Teacher Testimonials

Teacher Testimonials

“This is an innovative and refreshing approach to teaching 3-year-olds. I would and have recommended this to student teachers or those commencing their student to teacher qualifications. At student level, though possibly quite competent at passing on dance choreography or running a class for their own level or slightly younger, many are not used to working with this young age group and find them difficult. Also they often don’t have the basic music knowledge to make the ideas fit to the music or knowledge of child psychology to reach such young children. They also find it difficult to bring themselves down to the child’s level.

I find that, in this curriculum, everything is covered from simple, but interesting ideas which are immediately appealing to this age group, through to the ‘how to’ stage and the final little dances. Also very important is the correct structuring for the younger dancer, which is often the biggest gap in a young teacher’s knowledge. He or she has perhaps a university qualification, rather than one from an official dance organisation, which does provide a structured training and offers a recognised syllabus to teach, whereas a university doesn’t offer this.

But these syllabi, though brilliant and full of teaching material, don’t include the things in this curriculum such as 1) How to, 2) What to, and 3) What do I do if they misbehave or don’t listen?

This is brilliant and will look further at the next levels to see how they follow through.

Well done, Ruth, for producing a much needed teaching tool!”

Inger from New Zealand, Fellow and Examiner of the International Dance Teachers Association, Fellow of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and Recognised Teacher of the Royal Academy Dance on the Level 1 Curriculum Book

“I am really impressed with the Level 3 Curriculum Book. As an instructor that has mainly worked with older dancers, I was looking for an easy to follow and age appropriate guide for younger students. This will definitely come in handy when I sub younger levels. I would highly recommend this series.”

Tricia from Clinton, OH on the Level 3 Curriculum Book

“The website was really easy to follow and the order came through quickly for me to download. The activities are varied and suitable for the age group (3-4 yrs) and offers lots of activities that I can use in my classes alongside what I already do, saving me planning time which, as a teacher, is very important. As a new school, I am still finding my feet with what students enjoy and the skills they need to build, I have been able to implement the ballet curriculum into my mini dancers class. My students really liked the activity that involved them using each different part of their body. I would recommend the syllabus for teachers looking for inspiration and new activities to incorporate into their pre-school dance classes.”

Sarah-Jayne from Manchester, UK on the Level 1 Curriculum Book

“This curriculum has been a great find! I have been searching for a solid way of teaching the preschool – 7 year old range for a number of years that is compatible with the Cecchetti Exam syllabus I follow. This is it. It perfectly prepares the students for CSC Cecchetti Primary exam work and follows several principles I strongly believe in. It is about creating the basic foundations needed for ballet, fostering a love of dance and music, as well as, a creative exploration of movement. The book leads you through the work and explains it for both a new teacher starting out, as well as, helping remind more experienced teachers of things they might have forgotten ;). Although it follows the RAD arms, it is easy to adapt to whatever method you instruct, allowing you to fully integrate the curriculum into your studio.”

Shannon from Vancouver, Canada on the Level 3 Curriculum Book

“As teachers, we so often teach the same material (year after year), and it’s easy to fall into the habit of saying the same thing over and over. This is a new way to make a connection with our students, and breath life into basic exercises. I also love [the] check lists of “Are they Ready?” for the next level. A really great way to determine readiness for the next level. Since I work with many different age groups, I also think [the] “Characteristics of Age Levels” was spot on. Overall, I thought this was an excellent curriculum book for Young Children (Level 3). The exercises were targeted to the children’s abilities, and it was very easy to understand as well as apply. This curriculum really is very easy to adapt with other curriculums (especially the RAD graded levels). I did not experience any setbacks with the program. Thanks for sharing [this] wonderful program.”

Diana from San Diego, CA on the Level 3 Curriculum Book

“Ballet Arts for Young Children books are a great resource for any teacher working with young children. The book provides an overview of physical, social, and emotional abilities and needs of children ages 3-4 giving teachers helpful tips on teaching and managing this particular age group. Dance teachers will also find very helpful a suggested curriculum and lesson plans provided in this book that give students a structured learning experience, and can be a tool to track students’ progress. All activities included in the curriculum are age-appropriate and will benefit the overall development of young children. I highly recommend purchasing this book with accompanying music CD.”

Svetlana, a former dancer at the Kirov ballet from Marlton, NJ on the Level 1 Curriculum Book

“I found the Level 2 Curriculum Book to be very informative. It’s a great resource for teachers new to teaching this age group. I also found some new ideas and ways to present old ideas to add to my classes.”

Sara from Pilesgrove, NJ on the Level 2 Curriculum Book