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Incorporating Dance and Creative Movement Into the Classroom

Child Care Plus shares a facility with a dance studio, The Rita Beaulieu Dance & Performing Arts Center. Once a month, our Preschool students takes a dance class with Miss Erin where they learn about movement, dance, stretching, and of course have tons of fun! However, you do not need to have a dance studio to incorporate dance and creative movement in your center or homes, all you need is an open space! 

Creative dance movement is so important for little bodies and minds. Dance lessons can help to spark creativity in young children and help them to develop an appreciation for the arts. In addition, dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health and coordination.

Your center or family child care home can include the following dance activities:

  • Simon Says Stretching
  • Across the floor
  • Animal movement re-enacting
  • Center dance routines, such as “The Cha Cha Slide,” and “The Chicken Dance”
  • Parachute play
  • Freeze Dance


About the contributor: Child Care Plus
Child Care Plus Learning Center, Coventry, RI has been serving the community with quality education and child care since opening its doors in 1989, and currently serving programs for 6 weeks – 11 years. Child Care Plus is continuously striving to reach excellence in each child care program they provide through the RI Early Learning Standards.

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