Here at loveashford we love our town centre businesses. Particularly when they show creativity, flare and enthusiasm, and even more so when they come with tiny little dancers in cute little tutus!
We recently met with Babyballet teacher, Miss Hannah, to find out more about the classes she runs at the Elwick Club on Church Road in Ashford town.
Miss Hannah, who has been a dancer since she was three, has been running the Ashford branch of Babyballet since April this year and also holds classes in Biddenden. Now, with the help of Babyballet’s first male teacher, Matty, they will soon be expanding to Folkestone too.
Babyballet is the UK’s leading pre-school dance academy and has branches throughout the country. It was set up 10 years ago by Yorkshire mum-of-four, Claire O’Connor. The company has won numerous national awards and has now been running in Ashford for over one year.
The classes begin with an engaging warm up to music.They are taught skills using basic routines that encourage the children to use their creative imaginations too. They march with tambourines, play balancing games and are introduced to key ballet positions, all with plenty of lively movement and fun. As the session goes on, even the shyest of children start to come out of their shells and with plenty of motivation and praise, are soon bouncing around the room with the rest of the class.
Claire O’Connor explained,
“Babyballet is an exciting educational dance programme for boys and girls of all ages with a huge emphasis on learning through fun. Doing ballet inspires mental and physical confidence – which is a useful thing to have in life whatever you do,”
Miss Hannah hopes that by bringing children’s entertainer, Matty on board, it will encourage more pupils to join the classes, particularly more boys.
The classes are held throughout the week for different age groups, ranging from six-months to six-years. Younger children experience a more sensory-style class, involving musical instruments and nursery rhymes. The older the teaching groups get, more technical skills and advanced learning is introduced.
Classes meet again after the school Summer holidays Monday 7th September 2015.