APPA-NI PRE-SCHOOL welcomes children, 2 ½ – 4 ½ years old, to the exciting world of physical arts. Pre-school classes are designed to introduce basic movement exercises that foster body coordination, rhythmic awareness and a path to explore creative imagination giving a natural progression towards the Royal Academy of Dance and British Gymnastics classes offered at APPA-NI.

Mini Movers – 30 minutes (2 ½ - 3 ½ years) and Young Movers – 45 minutes (3 ½ - 4 ½ years)

The two levels of class show progression in fun filled practical sessions that build strength, agility, musicality and freedom of movement. Children have the opportunity to enjoy working together to explore their physicality whilst gaining coordination, confidence and basic dance and gymnastic skills guided by their teachers.

Pre-School Ballet – 45 minutes (3 ½ - 4 ½ years)

A class designed for young children to develop and progress fundamental ballet skills through shape making, spatial awareness, quality of movement and guided creative and imaginative exercises. Teachers aim to inspire and nurture young children's natural delight of movement and freedom of expression whilst encouraging an awareness of good posture, deportment and dexterity.

Physical Boys - 60 minutes (3 ½ - 7 years)

Physical Boys teaches gymnastics based skills in a fun and safe environment. Fundamentals of whole body coordination, core strength and flexibility will be developed to promote strength, power and confidence in a boys only active environment.

For boys in their pre-school year this class is a preparation class for starting gymnastics in P1.

For boys in P1-P3 this class can be attended alongside the regular acrobatics/tumbling classes or if preferred as an alternative. British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards will only be covered in the regular Acrobatics / Tumbling Gymnastics classes.

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