Fairies float at First Position. Warriors battle. Gazelles leap. Skeptical? You and your children can experience first-hand what study after study has shown: creative movement flows through the body and transforms the mind. In this safe haven kids dance like no one is watching. Then they hone their skills so they can fly!
First Position Dance Arts has changed the lives of countless students. Shy tweens have found confidence leaping with the liquid grace of gazelles in front of audiences of 10,000+ at the Wachovia Center. Finding within them the force and finesse of martial artists, preteen and teen boys and girls have gathered to outwit and out-dance each other using hip-hop endurance, rhythm and humor. Small children have found lasting friendships while running and jumping together in make-believe ponds, giant woods and mysterious castles.
Solid benefits from dancing at First Position flow out into the students everyday lives. Performing in front of audiences gives a person the guts to give a speech. Students become agile and flexible as they learn the newest street moves; this increased strength not only helps prevent injuries but also gives the team sport player an athletic edge. The original thoughts and independence that come from creative movement class help little ones try other new things-maybe even veggies.
For students who want to perform, First Position offers ample opportunities to shine. Their in-house dance companies have entertained huge audiences with their dazzling talent and style at venues like the Mann Music Center, 76ers Halftime, Philadelphia Aids Walk, Hershey Park, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Globe Trotters; Halftime and the Autism Walk at the Philadelphia Zoo. A full-time dance company manager is always lining up new performance opportunities for the dance companies and team.
The professional staff of educated and warm adults teaches small individualized dance classes on cutting-edge sprung floors. Ms. Welsh teaches Creative Dance, Ballet, Jazz and Modern Jazz. Some other First Position instructors are: Cesa Zuniga of Illadelphlave teaches Hip-hop, Boyz Breakin’, Power Moves and B’ boyn’ Joy Friedlander, PhD, teaches ballet to 5-7 year olds and older intermediate dancers. With over 10 instructors and 3 dance studios operating practically around the clock, any dancer can find a class to join around his/her schedule.