DREAM Dance Conservatory
DREAM Dance Conservatory staff are highly trained professionals that not only have years of professional training and performing experience but have a passion to educate and train dancers of all generations. Our staff encourages creativity within the dancer and inspires an appreciation for the art of dance. Dance is an art form that connects the mind, body, and spirit, developing individuals of all ages physiologically, psychologically, and sociologically. We offer classes for the dancer who wants just to explore a weekly class in a particular style of dance or for the more serious dancer who desires more extensive training.
DREAM Dance Conservatory offers classes to all ages in:
Dance Movement (special needs class)
DREAM Dance Conservatory is dedicated to keeping a wholesome and value-centered atmosphere, so our music and costuming selections are very age-appropriate and parent-approved. We also strive to maintain the integrity of the true art of dance. To train and educate your dancer, we introduce dance history and teach proper terminology. Students have a dance notebook to document the French terms they are learning in class. We do not compromise on the foundation of all dance technique which is ballet. Additionally (so that each dancer might strive for excellence), we correct placement and technique using encouragement and positive motivation.
DREAM Dance Conservatory Schedule Tips
*Ballet is a requirement for all DREAM Conservatory dancers with the exceptions of hip hop and tumble classes.
**Our ages run according to the school age requirements. Must be appropriate age listed by Sept. 1 each year. Exceptions will be made based off technique & skill of child by the director's discretion.
***We follow the MISD holiday calendar for: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. We hold regular classes for all other school closing days.
Dress Code: If the participant already has dance shoes, black jazz pants, or tights that still fit and are not the styles listed below, please ask your instructor if they will work before purchasing new shoes, pants, or tights. If you are purchasing new, please buy the specific styles listed below. Proper leotard color and styles are required for participation in class by the third class of enrollment.
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We recommend June’s Dance wear Dancers Closet (address & phone below) for dance attire and accessories. IF YOU do not purchase from Family Dream Center.
1921 E. Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010
4742 Little Rd. Arlington, TX 76017
Ballet- required to have proper color (ballet pink or black-see age for colors) leotard and tights
Combo Pre-Ballet and Tap and tumble (ages 2-3, 3-4, 5-6)
● Any light pink leotard. Skirt must be able to come off and not attached to the leotard.
● Pink skirt that can pull off (optional)
● Ballet pink convertible tight (foot can come out of the tight to be barefoot)
● Ballet pink leather full sole ballet shoe: DO NOT BUY FROM PAYLESS
● Patent Black tap shoes (Tap Class)
● If the student is taking jazz, black slip on jazz shoe and black dance shorts (shorts optional and shoes are required)
6-8Y classes (if student is in a 5-6 yr class they wear pink)
● Any black leotard
● Convertible ballet pink tight or tan tight
● Ballet pink leather full sole ballet shoe
Int/Adv (includes dance company)
● Any black leotard
● Convertible ballet pink tight or tan tight
● Any canvas split sole ballet slipper color: ballet pink
Jazz, Contemporary, lyrical, tap, and leaps and turns-
Any fitted dancewear is appropriate for classes listed above if the student is not taking a combo class. If the student is in a combo class of any level or coming from or to ballet, kids need to layer if they want to change. They will not have time to take their tights and leotards off from or to ballet. All combo classes will have either pink (2-3,4-4,4-5,5-6Y) or black leotard (6Y-up), pink or tan tights, skirt or black dance shorts for the duration of their combo class.
Jazz shoes (all levels and ages)
· Black slip on jazz shoes
Lyrical/ Contemporary shoes
· Nude open toe turner half sole shoe
· Black patent shoes for any combo class of any level
· Int/Adv level black lace up tap shoes
Hip- Hop: (All levels, boys and girls)
● Any top (if loose for girls please layer with another fitted shirt or bra top)
● Hip-hop pants (any style or color) or leggings (no shorts)
● Black Hip Hop Boot
Boys- Converse low top: black & white, or any type of CLEAN dance sneakers
Acro- Tumble:(All levels, boys & girls)
Fitted shorts or leggings, fitted tank or bra top or leotard, and Barefoot
Dance Company Members/Hip Hop Crew will be given any additional information from director. They will be required to have black jazz shorts, black leggings, black leotard, both nude and ballet pink tights. Jazz shoes (color if nude or black will be determined once costume is picked out), nude open toe turners (if student is in lyrical or contemporary), canvas or leather ballet shoes (based on level), tap shoes if taking tap, and black hip-hop boots if competing in hip-hop.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DANCE/MOVEMENT CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
Because of the excellent developmental benefits for children of a young age, Family Dream Center is enthusiastic about offering dance to these littlest members of the community. There are multiple benefits of dance and movement even in the earliest years of life.
Dance and movement enhances problem-solving skills, channels energy, stimulates imagination, develops physical skills, and provides a joyful way to interact with others while listening to music. Regardless of age, special needs, or developmental stage, children in a dance/movement class enjoy themselves and profit from the exercise at the same time.
More specifically, dance/movement is advantageous to children in the following ways:
All senses are engaged when children explore different aspects of movement. The kinesthetic sense increases as children literally feel the shapes and actions that their bodies are making. Auditory sense is stimulated as children respond to sounds they make or hear; also, visual and tactile senses are provoked as children respond to images they see and create and as they run with bare feet, perform floor movements, or swirl a scarf.
During the ages of two and seven, locomotor (creeping, walking, jumping, leaping), nonlocomotor (stretching, bending, twisting, shaking ), and stability and balance skills are enhanced in a dance/movement class. Children naturally respond to sounds with motion, whether it’s swaying, rocking, clapping, or kicking the feet. In fact, movement is one of their first forms of communication. It is very important to develop for each child that innate creativity in movement.
Children must learn what it feels like to concentrate. Focusing in the dance classroom is a first step toward concentration in other activities where it is even more difficult to exercise self-control. Concentration is essential in creating an environment for learning.
Children with special needs can experience the joy of learning as part of a group. As well, they can participate at their own level and ability. Physically challenged children can explore body parts or keep a beat by blinking their eyes. Also, special props are used to get children to respond in their own unique way.
Creative movement encourages an interactive environment where children share space as they explore movement together. Children learn to recognize and appreciate the uniqueness of others and cooperate within a social structure. They get an opportunity to express their own personal feelings and move their own way, gradually learning to observe different responses to various movement ideas.
Health and Fitness
Researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the low level of movement in children and have observed that children are being socialized to prefer less activity. In order to be agile and coordinated, children must have plenty of opportunities for locomotor activity.
Children need to move to relieve tension. In dance/movement classes, children learn what kind of movement is appropriate for different situations, and they gain more experience in concentrating. When to move freely and when to move carefully become a part of their daily routine.
Both sides of the brain must be developed during the critical learning periods in early childhood because of the cross referencing that occurs. For example, the right hemisphere of the brain functions through activities such as music, art, and creativity while the left hemisphere organizes sequential and logical skills, such as language and speech. When children engage in creative movement, they increase their memory and ability to communicate. Also, researchers today recognize that when children sing or play music, they become better readers, thinkers, and learners.
Self-Esteem and Respect
As children’s contributions are valued, self-esteem is strengthened, and as they learn more and develop new skills, their level of self-esteem climbs even higher. Self-esteem is, in fact, the end result of a program that incorporates creative movement into the curriculum. Another important benefit to dance/movement classes is helping children to respect others’ working space and to respect differences in the people with whom they come into contact.
The first type of control that children learn is mastery over their own bodies, an essential part of developing internal control and self-discipline. When, for example, children feel angry or excited, they feel that emotion in their entire being; thus, body awareness helps children become aware of their own feelings. Body awareness also helps in the development of spatial orientation and motor skills. Sometimes children may not sense the space of their own bodies; therefore, they misjudge distances or bump into things, or they have difficulty with motor skills. Activities to correct these challenges include coordination, motor fitness, strength, endurance, flexibility, and rhythmic activities.
At DREAM Conservatory, we believe that dance is an art form that should be available for all children. Our special needs Dance Movement class is a class designed specifically to improve gross and fine motor skills, range of motion, flexibility, and coordination in children with special needs. This is a fun- loving environment created to meet the individual needs of each child. Exposure to the fine arts for children with special needs is a wonderful, creative outlet for the child while also developing skills for following instructions and practicing socialization.
A few activities your child will work on in Dance Movement:
- basic stretching
- muscle control by learning turn out positions of the feet and arms
- basic movement isolations such as movement of shoulders and ribcage isolations
- basic choreography customized to individual children's abilities
- listening and following instructions
- fun and creative dance movement games
Dance Movement offers two different 30 minute classes for various ages, K-6th and 7th-12th. Please check the DREAM Conservatory Schedule to see the days & times of each class.
DREAM Conservatory Q & A:
How early can my child begin dance lessons?
Children can begin dancing as early as two years of age when they have the motor skills to participate. Some children are more physical, and some are more verbal at a young age. DREAM Conservatory does offer a Mommy & Me dance class for 18-36 months if you feel your little one is not quite ready to dance without you. Ballet, Tap, and Tumble are offered for our toddlers and pre-schoolers. Posture, turn-out, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, and musicality are all benefits of growth for your little dancer.
What benefits will my child gain from taking dance lessons?
With proper training your child will develop agility, grace, and proper body alignment. Flexibility, coordination, and appreciation for the performing arts will be developed as well. The class structure teaches children discipline, self-control, and team-building skills. Self-confidence and self-expression are developed through the beauty of dance.
Should my son take dance lessons?
Absolutely yes! It is just as important for boys to have exposure to the performing arts and learn rhythm, timing, classroom etiquette, and coordination. Dance increases strength and flexibility that will help improve all future sports activities.
Why is taking ballet above other styles so important?
Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. In ballet, your child will understand technique, placement, and muscle control that is fundamentally necessary to properly execute all techniques and styles of dance. Ballet was born in the 18th century and has continued to evolve over the years as world- renowned entertainment. Ballet is in the French language, and by learning the proper terminology, execution will become easier and have more meaning. Dance is an art form that connects the mind and body and requires hours of practice to perfect it.
When will my child begin Ballet pointe training?
If children develop a strong ballet technique, their feet and muscles are strong and properly developed. A child can begin pointe work around the age of 11. Starting pointe prematurely can be very dangerous and can cause lifelong disabilities.
Why do kids need to take Ballet if they want to do Jazz Class?
Proper Jazz technique stems from technique that is gained from ballet. Jazz is an exciting and fun, so many dancers are eager to take it. However, without proper Ballet fundamentals, a young dancer will not be able to execute the movement of jazz properly.
What is Hip-Hop?
Hip-Hop is a style of Jazz dance that incorporates break dancing, popping, locking, and urban funk. Hip-Hop first appeared in the early 1960s and has proven its style through time as Hip-Hop music and dance have taken on many new forms since the 1990s. Hip-Hop is a fun break from the turn-out and technique for the trained dancer, and it's fun for the dancer with very little or no formal training.