143 Maverick Street, Rockland, Maine 04841 207-542-3556
Your child will leap and learn with delight in our exceptional dance programs! These classes are upbeat, wonder-seeking and self-empowering. Your little dancer will have FUN jumping, hopping, galloping and pretending, The core of these classes is gross motor skill development and coordination. While the focus is placed on early physical and social development, incorporated are social skills such as taking turns and learning to cooperate in a group setting. Correct French terminology is introduced and encouraged.
A wide variety of props are used to encourage creativeness. Scarves, maracas, Wands, crowns, costumes, tambourines, ribbons, and much more are used during the course of this program. Musical awareness, rhythm and movement are taught through dancing and make believe.
Rockland School of Ballet is proud to be a licensed studio for the Leap 'N Learn™ Dance Program, both world-renowned early childhood dance curriculum.
Written by Beverly F. Spell with applied expertise from child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell, Ph.D., the educational Leap 'N Learn program builds a strong foundation in dance with a focus on pre-ballet and creative movement concepts while also teaching important life skills.
What makes Leap 'N Learn stand out from other dance programs is a deep understanding of the progression of movement and the application of proven early childhood development methods throughout the curriculum. Students only work on exercises for which they are physically and mentally ready. The age-specific class levels combined with developmentally-appropriate lesson plans create fun and encouraging environments where children excel. Designed for boys and girls between the ages of three and seven, these Leap 'N Learn dance classes aim to healthily increase each child's cognitive, motor, physical, social, and emotional development and lay a strong foundation for later development of reading, mathematics, and other academic skills as young children are exposed to the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships.
Adult Ballet Fit! Floor Stretch and Barre: This class starts with floor stretching in ballet and yoga styles, then proceeds with basic ballet at the barre. Small jumps are done in the center before ending with a traditional reverence. All abilities and ages, 18 – 100+ welcome.
Attire: Leotard, Tights, Ballet Slippers or Comfortable Workout Wear.
Please see the adult ballet schedule on the "Schedule" page.
Our Youth Dance Program is for dancers age 16 and up. In this program we build upon the previous dance programs continuing the study of serious dance technique. Dancers learn about different ballet techniques and there is a strong emphasis on terminology and body positions.
Please go to the Youth Program page for specific class information
Designed to build upon the principles and concepts taught in the Leap 'n Learn dance program, students will begin barre education and continue center floor practice and combinations suited for age and ability. Creative movement concepts continue to be taught. In addition to this, movement patterns and emphasis on correct steps and placement are taught. Our goal is to develop a disciplined dancer while developing body strength, self assurance, poise and grace.
Additional dance genres in the form of jazz, contemporary, lyrical and modern dance will be introduced.
Please go to the Junior Program page for specific class information