Ballet for toddlers
September 16, 2014
I took my two-year-old to his first ballet class last week. My lovely friend invited us to join her three-year-old daughter in her regular Saturday class and I was thrilled. Ballet for toddlers is fantastic – who wouldn’t want to dance around like an animal with their friends for an hour?
He had an amazing time. The youngest child there and the only boy, he was surrounded by bouncing three and four-year-old girls decked out in frilly pink tutus. The teacher encouraged him to keep his doggie toy for comfort, and included the toy in their games and dancing. When they pretended to be animals, mine choose to be an incredibly graceful(!) elephant. The butterfly wings given to each child were a massive hit, it was sweet to see them run in wild circles around the studio. Finally they did a bit of traditional bar work along the side of the studio, a glimpse of real ballet.
We’ve gotten quite a mixed reaction from our friends when we took him to ballet class, but I’ve concluded that they didn’t watch the TV Show “Fame” enough in the ’80s to appreciate how cool male ballet dancers are. Of course we will make sure that our son tries more traditional ‘boys’ sports, but if he becomes the next Billy Eliot that would be fantastic. The main thing is that he is physically fit and happy in play. Needless to say, I highly recommend dance class for toddlers, girls AND boys!