Our Story

Discover the JOY of early childhood dance education with Intellidance®!

Hi! My name is Jessica and I LOVE to teach creative dance to families with babies to children age 5! Over 10 years ago my first daughter was born. Her birth inspired me to leave my job as an early childhood intervention teacher and start my dream career as a full time dance teacher. While the market was saturated with dance programs for children over the age of 5, I couldn't find a high quality, developmentally based, FUN early childhood dance program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers...

So I decided to create my own!

Combining my background in education (I have minors in special education, early childhood education, and fine arts education), dance and music (I grew up performing professionally in Musical Theatre shows), I began offering dance classes with my daughter around my city.

The demand was through the roof!

I could not keep up as a one woman show, so I hired and trained other dance teachers (many of whom were moms with young kids, like me!) to join my team. Three years later I had another beautiful baby girl and my own successful dance studio (J'Adore Dance)!

By this time I had many other dance teachers and studio owners bringing their own babies and toddlers to my classes. They were intrigued by the incredible success of studio and wanted to bring my methodology and programs to their own studios.

This is when I formally launched the Intellidance® Method Certification!

Over the next few years, I would host a yearly, in-studio Intellidance® Method Certification to dance teachers and studios interested offering Intellidance, but also professionals, such as music teachers, occupational therapists, childcare workers, librarians, and psychologists, who worked with young children and were interested in applying the Intellidance® Method and activities to their own practices.

At the same time J'Adore Dance had grown into a one room studio (yes, you read that right, one room) that was serving over 1200 dancers and offering over 70 classes per week!

The key to the studio's ongoing success and profitability was my commitment to the best early childhood dance classes possible- Intellidance®!

Over 400 of our dancers were under the age of 5. Once the children aged out of the Intellidance® programs they stayed at my studio because they had grown up with us, many since they were only a few months old. We weren't just a dance studio, we were family!

In Spring of 2016 I made the decision to sell J'Adore Dance to commit myself full time to supporting other dance teachers, studio owners, and professionals working with young children in using the Intellidance® Method and Programs. I have successfully trained over 100 professionals from all over the world in the Intellidance® Method and am thrilled to see Certified Intellidance® Teachers find success, profitability and joy!

My goal is to ignite your passion for early childhood dance, increase your confidence, expertise and satisfaction as a dance teacher, and reduce your levels of frustration and stress! I am committed to working closely with my students and licensees, as I know each individual brings their own unique gifts to their teaching.

Bottom line, I want you to succeed and LOVE what you do!

If this sounds like the next step in your evolution as a dance educator or business owner, I invite you to join me and our growing networking of Intellidance® teachers from all over the world!

I can't wait to meet you! ~ Jessica

Certification

Intellidance® Method Certification

The Intellidance® Method Certification program trains professionals in the best practices in early childhood dance education.

You will receive training in how to structure, plan, and implement developmentally appropriate dance programming for 4 different age groupings:

  • Babies (ages 3-11 months)
  • Tykes (ages 12-24 months)
  • Tots (ages 2-4)
  • Kids (ages 3-5)

The Intellidance® Method Certification was developed to provide a flexible, training option for international students with a variety of life and work needs. The Intellidance® Method Certification program is completed online under my guidance and mentorship. You are given life-time access to complete the course, but individual completion rates vary based on number of hours a day a student can dedicate to the course materials and assignments. I have had students successfully complete the course in as little as 6 weeks. Students who are working full time are able to complete course within 4-5 months by dedicating a few hours weekly to their studies. However, as a dedicated mother and business woman myself, I understand unexpected situations can come up with our family and work lives, so I like to provide my students with a stress free learning experience, which is why I grant you lifetime access to the course.

The Intellidance® Method Certification course consists of 6 modules, which includes:

  • Six online course books that create the Intellidance® Training Manual (Over 150 pages)
  • Intellidance® Activity Guide for each program (over 500 ready to use creative dance and music activities)
  • Intellidance® Lesson Plans for each program (over 16 weeks of ready to go lesson plans for each program)
  • Videos of Intellidance® classes and activities (over 90 videos of Intellidance® activities and classes in action)
  • Intellidance® Lesson Plan Templates to create original lesson plans
  • Intellidance® Early Childhood Development Guide for ages 0-5 years
  • Music Recommendations for each Intellidance® Activity 
  • Digital download of all course books and guides (for those who prefer to read the course information in paper form)

Throughout the course you will complete a variety of written and practical (video) assignments to support your learning. These include:

  • The Intellidance® Classroom Sensory Experience (module 1)
  • Developmental Synopses for each Intellidance® program (modules 3-6)
  • Intellidance® Lesson Plan for each program (modules 3-6)
  • Intellidance® teaching practice videos (2-3 minutes) of yourself leading an Intellidance® activity from each program (modules 3-6)

Assignments are uploaded online, reviewed, and then I send you individualized, written feedback. If you are not successful at one or more parts of the assignment, I will send specific feedback on what needs to be changed. You will then resubmit the updated assignment to be reviewed again.

You will further enhance your learning of the Intellidance® Method through a variety of online experiences including:

  • Easy communication with myself through the course messenger service.
  • Membership to the private Intellidance® Certificate Network (on Facebook) to discuss, share, and collaborate with myself and Intellidance® students and teachers from around the world!
  • Additional Live Webinars to further enhance your learning.

Register for the Intellidance® Method Certification Now!

Looking for a LIVE Intellidance® Method training experience? 

I am happy to provide an in-person Intellidance® Method Certification program over 5 days at your studio! Combining online supports with hands-on learning, this is a dyamic and fast pace way to learn the Intellidance® Method! Major discounts for groups of 8+! 

Contact Us for Information on Hosting an Intellidance® Method Certification

Certified Intellidance® Teachers

Become a Certified Intellidance® Teacher

Want to bring the award winning Intellidance® programs to your community or studio?

All of this is achieved in 3 Simple Steps!

Step One: Intellidance® Method Certification

The first step in becoming a Certified Intellidance® Teacher is to successfully complete the Intellidance® Method Certification!

Register for the Intellidance® Method Certification Now!

Step Two: Intellidance® Teacher Practicum

After successful completion of the Intellidance® Method Certificate program you will have the opportunity to complete the Intellidance® Teacher Practicum. The practicum is designed to ensure you have the teaching and business skills needed to successfully launch the Intellidance® programs in your community.

Under my guidance, the Intellidance® Teacher Practicum includes:

  • Execution of Community Classes
  • Creation of the Business Plan for Success

During the teacher practicum you will be required to lead Community Classes for each Intellidance® program. These classes must be filmed and submitted online for review. You will receive detailed feedback and guidance on your teaching to ensure successful delivery of your Intellidance® programs.

The teaching practicum also includes the completion of the Business Plan for Success worksheet. Businesses are not built over night. It is important that you thoughtfully plan your business development to ensure they are on the path to success. With the Business Plan for Success worksheet you will outline your community demographics, pricing model, marketing strategy, and growth goals. I will review your Business Plan for Success worksheet and provide you with a strategic business building plan to support your success!

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Step Three: Become a Certified Intellidance® Teacher!

After successful completion of the Intellidance® Teacher Practicum, you will have the opportunity to become Certified Intellidance® Teacher.

Certified Intellidance® Teachers continue to receive business and teaching support, resources, marketing materials, and professional development for a low annual fee of $99 US!

Certified Teachers receive:

  • The right to teach the Intellidance® programs under the Intellidance® name in their community.
  • Access to the private Intellidance® Certified Teacher Network Group (on Facebook) to network with other Certified Intellidance® Teachers, discuss class activities, teaching tips, new information related to early childhood development, discuss business development, marketing strategies, and information related to business growth.
  • Intellidance® Marketing and Business Materials including logos, photos, basic marketing and business materials to help get your classes running (digial downloads)
  • Access to Certified Intellidance® Teacher Shop where additional lesson plans, teaching materials and resouces, and premium marketing and business materials (print and digital) can be purchased. These resouces are only available to Certified Intellidance® Teachers.
  • Certified Intellidance®  Teacher Page on Intellidance® website including:
    • Teacher biography and photo
    • Class schedule
    • Contact information
Course Dates

Upcoming Intellidance® Certification Course Dates

To ensure our students have the best learning experience I limit the number of students in each of my courses to 10 people only. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis so early registration is strongly recommended.

The Online Intellidance® Method Certification will be available for the following upcoming course intake dates:

  • April 15, 2017 (registrations will open on March 6, 2017)
  • June 15, 2017 (registrations will open on June 1, 2017)
  • October 1, 2017 (registrations will open on September 15, 2017)

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FAQs

FAQs

How long does it take to complete the Intellidance® Method Certification?

You are given life-time access to the course, but individual completion rates vary based on number of hours a day a student can dedicate to the course materials and assignments. I have had students successfully complete the course in as little as 6 weeks. Students who are working full time are able to complete course within 4-5 months by dedicating a few hours weekly to their studies. However, as a dedicated mother and business woman myself, I understand unexpected situations can come up with our family and work lives, so I like to provide my students with a stress free learning experience, which is why I grant you lifetime access the course.

What do I require to take the course?

To complete the course you will need:

  • A computer or tablet with internet
  • Word processing software for written assignments (such as Microsoft Word)
  • A PDF viewer program to download digital resources (we recommend Adobe Acrobat Reader- you can download it free here!)
  • A video camera for practical assignments (this can be as simple as the camera on your phone)

I don't have a background in early childhood education. Can I still take the course?

Yes! I have successfully trained many professionals whose background is not in early childhood education. The most important thing is that you are willing and eager to learn! I have recommended book lists I send students with less experience in early childhood education to help supplement and support them during the course.

I don't have a background in dance. Can I still take the course?

Yes! I have successfully trained many professionals who do not have a formal background in dance. The most important thing is that students love to dance to music and express themselves through movement. If you can march, jump, gallop, skip, hop, turn, and just generally groove to a beat, you can teach Intellidance!

I'm already a dance teacher teaching my own early childhood dance programs. What am I allowed to use in my own classes from Intellidance® Method Certification?

Anyone who signs up the the Intellidance® Method Certification may use ALL the activities and lesson plans provided in the course in your own classes. I highly recommend you do! You may also include the Intellidance® Method Certification in your professional resume or biography. If you do not enter the licensing program, you simply may not call your classes Intellidance® or use any of our visual branding (photos, logos, etc.).

I am not a dance teacher and am taking the Intellidance® Method Certification as professional development. What am I allowed to use in my own practice from Intellidance® Method Certification?

Anyone who signs up the the Intellidance® Method Certification may use ALL the activities and lesson plans provided in the course in your own classes. I highly recommend you do! You may also include the Intellidance® Method Certification in your professional resume or biography. If you do not enter the licensing program, you simply may not call your classes Intellidance® or use any of our visual branding (photos, logos, etc.).

I want to take the Intellidance® Method Certification, but I'm not sure if I want to pursue becoming a Certified Intellidance® Teacher? Can I pursue this in the future?

Yes! Anyone who successfully completes the Intellidance® Method Certification may enter the pursue becoming a Certified Intellidance® Teacher at any time. I have had a few students take the course and not become Certified Intellidance® Teachers until a few years later. I am ready when you are!

Do you offer scholarships or financial assistance/payment plans?

At this time we do not offer scholarships, however, if you are needing financial assistance/payment plan please contact us!

I am a studio owner interested in bringing Intellidance® to my studio. Do all my teachers need to be trained through you?

Yes, anyone teaching the Intellidance® programs must take the Intellidance® Method Certification under my mentorship. This ensures that all teachers receive the same level of training. It also removes that work load from your plate as you grow your teaching team.

I am also happy to run a LIVE 5 day Intellidance® Method Certification at your studio, to train all your staff in one week! Group training discounts will apply. Please contact me for more information on hosting the Intellidance® Method Certification!

I want to start an Intellidance® business in my community, but I don't have my own studio...

No problem! Many of our Certified Intellidance® Teachers have built successful Intellidance® businesses in their communities through partnering with other facilities and renting their space. Ideas for places to run classes include:

  • Community Centers
  • Yoga/Fitness Studios
  • Dance Studios
  • Churches
  • School Gymnasiums
Testimonials

People LOVE Intellidance®!

Alaina Smith

Certified Intellidance® Teacher

Intellidance® has enriched my teaching and has made me a more confident teacher. I use Intellidance® as a preschool teacher, I teach several Intellidance® classes a week in my community, and I also use the program in my preschool ballet classes. I absolutely love the programming we are continually provided, along with all the new music I have been introduced to. Jessica is wonderfully positive and encouraging!! Her on-going support in my new business adventure has been very much appreciated. Intellidance® has provided me the opportunity to work with a young family doing what I love and provide a fun, educational class to families in my community that I really believe in!

Beatrice Leung Morison

Physical Therapist and Mother

My two children have been dancing with Jessica from the time they were babies. Intellidance® has offered both my son and daughter opportunities to learn and advance their movement skills, coordination, and balance through music and play. Each level, from babies to kids, introduces new challenges and progression.

As a health care professional, it is amazing to watch my own children and others, develop and change throughout each session! Jessica's cohesive lesson plans include fresh materials and music with unique and personal takes on popular rhythms and songs. Her background in education, special needs, and movement is evident in her teaching style.

Parents have as much to learn in Intellidance® as their children. You will discover new ways of fostering development and to use music and play to implement them.

Intellidance® is an innovative approach to early childhood development!

Liesa Mckay

Certified Intellidance® Teacher

The Intellidance® programs are such a joy to teach. I love watching the children and their caregivers explore all the different ways their bodies can move, without being told that what they’re doing is right or wrong! Intellidance® Babies has shown me just how much very young children observe, absorb, and express information presented to them! It’s very rewarding to watch young babies smile with delight as they interact and play with their mom, or to see a 6 month old child bop and groove to the beat of the music. A number of moms have thanked us for teaching them different activities to do with their babies at home, and for providing valuable developmental information about their babies. They feel empowered and knowledgeable regarding their baby’s development, instead of overwhelmed.

Jessica’s training program not only gives the basics of the Intellidance® programs but also the “why” behind what we do in class. Understanding why we do what we do gives the instructor a much deeper understanding of both natural child development and how specific activities can foster that development. Jessica also allows for individual instructor creativity within the lessons so that you feel confident as an instructor. There are comprehensive lesson plans that allow you to easily and seamlessly teach a class with both Jessica’s ideas as well as your own. I have been a dance teacher for a number of years, and never have I felt more supported and knowledgeable than when teaching the Intellidance® programs.

Jenna Brenan

Certified Intellidance® Teacher

Taking the Intellidance® certification course re-ignited my passion for teaching dance to young children. Jessica provided us with many visual and hands-on learning opportunities. Observing Intellidance® Babies, Tykes, Tots, and Kids classes made the learning authentic. These observations allowed us to see how each class is structured while taking note of Jessica’s “little tricks” to keep the participants engaged.

While creating my lesson plans, the early childhood development charts helped me to analyze, synthesize, and apply the information into my own plans, thus creating developmentally appropriate and engaging lessons. The Intellidance®community is incredibly supportive and I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Gillian Galante

Mother

I signed up for the Intellidance® Babies class upon recommendation from a good friend of mine and it quickly became the highlight of the week for my daughter and I. I highly recommend this class!!! I especially loved that despite the range of ages in the class, there was truly something for every age from 2-12 months. I watched as my daughter grew from a shy 6 month old who spent most of the class glued to my side, to an independent and very social 1 year old. I also appreciated the learning opportunities that Jessica presented at the beginning of every class as well as the articles and blog posts made available every week. This class is a great opportunity to bond with your child while also nurturing their emotional and intellectual development. I am looking forward to starting the follow-up class (Intellidance® Tykes) with my daughter this summer!

Danielle Smith

Fitness Instructor and Mother

It has been a great pleasure that my daughter Makenna participated in Intellidance®. Makenna is a free spirit like all preschoolers, and she flourished in a dance class that did not specify exact movements required for children to mirror, but for children to use dance to explore their natural movements and creative dance. Makenna has a strong sense of self and enjoys freedom to move with music and song. Attending Intellidance® strengthened her independence of body movement and expression! My only regret was not having her in more classes!

Thank you Jessica for developing this program and providing it to all!

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