Mini Program

MINI PROGRAM (ages 18 months through 6)

The Mini Program, for ages 18 months through 6, is directed by Owner, Annie Warf. Annie’s 24 years of teaching children brings a joy and love of the performing arts to the classroom where children find themselves immediately transfixed and engaged by the world Annie creates.

In the classroom you will see students learning the technical names and proper execution of all dance styles in a way that is safe for small feet and bodies. The use of props, stories, instruments and imaginative play help provide children the tools needed to progress in ballet, tap, jazz, music and acting.

Annie believes that a child’s first experience in the performing arts should be one of joy and love as well as a place where confidence, skill and creativity come together.


BALLET

Ballet in our Mini Program starts with Twirling Twos, then Storybook Ballet, Ballet I and finishing the mini program with Ballet II. All students will learn the fundamentals of ballet and learn how to improve their skills as they progress through the program.

  • Une Ballerina/Un Danseur
  • Parallel feet/Turned out legs (turn out is not introduced in Twirling Twos)
  • 5 positions of feet and arms
  • Placement & Directions
    • Devant – in front
    • Derrière – behind
    • À la Seconde – to the second position or side
    • En Avant – travel forwards
    • En Arrière – travel backwards
    • De Coté – travel sideways
  • Plié – to bend
  • Tendu – to stretch (pointed foot with straight leg)
  • Chaissé – to chase (gallop)
  • Battement – beating (big kicks)
  • Jeté – throwing step (leaping from one foot to the other)
  • Sautée – jump (a jump on both feet)
  • Échappé – to escape (a jump form first position to second position)
  • Relevé – to rise (balance on balls of feet)
  • Retiré – withdrawn (a balance on one leg with the toe touching the standing knee)
  • Arabesque – named from a Moorish ornament (a balance on one leg with the other leg stretched straight behind the dancer)
  • Piqué – pricked (to step directly onto the ball of the foot)
  • Fondu – sinking or melting (bend one leg)
  • Chaînés – chain or link (series of turns in a straight line or circle)
  • Spotting – looking at an object while turning
  • Rond de Jambe – round of the leg (drawing a half circle with a pointed foot around standing leg)
  • Pas de Chat – step of the cat (a sideways jump where the feet go up to retiré)
  • Frappé – to strike (foot quickly goes from flexed to pointed by pushing against the floor)
  • Pirouette – to spin (turn on one leg)

TAP

Students can start Ballet/Tap at age 3 or Tap I at age 4. Instruments, stories, props and upbeat music are used to teach the fundamentals of tap. Students will learn to improve sound quality, speed and musicality and they progress through the program.

  • Dig – tap the edge of the heel on the floor
  • Toe walks – walking on the balls of the feet making a sound for each step
  • Toe tap – keeping heel on floor and tap the toe
  • Heel toe walk – articulating from heel to toe drop
  • Toe heel walk – articulating from toe to heel drop
  • Front brush – striking the toe tap forward
  • Spank or back brush – striking the toe tap backward
  • Shuffle – front brush and then a spank or back brush
  • Shuffle stomp – shuffle then stomp the foot
  • Paradiddle – dig, spank, toe, heel drop
  • Irish – Shuffle, hop on one leg, stomp shuffling foot
  • 4-sounded cramproll – toe, toe, heel drop, heel drop
  • Flaps – front brush, step (travels forward)
  • 5-sounded cramproll – front brush, then add a 4-sounded cramproll
  • 6-sounded cramproll – shuffle, then add a 4-sounded cramproll
  • Flap heel – flap then a heel drop
  • Ball change – rocking step from the ball of the foot to a flat foot
  • Triplet – shuffle then jump to other foot
  • Whole note, half note, quarter note, sixteenth note

Jazz

In Jazz Dance, students will take the concepts of movement and add basic technique in parallel to create a fun, upbeat, expressive dance style. Students can start with Jazz Dance Fun or Broadway Bound to learn the basics of Jazz Dance.

  • Brain Dance Patterns – Breath, tactile, core-distal, head-tail, upper-lower, body side, cross lateral, vestibular
  • Body isolations
  • Staying in a line
  • Slow/fast
  • High/Middle/Low
  • Big/Little
  • Close/far
  • Forward/Backward/Sideways
  • General space/Self space
  • Soft/sharp
  • Heavy/light
  • Pathways – straight, zigzag, curvy, circular
  • Off balance/On balance
  • Tendu
  • Plié in 1st and 2nd position – to bend
  • Battement – beating (big kicks)
  • Jeté – throwing step (leaping from one foot to the other)
  • Chaînés – chain or link (series of turns in a straight line or circle)

Theatre

In our Theatre program we open up the world of storytelling using imaginative play, song and dance. Children gain confidence and a understanding of live theatre. Begin acting in Fairytale Theatre or sing, dance and act in Broadway Bound.

  • Action stories – telling stories as the children act out the story
  • Creating worlds and spaces with simple props and costumes
  • Guess Who I am – act out an animal, insect, person
  • Pretend/Social play – dramatic play without instruction
  • Mirror – copy teacher’s or another student’s movement
  • Not Anymore – taking a simple prop and creating new uses for it
  • Museum – moving when the “guard” isn’t looking, becoming a statue when the “guard” is looking
  • Quiet Story – acting out an activity without talking while others guess
  • Parts of a stage
    • Center stage
    • Center stage right
    • Center stage left
    • Downstage (closest to the audience)
    • Downstage center
    • Downstage right
    • Downstage left
    • Upstage (furthest from the audience)
    • Upstage center
    • Upstage right
    • Upstage left
    • Stage left
    • Stage right
    • Back stage
    • Wings
    • Audience