It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to this year’s dance program at Christ Church. I know that this is going to be a wonderful experience for you and your child.
As Director of the Dance Ministry at Christ Church, I accept the responsibility to my dancers to present only the finest dance training, to uphold and to raise our standards of this art form, to teach with the convictions of love, kindness and acceptance to others, and to bring out these qualities in our dancers. For all of my dancers, from Pre-K through young adulthood, my aim has always been to use dance to help them be well-rounded, healthy, and happy.
The Fall Session (August-December) is also known as The Nutcracker Session because the dancers learn and rehearse for our charitable performance that we produce every December. Our Nutcracker not only gives our dancers an opportunity to participate in the arts by performing on stage, but also gives them the personal experience of giving to those less fortunate.
Our children learn that they are dancing to help children who cannot dance.
The Winter/Spring Session (January-May) is a time spent on learning a lot of new dance steps and movements. There will be more challenging sessions at the ballet bar. A lot of emphasis will be placed on technique training during these months. We will try to use new and fun techniques as we progress through these more relaxed, but developmentally important, dance classes. During the summer months of June and July, there are several week-long Dance Camps offered for some of the specific classes. And there are rehearsals throughout the year with the Liturgical Dancers as needed for Christ Church events.
There are many life skills that dance training helps to develop in a child including self-confidence, discipline, focus, poise, good posture, fitness, and strength. These abilities are introduced to our youngest dancers and are continually reinforced each year through to our young adult dancers. Our dancers also learn about the importance of supporting friendships. They make lasting friendships with other dancers and learn to encourage, and to be encouraged by, their classmates. A prayer, which is usually led by the children, is offered at the end of each class. Each child, as an individual, requires individual attention in order that he or she may, through our dance experiences, develop talents and abilities to their fullest capacities.
Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns.
Please include your phone number on your email, in case I need to call you rather than email back. Thank you for this opportunity to share dance with your children. Dancing is joyful! Dancing is fun!