MCDC Classes for Young Dancers

MCDC Program For Young Dancers:
Class Descriptions

The curriculum is designed to carry a child from the earliest movement experience through pre-professional level work, with a focus on developing self-confidence and a lifelong appreciation for dance and other art forms.

Courses are offered in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip hop and tap, allowing students to pursue the various genres of dance in a cross-curricular atmosphere. Students will learn the physical components of dance as well as historical and cultural concepts as they relate to the art form.

The annual spring concert culminates the spring semester of courses. The concert provides students the opportunity to broaden their pre-professional dance experience by performing on the College’s state-of-the-art Baker Theatre stage.

Creative Movement provides the young dancer with an introduction to movement and rhythmic concepts through a wide variety of learning activities. Students will develop pre-ballet skills as well as large and fine motor skills within a supportive environment that encourages group interaction.

Family Class: Intergenerational Creative Dance Come dance with your kids! This new course is designed for parents and children ages 7+ to explore creative dance together. Based on BrainDance developmental movement techniques, these sessions will help you and your child to develop kinesthetic awareness, range of motion, and body integration — and at the same time, to experience the joy and bonding that comes from a dancing community!

Boys' Classes: The classes will focus on basic ballet and jazz technique while sampling the styles of tap, hip hop, creative movement, and Irish dancing throughout the semester. Wear comfortable clothing the students can move in and socks with clean sneakers or jazz shoes

Ballet: See Course Levels for complete description.

Jazz: See Course Levels for complete description.

Modern: See Course Levels for complete description.

Beginning Tap introduces students to the foundations of tap dance, focusing on rhythmic principles and developing a terminology for the technique. Students will develop a strong sense of musicality while being introduced to the basic elements of tap. Different styles of tap will be explored, including musical theatre, jazztap, and classical tap.

Intermediate Tap builds upon the basics taught in Beginning Tap and explores more complex rhythms, steps and combinations. Students will learn the history of American tap dancing while developing strong tap and musical skills. Emphasis will be placed on concepts of articulation, tempo, beat and variation.

The Performance Company is a two-hour class for MCDC students who are already registered for technique classes, and who are interested in learning more about the performance side of dance. The Company is a full-year commitment and also includes outside classes and performances. Company requirements include: registration each semester in at least one MCDC ballet class and attendance at two Muhlenberg College dance performances. Tickets will be provided for Performance Company dancers. Company work includes warm-up, dance repertory and newly choreographed material, rehearsals, and being a part of the more "grand scale" performance pieces in our Spring Performance. The Company is for ages 10 and older with director approval.