Two weeks ago we were invited to a ‘My Baby Can Dance’ class by the lovely Sam Owen-Smith who runs classes in Selby, Howden and Goole (and further afield). We jumped at the chance to experience this class with our mini Mumblers as we had heard so many positive recommendations. We were not disappointed!
My Baby Can Dance classes are suitable for pre-schoolers aged 1-4 but they also run classes for smaller babies called My Newborn Can Dance. We attended the Friday morning Selby class which takes place at The Studios at Cochrane’s Shipyard on Carr Street. The venue itself is fantastic as there is plenty of space, a small onsite café (with honesty box) and free parking. Lots of boxes being ticked there!
The session was a joy from start to finish – we entered the room to a pile of building blocks that our mini – Mumblers dove straight into (this took away any possibility of initial shyness) and from then on their attention was held for the full forty five minute session. Sam was teaching the class that we attended and her warm welcome put us, and all of the other Mums, at ease immediately. She is an outstanding group leader whose enthusiasm and energy is infectious. The children obviously adore her and hang on every word she says. What we really loved about the class was the way each activity was introduced with a little explanation for parents about the purpose of the activity and the skills that it is developing.
The classes are described as giving young children the opportunity to enjoy dancing, singing and movement to music whilst learning and developing confidence, imagination, strength, balance and co-ordination. I can confirm the classes do exactly that. Our mini-Mumblers were wiggling, jiggling, jumping, balancing, singing, shouting and most importantly – smiling.
As well as being such fun, the whole session is completely educational – some of our favourite moments were: – The reoccurring theme of ‘tidy tidy’ where the children tidied up the equipment after each activity. We will certainly be pinching this one for home! – The ‘stop’ dance which reinforces a health and safety lesson, teaching children exactly what to do when they hear that word. – The counting section where Sam had the children eating out of her hands. The children listened and watched attentively whilst she moved small hoops from one arm to another whilst counting to 20. This reinforced the Early Years Foundation Stage goals but also taught them a lot about patience whilst they waited for their opportunity to explore the hoops in the space.
The class definitely appeals to boys and girls and music used throughout the session is varied and engaging. This particular session was attended by lots of lovely ladies but I’m assured that many Dads take their little ones along to classes too. We really enjoyed our morning and would whole heartedly recommend giving it a go.
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