One of our maxims is that everyone can dance.

Some have a natural talent and it boosts them up a few pegs for a while. Others just take a while to work out their coordination and where their feet are. You’ll see some children improving at a rate of knots and others that are bobbing along at their own pace. There is never a need to be concerned – everyone gets there eventually – if they want to.

Importantly, those that don’t want to get “there” should be allowed to just enjoy coming to class to dance, and not made to feel that they have to conform to a standard. They can find their own individual dance style and still benefit from all that dance has to offer – mental and physical learning challenges, the joy of movement to music, dancing with their friends, freeing up their mind, keeping active and supple and improving coordination and focus.

For those that are driven by competition, and are keen on excelling, we bring competitive challenges into the classroom but always in a way that the non-competitive individuals are not made to feel awkward if they do decide to take part in the challenges; alternatively they join in without participating in the challenge.

Confidence and enjoyment in a stress free environment is so important at our classes, and a catalyst for engagement and learning. There’s a place for everyone here at Betty Bloom Dance without any judgement.

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, 2021

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.