How to get active AND have fun with your kids

Parenthood is b-u-s-y! So, we love it when we stumble on a way to do two (or three!) things at once.

Dance Empire’s Mummy & Me classes are exactly that, providing a way for you to bond with your child whilst they learn the basics of dance, and you have a chance to get active and moving too!

“Mummy and Me gives mum (or the primary care giver) an opportunity to join in and share their child’s experience,” explains Miranda Smith from Dance Empire Sunshine Coast.

“The environment is relaxed and friendly, with no set costuming and no obligation for little ones to continuously participate. The children are encouraged to join in, working closely with their primary care giver, giving them a sense of security and confidence.”

Despite the name, it’s open to any primary carer and child.

“We have dads, grandmas, granddads who all come along!” Miranda says.

“We currently have one grandma who brings her third grandchild to the Mummy and Me classes—she loves the classes that much!”

“If you have younger ones to look-after (that are too young to participate), you are welcome to bring them along as well,” Miranda continues.

And don’t worry if you have two left feet, dancing skills are not required.

“You don’t need to be able to dance whatsoever! Our Mummy and Me and Cherubs classes are about sharing a beautiful and unique experience while supporting and nurturing your little one,” Miranda explains.

The classes are not yet themed, however there is an emphasis on use of props and imagery, songs and dancing to music, musical response through movement, basic movement co-ordination of gross motor skills and a minor introduction to a couple of ballet steps.

“You may think children want a brand new, different, action-packed program every week but we disagree. We have a new program each term and we find that as the term progresses the children love that they recognise what is coming next! The children also adore our beautiful props—rainbows ribbons, fairy wands, musical instruments, parachutes, feathers—the list is endless.”

The Mummy and Me program is designed to be a foundation for the Kinderballet program, should your child choose to continue.

“Just like with Kinderballet, there are no enrolment fees, and no costumes (or uniforms) to make or buy,” Miranda says. “Wear comfy clothes you can move in, be patient with you little one and model how you would like them to participate. Most importantly, don’t be shy! Join in and watch your little one copy you!”

“As a mum myself I love seeing the little ones grow in confidence each week and the excitement and pure joy on their faces!”

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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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