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Grammar School Theater & Dance

Dance, Drama & Yoga Overview

From PreK to the third grade, students in the CGPS Grammar School take time to educate their bodies and minds in yoga/mindfulness, dance and drama.

They improve coordination, balance, strength and flexibility through Dance and Yoga/Mindfulness. Students also explore storytelling and self-expression in drama. A balanced life is a hallmark of a CGPS curriculum, and these disciplines help Grammar School students with their focus and self-confidence in the classroom. In PreK and kindergarten, children learn the basics of body awareness and being present in yoga/mindfulness. They explore storytelling through dance in their “Music and Movement” curriculum. In first through third grades, students challenge themselves mentally and physically in both YogaMindfulness and Dance. These efforts promote self-control and resiliency in all areas of School life.

In the fourth grade, students act and sing in the musical Pirates from Grammar Island to learn and engage with songs about grammar rules. Their production is presented to the Grammar School community in December.

Theater, Dance & Yoga Education by Grade

Prekindergarten

Music & Movement: Prekindergarten dancers combine music and movement to create dance through storytelling and creative motion. Students focus on spatial and body awareness fostering self-expression and regulation. Concepts such as slow, fast, forward, backward, under, over, as well as gross motor skills such as galloping, jumping, bending, rolling and partner dances are explored. Prekindergarten dancers will start to have an understanding and appreciation of dance!

Kindergarten

Music & Movement: Kindergarten dancers combine music and movement to create dance through storytelling and creative motion. Students incorporate gross motor movements such as skipping, galloping, jumping, leaping, bending, rolling and turning as well as concepts such as slow, fast, forward, backward, sideways, under and over into solo, partner and group dances. This fosters spatial and body awareness, self-expression, body and emotional regulation, and instills a love and appreciation of dance.

Yoga and dance help Grammar School students with their focus and self-confidence in the classroom.

First Grade

Yoga: First grade students have the opportunity to work on both their physical and emotional strength during yoga class. Building on their previous yoga knowledge from prekindergarten and kindergarten, students learn more difficult poses that require core strength and flexibility. They engage in games that promote self-control and resiliency. In their mindfulness practice, the children learn to meditate for longer periods of time and explore focus and attention techniques. Books that address relaxation strategies, compassion and empathy are read and discussed. The students attend yoga for half of the school year.

Dance: First grade dancers incorporate gross motor movements into solo, partner and group dances. Students explore improvisation, tempo and sequencing with directional changes. Students are able to create patterns and formations. Dance offers social interaction, non-verbal communication and cooperation with peers as well as storytelling through movement and theatre games. This fosters spatial and body awareness, self-expression, body and emotional regulation, and instills a love and appreciation of dance.

Second Grade

Yoga: The second grade curriculum is based on a deeper knowledge of yoga and mindfulness. Students practice challenging poses that require increased core strength and flexibility. The children engage in yoga adventures and activities that are connected to the social studies curriculum, acting out an immigration journey in yoga poses and activities. Strategies are also explored that focus on anxiety reduction, relaxation, focus and attention. Students attend yoga for half of the school year.

Dance: Second grade dancers incorporate gross motor movements into solo, partner and group dances. Students explore improvisation, tempo, and sequencing with directional changes as well as mirroring and imitation. They create patterns, shapes and formations. More complex choreography and patterns are explored that are connected to core curriculum concepts based in math and language. Dance offers social interaction, non-verbal communication and cooperation with peers as well as storytelling through movement and theatre games. This fosters spatial and body awareness, self-expression, and body and emotional regulation, and instills a love and appreciation of dance.

Third Grade

Yoga: The third grade yoga curriculum is focused on building confidence, creative expression and presence. The students’ study of yoga is enriched by drama and theater. Third graders learn about drama fundamentals such as exploring different characters, scene transitions, following stage directions and performing before an audience. This class culminates in a performance of a short comedic play that focuses on important themes like conflict resolution, building character and empathy. Students attend Yoga/Drama for half of the school year.

Dance: Third grade dancers incorporate gross motor movements into solo, partner and group dances. Students explore improvisation, tempo and sequencing with directional changes as well as retrograding movement. They create patterns and formations and vary their control of energy. Students explore a basic overview of dance history, deepen their understanding of music notation and create more complex choreography. This fosters spatial and body awareness, self-expression, and body and emotional regulation and instills a love and appreciation of dance.

Grammar School Theater, Dance & Yoga

The lively hub of our Grammar School, this multi-purpose space hosts parent mornings, indoor recess, author visits and after school programming, among other events.