Yes, boys dance too! Dance is an excellent way to encourage creativity, flexibility, and motor skills–skills that both girls and boys need! Our “Boys Only!” classes help boys feel comfortable exploring their creativity and developing skills like discipline and respect that they can utilize in school, friendships, and every day life! Don’t believe me? Check this out!
Boys Only! Creative Movement
Boys Only! Creative Movement is open to ages 3-5, no previous experience required. Much like our other Creative Movement classes, students will learn the basics of dance and develop various skills while we explore both free and structured movement. Students will learn how to take turns, encourage other students, and follow directions. Rhythm, counting, and basic dance technique is introduced. Instead of princesses and fairy tales, you’ll find jungle adventures, deep sea explorations, and much more!
What to Wear: Black or navy shorts, white t-shirt, black ballet slippers
What to expect on your first day:
- The first day of dance class can be so exciting! For some dancers, it can also be quite intimidating–lots of new faces, loud music, and doing it all without mom can be stressful! Our instructors and assistants will quickly welcome dancers into the dance room and begin class so there is very little time to become upset. We ask that parents wait in the lobby until class is over (sometimes, we need you to take your dancer to “go potty”!). Typically, we don’t allow parents in the room as it can discourage their dancer from participating, and it can distract or upset other dancers who might be missing their own parent.
What if my student is too upset to dance?
- Usually, after our “warm up” song, most dancers are comfortable enough to finish class. However, it is completely normal for new and young dancers to become upset before even entering the dance room. First, an instructor or assistant will offer to hold your dancers hand and let her our “helper” for the day. If that’s not enticing enough to leave mom’s side, we will invite mom or dad inside the dance room for a bit. We always prefer that parents take their dancer to their “spot” in the dance room and encourage them to participate.
- Generally, whether it be in the same class or after a couple classes, parents can slowly make their way to the door so they can still be seen while dancers participate on their own. Within a month or so, most dancers are ready to fully participate all by themselves!
Boys Only! Hip Hop
Boys Only! Hip Hop is open to ages 6+, no previous experience required. Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often “freestyle” (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions—colloquially referred to as “battles”. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. Either way, it’s a guaranteed way to have a fun work out and learn skills like coordination, rhythm, and confidence!
What to Wear:
- Shoes: Black Converse (off brand is fine). NO STREET SHOES. Students should wear street shoes to the studio, and change into their dance class shoes in the lobby. This is to protect our dance floor as well as keep debris such as rocks and dirt off the floor which could injure dancers.
- Black dance pants, athletic pants, or sweat pants and a t-shirt (not too baggy)