Dance to Learn® the Whole-Child Dance Education Method. We believe in a conceptualized thematic approach to dance education with 8 core Principles within our Methodology. Our research based Curriculum ensures we develop the Exceptional Child through developmentally appropriate teaching strategies.

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Dance to Learn®
Whole Child Dance Curriculum

Whole Child Dance Education helps children connect their dance education to real-world experiences for maximum learning and retention. 

What We Offer

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Lesson Plans

Conceptualized Thematic Lesson Plans following the Whole Child Dance Education Method

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Curriculum

Our Dance Educator Memberships give you access to our complete library of resources

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Master Classes

Continued Dance Education Courses for Dance Teachers and Studio Owners

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Certification

Coming Soon! 

Check back to become a Certified Dance to Learn® Educator

Our Why

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Dance for the Curious Child - Developmentally appropriate Dance Education

Hello Dance Teacher Friends! 

Welcome to Dance to Learn® My name is Jessica Strong, I am the Creative Director and Owner and I am so excited that you are here! My passion in life is Dance Education! I love sharing the knowledge I've learned over the last 20 years as a retired ballerina, dance teacher and studio owner! Dance to Learn® has been the primary curriculum for my in-school dance program, Dance Exploration for 12 years. As a mobile dance teacher with schools as my primary clients, my goal was to create a curriculum that was EDUCATIONAL first. I knew that I wanted my curriculum to stand out. Recreational dance programs can be found in dance studios across America. Therefore I knew I wanted something different and unique designed and rooted in education and focused on what my students were learning in school. Second, I wanted my curriculum to be ENGAGING. I wanted to create a multi-sensory educational dance curriculum that captivated the whole child by providing multiple sensory opportunities designed for all 4 primary learning types. Lastly I wanted a curriculum that was ENRICHING and involved parents and caregivers outside of the studio to encourage continued learning at home.  

The Principles of the
Whole Child Dance Education

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Conceptualized Thematic Curriculum

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The Whole Child Approach to Dance Education teaches conceptual dance elements through the use of themes and kid-friendly imagery. 

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Sensory
Enriched

 

Dance Curriculum focused on the Whole Child should provide multi-sensory experiences to captivate learner's of multiple learning types and styles. 

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Emotionally
Engaging

 

Dance as an art form can be used to create feelings and emotions both as an observer and performer. Whole Child Dance Education builds emotional pathways to connect the art to our dancer's own experiences.

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Community Centered
 

As much as dance can be emotionally stimulating, it is also a social activity. Whole Child Dance Education is Community Centered and helps dancers build meaningful relationships through dance exploration.  

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Developmentally Appropriate

A Whole Child Dance Education is Developmentally Appropriate and focused on the child's Cognitive, Social, Emotional, Creative and Physical learning milestones.

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Creative Exploration

A Whole Child Dance Education allows students the opportunity to create without being led or influenced by a dance instructor. Opportunities for Creative Exploration are imperative to engagement and retention.

Systemized
Classroom Routines

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Dance Classes should follow a Systemized Classroom Routine to promote safety, security and a clear guideline of expectations. Routines help ease anxiety in the classroom as children know what to expect and creates smoother transitions. 

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Family
Engagement

A Whole Child Dance Education requires learning outside of the classroom. A strong Family Engagement program that encourages at home opportunities for exploration improves retention of knowledge, improved performance, and increased longevity. 

Benefits of a
Whole Child Dance Education

What's Included? 

A Membership provides you access to our research and evidence based Whole-Child Lesson Plans, Digital Downloads, Monthly Continued Dance Education Courses, the Dance to Learn® Community...and access to a dance industry leader at your finger tips! 

Explore the Features

Done-for-You Lesson Plans

Dance to Learn® Lesson Plans follow the Whole Child approach to Dance Education. Each lesson plan includes: 

Meet Jessica!

Hello Dance Teacher Friends! After 30 years in the dance industry, I have created the Whole-Child Approach to Dance Education to provide dance teachers and studio owners with a Preschool Dance Curriculum that has been rooted in research and grounded with evidentiary success. 

As I worked as a performing professional ballerina, I also managed and grew Colorado's premiere in-school Dance Program: Dance Exploration. I created the Dance to Learn® Curriculum for children in-school settings. The Curriculum has been developed with the child in mind - and focused on how children learn, both in and out of the classroom. 

The Dance to Learn® Curriculum has been shared with thousands of children in schools, dance studios, recreation centers and homes for 15 years. The Whole-Child Approach to Dance Education is trusted with Educators, Parents and Dance Industry Professionals nationwide. 

I can't wait for you to join our Community! 

My Promise to you and your Students

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Focused on the Child

The Curriculum & Resources available in your membership are focused with the whole-child in mind and promises to be educational, engaging, enriching & essential. 

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Develops with you and your Studio

New Curriculum and Resources are added frequently, allowing your preschool dance program to grow and serve more families following the Whole-Child Approach to Dance Education.

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Based on Research & Evidence

The Dance to Learn® Curriculum is rooted in research and our Principles of Whole-Child Dance Education grounded in evidence.

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Easily Accessible

The Membership allows you access to Dance Industry Leader Jessica Strong through the Dance to Learn® Community, discussion boards within the Curriculum pages, and monthly Zoom Calls. 

Annual Membership

$602/Year
Save 15% or $106/yr

The Dance to Learn® Membership gives members our entire library of Whole Child Dance Curriculum Resources. 

Access to Dance to Learn® Lesson Plans in the following styles: 

  • Creative Dance

  • Ballet

  • Hip Hop

  • Tap

Dance to Learn® Community

Monthly Continued Dance Education Course

20% Member Discount Code 

Welcome Gift with Purchase 

Monthly Membership

$59/Month

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The Dance to Learn® Membership gives members our entire library of Whole Child Dance Curriculum Resources. 

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Access to Dance to Learn® Lesson Plans in the following styles: 

  • Creative Dance

  • Ballet

  • Hip Hop

  • Tap

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Dance to Learn® Community

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Monthly Continued Dance Education Course

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20% Member Discount Code 

Welcome Gift with Purchase 

Simple Monthly or Annual Memberships

...you control how and when you pay!

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"Big Thank You!"

My Students LOVE this, even the older students. Super creative, different and fun. Big Thank You! 

Alyssia F

"Inspiring"

I've been following your work for quite some time and I really appreciate the creativity you put into it. Thank you for the inspiration.

Zeynep M

"Remarkable"

Firstly, I think all that you share is remarkable and so so generous and incredible. You are wonderful at all that you do and it's such a gift that you share your knowledge with us all. 

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Explore the Curriculum

Dance to Learn® Creative Dance

The Dance to Learn® Creative Dance Program is ideal for boys and girls ages 3-5. The program follows the 8 Principles of the Whole-Child Approach to Dance Education. Each Conceptualized-Thematic lesson plan introduces a dance concept or principle using kid-friendly themes, props and music! Dance to Learn® Creative Dance classes are multi-sensory and designed with the whole child in-mind. The Dance to Learn® Creative Dance Program follow 4 Pillars to ensure each class is Educational, Engaging, Enriching & Essential to build a solid foundation for future dance studies.

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and growing...
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Access to a Dance Industry Leader!

Get direct access to Jessica with monthly zoom calls, community discussions, and directly through the Curriculum  Course Pages!

...your questions answered!

How Many Lesson Plans are Included in the Dance to Learn® Membership? A: The Dance to Learn® Membership provides a library of over 60 Lesson Plans with new resources added frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions

What styles of Dance are Included in the Dance to Learn® Membership? A: The Dance to Learn® Membership includes lesson plans and resources for Creative Dance, Preschool Ballet, Preschool Hip Hop and Preschool Tap by Dance Dance Hooray!

How many teachers can acess the materials in the Dance to Learn® Membership? A: The Dance to Learn® Membership provides access to 1 Dance Educator (single user license). If you would like additional dance teachers to access the resources, please email info@dancetolearn.co

Can you use the Dance to Learn® Membership with other Curriculums? A: YES! You can use the Dance to Learn® Curriculum with any other Preschool Dance Curriculum for a full well-rounded dance experience for your students.

Is the Dance to Learn® Membership a license? A: No - the Dance to Learn® Membership is not a license to use our name, logos or trademarks. You receive access to our Whole-Child Dance Education lesson plans which you can teach within your dance studio, classroom, or community center.

Does the Dance to Learn® Membership provide me with a Teaching Certification? A: No - The Dance to Learn® Membership is not a certificate in dance education. You receive access to our library of Whole-Child Dance Education lesson plans that can be taught by you in your dance studio, classroom or community center.

How long is Dance to Learn® Membership? A: The Dance to Learn® Membership can be purchased on a monthly schedule (with payment automatically renewed each month) or annually (a payment automatically renewed once a year). Members that pay annually save 15% on their membership package.

Is there a Contract? A: No - You can cancel at any time. Monthly Members who cancel, will lose access to their membership materials on their next billing cycle date. Annual Members will lose access to their membership materials on their annual renewal date.

Don't See your Question? A: Email info@dancetolearn.co

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Share the Whole-Child Approach to Dance Education with your students!