3 Of The Best Toddler Dance Classes In Clapham



Our good customer & friend of Piccoli & Co, Gina Stevens has kindly written our first guest blog.

Gina talks us though her adventures of trying out 3 very different dance classes with her 3 year old daughter Ava!  Gina has done some of the ground work for you, when it comes to which dance class might best suits your little ones! Enjoy and thank you Gina!



My daughter Ava, is fast approaching 4 years old and I thought it would be a good idea to get her started in a Saturday morning dance class so that she has the potential to become more of a mover on the dance floor than her mother!

There are so many options in Clapham and the surrounding area, it wasn’t hard to get booked into a few free trials…here is how they went…..

Catch Perform was the first trial, just around the corner from my house off Norhtcote Road  (always a bonus for an early Saturday start) I believe it is moving to Stormont Road after Easter. This was the most traditional class out of the three as its a ballet class run by a Royal Academy of Dance qualified teacher and the classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. The class was very small with 4 beautiful ballerinas dressed in the RAD uniform (a prerequisite of the class). Parents are encouraged to leave their little angels to enjoy the class without them so I had to peep through the window to try and get a glace of the “good toes” “naughty toes”. If you are looking for a good introduction to ballet in a nice small class where there will be lots of direction this is the one for you. http://www.catchperform.com

Our second trial was at BeDance in the beautiful Alderbrook Primary School in Balham. This class draws from the world of musical theatre, jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballet. Parents are free to drop their little ones and head out for a quick coffee but actually many of the parents stayed to watch. The class had approximately 10 eager children all ready to get involved. This class was an eclectic mix of many things…singing Mary Poppins “A Spoonful of Sugar” (very sweet..no pun intended!) ….To bouncing along to the Tigger music from Winnie The Pooh…… To cutting funky dance moves to the likes of Bieber. It’s a great class for girls and boys and offers much more than just dancing. http://www.bedance.co.uk

The final trial was Funky Moves at Oak Lodge Primary School in Balham. This class provides something different to traditional jazz or ballet with their funky street style dance. A high-energy session with great music and an emphasis on fun and fitness, its no wonder this class was so popular! I counted 18 enthusiastic dancers, both boys and girls that all came prepared with their water and comfy trainers…It was soon apparent why…lots of energetic groovy funky dance moves…. definitely a good one to wear them out! Parents can watch the Funky Dance Game at the beginning and then asked to leave so can treat themselves to a well-deserved café latte and pastry at the nearby Nightingale Patisserie. The class works towards a choreographed dance performance for the parents at the end of term. If you are looking for a busy, bustling funky dance class to teach your little ones some groovy dance routines…this is the one for you. http://funkymovesdance.com

15 March 2016