation and theory
How to take of our bodies - injury prevention, nutrition, treating sore muscles, stretching safely, importance of warming up, importance of exercise, importance of the correct order of exercises, importance of fitness
Stimulate creativity - free dance and story dance time
The Importance of Creative Dance
Excerpts from Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.
The time from ages two to five is a crucial stage for children's cognitive development as they learn to process information and expand it into creativity. Interactive communication and play accelerates this process. The importance of make-believe cannot be stressed enough. Play provides the emotional spark which activates our attention, problem-solving and behavior response systems so we gain the skills necessary for cooperation, co-creativity, altruism, understanding and ultimately in high-level reasoning. When we truly play, emotions are allowed to surface in a safe way that insures us a richly motivated and passionate life.
Movement awakens many of our mental capacities. Movement anchors new information and experiences into our neural networks. Movement is vital to all actions by which we embody and express our learning, our understanding and ourselves.
Movement, music and much interactive communication in the child's early environment promotes the development of hearing discrimination whereby the child is able to say phonemes and actively voice the language, and then associate the sounds with symbols later on, in order to read.
Integrated movements, done in a playful, coherent way with music, activate the entire vestibular system, large areas of the motor cortex and frontal lobes, and produce chemicals, such as dopamine, that assist enthusiastic learning and memory.