Pitter Patter – offer dance and movement classes for preschoolers right up to age 9. When I got in touch with instructor Emily she was keen to point out that the classes are different to many of the dance options in Christchurch for little ones as they allow them to go at their own pace. “It’s an extremely encouraging and nurturing environment for wee ones and parents are welcome to join in with their children if needed and are able to sit and watch if they prefer or of course can pop away for coffee and a break if they want to”, she said.
Classes for really littlies are kept smaller in number so that they are not overwhelmed and children are helped to not only pick up the technique, but also to have lots of fun with it.
Classes are held in Rangiora and Kaiapoi on Thursdays. Prices start from $65 per term for Tiny Tots (2 year olds). If you join part way through a term payments are simply worked out on a pro rata basis. Check them out on Facebook for more details.
Irish Dancing – This is a bit different. These classes are being run by Lynley who is a dancing teacher from the O’Neill School of Dance. From the first class children will begin to learn the basics of traditional Irish dancing and practice to lively Irish music. Lynley says there’s no need to spend on any special shoes or clothes – kids should just wear something loose and comfortable and flat-soled shoes. Classes are suitable for age 4 upwards. Classes start at Waikuku Beach Hall on Thursday 23rd July and you can attend any number of classes or get a discount to sign up for a term. For more details contact Lynley via email email@example.com.