Early childhood is a time for dancers to be introduced to dance and music concepts primarily through the medium of play-based activities. Classes are 45-minutes long and are held weekly on 8-week cycles, allowing families the flexibility to participate as schedules allow.
Classes included in the Early Childhood Programs are Parent and Toddler Movement and Creative Dance. Parent and Toddler Movement (Ages 18 mos.-4 years) classes cover different themes in each cycle but repeat many of the same concepts. Creative Dance (Ages 4-6) classes are taught in a more progressive style and students are encouraged to enroll in consecutive cycles of 8-week classes. As students progress through each of these programs, they will be gently scaffolded away from needing caregiver support to participating in drop-off classes, trying out basic technical skills that will prepare them for further study in a multitude of dance genres.
Early Childhood classes held at the Mark Morris Dance Center starting in September 2021 will have a limited number of virtual spots available, but will otherwise be held 100% in-person. Visitors and guardians will not be permitted inside the Dance Center.