Dance & Discovery at DCSA 


 
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An Arts Enriched Parents’ Day Out Program!

A one-of-a-kind approach to a parents' day out program, Dance & Discovery at DCSA provides children ages 2.5-5 years old with dance class twice a week, activities and crafts, and time for playing, singing, learning and making friends!

Children will attend daily Creative Movement & Intro to Ballet class (1 hour) where they will develop creativity, coordination, basic dance movement, flexibility and strength appropriate for their age, and, most importantly, learn to enjoy dancing and moving while using their imaginations!

Children will also have time in a classroom setting filled with age-appropriate materials aimed at fostering curiosity, wonder, creativity and a love for learning as they interact, play, and create memories.

Program runs Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9am-12pm September through May and follows the Dance Center of San Antonio calendar for holidays and breaks.

The fun begins September 3, 2019!


Our Philosophy

A child’s brain is 85% developed by age 5¹ and research shows the positive effects of an arts education on a child’s emotional, physiological, linguistic, and mathematical abilities². For these reasons, DCSA created Dance & Discovery for families of children age 2.5-5* years. This program leverages a child’s sensitive time period for development and their natural attraction to dance and music³ in order to provide an impactful experience in a safe and encouraging environment.

*Please note that all students must be potty trained!

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The dance class experience is designed to:

  • Develop creativity, coordination, flexibility

  • Learn the basics of dance and movement

  • Differentiate qualities of dance movement

  • Dance and move while using imagination

  • Create body awareness, spatial recognition

  • Enhance pattern recognition and logical thinking

The classroom experience is designed to:

  • Provide age/ability appropriate activities to develop fine motor skills, creative problem solving, social emotional skills

  • Encourage experiencing world through senses

  • Provide safe and engaging environment for exploration and play

The gross motor skills area is designed to:

  • Allow children to build confidence in their body’s ability to climb, jump, balance

  • Provide opportunities for social skills like teamwork, patience, courtesy

 

Our Take on the Classroom

Play is imperative for healthy development of young children and Dance & Discovery at DCSA sets free play, play-to-learn, and a child-led approach as cornerstones to the program. The classroom portion of the day will include a balance of teacher-initiated group play and learning, and child-initiated individual play or study. 

Children will play and explore in a classroom setting filled with age-appropriate, hands-on materials aimed at fostering curiosity, wonder, creativity, and a love for learning. The materials curated for the space include materials to explore the senses, language, science, math, and develop fine motor skills and confidence, as well as classic toys and games for cooperative play.

 

Daily Schedule

Here is a sample of a day at Dance & Discovery @ DCSA:

9:00 am - Arrival, large motor skills playtime

9:15 am - Creative Movement & Intro to Ballet class (1 hour)

10:15 am - Bathroom break & snack (family provided)

10:30 am - Classroom time - circle sharing and singing, child led free play and discovery, teacher led group learning, more gross motor skills playtime

11:50 am - Bathroom break & pack for dismissal

12:00 pm - Dismissal (late fee will be assessed for pick-up after 12:05pm)

 

Tuition & Fees

$245 per month per child

$50 registration fee, $50 yearly supplies fee

Program time is 9am-12pm. Late pick-up will result in a fee.

 

Staff

| Lisa Dunne

Lisa Dunne is passionate about children and the arts, child development theory, and guiding young minds in practice. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Education Montessori program through Xavier University and CPR certified. She is mom to six year old twins Diego & Inez. Her hobbies include learning to play the ukulele, attending adult ballet class, yoga and meditation, reading, and she finds time every day to enjoy nature.

¹National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.2000, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

²Child Development and Arts Education: A review of Current Research and Best Practices, College Board for The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards January, 2012

³Philosophy Underlying the Standards for Dance in Early Childhood. Retrieved from https://www.ndeo.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=893257&module_id=55419

¹The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds. Ginsburg, Kenneth. January 2007, VOLUME 119 / ISSUE 1 FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS