We offer a range of programs throughout the school year for children of all ages and skill levels. Our 2018/2019 school year starts September 4, 2018 and ends May 11, 2019. You can download the 2018/19 brochure by clicking here. The schedule undergoes changes between print time (generally in February) and the start of classes in September. Be sure to check the website schedule for any additions or changes.

Creative Movement 1Our Early Childhood classes develop motor skills, coordination, and listening skills, as well as promote the exploration of creativity and expression through movement. All classes in the Early Childhood Program develop skills necessary for the formal study of ballet or other forms of dance.

  • Tiny Toes (Parent ‘n Me for 18 months to 2 1/2 years old)
  • Creative Movement 1 (2½ – 3 years old)
  • Creative Movement 2 (3½ – 4 years old)
  • Creative Movement 3 (4 to 5, Pre-K)
Class Descriptions and Dress Code

Tiny Toes

is for children between 18 months and 2 1/2 years and a parent or caregiver. Each class includes elements of both movement and music, as well as thematically-related art projects.

Part of the Claire School of Dance Early Childhood Program, its goals are to promote the developmental milestones of this age group, to prepare the child for future study of the arts … and to have fun!  Classes are intended to include a parent or adult for every child, facilitating not just the participation of each child but also providing an opportunity for adult and child to have fun together.

This class meets once a week for 30 minutes.  Activities focus on both fine and gross motor control, developing  a sense of rhythm and balance, and spatial relationships such as “inside,” “around,” and “over.”  The class includes sitting on the floor so parents should dress accordingly. Stocking feet as street shoes are not worn in the dance studio.

New families receive a “learning at home” bag to take home. All supplies needed for the class are provided by the school.

Creative Movement 1
is a program designed for children between the ages of age 2 ½ and 3 ½ . In this class, children are imaginatively stimulated to dance and move through space. Age-appropriate activities develop large motor skills, coordination and balance, while introducing classroom etiquette. The class introduces children to a wide range of music, from ballet to music from around the world, as well as musical concepts such as steady beat.

This class meets once a week for 30 minutes. Attire is a pink or black leotard. Dance skirt (attached OK) or tutu OK. No tights! No shoes! For cold weather, leggings and a sweater may be worn.

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Creative Movement 2
is for children 3 ½ to 4. It stresses coordination, large motor skills development, musical and spatial awareness, and listening skills. Every lesson includes an opportunity to explore imagination and movement.

Parents are invited to attend class twice a year to observe their children.

This class meets once a week for 45 minutes. Attire is a pink or black leotard. Dance skirt or tutu OK. Attached skirt OK. No tights! No shoes! For cold weather, leggings may be worn. Hair should be pulled back into pony tail. Short hair must be pulled back from the face.

Parents are invited to attend class twice a year to observe their children.

Creative Movement 3
for children entering Pre-K, further develops coordination and motor and listening skills while promoting natural creativity, musical awareness, and improvisation. In addition to building physical ability, this class gives children the opportunity to use movement to tell a story through interactive group exercises. Attention is given to the ability to retain increasingly complex instructions.

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This class meets once a week for 45 minutes. Attire is a pink or black leotard. Dance skirt or tutu. Attached skirt OK. No tights! No shoes! For cold weather, leggings and a sweater may be worn. Hair should be pulled back into pony tail. Short hair must be pulled back from the face.

Parents are invited to attend class twice a year to observe their children.