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Best New Store on Colfax Avenue:
Blue Sky Collective
9635 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood
303-238-0959
www.myspace.com/blueskybooks

Readers' Choice: The ShoppeThere used to be a typical antique mall jammed into this warehouse-like West Colfax building, but that was before Jen Schafer and her Blue Sky Books and Media took it over. Now it's a diamond in the rough: Essentially a community gathering place in progress, it's not only home to Schafer's sprawling used bookstore, which donates a percentage of all sales to Doctors Without Borders, but it also offers basement space to KGNU's Trust the Dust non-profit used CD and vinyl record store and Skull Gate Games, a haven for role-playing gamers looking for more of the same. Upstairs, there are artist studios, a gallery and a dance studio; until this month, the Free Boutique clothing exchange also held forth in part of the space, and the Holistic Business Center, an organization giving workshops for small business owners, is in the process of setting up an office. But Schafer is also trying to show it off as place to hang out without spending a lot of money, by encouraging artists, musicians, authors and poets to perform, meet, jam and otherwise make use of the space in a community-building way.


Yes the Dance Studio mentioned is Dance Exploration, LLC! Enroll your child in the creative dance or ballet classes we are holding at Blue Sky Collective! Enroll your child and then check out the books, artists, and records while they dance!
To enroll, you can come in and visit Blue Sky Collective:
9635 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO
80215
Check out our classes below:

3/31 IS THE LAST DAY TO ENROLL! DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE
Creative Dance:
AGES 3-6

Our Creative Dance program was formed based on several studies in kinesthetic philosophies and early childhood development. Your child will enjoy learning dance moves while their cognitive, social, language, fine motor and gross motor skills are developed.

9 Week Session:
Saturdays 10:00 am-10:45 am
April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 13, 20*
*Showcase and performance for family and friends
$90

To Enroll: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx

Ballet:
AGES 6-10

In our Ballet program children will be introduced to basic ballet technique, vocabulary, and movement. They will have the opportunity to learn about ballet history, take part in reading a ballet story, and learning about classical ballet stories, choreographers and composers.

9 Week Session:
Saturdays: 11:15-12:15
April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 13, 20*
*Showcase and performance for family and friends
$135

To ENROLL: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx
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ENROLL IN DANCE EXPLORATION, LLC CLASSES:

We currently are holding open enrollment at the following locations: GET 2 CLASSES FREE!

Golden Independent School
1280 Golden Circle
Golden, CO 80401

Creative Dance
Ages: 3-6
Dates: Mondays 3:30-4:15
April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15*
*Showcase performance open to friends and family!

Our Creative Dance program was formed based on several studies in Kinesthetic philosophies and early childhood development. Your child will enjoy learning dance moves while thier cognitive, social, language, and motor skills are developed.

**EARLY BIRD PRICE** (until 3/20/2009)
$65

Enroll: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx

Ballet
Ages: 6-10
Dates: Fridays 3:30-4:30 April 3, 17, 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5*
*Showcase performance for friends and family.

In our Ballet program children will be introduced to basic ballet technique, vocabulary, and movement. They will have the opportunity to learn about ballet history, take part in reading a book on ballet, and learning about classical ballet stories, choreographers and composers.

**EARLY BIRD PRICE** (until 3/20/2009)
$98

Enroll: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx

Hip Hop
Ages: 6-10
Dates: Thursdays 3:30-4:30
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28*
Showcase performance for friends and family.

Hip Hop explores the urban street style dancing in America including, popping, locking, and some break dancing. Children will be challenged and have fun while continuing to develop their motor, cognitive, language and social skills.

**EARLY BIRD PRICE** (until 3/20/2009)
$98

Enroll: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx

Blue Sky Books and Media
9635 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214

Creative Dance
Ages: 3-6
Dates: Saturdays 10-10:45 am
April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 13, 20*
*Showcase performance for friends and family.

Our Creative Dance program was formed based on several studies in Kinesthetic philosophies and early childhood development. Your child will enjoy learning dance moves while thier cognitive, social, language, and motor skills are developed.

**EARLY BIRD PRICE** (until 3/20/2009)
$65

Enroll: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx

Ballet
Ages: 6-10
Dates: Saturdays 11:15-12:15
April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 13, 20*
*Showcase performance for family and friends.

In our Ballet program children will be introduced to basic ballet technique, vocabulary, and movement. They will have the opportunity to learn about ballet history, take part in reading a book on ballet, and learning about classical ballet stories, choreographers and composers.

**EARLY BIRD PRICE** (until 3/20/2009)
$98

Enroll: dancexploration.com/enroll.aspx

We are a dance education program dedicated to teaching dance education to children in the Jefferson County Community.

Mission:

The purpose of Dance Exploration LLC, is to teach children in Jefferson County, who otherwise wouldn't have the means, creative movement and dance principals to help them improve creativity, learn self discipline, develop coordination, and improve musicality thereby supporting continuous development, good grades, long attention spans, and new passageways for self expression.

Goals:

1. To bring our program to all Jefferson County schools, day cares, community centers, recreational centers, and homes.
2. To reach all Jefferson County children and give them the opportunity to learn creative movement and dance and learn how it can help their education and success in the long run.
3. To help improve the students in Jefferson County Public Schools with their overall test scores by teaching them how dance and it's components relate to their education and development.
4. To teach children self-discipline, motivation, determination, and respect through dance principals.
5. To increase excitement among the community to begin dance education programs, and increase the percentage of dance related programs available.
6. To educate the community at large about the importance of kinesthetic principals and how it relates to the development of young children's bodies, minds, and souls.
7. To provide children with performance opportunities to showcase their new skills and talents for friends and families.
8. Working in conjunction with dance companies and schools within the community to assist children with exceptional talent, passion, and determination by offering additional training and/or scholarships.

What does Dance Exploration, LLC Offer?

Dance Exploration, LLC offers classes in creative movement, ballet, jazz, hip hop and choreography designed to educate children through dance.

Creative Dance (Preschool-3rd Grade)

Our creative dance program was formed based on several studies in kinesthetic philosophies. When you close your eyes and raise your arm up and down, you know you are moving your arm up and down because of the kinesthetic principals which teach about how your brain determines the sensation of movement.

Preschool (Ages 3-5)

During the preschool years a child is still learning basic cognitive, language, gross motor, fine motor, and social-emotional skills. We base our warm-ups, technique games and activities around these important developmental traits. Focusing on shapes such as dancing in squares, circles, and stars will improve cognitive skills. We also focus on moving in contrasts doing fast and slow, big and little, high and low, etc. Our warm ups are choreographed to nursery rhymes such as "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" to help children with memorization. Exercises that coordinate movement and counting will also be implemented.

Dance focuses on non-verbal expression by expressing oneself with movement rather than words. With preschoolers it is still important, however, to improve vocabulary and verbal skills. Therefore, we have created games where the child is given a word or phrase and asked to dance it out. For example they could be asked to dance like different animals, people, objects, ideas, emotions, places and things. We will often read poems and stories and ask the children to interpret it through dance.

To improve social skills, preschool classes are always taught in groups. Children are encouraged to dance and interact with each other. Proper manners are in place requiring kids to say please, thank you, you're welcome, etc. They are also encouraged to compliment and congratulate each other. Games that encourage discipline and manners such as "Simon Says" and "Mother May I?" have been altered and turned into dance related games to help children with these important social skills.

Motor skills are the most important developmental trait that children will be taught in dance. These are locomotor and non-locomotor skills. Locomotor skills include common everyday movements such as walking, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, crawling, etc. Non-Locomotor skills are taught later and include twisting, shaking, bending, pushing, wiggling, rise, fall, etc. These movements will be taught as exercises, warm ups and in games in fun and energetic ways to help children remember what they've learned.

Writing, grasping objects, and stacking objects such as blocks are some fine motor skills that can be incorporated into dance. We allow children to set mats on the floor in different shapes and have them perform dance moves around them. We will play games and have children tally or keep scores. Some activities require children to grasp props such as scarves, ribbons, balls, and feathers and incorporate them in their dance moves.

To make their dance class more enjoyable children can wear costumes such as tutus, dresses, crowns, wands, cowboy hats, bandannas, vests, etc, to help them "dance like princesses" and "gallop like cowboys."

Kindergarten through Second Grade

Creative Dance continues for students in kindergarten, first, and second grades. The program will continue with the teaching of more complex concepts. Levels such as high, middle and low concepts will be combined with size such as big, little and medium. For example children may be asked to do a big low pose or a little high pose. Combining these concepts will help children understand space, directions, time, texture, energy, speed and shapes. This is also the beginning of choreography. Kinesiology will slowly be introduced with more difficult concepts such as tension, release, contract, pull up, rise, and fall. This will help develop strong muscles in children. This helps children further understand opposition such as the concept of pushing into the floor to pull up out of the hips, and basic physics such as what comes up must come down.

The basic technique principals and anatomical placement will also be emphasized at this level. Teaching children about the importance of holding their centers to stay balanced, keeping their knees straight, toes pointed, heads held high, etc. This is a great way for children to learn anatomy and how each limb works in relationship with the other.

Musicality will be introduced in exercises where children are asked to dance at the speed of the music. For example, if music is slow, they'll dance slow. We will teach them how to hear the beat in the music and how to react when music gets louder or softer. We will also allow the children to create their own music.

Ballet

Ballet is available for children in the second grade and higher. In our ballet program, children learn ballet based on Vagonova, Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance techniques. These classes will also teach children determination, self motivation, memorization, responsibility and respect.

Pre-Ballet (Grades 2-3)

Ballet Prep is a child's first introduction to ballet. In a child's first ballet class they will learn the five body positions of the feet and arms, the nine body directions, and seven movements of dance. These principals will be taught in an anatomically correct way without forcing turnout or wrenching muscles in a way that could possibly cause injury. Emphasis at this level will be placed on proper muscle control and coordination.

Children will also improve coordination learning how arms, legs and head move as one. Determination and motivation will be placed when children strive to use their muscles correctly so as to execute the steps properly. This will greatly improve the determination and motivation that they place in their school work.

Musicality will be stretched as children are taught to count music and phrases. Ballet music consists of eight counts or four counts. In some instances there may be a three count waltz, which will be taught in more advanced classes. Children will be able to determine the beginning and end of a phrase of music and how to count the music and apply the steps accordingly.

Ballet I (Grades 3-5)

Ballet I is the expansion of pre-ballet. Children continue to perfect proper placement and technique in this class while continuing to learn more advanced movements. Students will begin to learn how to combine different steps, such as combining tendues with pliƩs thereby improving their memorization and coordination.

Barre work is introduced at this level. The ballet barre is a long wooden bar attached to tripods or the wall which dancers hold on to. This is where the children will learn and perfect more advanced movements.

Ballet I will also introduce choreography by using the Laban Movement Analysis where a child is given flash cards with different directions, levels, shapes, speeds and movements and combine them in fun and interesting ways to create dances.

At this level children will also learn ballet terminology, which is mainly French, and the meaning of each word. Games will be incorporated to help students learn the different words and their meanings. At this level students are also asked to write an essay at the end of the session reflecting on the experience and their overall reaction to the program. This level is also where students with exceptional talent, passion and determination will be considered for scholarships and/or additional training.

Ballet II (Grades 6-8)

These classes are structured as a professional ballet class would be. There is a warm up, barre work, and center combinations. Terminology will continuously be expanded as well as movements that the children learn. Technique will be more important than ever as more difficult concepts are taught.

Children will be taught more of the history of ballet, about the different methods of ballet, and how ballet relates to their schoolwork and overall success. Children at this level will be given a suggested reading list of ballet books and asked to write a one page report on one of the books and give a presentation at the end of the course.

This class will also give the children the opportunity to choreograph their own dance and perform it for friends and family. They will learn briefly how to choose music, bring the music to life and put meaning and expression behind those movements.

An essay at this level is also required on what they learned throughout the course.

Ballet III (Grades 9-12)

At the high school level, students will be assessed on technique, placement, memorization of combinations and overall musicality and artistry. This level is difficult if the students haven't had continuous training through out the course. Some may be beginners while others more advanced. This level will come as an "as needed" basis. If a high school has students that graduated from Ballet II, then Ballet III will continue to include pointe work and pas de deux. Otherwise children will be encouraged to enroll in pre-professional ballet schools throughout the state to continue their development and education in ballet.

If a high school has students advanced enough for Ballet III, this level will be a pre- professional course which continues placement and technique. Dancers who excel at proper placement and strength will begin pointe work, pas de deux and variations. Performances and competitions will be more frequent at this level.

Book and video lists will be expanded, essays more frequent, more vocabulary tests and technical exams will be expanded as well.

Jazz

Dance Exploration, LLC offers jazz classes derived from the teachings and choreography of Broadway great Bob Fosse. This dance style will focus more on dance in musical theater, and how this dance form has evolved over time.

Jazz I (Grades 3-5)

At this level students will learn basic jazz techniques. Class will begin with a simple warm up of stretches to increase flexibility and improve balance. Dancers will learn concepts that are different from ballet such as turning the legs in, contracting, and using strong "jazz hands" and arms.

Students will learn simple across the floor combinations and at the end of class will be taught a dance combination. This will improve their memorization and musicality.

As in all dance forms there is a wide range of movement and terminology that must be learned. Games will be played to help children learn and retain these movements and terms.

Students at this level will use the Laban Movement Analysis to create simple dances and the start of choreography.

An Essay is required at this level asking students to reflect on their experience.

Jazz II (Grades 6-8)

This is a continuation of Jazz I. Students will learn more advanced steps and longer combinations. Students will learn more about the history of jazz and musical theater dancing and the people who have contributed most to this dance form.

Students will have the opportunity to choreograph a dance and perform it for friends and family.

There will be a suggested reading list at this level and students must write an essay and give a presentation about their suggested reading. An essay will also be expected for them to reflect on what the course has taught them.

Jazz III (Grades 9-12)

At the high school level, students will be taught advanced combinations and dance pieces in each class. Focus will be turned to choreographers in the Jazz industry and students will have the opportunity to learn pieces from real broadway productions.

There will be an expanded list of suggested books and videos for students and essays regarding this material. The history of jazz, broadway and choreographers will be expanded. Quizzes will be given on this material. An essay is required at the end of the course.

A performance will be given at the end of the course choreographed by the students.

Hip Hop

Dance Exploration, LLC offers hip hop classes at all levels. It will focus mainly on popping and some break dancing. History of Hip Hop dance will be explored and projections on where it will go in the future will be discussed.

Hip Hop I (Grades 3-5)

At this level students will learn basic hip hop techniques. Class will begin with a simple warm up of stretches to increase flexibility and improve balance. Simple popping and break dancing techniques will be taught.

Students will learn an easy combination at the end of each class.

Games will be played to help children learn and retain hip hop movements and terminology.

Students at this level will use the Laban Movement Analysis to create simple dances and the start of choreography.

An Essay is required at this level asking students to reflect on their experience.

Hip Hop II (Grades 6-8)

This is a continuation of Hip Hop I. Students will learn more advanced steps, and longer combinations. Students will learn more about the history of hip hop and who has influenced it the most.

Students will have the opportunity to choreograph a dance and perform it for friends and family.

There will be a suggested reading list and students must write an essay and give a presentation about their suggested reading. An essay will also be expected for them to reflect on what the course has taught them.

Hip Hop III (Grades 9-12)

At the high school level, students will be taught advanced combinations and dance pieces in each class. Students will learn about different choreographers and choreography in the hip hop genre.

There will be an expanded list of suggested books and videos for students, and essays regarding this material. The history of hip hop will be expanded. Quizzes will be given on this material. An essay is required at the end of the course reflecting on their experience.

A performance will be given at the end of the course choreographed by the students.

Choreography

One of the most important concepts in dance, is choreography. The reason dancers dedicate so much time to dance and learning proper technique, is so they can perform dances and variations for an audience. Otherwise, the years of dedication and hard work would go unnoticed. Dance Exploration, LLC believes that students who learn dance should also learn the art of choreography and putting dances together to further express feelings, thoughts and ideas.

Choreography (Grades 6-12)

Choreography is available for older aged students because it is a difficult process, to turn sound into movement. Students will learn how to choose appropriate music for a dance piece and how to turn that music into dance. Students will learn about famous choreographers such as George Balanchine, Bob Fosse, Twyla Tharp and how they influenced the world of dance.

Students will go through the steps of choreographing a dance: picking the music, choosing the spacing, determining the emotion that they want to express, how to pick the proper dance moves to correlate with the music, how to determine stories, costumes, sets, etc.

At the end of the program students will showcase their choreographed piece for friends and family.

How is Dance Exploration, LLC different from other dance programs?

Most of the other after school dance programs in Colorado focus solely on teaching children dance techniques. They do not connect the relation of dance with the students education and how dance will benefit them in the long run. This is the main focus of Dance Exploration, LLC. We want children to learn dance movements and how dance helps with other aspects of their education. We also want to educate the community by showing parents, school boards, and other community leaders how, through dance, Jefferson County will have more successful students.

How will Dance Exploration, LLC track the results of the program?

Dance Exploration, LLC will work with school teachers and parents to determine what the student needs improvement on. We will track student's grades and test scores and monitor them closely to see any increases or decreases in improvement. We will also request that students, parents and school officials take surveys on behavioral differences, if any, that they notice in the students who are taking the dance program. Student's will be asked to write an essay on their experience and how they think the program did or did not work for them and why.

The results of each individual student in each school will be tracked separately and honestly. Not all students will benefit from this program since everyone learns at different rates and uses different learning techniques to excel. However, we would like to determine the at risk students who would most benefit from a dance education program. This we can educate schools, parents and communities as to which students would benefit most from our program and get them enrolled.

How will Dance Exploration, LLC respond to programs that aren't showing necessary success rates?

Dance Exploration, LLC wants to have a program that can teach several different dance techniques while showing a positive impact in students' academics. However, some of our classes may not be as successful as others. We will reform and change each program as needed and always research new teaching techniques and exercises that will teach children dance and benefit their education simultaneously.

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How can I enroll my child in Dance Exploration, LLC?

Dance exploration is currently serving Jefferson County Schools. Please contact your child's school to see if Dance Exploration, LLC is teaching there.

I contacted my child's school and Dance Exploration, LLC is not a current program. How can we get it started?

Dance Exploration, LLC relies on the support of community parents, students and residents to help get our name out to the public schools, day cares and recreation centers in Jefferson County. If you would like us to be available at your school or center please send a referral to us. We will contact the school or center for a proposal to start the program. Also you can help by encouraging the school and community center to start the program as well.

How much does Dance Exploration, LLC cost?

Cost is depending on the need of the school. Some schools may have the opportunity of a applying for a grant to pay for the program for their students. Unfortunately, this is not available or possible for all schools. Some schools may not have a high enrollment in classes, and in these situations prices will be based on enrollment. Community centers and day cares will have a different basis for pricing based on enrollment and need. For more detailed information on prices please contact us.

What does my child need to wear?

Students should wear loose clothes that breathe and are easy to move in. We require that shoes be worn during class to prevent any injuries. In the creative movement classes, we will provide costumes that students will wear for the class. These costumes are borrowed at the beginning and returned at the end of each class. In the ballet, jazz, and hip hop classes, students are given the option to purchase dance leotards, tights, shoes and pants as needed. This is not required. Parents are welcome to purchase outfits on their own. The choreography classes do not require any special clothing.

Where Can I find additional information on Dance Exploration, LLC?

Please contact us.

Curriculum Packet

We have additional information on our curriculum with a week by week detailed report on activities and exercises that your child will participate in and how that exercise relates to other areas of their education and development. Ask for a Curriculum Packet.

Method of Training Packet

We also have a detailed list of methods of creative movement, ballet, jazz and hip hop that have been developed, researched, and implemented over the years which we base our program on.

Brochures/Fliers

Request brochures and fliers! Help us by passing out brochures to community schools, rec centers, and day care facilities.

On the Web

We are currently developing an official web page, Myspace page and Facebook page. Keep checking for updates.

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dancexploration@yahoo.com
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