It is a challenge for creative teachers to keep the ballet and other choreographic movements within the abilities of young dancers! It is worth your time and effort to do so. The end result will be better dancers in your older classes!*
My director, mentor and one of the most influential people in my life, Robyn Hartley, gave me some wonderful advice about six months ago. She said, “Get comfortable teaching the little ones. Most people don’t enjoy teaching that young and are not good at it; therefore, there is more of a demand for teachers of young dancers.”
Life, as I knew it, would never be the same.
Since that time of my life, I decided to make it my goal to learn all that I can, study as much as I can, take as much instruction as possible and become the best teacher of littles that I can be. Not long after, Ruth Brinkerhoff’s “Ballet Arts for Young Children” became my most cherished resource for equipping myself to teach the young child from 3 all the way up to age 15. Each level is packed with wonderful information that has allowed me to provide excellence in classical ballet training to my students. This year, more than any previous year teaching, I truly feel like I am offering the best of myself in each class.
That’s why I am releasing this ballet curriculum to all of you! To be able to have it at your fingertips will hopefully impact your life and your teaching as it has mine. Ruth says it best in her “Ballet Arts for Young Children: Level 3” book:
Ballet Arts for Young Children is a carefully pre-planned ballet course based on fundamental movement experiences, adding Classical Direction as the children can handle it . . . [each] class should have a feeling of fun, a touch of humor, and a feeling of responding to the music.*