Early Childhood Program

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The Early Childhood Program at the Ohman School of Ballet is geared towards instilling creativity, discipline and a love for ballet in our young students. The Ohman School offers classes in Creative Movement for tots and Introduction to Ballet for ages 4-6. (Ages are only a general guideline. Class placement is determined on an individual basis through input from parents, teachers and staff.)

Class size is limited in the early childhood program, ensuring one-on-one attention. Our tiny dancers explore the characters and music of various classical ballets, are introduced to classical ballet steps, learn to create their own movements, practice in costume, and “perform” for their parents and teachers.

 

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Donna Floridia

Early Dance Education Specialist & Children’s Ballet Mistress

Donna has over thirty-five years of classical ballet training and has studied various forms of tap, jazz, theater and modern. She is an active participant in national teaching conferences, educational programs and workshops with master teachers.

Ms. Floridia participates in open classes in Manhatten studios and continues training with Frank Ohman in his adult classes. She has received certifications from the New York Dance Guild and American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum.  As a member of the School of American Ballet, Donna is invited periodically to observe classes of various levels.

Ms. Floridia has been on the faculty of the Ohman School for twenty years and has developed a unique pre-school and early childhood ballet curriculum which weaves ballet theater skills, choreography, and writing into the program and uses it in the Creative Movement, Introduction to Ballet, and Mommy and Me classes at the school. She has performed supporting roles with the New York Dance Theatre for nineteen years and in her prime performed solo and demi-solo roles in dramatic/liturgical dance.

Donna has been a choreographer, set designer and co-director for the outstanding Bay Shore Cultural Arts Program where she also serves as a board member of the Arts Endowment Fund.