Offerings for Children
CHILDREN'S ACADEMY: SATURDAY SESSIONS, SPRING & SUMMER 2013 SCHEDULE:
SPRING SESSION 1
• FEBRUARY 2 - MARCH 2
SPRING SESSION 2
• APRIL 6 - MAY 4
• JULY 8 - AUGUST 16
SWIM INSTRUCTION (AGES 3-12) $150
Guppy (Learn Level 1 - Ages 3- 6): 9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Minnow (Learn Level 2/3 – Ages 3-6): 10 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Shark (Learn Level 4 – Ages 7- 12): 11 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Learn basic swimming skills, build confidence and have fun too! This class is a wonderful introduction to swimming strokes for children in one of the best pools in Brooklyn. Children will be arranged by experience to ensure optimal instruction for young swimmers.
Guppy (Level 1): Guppy Level 1 swimming classes are designed to help young swimmers feel comfortable in the water. Through the use of activities and assisted support, class emphasizes numerous swimming techniques such as: how to properly enter and exit the pool water using ladder, steps or side, blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, bobbing, retrieving submerged objects, front and back glides and floats, recovering to vertical position, rolling from front to back and back to front, and introduction to front crawl stroke and back crawl stroke.
Minnow (Level 2/3): Minnow Level 2 and 3 swimming classes are geared towards more experienced swimmers who wish to improve upon the skills they already possess. Students learn more advanced swimming methods such as proper breathing techniques (rhythmic breathing), the ability to change directions while on back and front, as well as treading water in the deep and shallow ends of the pool. Swim instructors introduce and reaffirm numerous strokes on front and back with an emphasis on front crawl stroke, back crawl stroke, elementary back stroke, and side stroke.
Shark (Level 4): Shark Level 4 swimming classes are the most advanced swimming classes LIU Children's Academy has to offer. Within this level, there is a strong emphasis on stroke development and improvement. Through the use of lap swim, drills, games, and activities, students gain confidence and improve upon their front crawl stroke, back crawl stroke, elementary back stroke, and side stroke, as well as introduced to the breast stroke and butterfly stroke.
Instructor: Chetara Murphy
BABY + ME SWIM CLASSES (AGES 2½-4) $100
SESSION 1: 11 a.m.–11:30 a.m., SESSION 2: 12:05 p.m.–12:35 p.m.
Baby + Me swim classes allow parents and their children to foster a shared love for swimming, instill confidence around the water and to acquire swimming and safety techniques that will be of lifelong benefit. Lessons are designed to create a positive environment that will help each participant develop water skills at their own comfort level, all the while spending quality time together. Using hands on approach, parents will be instructed on how to properly guide and teach their children to swim.
Instructor: Felicia Reynolds
CREATIVE MOVEMENT (AGES 3-6) $150
9 a.m–10 a.m.
Children will take part in the dance-making process and make meaning through dance by learning the building blocks of creating a dance, including choreography and structured improvisation, as well as basic steps, positions, breathing technique, motor skills, and dance terminology. Children will have an opportunity to explore and apply what they have learned through exposure to a range of dance styles from around the world, including contemporary dance, hip hop, classical ballet, West African dance, flamenco, and bomba.
Instructor: Yauri S. Kelly Dalencour
MANDARIN FOR CHILDREN (AGES 3-6) $150
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Children are introduced to Mandarin Chinese in an immersive environment filled with age-appropriate games, songs, visual aids, and play. Language lessons emphasize greetings & farewells, polite words, following directions, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, opposites, weather & seasons, colors, people & objects, family members, parts of the face, parts of the body and more. If you’ve ever wondered how your child might fare learning Chinese, this introductory session will provide a young learners with a gentle beginning to the world’s most common language.
Instructor: Emily Chan
SPANISH FOR CHILDREN (AGES 3-6) $150
9 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Taught entirely in Spanish, this focused immersion class is an engaging way to introduce children to bilingual education. Through dancing, singing, playing instruments, painting and crafts, Spanish language and culture are brought to life.
Instructor: Noelia Brito
CAPOEIRA FOR CHILDREN (AGES 7-12) $150
9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Practicing Capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that seamlessly combines elements of dance, music, self-defense, acrobatics and ritual – can enhance one’s health, cultural awareness and respect for others. By teaching basic Capoeira movements and technique, our program seeks to make young bodies fit and strong while helping self-confidence, agility and poise. Course will also introduce Brazilian culture, music and language.
Instructor: Paula Verdino
COMICS AND ‘ZINES (AGES 9-12) $150
10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Students can discover the fun of making their own comics in this class. First, students are encouraged to come up with 100% their own content, from a real-life story, to a crazy dream, to a purely imaginary character and fantasy world. Then through basic drawing exercises and studies they can bring their story to life. Finally, with the introduction of basic book-making techniques students have their own comic that can be photocopied and mass produced for family and friends, and can continue making comics with the simple skills learned.
Instructor: Eli Brandwein
HIP HOP (AGES 7-12) $150
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hip Hop dance is as native to New York City as subways, Harlem and urban cool. Our versatile dance instructor Tabitha Boulding will break down fancy moves into fun steps that anyone can master. Kids will discover how to dance with confidence and style that will make them the envy of any school talent show.
Instructor: Tabitha Boulding
KARATE (AGES 7-12) $150
10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Emphasizing balance, spatial awareness, coordination and confidence, LIU’s martial arts course is developed by Dr. Milorad Stricevic, one of the world’s foremost authorities on karate and author of Karate: Martial Art and Sport. Developing an individualized program of instruction suitable to the age, interest and ability of each participant, instruction focuses on the core principles of Dr. Stricevic’s specific and highly regarded approach to martial arts.
Instructor: Hector Garcia
For more information, please contact LIU Brooklyn’s School of Continuing Studies at:
718-488-1364, 718-488-1366 or via email to, firstname.lastname@example.org
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