Looking for an innovative & upbeat class for your kids in the neighborhood? Well look no further, City Kids Dance has come to Woodside to spice it up! This dance & movement program combines a strong organic movement style, modern dance, ballet, interpretive dance, tumble & acrobatics. However it is not just about ballet or dance itself, but exploration & discovery through free creative movement.
Dina Gray, Director/Founder, told us City Dance Kids is an early childhood learning program that uses dance & movement as a tool to encourage & inspire kids to channel their inner talents. Currently three classes are being offered for the spring semester: Dance & Tumble,Ballet Babies & Super Hero Adventure which is truly a unique experience. Come & check it out for yourself!
Dance & Tumble for ages walking to 22 months encourages children & their caregivers to explore dance, music & tumbling in a warm nurturing environment. Parents learn how to help their little ones with back bends, somersaults, rolling & other acrobatics. Somersaults are great for the neck & developing agility in children. This class fosters the development of motor, vocabulary & listening skills. Props used include fun colorful mats, wind wands, instruments & much more!
Ballet Babies for ages 18 months to 3 years gives tots an opportunity to find their “inner ballerinas”. Children can come dressed in tutus & learn beginning ballet steps by dancing in circles or across a line. This class promotes cooperation, motor skills, imaginative dance & musicality. Spin, leap & bow in this fun & interactive class. Even this class incorporates tumbling! Props used include balance beams, scarves, colorful mats, & more.
Super Hero Adventure for ages 18 months to 3 years is truly a unique class for active tots that combines creative dance & tumbling with a splash of martial arts. Kids can imagine to be super heros or pretend they are their favorite ones, through imaginative play & movement. Kids leap over hurdles, run through a mini obstacle course of cones & roll onto a mat to the music. Props include colorful mats, balance beams, rainbow scarves & more!
We had the privilege to attend both a Ballet Babies & Super Hero Adventure class & we were quite impressed. Sarah Turner, teacher, was highly skilled in the specific techniques used in each class. There was a certain rhythm & fluidity to her style that was simply amazing to watch & be a part of. She encouraged students to try things out, guided them & if they weren’t ready yet she gave them positive reinforcement. She maintained a class structure, while providing a personal experience for each family.
Children not only get to dance & be creative, but learn to develop a positive sense of self & how to work together as a community. All classes are non-gender specific & have a focus on developing agility, which children often lose when not put into practice. Dina told us music is key & kids are taught to listen to the music & connect it with what they are doing.
Kids may watch & absorb choosing to do the choreography at home or they may be performers in class. Some parents hold their children & guide them through it until they are comfortable, while other kids jump right in. Whatever the case, you may be rest assured your child will be taking it all in, learning to be social & how dance in a group.
Dina & Sarah are an inspiration & currently live in the Sunnyside/Woodside area. They both have an array of experience to share. To learn more about them check out their bios online.
Where: Woodside Ballet Academy, 49-10 43rd Avenue, Woodside, (718) 672-6372
When: Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m.- Dance & Tumble, 10:30a.m. Ballet Babies, 11:30am-Super Hero
The 10 week Spring Session is currently in session running from now to May 22nd. Families are still welcome to join at any time & the session will be pro-rated. The Summer session is 8 weeks & will be running from June 4th- August 5th. They hope to add another day to the roster so families can have two days to choose from.
Cost: $245 per session, no registration fee in Queens
Ages: Walking – 3 years depending on the class
For more info visit: www.citykidsdance.com
By Kelly O’Neil
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