New Dance Programme Launched

Dance With Twinklesteps is a specially developed programme for 3-6 year olds. The program allows licensed teachers to offer Dance With Twinklesteps classes in their area to help children develop a love of dance and music in a fun and imaginative way, as well as developing a good basic ballet technique from an early age. Dance With Twinklesteps is not a franchise so it has the huge benefit of being much more affordable. It also offers the freedom and flexibility for the teacher to run the lessons in a way which suits them. Yvonne MacGregor, who developed the dance side of the syllabus,is an experienced dance teacher and very happy to offer extra training to new Dance With Twinklesteps teachers if they need support to get their classes up and running.

What Does the Programme Consist of?

The programme includes step by step guidance for numerous dance exercises and story centred sequences, covering all basic steps and movements in ballet, appropriate for this young age group. The dance exercises/sequences are set to specially composed music (song and piano pieces of varying styles, moods and tempi), providing an entertaining and educational mix.The Syllabus was developed to be an alternative to an exam class where all children, regardless of ability can enjoy a foundation in ballet.

The programme includes 50 tracks of original and specially composed piano music, two CDs of music for dance sequences, one CD of songs and piano instrumentals, a DVD introduction to the concept behind the Programme with storytelling and excerpts of some of the exercises/dance sequences, teaching notes (including a breakdown of the exercises, time signature, counts, etc.) and a copy of our story book ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Bird Song’.

What’s the Reaction to Dance With Twinklesteps from Dance Teachers?

“Classes are going brilliantly! Thank you so much for creating an excellent Ballet programme!!! The kids love it and everyone is commenting on it.” Justeen Randall, Principal of Razzle Dazzle Performers

“Lessons are going great. Children are enjoying them. We read a couple of pages of the story a lesson and then incorporate a different exercise or 2! We love the story!!” Katie Readman, KTZ DANCE

“The children had a wonderful time on Tuesday and were absolutely spell bound. One little girl even asked to do the 'tapping on the fairy door' exercise again as she loved it so much! I'm really pleased with the syllabus. Thank you again for all your help, I'm having a wonderful time! “ Abi Kingsley Parker , Abi Kingsley Parker Performing Arts

“Classes are going really well. The children love the Twinklesteps Programme. I had always taught my own pre syllabus classes and to be honest I am enjoying the change of teaching something new and different. I think it will be a solid foundation to syllabus work.” Melissa Harman  City West Ballet Studio. Dublin, Ireland

Who Developed the Programme?   

Yvonne MacGregor (Twinklesteps Director and registered RAD teacher) and Stephanie Gardner (Musician and Composer) who developed Dance With Twinklesteps, both have a special interest in teaching young children,with the aim of developing a love of music and dance through imagination and play:

“We wrote ‘Dance with Twinklesteps’ with the view to introducing very young children, in a fun and playful way, to the world of dance and in particular-ballet. It’s fantastic to hear such lovely feedback from some of the teachers saying that their classes are going really well and that the children are loving them. We are delighted that teachers are embracing and capturing the whole concept of imagination and play, involving the Twinklesteps character and her story book’- which is what we hoped they would do. We hope everyone will enjoy dancing with Twinklesteps as much as we have enjoyed creating her little dances and music.” Yvonne and Stephanie.

Who is the Dance Programme for?

We have written and presented the Dance With Twinklesteps programme with the understanding that the teacher has experience in teaching young children and has a strong background training in dance and in particularly ballet. Twinklesteps teachers carefully teach the foundation of ballet technique by following the guide lines in the Twinklesteps syllabus, which uses parallel feet for the very young child. The progression exercises in the syllabus provide a natural and safe development for the children to progress from pre-primary(3+yrs) to primary (6+yrs). Children move on from ‘Dance with Twinklesteps’ with a basic foundation in ballet as well as having enormous amounts of fun! The syllabus is intended to be entertaining but also educational as we aim to encourage a love of dance and music in a natural and progressive way through play, storytelling and imagination.

You might also find it helpful to read our blog post - www.twinklestepsblog.com about The Qualities of a Dance With TwinklestepsTeacher .

You can become a Twinklesteps’ ballet teacher – whether you have a background in dance or have many years of experience but want a new syllabus to help with your classes for younger children, Dance with Twinklesteps would work well for you.”

Email Yvonne MacGregor (‘Dance With Twinklesteps’ creator and coordinator) at info@twinklesteps.com if you’re interested in becoming a ‘Dance With Twinklesteps’ teacher. Price available upon request and payment via Paypal or BACS welcome.