Our Violet classes are for pre-schoolers! Full of fun and energy, these classes are not only entertaining for children but often an opportunity for parents or grandparents to spend some quality time with their little ones, doing a physical activity that isn’t weather dependent. But in reality, the classes have a method to their frivolity and offer children so much more than just a fun activity.


“The Violet classes were honestly an after-thought. Our classes for 4 years and older were going swimmingly well and parents were starting to ask for toddler level classes. We had absolutely no idea how much they would be loved by both little ones and their parents” says Kally Peigne, found of Betty Bloom Dance


So we started organically, realising attention spans were going to be very short indeed! Developing a lesson plan that maintains interest and attention is all very well, but we also delved into the National pre-school curriculum as well as obtaining information in toddler development psychology. These vital attributes were wrapped in sugar (figuratively) and been integrated into our toddler classes!





Therefore as well as a lot of fun and exercise, the skills can be categorised into the following areas: an introduction to structured learning,; physical development skills; mental, emotional and social skills.


In effect, the children learn the following:


- Structure and very early form of discipline so that the little ones learn to recognise and learn to take part in an organised activity

- Listening and understanding instructions from a teacher, ie someone who is not a parent

- To build on skills of body isolations and coordination of individual body parts, ie arm, leg, hand, shoulder, knee movements

- Understanding musicality, listening to and moving with the music, and being able to coordinate ourselves to the rhythm of the music

- Expression work - to recognise and understand different expressions in a fun, safe and relaxed environment

- The ability to use a prop to enhance coordination and build a further complex layer of ability

- To voluntarily coordinate the use of two or three different physical actions at the same time, eg arms, legs and faces

- To be able to sit in a social environment and take turns, be respectful of others, and learn to enjoy group focused activities

- Prepping for more organised and formal dance lessons later


On a final note – it was VITAL that we included parents in these classes! Not only do we LOVE having parents dance along with us but we could not think of a better, relaxed, informal and fun way to introduce dance to a small child.


Parents and toddlers – we welcome you to experience our classes!

Updated: Mar 4





Children’s dance schools more or less teach similar steps and movements (excepting ballet with a stricter, more disciplined pedagogy).


So what makes the experience of attending one dance school

a drastically different experience from another?


Sure, there’s the personality of the teacher is always important. However the main arching difference is that each organisation has its own culture and ethos: beliefs and values of the principal which filter into all their classes.


At Betty Bloom Dance, we are a child-centric organisation, meaning that we produce lesson plans from the point of view of the children, taking into account their age and their skill level. We prioritise what are they going to LOVE, because for us dancing is about love, passion, and engaging the soul and not some kind of “one size fits all”. For us, children are and will always be our first consideration.


... dancing is about love, passion, and engaging the soul


In this way our lessons are infused with:


Encouraging creativity and interaction in class

Valuing contribution of individuals

Cultivating personal expression in dance (we are not creating robots)

Build self-esteem and confidence

Create engagement through expression and

Celebrating individuality

Collaboration in teamwork

Using varied music to broaden imagination and experience

Facilitate the freedom of mind, body and soul that dance can offer



With these foundations of values and beliefs, we build our dance curriculum and lesson plans. We have found a perfect “marriage” in using both Freestyle and Musical Theatre pedagogies to provide an expansive but balanced curriculum to teach dance, where ballet is added to the mix where children are looking to progress professionally.


What’s the single most important thing at Betty Bloom Dance?


That every child counts, whether they attend to have fun with their friends, or whether they hope to dance on a West End stage one day. Our dance school works to enhance each individual’s potential and to open up the colossal benefits that dance can bring physically, mentally and emotionally.



Updated: Mar 4

We are living in a time when there is a plethora of choice in the kinds of activities on offer to kids.






The western world has never had it so good and our standard of living is positively luxurious in comparison to times gone by. Yet the rise in children’s obesity can be attributed in part to the lack of physical activity.


Motivating children to keep active is not always easy,

especially if they do not possess a natural talent for sport


Yet dance offers just this: the engagement in a physical activity which does not feel laboured or pressurised. A social environment which offers fun, friendships and feel of togetherness. Music which makes the heart soar!


... the engagement in a physical activity which does not feel

laboured or pressurised ...


At Betty Bloom Dance we have the joint forces of carefully chosen music together with methods of motivating and engaging children to ensure our classes are as fun, imaginative and provide a wonderful foundation for learning. Our music is easy, accessible and liked by everyone. We use role plays and expressive dance to tell a story. And through this children can experience a new world and step outside of themselves.


Every child is important to us. We offer challenges to those that need it, and a fun and friendly environment to those that simply want to enjoy dance.


Dancing is fun, effortless and liberating


It’s a life skill that offers not just physical activity, coordination, balance, poise etc, but if you know how to turn on feelings of sheer joy and unbridled pleasure then you know you can cope with most things life throws at you.


Kally Peigne

Principal

Betty Bloom Dance