There are two things that cross my mind when I see my daughter frolicking around the living room in contortions that somewhat resemble dance moves. The first is, “Pure.Joy.” The second is, “She has her dad’s moves.”
And both these things bring a smile to my face.
Littles are abundantly blessed with these moments of unfettered joy. Parent or not, everyone has seen this at a wedding reception. All is right in their world for the three minutes they dance their heart out. They truly do dance like no one is watching. It’s not surprising, then, that so many boys and girls want to learn to dance. As parents we want to support our children’s desire to be social, love of music, and opportunities to move, so dance is a win-win.
There are many dance class options in Marshalltown ranging from entry-level to competitive formats so you are sure to find the right fit for your child.
Today I’m happy to be introducing a new dancing opportunity for kids ages 3 and up that might be just what you’re looking for. It’s called Devoted Dance and it’s the culmination of the requests and vision of many parents in town to give children a low cost, low commitment opportunity to experience dance.
The goal of Devoted dance is to give participants an opportunity to have fun with movement and music while learning dance technique to help build confidence and rhythm. Each class begins with a prayer and some Christian music will be incorporated.
There was a “workshop” this past fall and the concept of Devoted Dance was a hit! The instructor, a high school student, had great age-appropriate moves presented in fun ways. Most importantly, the kids had a blast!
Building on the success of the initial workshop, Devoted Dance is offering a full Spring session and classes start this week! Don’t worry, if your child misses the first week it’s not a big deal.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays at the Salvation Army gym. There will be eight classes held: Feb. 21, 28, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18. Participants will learn a dance (or two) that will be performed April 25th and costumes will be simple and low cost. There are several different sessions available but the age recommendations are general guidelines and you can choose the class you think will work best for your child.
- 4:00-4:45 – Ballet for 3-5 year olds
- 5:00-5:45 – Ballet for 3-5 year olds
- 6:00-6:45 – Ballet & Tap for 6 and up – *This class is currently full but you can contact the coordinator to get on a waiting list.
- 7:00-7:45 – Jazz-funk for big kids (5th grade and up)
Cost for the whole session, all eight classes, is just $45 per dancer or $120 maximum per family. I’m not joking. It’s a steal of a deal honestly.
Dancers may wear comfortable clothes like t-shirts, pants, shorts, or leotards with tights and skirts. Dancers should plan to wear black tops/shirts/leotards for the show. Socks or ballet shoe are fine but tap shoes are needed for the 6:00 class.
If you’re interested, have questions, or wish to register, email Angie at email@example.com.