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Kids Dance Classes at the Hub

The Dance Hub is proud to present their new Kids Ballet Program

Kids Dance Classes Start This Fall

Kids Ballet Classes at The Dance Hub are taught in a fun and supportive environment. Developmentally appropriate exercises are taught in a way that stimulates the child’s imagination and unleashes her/his creativity and self-expression in movement. Children will build self confidence as they learn coordination, mobility of movement, posture, and rhythmic and musical awareness. Through dance class etiquette, kids will also develop their social skills as they learn to work constructively with others. In addition to ballet fundamentals, our program will emphasize performance skills and choreography and all kids will be encouraged to participate in a studio performance at the end of both the Fall and Spring terms. The Dance Hub is committed to providing a safe, instructive, and joyful dance experience for all children.

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Classes Meet Once a Week

  • Mommy and Me – Tuesdays – 10:00-10:45am 2-3 years (Susan Manchak)

    Mommy and Me (or Daddy or caregiver) will introduce your child to creative movement and ballet in a fun and supportive environment. We begin with playful seated stretches, followed by dancing with tambourines and scarves, to ballet classics and Disney favorites. This class encourages freedom of movement and self-expression, as well as coordination, and rhythmic awareness. In your child’s first dance class she/he will also develop greater socialization skills and gain confidence as you and your child experience the joy of dancing together.

  • Pre-Ballet – Mondays – 4:00-5:00pm 3-5 years (Susan Manchak)
    *Note new time*

    This class emphasizes creative movement and self-expression together with developmentally appropriate exercises. In a nurturing environment children will learn the first exercises of the ballet barre, such as first and second position, demi plié, and tendu. They will also enjoy jumping, galloping, skipping, and leaping along with other locomotor movements. Students will develop performance skills as they learn short dances from the ballet, The Nutcracker, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

  • Ballet I – Mondays- 5:00-6:00pm 6-8 years (Susan Manchak)

    At this level, children will learn ballet fundamentals as in Pre-Ballet, including stretching and barre work, center floor exercises, and class etiquette and protocols. The emphasis on creative movement and self expression continues in Ballet I and students are given more challenging structures for creative explorations. Performance skill development is cultivated as children learn dances and prepare for performance.

    This class is in the process of forming. Please indicate your interest using the form below or call (805) 450-7535 and we will let you know when we have adequate enrollment.

  • Ballet II – Tuesdays – 4:00-5:00pm 9-11 years (Carrie Diamond)

    At these ages, students are physically ready to start more focused training. Barre work is extended to build strength and flexibility, develop turnout, and learn the correct use of the feet and arms. Center work includes exploration of the positions of the body, port de bras, arabesque, and developing vocabulary and learning steps like the Polka and Waltz. Expressivity and artistry through movement is taught as an integral part of the work. Creative explorations are incorporated in every class.

    This class is in the process of forming. Please indicate your interest using the form below or call (805) 450-7535 and we will let you know when we have adequate enrollment.

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More Information about Kids Ballet Classes at The Dance Hub

What should my child wear in class?

For Mommy and Me, Pre-Ballet, and Ballet I: Kids should wear clothes they are happy moving in. Dancewear, tee shirts, shorts, and leggings are all good options. Ballet slippers can be worn but are not required. Long hair should be pulled back.

For Ballet II: Girls should wear pink or neutral ballet slippers, a leotard and flesh-colored or pink tights; boys should wear black ballet slippers, a white tee shirt, and black shorts or tights. Long hair should be secured off your child’s neck.

Where can I purchase dance clothes for my child?

You can purchase dance clothes at Discount Dance Supply at https://www.discountdance.com/kids. Some items may be available at Santa Barbara Dance Arts.

I have a few more questions.

Call Carrie Diamond at (805) 450-7535.

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All kids ballet classes are taught by Susan Manchak and Carrie Diamond

If you need instructions on how to sign up your child, click here