Jane Grech – Founder
“Instead of trying to rush through the pre-grades, or ‘skip the fluff and get to the real stuff’, let’s embrace and enjoy where each child is at in all aspects of their life. childhood is not a race. let’s go gently.”
One of our values at DanceArts is ‘Be Here Now’.
Our aim, especially in our preschool program, ‘Dance Magic’ is to allow our youngest dancers the opportunity to be little. We want to focus on the present rather than fast forwarding the future. We want to celebrate childhood and let kids be little. We plan our experiences and activities, including our music, costume and choreographic choices to mirror the maturity of our students.
We are ‘old’ and ‘grown up’ for such a very long time…. there is a huge amount of time for us to learn and practice good dance technique as dancers – in fact, it’s a lifelong pursuit…
Therefore, there is no advantage in hurrying the wonderful dance learning opportunities that are offered in childhood.
There are few benefits, if any, for pushing a child into a class style based on their age and age ALONE – comparisons can be dangerous things.
Children learn to crawl and walk, children learn to talk, to laugh, to play all at different times…. in THEIR own time… Our age, or a child’s, is certainly a guide, but should not be the only factor considered when making decisions about their dance journey in regards to class placement by a teacher, or class selection by you.
In fact, two children with the same birthdate may be recommended different pathways…
A good teacher only has the best interests of the child they teach in mind. A good teacher bases their success on the happiness and success of their students, a good teacher does not get a ‘kick’ out of suggesting to hold a child ‘back’ – a good teacher suggests such thing out of care, concern, compassion and a deep desire to teach your child as an individual.
Instead of trying to rush through the pre- grades, or ‘skip the fluff and get to the real stuff’, let’s embrace and enjoy where each child is at in all aspects of their life.
Childhood is not a race. Let’s go gently.