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Our Pre-Dance Department offers the finest in dance education for our youngest ballerinas. We focus on creating and nurturing a love of dance.Our classes are designed to introduce our youngest students to a structured and safe classroom environment, while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create.
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xx 2 ½ - 3 and Pre- Kindergarten 1 (3-4 Year Olds) 

For our youngest dancers we concentrate on creative movement, a joyful way for children to explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. Our classes are designed for the early development of ballet and movement. It meets providing a carefully paced sequence of exercises to develop motor skills with placement and grace in mind. Dancers learn self discipline, listening skills, coordination skills, left and right discrimination, patterns in movement, and pre-ballet.

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xx Pre-Kindergarten 2 (4-5 Year Olds) 

In this class we explore Classical Ballets in the studio, learning about a new ballet every five weeks. Dancers are introduced to the Classics like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. Through the use of music, props and narratives from the ballet, young dancers becom efamiliar with ballet terminology, choreography and musical score of the dance world’s greatest ballets.We work on your dancer’s understanding of ballet fundamentals with positions of the arms and legs, basic pre-dance steps, and improvisation.

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xx Kindergarten – (5-6 Year Olds) 

In this class we develop your dancer’s understanding of ballet fundamentals with barre work, floor routines and improvisation We introduce terminology, basic steps, barre work, and floor work. Dancers learn ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary. We continue to explore Classical Ballets where dancers learn real dances from the Big Ballets such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia.

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xx First + Second Grade 

The goal of these classes is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barreand center work.

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Ballet Makkai Youth Company & The Ballet Makkai Nutcracker

 2126 First Street, Highland Park Illinois 60035 (847) 433-1449  www.balletmakkai.com