Information for 'tots' parents

Our 18 months - 6 year old students

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Our purpose is to provide the highest-quality Tiny Tots education in a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Bom Funk Dance Studio serves the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the young students. We meet these goals with our age-appropriate curriculum and ongoing communication with parents.

The first few weeks of classes serve as an introductory phase to help students become comfortable with the overall dance experience, the classroom, their teacher, and their classmates.

Right from the beginning we focus on your child’s coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and developing imagination. We accomplish this through age-appropriate music and song, simple stretching exercises, ballet and tumbling basics, and games in an environment of creativity.

Tiny Tots dance is about helping children learn to stimulate their imaginations and express themselves creatively, not necessarily about learning steps (although they do get introduced to basic dance steps). So don’t be disappointed if your child doesn’t pirouette around the house or look like a budding ballerina right away.

'Tots' Classes offered at Bom Funk:

Rainbow Tots

Ages 18 months - 3 years. 

This class introduces children to the wonderful world of dance through basics jazz, ballet & hip hop movements to give young children a taste for a number of different styles. Students copy steps and develop their imagination while gaining confidence to perform in front of others..

Parents are invited to stay with their child in this class, once the child becomes independent, they can move into Dance Tots. Boys & Girls.

Classes: Wednesdays 9am-9.30am & Saturdays 9am-9.30am

Cost: $100/term.

Dance Tots

Ages 3 - 6 years.

This class is a blend of Ballet, Jazz & Hip Hop styles to give young children a taste of all of the fun elements of Dance. It is a great introduction to dance movement, music and rhythm. Students also develop their imagination and creative skills while gaining confidence to perform in front of others.

Suitable for the newly independent, beginner dancer. Boys & Girls.

Classes: Wednesdays 9.30-10am, Thursdays 3.45pm-4.15pm, 4.15pm-4.45pm & Saturdays 9.30-10am

Cost: $100/term.

Ballet Tots

Ages 3 - 6 years.

This class lets children start to learn the basic foundation movements of Ballet. Students learn movements like basic tondues & plies (point & bends), walking on tippy toes, fairy runs, skips and walking like a Princess.   

Suitable for the newly independent, beginner dancer. Boys & Girls.

Classes: Saturdays 10-10.30am

Cost: $100/term.

Hiphop-o-potamus Tots (boys): 

Ages 3 -6 years

This class is a blend of Hip Hop, Stomp and Breakdancing techniques. It is a great introduction to dance and choreography. The boys keep active with many activities, including obstacles courses to practice balance and jumps. 

Suitable for the active, independent, beginner dancer. Boys only.

Classes: Mondays 3.30-4pm

Cost: $100/term.

Separation From the Parent

The process of separating from the parent as the child attends dance class is an important accomplishment of Tiny Tot children. While we ask that you remain in the waiting room while your child attends class, moving to this area without tears can sometimes take several weeks and is a positive accomplishment.

As children mature, they begin to identify themselves as independent personalities. In separating from you, the parent, your child is learning

  • to develop an interest in the activities of the dance class and gain confidence;
  • to feel comfortable with other children in the class;
  • to understand that his/her parent will come back and pick him/her up;
  • to understand that all parents leave their children and come back for them.

It is important to know that at times young children will explore the limits of attending dance class and say they don’t want to go. This period may occur anytime, but it is usually short-lived. Here are some suggestions that might help you handle the situation:

  • Emphasise what the child is doing at the dance class rather than what you do while he/she is in class.
  • Before you leave, see that the child is involved in an activity or is in the hands of a teacher.
  • Avoid prolonged good-byes.
  • Ask the teacher for help in separation. We expect the crying (and usually the tears are for the parent’s benefit).
  • Tell them you will watch from the window and gradually move away.

 It May Not Be the Right Time

If your child cries repeatedly or does not want to take class, don’t panic. If we push children and create more stress than they are already experiencing, they may come to perceive dance class as a bad experience. That kind of negativity could make them apprehensive about dance for a long time, which isn’t good for anyone involved.  

If your child stops attending class within the 2 weeks, the registration fee will be credited to your account for when you child is ready to start again. We encourage you to have your child try again next next term, next semester or next year if this is the case.

We recommend that children be encouraged to practice at home but not forced to do so. Repetition is one of the key elements for success with Tiny Tots dance students; the more they practice, the more confident they will feel. Practicing with your child allows you to join in the dance experience.

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If our Tots class times don't suit you, why not gather a group of friends and contact us to organise a time for your own class?! Most day times available. Minimum of 4 children required for a new class to be scheduled.