About Creative Movers Morning Program

Building Bright Futures Through the Arts


Dance Conservatory of Charleston’s Creative Movers Morning Program fosters your little one’s love of learning through an arts integrated, dance-focused curriculum! Meeting tri-weekly (M/W/F) for three hours each session, our Creative Movers will learn through play, creative movement and traditional lesson plans with the goals of building confidence in independent & cooperative activities; refining fine & gross motor skills; encouraging social & emotional growth; and preparing each student for a successful transition to Kindergarten. Our unique curriculum also includes Beginner Level instruction in ballet & tap, and all enrolled Creative Movers are eligible to participate in DCC’s performances of The Nutcracker and Dance In Bloom Spring Showcase!

Creative Movers is designed for ages 3-4 with a low student-to-teacher ratio. All enrolled students must be potty-trained and meet the minimum age requirement by September 1, 2024 to enroll. Registration opens January 15, 2024 and the program will run from September 4, 2024 - May 23, 2025.

Sample Daily Routine

8:50Arrival Time Begins
9:00-9:15Fine Motor Activity
9:15-9:30Circle Time/Story Time
9:30-10:15Small Group Play/Small Group Lesson
10:15-10:45Snack & Bathroom Break
10:45-11:15Gross Motor Activity (Music & Movement/Ballet/Tap)
11:15-11:45Large Group Lesson/Large Group Play
11:45-12:00Closing Circle Time & Dismissal

Each day provides a balance of opportunities for group play, independent exploration, creativity and structured instruction. While a general routine is followed to help foster trust and security for young children, we also leave freedom in our schedule to allow some transitions to be child-led.


DCC’s Creative Movers Morning Program is led by DCC Faculty, Susan Cram-Smith. In addition to over 20 years of experience in dance education, Susan has spent the last 15 years serving as the Fine Arts Director at a local K2-12th grade private school, teaching children of all ages while creatively infusing arts lessons with academic standards. Prior to that, she worked as an early childhood interventionist, providing one-on-one support for preschool aged children with developmental delays in motor skills & language. Susan has developed DCC’s Creative Movers Morning Program curriculum based on her years of experience, education background, and in collaboration with other early childhood educators locally & abroad. Susan holds a BA from Carson Newman University. She and her husband, Matt, have two daughters, Jocelyn and Samantha.

Health & Safety

All Creative Movers Morning Program teachers are trained in First Aid & CPR, as well as in Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” program. Hand washing is part of our morning and snack routine, as well as frequent sanitization of surfaces and materials. Any student with signs of sickness must remain home; students showing signs of communicable sickness will be excluded from entry or asked to be picked up immediately. Symptoms include base temperature of over 100° F, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain not related to injury, sore throat, excessive sneezing or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, complaints of upset stomach or nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. For safety, visitors are not allowed in the studio during the morning program except on pre-announced dates.

Kindergarten Readiness

Through play and creative exploration of the arts, we are working towards achieving kindergarten readiness and a love of learning for each of our participants. Kindergarten Readiness includes goals in fine & gross motor development, language and pre-reading, math (counting, number recognition, shapes), self-care, emotional regulation and social skills.