The Joy of Dance Approach
Joy of Dance was founded to bring quality early childhood dance classes to the diverse community of Madrid. All their classes are taught in English with a primary focus on movement development while strengthening their students’ English. They pride themselves on the professionalism and care that they bring to both their customer service and to the needs of their students. Joy of Dance classes are developed with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, and creative needs of each age group. Classes integrate aspects of several early childhood educational methods such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, RIE, and what Founder/Director Joy Voelker refers to as “The Mr. Rogers Approach.” The movement material in class draw inspiration from creative movement, ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, music, improvisation, and composition using all genres of music. This is what they, at Joy of Dance, call Dance Exploration. All this purposeful learning is delivered in a package of smiles and laughter, surprises and songs. Learning happens when children are exploring and having fun!
Parent/ Toddler (2-3.5 year olds with Parents)
Their parent participation class gives curious toddlers the opportunity to discover their bodies and explore movement inspired by the world around them. Having adults participate allows young children to have the security and support they need while giving the opportunity to bond with a parent or caregiver. As they grow, their independence is nutured to allow them to blossom on their own. The class is paced to aid their little dancer’s ability to develop focus without being overwhelming. Using basic movement building blocks, the dancers explore both free improvised movement as well as dance steps from ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. This movement, inspired by everything from animals and food to modes of transportation and toys, is woven together and supported by music and tactile props, helping them to learn about much more than just dance. Students are always nurtured in a supportive manner to learn, explore, and develop skills to the best of their ability aiding them all in the future.
3-5 year old Dance Exploration
Their 3-5 year old classes integrate a balance between focus, freedom, and fun that is paramount to learning at this state of their development. The children are ready to move forward with more difficult physical coordinations, but continuing to foster their creative minds is crucial at this age. They explore improvised movement based on concepts such as levels and direction in space, and quality and shape of movement. They use simple movement building blocks to learn dance steps from genres such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. Movements are inspired and connected to everything from animals and food, to modes of transportation and toys supported by music and fun props. Students are always nurtured in a supportive manner to learn, explore, and develop skills to the best of their ability aiding them in all future endeavors dance and otherwise.
6-8 year old Dance Exploration
Their 6-8 year old class gives the students the space to acquire new dance skills while advancing their creativity as they mature into a new phase of development. Advanced Dance Exploration delves with higher specificity into different genres such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap as these dancers are ready to concentrate on differentiating dance forms. Depending on the interests of the group, each class may focus more on certain genres than others. While learning sequencing, musicality, and dynamics of the genres, their creative sides continue to be nurtured with a more advanced approach to improvisation and with the addition of exploring composition. Students are always nurtured in a supportive manner to learn, explore, and develop skills to the best of their ability aiding them in all future endeavors dance and otherwise.
The primary focus of the Joy of Dance classes is movement and cognitive skills rather than to learn English. However, the classes support and encourage the language needs of our bilingual students. Children learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar consistent with the communication needs of the class.