On the heels of our “Youth Athletics and Activities” articles, we bring yet another fun and active option. This one is located right inside of the Knightdale Station new home community and gives children a chance to improve strength, coordination, and overall confidence. Located at 405 Knightdale Station Run, this option is the highly acclaimed studio, Heathers Dance Knightdale.
Why Choose Dance? Heathers Dance Knightdale has Plenty of Reasons!
Referring to heathersdanceinc.com, they explain the many ways that taking classes with Heathers Dance Knightdale can boost the confidence and spirits of your child. Detailed in the company’s “Mission Statement,”they explain the following.
“Heathers Dance was created for young dancers with the desire to improve their strength, coordination, and grace through dance.” They continue, “This is a studio where creativity, individuality, and self-expression are encouraged.”
Later in the same statement, Heathers Dance Knightdale further explains their philosophy and how it positively affects the students. “The atmosphere at Heathers Dance is one of energy and excitement and is fully devoted to providing dancers of all ages an encouraging environment where they are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their dance education. We place special emphasis on building self-confidence.”
How Old is Too Old? And How Young is Too Young to Start my Dancing Journey?
Many kids or parents may wonder “what ages is too early or late to start” when deciding on dance. At Heathers Dance Knightdale, that choice is really up to you and your child. They offer classes for as young as 3 year olds, all the way up to 12th graders.
The classes are broken into respective age groups as necessary. However, outside of a few classes aimed specifically to the 3-5 year olds, most are open for all ages.
Heathers Dance Inc. Knightdale: The “Princess Academy,” More for the “Young-Ins,” and For All Ages
The array of classes available at Heathers Dance Knightdale are almost all comprehendable and offered to all ages other than a few. These would be for the younger dancers (age 3-5) and is called the “The Princess Academy.”
Both the “Princess Academy,” and the other 3-5 year old exclusive class are explained in detail at the company website. These give an explanation of the class and what the youngsters will take away from each. Below are the official age groups, and specific class descriptions quoted directly from heathersdanceinc.com.
Princess Academy (3-5 year olds)
The Princess Academy is a program for young dancers. This program engages dancers to learn appropriate terminology in a fun and creative way. Princess Academy classes include “Tutu Cuties” (ages 3-4) and “Fairytale Dance” (ages 4-5).
Dancers will receive an introduction to beginning ballet and tap movement. Likewise, students will develop basic fundamental skills, dance terminology, creative movement, and gain flexibility.
Princess Academy classes are a great way for dancers to try multiple styles while meeting new friends and having fun. A graduation ceremony and personalized certificate will conclude this season.
Tumble and Twirl (3-5 year olds)
Your dancer will learn tumbling skills on a mat in a safe, structured environment. This class will help your dancer increase strength and flexibility while working on their motor skills from a different perspective!
Ballet Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)
As the foundation of all dance, Ballet emphasizes precision, balance and strong technique. Ballet helps to develop poise, grace, proper alignment and posture, technique, control, and flexibility. Ballet class will include stretching, barre work, class etiquette, ballet technique and ballet choreography.
Tap Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)
Tap is an American dance form. The focus of this dance is energetic rhythm, musicality and strength. This form of dance helps develop coordination in the ankles and feet. Our Tap Classes incorporate “Broadway” and “Rhythm” style tap dancing.
Jazz Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)
We provide our students with all different forms of jazz. These classes are popular with all ages. Jazz focuses on isolations, flexibility, rhythm, leaps, and turns. Emphasis will focus on proper technique, alignment, and posture. Jazz students benefit from the knowledge of ballet, and we strongly encourage our students to incorporate ballet into their dance schedule.
Lyrical/Contemporary (Grade 2-Grade 12)
Lyrical/Contemporary is a form of dance that gives students the opportunity for self-expression, while finding a connection to music and choreography. The dancer will explore movement, space, rhythm, and creativity. Dancers will grow their technique as well using their creativity.
Hip-Hop (Grade 3- Grade 12)
Hip-Hop is an upbeat and high-energy class. We encourage beginners and dancers with experience to join! The studio will choose age appropriate music selections for each level. It is a very energetic form of dance that can be choreographed or improvised.
Tumbling (Ages 4 and up)
Tumbling is comprehensive gymnastics training from beginners to advanced, in all aspects of floor tumbling. This includes cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers, handsprings, intricate passes, aerials, and much more. Tumbling classes are great for improving motor skills, flexibility, strength, fitness, and self-esteem.
Progressive Program (Grade 4 and Up)
At Heather’s Dance we strive to nurture and cultivate the next generations’ artist through dance of all genres. The Progressive Program is an invitation only program for those dancers who show desire, ability and commitment and passion in their dance practice. Progressive Program classes meet multiple times a week, require year around training, and our instructors do evaluations are several times a year. This program includes all different styles of dance.
Share in Our Vision and Our Purpose
The Heather’s website also explains the importance of their vision. Not only the importance it carries to them, but alos to you and your child once becoming a part of the Heathers Dance,Inc. Knightdale family.
“It is important to us at Heathers Dance that all members of our team members share our vision, our purpose and beliefs that encompasses everything we do both in and outside of our classes.”
It continues to say the following. “Mrs. Heather shares her visions with our instructors, and our office staff members at our studio and it is the driving force behind every interaction with our students and their families.”
They conclude, “We care and love each one of our dancers. We value and appreciate each one of our dancers and their families.”