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What is Leap 'N Learn?

Leap 'N Learn is a licensed program for dance studios that care about the whole child.

Leap ‘N Learn is an effective, safe, progressive, and developmentally appropriate dance program for creative movement to beginning ballet. Designed by master teacher Beverly Spell and expert child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell, the curriculums combine the healthiest practices for teaching children ballet techniques, while simultaneously encouraging pretend play amongst the youngest students to maintain a positive and nurturing environment.

Capitalizing on the naturally occurring cognitive and neural development of children, the Leap ‘N Learn curriculum provides tools and shares knowledge necessary for the creation of a successful learning environment. Through an appreciation and utilization of natural development, students in a Leap ‘N Learn program will acquire motor, cognitive, and social skills beneficial for life.

Choose the best for your child

Don't settle when it comes to your child's dance education. Leap 'N Learn studios excel at teaching creative movement and ballet based in education. All of our licensed dance studios go through thorough training and monthly check-ins to produce the best dance teachers around and to maintain the highest quality of teaching for young students. If you walk into any Leap 'N Learn studio, you'll see that these dance classes are welcoming environments that encourage effort and creativity, which brings out only the most positive side of dance. Our proven dance theories from master dance teacher Beverly Spell and child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell will keep your young dancers happy and learning. 


Our early childhood dance program is specifically designed for boys and girls between the ages of three to six, and our seven year old program and Ballet I programs are designed for dance students ages seven to ten. Leap 'N Learn helps build strong foundations in dance and movement. These skills benefit the dance students for later roles in life both in general applications and for transitioning into adult ballet.  

Leap 'N Learn focuses on the basic elements of: 

  • Physical space and how we relate to it as an individual and a group member

  • Locomotor and non-locomotor movements

  • Musical awareness

  • Opposites, directions, and pathways

  • Elementary positions and movements of ballet

In addition to these physical elements, our dance program integrates the intellectual concepts of: 

  • Self-awareness

  • Teamwork

  • Creative expression

  • Imagination

  • Basic body and health awareness

Leap 'N Learn also helps children learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude. 

Concepts are explored throughout the year such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness, relationships to the working space and stage, expressing emotion through movement, and pantomime. 

Leap 'N Learn classes in the early childhood program are grouped into age-specific levels for three- to six-year-olds, with the content based on age-appropriate developmental skills. Then Leap 'N Learn's 7 Year Old and Ballet I programs are grouped for seven- to ten-year-olds by age and experience that will best benefit a deeper study and understanding of dance. 

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