Dance Technique for children on the autistic spectrum
CLASS DESCRIPTION (Age 7–9)
Classes begin with a warm-up for the brain and body using cross lateral movements, level changes and patterns. The warm-up remains the same for each class, so students improve and make new connections through repetition. Participants then sit together in a circle to engage in dance games that focus on cognition, multi-tasking, verbal and math skills, and social cues. The class then transitions to larger movements across the floor that increase coordination, ability to follow directions, focus and creativity — all while having fun! Together, we will explore the use of imagination, abstract thinking and directional/ oppositional words through movement.
Students learn the basic elements of dance technique, including alignment, musicality and rhythm. Classes help improve memory and cognition, problem solving, acceptance of others, sensory and spatial awareness, balance, control and coordination, sense of purpose, and self-esteem.