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The Dance Discovery Curriculum
At Dance Discovery the creative spirits of young children are nourished, allowing them to discover the wonders of movement. The balanced curriculum aims to provide for both technical excellence and individual creative expression in each area of study.
Our Preschool STORYTIME DANCE (ages 3-5) curriculum was designed by our child-development specialist and is based on current human development research. Just as ballet tells a story in the theatre, each class takes students through proper execution of ballet, tap, creative movement, and jazz techniques by using a story to tie the entire hour together. This keeps students engaged longer while they relish in the joy of movement. Dance education and technique is accelerated through our specialized curriculum.
Dance Expression (ages 2-3) classes are multi-sensory, incorporating creative movement skills along with stretching exercises & gross motor movements. Students explore rhythm through marching, galloping, and leaping. Instruments, streamers, bean bags and other props are used throughout the class to engage tactile toddlers.
Recitals are held at the end of each year for students ages 3 & up. Students wear full costumes and perform on a stage that is the perfect size for young dancers. Dance is a performance art and we believe that our theatre recital is one of the best experiences we offer the children for building self esteem.
Parent Observations are held throughout the year. We invite parents to observe and participate in their child’s dance class on multiple scheduled dates. Weekly class notes are also sent home by the dance instructor to give parents feedback on how their child is performing in class and what they enjoy most every week.
College Trained Professional Instructors
Our instructors are professional dancers that have years of experience with young children and they love them! They also hold a college degree (or are currently working towards a degree) in dance, theatre, education or a related field of study. College degreed instructors will add a professional dimension to your child’s dance education. Dance Discovery’s skilled instructors are trained in our developmentally appropriate curriculum which provides the knowledge of child development at each stage of growth. By meeting students where they are, the instructors are able to break down skills in a step by step progression that can be easily mastered by each student. Dance Discovery features instructors certified in our unique curriculum which keeps students actively involved and highly motivated throughout each class.
FBI fingerprinting & background checks are on file for all of our instructors as well as CPR and First Aid training.
Reduce Your Workload
We can offer all of your enrichment needs so that you only have one enrichment company to work with each month, or we are happy to work alongside other programs if you like.
Payment Plans & School Fundraising
Meet with our director to choose your payment plans for the programs you choose to offer at your school. We will take enrollment for our classes and your school will be paid a monthly fee by us so that you can raise funds for your school while offering enrichment classes to your customers.
We own professional studios in Allandale (Burnet Rd. & Anderson Ln.), and Avery Ranch so your students can continue with their arts education throughout elementary, middle school and high school with our curriculum.
Home Grown in Austin
Michelle Denny has owned and operated Dance Discovery of Austin since the year 2000. She also owns Avery Ranch Dance & Music. Michelle holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and is certified by the State of Texas to teach Preschool through 6th grade. She has 25 years of experience teaching dance, gymnastics, theatre, and music to children in over 100 schools and childcare centers in Texas. Being an educator herself, she knows how to meet the needs of your school and she trains her teachers in developmentally appropriate practice. The STORYTIME DANCE curriculum was designed by Michelle and is only used by Dance Discovery and ARDM. Michelle and her staff would love to share this unique curriculum with you! They will give you the personal service you and your parents deserve. Dance Discovery has been voted #1 Place to Learn Dance in Austin by Austin Family Magazine readers for six years.
Contact the Director
Karina Lucio 512-419-7611