Toddler and Me introduces toddlers to music and dance, encouraging them to explore the world alongside their adult! Toddlers and their adults will stretch, sing, move, play instruments, learn finger plays and rhymes, and explore pre-dance activities; these activities facilitate brain development and caregiver-child bonding. The goal of the class is to help toddlers and their caregivers experience music and movement in a meaningful way the caregivers can replicate throughout the week. Toddlers should already be able to walk when they join this class and are welcome to participate through age 3. The Toddler and Me, Arts for Tots, and M&M classes will all participate in a Spring Showcase!
Arts for Tots combines dance and music learning! Students will sing, listen and move to music, and play classroom instruments in a fun, interactive environment that is designed to encourage creativity and prepare them for music and language literacy. They will also explore the foundational concepts of movement and ballet technique and develop basic body awareness, coordination, and control. To use the terms coined by music educator John Feierabend, the focus of this class is to nurture “tuneful, beatful, and artful” children! A class dress code is required to help facilitate focus, safety, and freedom of movement for students (see dress code requirements for details). The Toddler and Me, Arts for Tots, and M&M classes will all participate in a Spring Showcase!
Music and Movers will focus on music and movement activities that engage K-2nd grade children and encourage their artistic growth. Students will sing, play bucket drums, listen and move to music, and engage with music in a fun way that prepares them for life-long enjoyment and participation in music making. Students will work on the foundations of movement and dance to develop physical strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, spatial awareness, and mental focus. The skills developed in this class will provide students with a solid music and movement foundation that sets them up for success regardless of what musical instrument and athletic area they choose to pursue in the future. A class dress code is required to help facilitate focus, safety, and freedom of movement for students (see dress code requirements for details). The Toddler and Me, Arts for Tots, and M&M classes will all participate in a Spring Showcase.
Dress code for M&M’s and AFT: Pink or black ballet shoes are required for all students (tennis shoes are too sticky on the wood floor, and socks are too slippery). Students may choose to wear athletic clothing (black bottoms with a plain, solid top) or ballet attire (tights with a solid color leotard and optional solid color class skirt). Please choose one of these outfit options and have your student wear the SAME outfit to class each week. Having a special outfit for class helps younger students prepare mentally for class. Keeping the outfits solid-colored and plain (no sequins, glitter, etc), helps all students stay focused in class and not distracted by their clothing. Students with longer hair should have it securely fastened in a ponytail or bun, to keep it out of their face while jumping, spinning, and rolling in class.
*Ballet shoe sizes differ from street shoes. We recommend taking your child to one of the following stores for a shoe fitting:
Ballet Boutique: 240 S Main St. Florence, KY 41042
Cincinnati Dancewear: 3673 Paxton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208
Here is a link to a good quality ballet shoe on Amazon, if you'd prefer to order online: