Bendigo Dance

Shining through Dance!

Sharon Saunders Dancers Preschool classes Bendigo

After many years of teaching preschoolers we have created a variety of classes especially for them! We have combined our past 26 years of experience and the 3 levels of syllabi in ATOD Pre-Level Jazz and Ballet syllabi and Tricia Gomez's Hip Hop program to create Sharon Saunders Kids!

Parents are invited to watch their child's first class but otherwise we have a closed studio policy to give dancers the best chance to learn in a quiet environment with minimal distractions. However, we have installed a viewing window for you to see all the action every week! We also invite family and friends to watch the last classes of terms 1- 3 (in term 4 we have the optional concert).

Children need to be ready to leave their parent for a short time, knowing that their parent is nearby if they need them. They must also be ready to listen and not be a distraction to the class. They will build confidence, independence, learn to take turns, share, along with many other life skills which will help prepare them for preschool and school.

Sometimes pre-schoolers need a few weeks to settle in and let go of mums’ leg! Some children are ready and some are not. Often time will tell! A deposit is payable with class booking. The balance of term fees are payable after your child’s first class if you choose to continue.

Students may enrol in more than one Sharon Saunders Kids class if desired.

Australian Teachers of Dancing Bendigo

Australian Teachers of dancing - Pre- Level Syllabi

The aim of the syllabi is to introduce small children to the magic and fun of mime, music and dance. The syllabi include activities that will enable the children to explore space, to develop musicality and to improve co-ordination in the desired genre chosen. Some benefits of this program include, but are not limited to, the development of listening and social skills; improvement of fine and gross motor skills and the development of self expression.

The work has been written and prepared by Examiners of ATOD with many years teaching experience and with highly regarded teaching diplomas and qualifications to their names.


In the assessment the children are assessed on participation and involvement in the lesson. The children are not assessed on dance technique, ability or timing.

The teacher enters the exam room with the children, arranges them into their starting positions and takes the class as he/she normally would. The children are introduced to their special guest (the Examiner) who in turn welcomes them and asks them their names. The teacher may assist in the checking of each student’s name. All children will have a corresponding number on both the front and back of their school uniform to enable the Examiner to follow their movements throughout the class.

Participating in an assessment has numerous benefits. It enables parents and teachers to build confidence in the children by telling them how wonderful they are and how proud you are of them – they also receive a certificate and a medal. It is also an introduction to the assessment/examination process and is a fun and exciting activity to participate in.  Assessment’s are held around September each year.