This interactive dance class introduces children to the world of movement and music in a joyful and encouraging atmosphere. Rooted in fun, the Creative Movement Dance Class promotes creativity, boosts self-confidence, and encourages the expression of individuality.
Our experienced instructors make use of playful teaching techniques that cater to the natural curiosity and imagination of this age group. We incorporate exciting props, engaging music, and a variety of dance styles in our lessons to capture the attention and enthusiasm of our young dancers.
Through this creative exploration, children will begin to understand the fundamentals of rhythm, space, and coordination. The Creative Movement Dance Class offers a rich and structured environment that helps develop motor skills, balance, and flexibility, while also stimulating the cognitive and social abilities of your child.
Whether your child is a natural performer or a little shy, our class provides a nurturing environment that respects and celebrates each child’s unique abilities. The emphasis is not on perfecting dance steps but rather on the joy of moving, exploration, and the celebration of each child’s creative potential.
Your child will not only learn to express themselves through dance, but they will also develop a foundation for a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Get ready to watch your child twirl, leap, and most importantly, have fun!
Join us today and let your child embark on an exciting journey of creative discovery.
Wednesday – 5:45 – 6:15 pm – Valley West – Meredith
Monday – 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Valley West – Bailey
Pricing (per session)
Registration fee: $20 (New Students)
Tuition: $40/month + tax
Meredith Stroot – Dance Instructor
Education: M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership from Northwestern College, BS with honors in Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance from Iowa State University
Meredith Stroot graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. She was very involved in the ISU Dance Department and received the department’s Evelyn Jensen Outstanding Achievement in Outreach Award her senior year. Meredith performed with Orchesis I Modern Dance Company, performing in pieces choreographed by Taryn Packheiser, Janice Baker, Amy Martin, and Vernon Windsor. She also served as a board member for the company. She attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival.
Meredith trained extensively under Ami Yaro and Shanon Farsakh and performed as a charter member in what is now Yaro Dance Company. She won several awards dancing competitively as a student. Her students now carry on the tradition. Her choreography has won the high point and top honors at regional and national dance competitions.
Meredith’s passion is teaching and spreading her joy in the art of movement. She has been teaching and choreographing lyrical, ballet, musical theatre, modern, and jazz for several years. She has taught classes at Creative Movement Dance Company, Ames Parks and Recreation, and Iowa State University.
In addition to teaching dance, Meredith is also a Kindergarten teacher in the Boone School District.
Meredith believes in a positive, upbeat teaching atmosphere, instilling a love of dance in all students!
Bailey Thompson – Dance Instructor
Bailey Thompson has been dancing since the age of 3. Bailey has trained in many styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, and Hiphop. Through the years, she has performed various roles with lowa Dance Theatre, Yaro Dance Company, and Des Moines Breakerz. She has also choreographed pieces for lowa Dance Theatre’s 2018 Spring and Fall shows. In addition to performing, Bailey continues to take class and participate in workshops to continue her education in dance.
Girls: Pink tights worn under any type and style of leotard (you may choose solid color or patterns on leotards)
Boys: Tight white or black t-shirt or tank-top with black shorts, black pants or black leggings and white socks
|Bloch Giselle SO249G Pink leather ballet shoes
|Capezio Black leather ballet shoes
All Sections: Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Dr #109, West Des Moines, IA 50265