At Movement Works, Movement Works for Every Body

Youth Program – Class Descriptions

Our program offers an expansive, creative and enjoyable look into all things movement through the scope of martial arts, dance and yoga for ages 3.5 – 12+. Students develop mind and muscle memory through a weekly series of technical yet fun exercises that lay the groundwork for strong, healthy bodies and minds. Our movers will explore their own creativity as they develop body awareness and control with an understanding of the connection to rhythm, timing, coordination and self regulation – allowing them to learn the fundamentals of their technique while developing their imagination and cognitive mind. Students will also inherently learn the healthy habit of exercising and the benefits that come with movement at an early age.

Creative Movement: ages 3.5-5.5, 45-minute class                                        

Children expand their range of movement vocabulary in a fun and playful manner, enhancing coordination, musicality, and movement dynamics. Children are encouraged to think creatively and listen attentively while developing rhythmic and spatial awareness. With emphasis on creative expression, students explore fundamental dance concepts such as contrast, levels in space, directions and balance, among many others.

Creative Ballet: ages 4.5-7.5, 45-minute class

An introduction to ballet basics based on the idea that creativity and technique go hand in hand. This experience in Creative Ballet opens up a world of expression and communication while developing strength, flexibility, and a growing command of the body. Students begin to develop ballet vocabulary, proper body alignment and posture as well as develop self-expression through creative dance.

Creative Yoga & Tumble: 4.5-7.5 years, 45-minute class                                 

Student’s will be introduced to the magical world of yoga in a creative and fun format. We will practice yoga skills on the mat and off utilizing our imaginations, bodies and spirits. Simple tumbling exercises will be integrated into the class as well as obstacle courses and mindful meditation practices. 

Modern Dance: 8-12 years, 60 min class

This class blend elements of Contemporary and Modern dance, such as freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. The instructor will incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and post-modern movement into their classes. These forms of movement allow students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes.

Tween Yoga: 8-12, 60 minute class

Our tween class focuses on giving pre-teens and teens tools they can use to reduce stress in their lives, promote positive body image, and increase strength and flexibility. Each class will include a series of yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditation practices. Classes will include discussions on how to apply what they learn in yoga class to help them at home, school, and with friends. Each class ends with a restful relaxation experience.

Karate for Kids: 6-12, 60 minute class

Our Kempo-based karate program is age appropriate and classes are specifically aimed at the physical development and mental capabilities of the developing child. Your young martial artist will block, punch and kick their way through this positive, noncompetitive twist on the ancient martial art. Obstacle courses, skill-based activities and games create fun learning opportunities to help our mover’s gain the focus needed to excel in the gym, in the classroom and everywhere else they go in life.

Classes are split by ages – the 6-8 age group meets at 5pm with ages 9-12 following at 6pm.

Family Self Defense: for children ages 12+ and a parent/guardian

This class is designed for the whole family. Our adult program drop in rates apply for this class and drop in’s are welcome on a weekly basis. Everyone should understand the fundamentals of how to protect themselves. This class covers not only the physical aspects of personal protection but also the emotional and psychological elements that are essential to protecting one’s self. Techniques are tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Instruction is conducted in a friendly, self-paced, non competitive environment.