I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the Classical Ballet Conservatory at Gardner Village, where I witnessed the sweetest bunch of dancers around!
The Classical what, now? Yes, it's true; Gardner Village is more than just shopping and dining. It also has its own ballet studio. And a beautiful studio, at that!
Mom & Me Class (18 months-3 years)
On Tuesday mornings, The Village dance studio comes to life with the youngest dancers on the block, who are there for the Mom & Me class (9:10-9:50).
The pretty moms and their sweet ballerinas were so much fun to watch in this class. In fact, I enjoyed seeing them in action so much that I'm working to register myself and my own little girl for this fun! At only $10 a class ($40/month), it's a very affordable way for us to do something special together.
With everything from dancing with ribbons to reaching for bubbles, the tiny tots in this class loved the activities and the music and moves to go along with them. It's such a wonderful way for young children to both connect with their mamas and enjoy physical activity.
Then there was the floor routine, where the kiddos hopped across dots on the floor, walked a balance beam, and climbed through a tunnel—great fun for all ages in the class.
The kids were literally jumping for joy. They had such a good time. I'd love to see my own baby girl having such fun on a Tuesday morning.
Meet Ms. Elisse
Elisse Shell, known as Ms. Elisse to her young students, is clearly the magic behind the joy. From tying shoes and pinning up hair to monkeying around on the bars with her young students, it's clear she loves what she does and the children love her.
But it's more than just fun and games. Elisse is a professionally-trained ballerina and choreographer with a MFA in Ballet. She's trained with some of the best dancers in the world, learning tactics along the way for teaching that she loves applying to her classes to make them educational and exciting.
Pre Ballet Classes (ages 3-4)
Just as the wee ones and their mothers were evacuating the dance floor, in walked a bunch of bitty ballerinas, ready for their pre ballet class, which included both tap and ballet training. While these young dancers are only three and four years old, they were so well trained and were even practicing a choreographed routine. All while smiling and enjoying the active time together.
As I said, off-the-charts cute!
Other Class Options
In addition to classes for the tiny dancers, there are classes for all ages, including adults. To see the complete list of classes and pricing, click here.
Even if you aren't able to commit to a complete ballet class, you can still bring the dance celebration into your birthday-party planning. The Classical Ballet Conservatory offers brilliant birthday packages that any young one would enjoy. For details on birthday party options, click here.
Your Chance to Dance
Whether you want to enroll in a class for yourself, one for your child, or one you and your child can take together, there's an option waiting for you at Classical Ballet Conservatory. And the professionally-trained staff will ensure you have a lovely time learning the dancing techniques of the trade. Stop into the studio the next time you're at The Village and see for yourself what a bright and happy atmosphere it is. You'll be putting those dancing shoes on in no time!
Win a $25 Gift Certificate
Want to give the Classical Ballet Conservatory a test drive? We have just the ticket—a $25 gift certificate that you can use towards any of the services/classes offered. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, April 20. We'll announce our lucky dancer's name on next week's post.
And now, take your bow. This party is over.
P.S. We'd like to congratulate last week's Raggedy Ann 100th Anniversary doll winner.
"I still have my raggedy ann blanket made for me by my mother and grandmother. I can't wait to pass it down to my daughter! A raggedy ann doll to match would make me so happy!"--Kristal Timmerman
Hooray! Please email email@example.com to claim your prize. Thanks to all who entered! Don't forget to visit the larger-than-life, handmade Raggedy on display in Georgell's between now and Mother's Day!