This is the most frequently asked question I get from teachers and studio owners when I speak about DiscoverDance. I’ll be honest, when I first launched the program, I tripped over my words describing the style. “Well…it’s like creative dance. BUT... we also do ballet…and jazz… ramble…ramble…ramble…”. I would become so frustrated, because I was never happy with my answer and felt I did not explain it very well.
I believe my struggle came from the fact that I simply do not look at early childhood dance education as being one style. I don’t want to introduce my little ones to just one style of dance. I want to introduce my students to ALL styles of dance. And, that’s exactly what I do! After speaking with, and training teachers worldwide for the past two years, I have never been more confident in explaining what “style” of dance DiscoverDance is.
One aspect of the DiscoverDance formula is its unique conceptual approach. This means each lesson is centered around one of these 11 DANCE (<---- notice that? Not ballet. Not Jazz. Not Tap… DANCE) concepts: place, size, level, directions, pathways, speed, energy, weight, body parts, body shapes, relationships. By focusing on the essence of movement first, we build a solid foundation for the skills and movements needed to progress our specialized dance skills IN ANY STYLE OF DANCE.
So… is it creative movement? Yep, we discover our qualities of movement (ENERGY/WEIGHT), our story telling (SPEED), and creative thinking (RELATIONSHIPS) to name a few!
So…is it ballet? Yep, we discover our port de bras (BODY SHAPES), sautés (LEVEL), and échappés (SIZE) to name a few!
So… is it jazz? Yep, we discover our isolations (BODY PARTS), directional changes (DIRECTIONS), and dynamics (ENERGY/WEIGHT) to name a few!
So…is it tap? Yep, we discover our balance (BODY SHAPES), weight in our movement (WEIGHT), and rhythm (SPEED) to name a few!
Ok, ok… seriously! What style is DiscoverDance?
Any style you need it to be.
The DiscoverDance Early Childhood Dance Program is completely customizable to fit the needs of YOUR dance studio. The combination of the unique conceptual approach + the structural framework + the research-based educational materials = the magic that makes this program like none other. It could, in fact, be its own style of dance. Hmmmm…. I think I like that idea! :)