For Girls & Boys age 18 months & over
All about our Melody Bear® Classes
Melody Movement Early learning is a unique dance curriculum which addresses the needs of children aged 18 months upwards. It is tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child, nurturing their creative development.
Loveable teddy, Melody Bear, is the focal point of the early years curriculum, and all her activities, stories, ideas and dreams can be told through dance and movement. The carefully planned learning experience of each child ensures a successful transition from one stage to the next. The Melody Bear journey ends at the Foundation Ballet level as the children wave farewell to her at their Graduation Ceremony. The creative spirit of Melody Movement continues in our Junior Ballet syllabus and Ballet Classique study programmes for older children.
Awards with Melody Bear®
At the end of each class the children are awarded with a Melody Bear sticker for their own certificate. This provides the child with a real sense of achievement. Badges, Medals and Certificates are awarded on special watching week occasions. Students can work up their level of achievement chart each term with us!
In our older ballet classes, assessments still take place and awards can still be achieved.
If you are not sure which class would be suitable for your child, then we are happy to give you advice. View our timetable on our website and please feel free to view our info pack below!
Melody Info Pack
Classes for Under 4s
Little Bear Feet with Melody Bear classes are the perfect introduction to dance and movement for little girls and boys age 18 months upwards. The joys of dancing and singing are shared by teacher, parent and toddler as together they join Melody Bear in her journey to Nursery Rhyme Land. How will she get there? Will it be by aeroplane, car or flying carpet? Who will she meet? Will it be Humpty Dumpty or Mary Mary Quite Contrary? Delightful interpretations of traditional, familiar nursery rhymes, together with new music and songs, inspire children's natural zest for dance, movement and self expression. The use of props, mime, songs and rhymes enrich and charm the budding dancers as they take their first steps into the magical world of Melody Bear.
Zapphire School of Dance run these classes at Pre-Schools and Morning Classes will be available from 2021.
Melody Movement introduces children to dance and movement using the natural actions of the body such as running, walking, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping. It is structured to aid children’s physical development, coordination, spatial awareness, sensory development, creativity and self-expression, working individually, with a partner, or as a group.
Melody Movement also introduces children to other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills. The strength of the system is that learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun. Melody Movement provides every child with the opportunity to discover and fulfil their own potential whilst nurturing creative development.
Tip Tap Toe & Groovy Moves is a combined modern and tap syllabus for pre-school children aged 2 to 4 years. The class plan is a journey on Melody Bear’s Fun Bus stopping at the Games, Number and Musical stop. The final stop is Melody Bear’s Tip Tap Toe stop for lots of fun tap dance ideas including the ‘Boogie Woogie Bend and Bounce’, ‘Magic Shoes’, ‘Disco Bears’, ‘Hawaiian Tap’, ‘Melody Bear’s Cheerleading Song’ and her ‘Line Dancing’ to name a few.
Classes for Over 5s
First Ballet with Melody Bear is the follow-on syllabus to Melody Movement, introducing simple ballet techniques within the creative and nurturing environment of Melody Bear’s world. The syllabus is recommended for children aged 4 to 5 years and in their first year of school. In addition to an exciting variety of set exercises, creativity is explored with dances based on fairy stories with Melody Bear dancing as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and the Tale of the Turnip. Additional fun themes include Melody Bear’s Octopus dance, Sleeping Ballerinas, New Shoes, Water Lilies, Friends in a House, the Magic Pool, and the ‘Surprise’ with each theme focusing on a different movement skill.
Junior Ballet syllabus teaches children the basics of ballet and dance. In addition to simple barre and imaginative centre practice ideas, the syllabus has creative themes such as: the Weeping Willow Fairy dance, the Magic Shawl dance, Phoenix from the Fire, and the Woodland Ball with the wicked witch as our uninvited guest! Children are also introduced to the music of ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and Coppélia.
Learning is fun with the Junior Ballet Award scheme. Children collect ballet vocabulary stickers in their Junior Ballet dictionary and work towards Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 badges. The vocabulary includes the French ballet terms, names of ballets and musical terms
.Ballet Classique is a fun home-study programme providing young dancers with opportunities to learn more about the world of ballet and dance, reinforce ballet vocabulary, study theatre craft and explore how art, sculpture, shape and form, nature and literature can be used as creative stimuli for dance and movement. Students can show and share their other skills such as writing, research, art and design and poetry as they complete the challenges. To celebrate students’ achievements there are a total of six Ballet Classique medals to work towards. To receive the award, students gain five Ballet Classique merit stamps by completing five study challenges in one school term.