Forget your troubles and dance – Bob Marley
Ever since I can remember I have loved dance. I can’t dance and I don’t dance but I LOVE dance. One of my favourite shows to watch was Dance Moms, I just love the different styles and how beautiful it all is. The costumes, the hair, I love it all. So you can imagine my excitement when we found out we were expecting a girl and I could put her in for classes! I had no idea you could start this early but when I found out about baby ballet classes I was sold.
I saw an advert on my Facebook page for Tiny Toes ballet. They were advertising taster sessions in my town and although the sessions were full, I could join a waiting list to book. Obviously I got my name down on that list quicker than you can say ‘baby ballet’. I didn’t even check the location of the classes, I was just desperate to get involved. Fast forward a week and an e-mail comes through to say that booking is now open to waiting list members. So I got straight onto the laptop and booked Emmy in for 6 weeks of baby ballet on a Saturday morning starting September. The class runs for 45 minutes and is a 50 minute walk there and 50 minute walk back.
As the date for the classes loomed I was more and more excited. I wasn’t sure what to expect as we hadn’t been able to make it to the taster sessions but from what I could see on social media it was all positive feedback from those who had attended. Miss Bianca the class teacher seemed so friendly and welcoming, I did send a few messages to her before booking and she was so helpful answering my questions.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul and the body – Martha Graham
We attended the first class on the 8th September. I planned on dressing Emily in a tutu for the occasion but I changed my mind at the last minute when I was buying it. We walked the 50 minutes to the venue (Daddy came along too) and arrived at the community hall. There was about 10 babies or so in the class between the ages of 6-18 months. I was quite pleasantly surprised to see a couple of little boys there too! Adult participation is actively encouraged to help the babies feel at ease and I have to say it was so much fun.
The class consists of a warm up dance, ‘three little pig’ themed activities, work on ‘good toes naughty toes’ and lots of play. It is such a fun class to be a part of. Emily loved watching all the other children and she really enjoyed exploring the pink sensory toys and the music. In the middle of the session is the time where the adults really join in. You have to hold your babies and move around to the music, marching around the circle and stopping to go into ‘second position’ and do 6 ‘ballet squats’ or pliés if you want the technical term. This is all set to a song about the three little pigs.
At the end of the first session we were given a welcome pack and Emily had her photo taken to stick in her learning journey. The welcome pack consists of a tote bag, learning journey and CD with all the music from the class so you can practice at home. We all enjoyed the class and couldn’t wait to go back the next week.
The next week came by quickly and unfortunately Daddy had come down with a chest infection so couldn’t come to the class with us. We set off on our long walk and we were the first to arrive. It turned out that a lot of the roads near by were closed and a lot of the class couldn’t get there on time due to the traffic. This was a positive thing for us as Emily had fallen asleep en route so she was able to wake up in her own time as we were waiting for the other children to turn up.
About 15 minutes later the class started and Emily was wide awake and ready to dance! The class followed the same routine as the previous week but Emily was so much more involved! She was clapping along to the music, waving her hands ‘no’ at her naughty toes and generally having the time of her life. Emily is so interested in other children at the moment and took a real liking to the little girl next to us. They are the same age give or take a few weeks and it was so cute to watch them interact.
Dance allows confidence to grow and inhibitions to fall away – Andrew Stone
Emily’s confidence has improved so much in the space between the classes and by 10 minutes in to the second class she was crawling off to sit with Miss Bianca. She was playing with the other children, exploring the sensory toys and loving the music. It was so lovely to sit back and watch her have so much fun. We can’t wait for week three!
Love Laura xx