Music + Movement

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Music

Children have natural rhythm, and there is no better way to stimulate movement and brain development than early exposure to music. Not only is it fun for the whole family, but through music, children explore sound, rhythm, movement, and their bodies in space as they dance and move to the beat. No matter what your child’s age, music is a great way to encourage growth, in a fun, playful way.

Classes include:

Little Maestros (3 months–3 years): Named NYC's premier infant and toddler music program by The New York Times and NBC's TODAY, Little Maestros takes children on a fantastic musical journey. You and your child will love our musical story times, imaginative play, language development activities, puppet shows, and "bubble music."

ShaJam! (up to 4 years old): Get ready, get set...Shabbat! Start your Fridays off right as we sing and dance with friends in a Jewish music class like no other. Led by Carla Friend of Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music Initiative.


Movement

Movement is a fun and creative way for children to learn about their place in space and how they can express their unique personalities. Children can release energy, learn balance and coordination, develop gross motor skills, understand spatial relations, socialize and make new friends, and learn how to creatively express themselves in our fun and unique dance and movement classes.

Classes include:

Ballet (18 months–4 years): Get your child moving creatively. Children will be introduced to ballet positions and techniques through an innovative approach that encourages young dancers with big imaginations.

Blooming Bébé (1–3 years): In this innovative and lively class, children move through natural patterns via exercises and dance encouraging language, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Children utilize age-appropriate props and move to a variety of dynamic music (including a live drummer for the class), working on rhythm while playing with instruments. Founded and taught by Courtney Corbin-Simon, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer, certified infant developmental movement educator, and mom!

Hip-Hop (3–4 years): This high-energy class combines hip-hop, jazz, and popular dances by energizing children and helping them to develop greater confiDANCE. Dancers learn body awareness, self-esteem, physical strength, coordination, and teamwork skills. Classes incorporate musicality, child-generated movement, and storytelling through dance and music.

Little Man Dance Jam (3–4 years): A movement class designed just for boys! In this class, we will discover rhythm with bongo drums, explore speed with a racetrack, develop coordination, and build teamwork with high-energy dancing.

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