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For the Love of Dance at Joffrey

Joffrey Ballet School makes dance fun! Classical Ballet classes are for age 2 to 18 with a curriculum created to encourage age appropriate creativity, musicality, and physicality. Your child will dance and have fun with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet and the opportunity to learn contemporary ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance in classes.

Location: Greenwich Village, 434 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY

Joffrey Ballet School

Dance With Me w/caregiver

Age: at least 2 years
Dancers are introduced to the joy of creative movement in a fun, family friendly musical setting.
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Baby Ballerinas

Age: at least 3 years
The children will explore movement qualities, musicality, motor coordination, enhancing the development of both their bodies and their minds.
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Pre-Ballet 1

Age: at least 5 years
Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and imaginative activities keep the pace of the class lively and engaging.
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Pre-Ballet 2

Age: at least 6 years
Live music enables dancers to learn dance exercises that emphasize straight legs and pointed feet, posture, placement, stretches and comportment of classical ballet
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Demi Soloists

Age: at least 4 years
Dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements.
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Foundations of Ballet

Age: at least 7 years
Dancers are introduced to learning at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination. This training develops a strong foundation of physical and mental understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training.

Awesome Columbus Day Camps

Columbus Day Camps – October 8, 2018

Columbus Day Camp

Join this two-hour drop off Columbus Day Cooking Camp. Kids will be cooking one sweet and one savory recipe.

 

Columbus Day CampsCreative Drama with Play On! Studios UWS

Inspired by different Broadway, Disney, or Movie Musicals each session, campers explore related scenes, songs, and dances. And, of course, play lots of drama games! A day packed with theater and fun.

 

Columbus Day Camps

12 Dancing Princesses Workshop at In Grandma’s Attic UWS

Calling all princesses and heroes! Experience fantasy and adventure in this engaging fairytale.  Workshop begins with warm-up and stretches, followed by ballet class barre, combinations, across-the-floor traveling steps, and dancing improvisation.

 

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Columbus Day Adventures in Coding with Launch Math + Science Centers UWS

Campers explore up to four different coding languages! The youngest coders start off with MIT’s Scratch Jr. for an exciting introduction into the world of programming. Campers ready for a bigger challenge can use MIT’s Scratch 2.0 language to create their own unique games and animations.

 

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Columbus Day Theater Camp at Galli Theater

A wonderful theater workshop at Galli Theater (at the German School Manhattan). The theater class allows your children to act out fairytales in a playful way. At 3pm, there will be a small performance for the parents.

 

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Snow White/Dwarfs Workshop at In Grandma’s Attic UWS

Enjoy reenacting the childhood favorite fairytale about Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs! After warm-ups and stretches, we’ll dance as butterflies, horses, and children skipping in the park. Dance improvisation is a time to explore movement, connect to inner impulses, and create new pathways.

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Columbus Day Camp at Queens Zoo

Campers will learn about North, Central and South American biomes and animals that live there with a focus on their adaptations. Dive into predators and ow a food web works in each ecosystem. Then, children learn wildlife conservation and local ways to help global animals.

 

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Robots & Science Columbus Day Camp with NORY (UWS, UES, or Battery Park/FiDi)

Is your child inventive? creative? a problem solver? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have an innovator on your hands.  Young innovators will develop skills to program a robot and build circuits and structures.

 

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Columbus Day Super Foodies Camp at Taste Buds Kitchen

Super Foodies empower little chefs to be Super Fast, Super Strong, Super Healthy, and Super Happy. Taste colorful and delicious superfood ingredients, build culinary super powers and perfect  techniques. Featuring both savory and sweet recipes from Samosas to Beet Hummus.

15 Fun Classes for Pre-school Kids

Top Classes for Pre-School Aged Children in NYC (Fall/Winter 2018)

Pre-schoolers

NORY Science & Engineering is a Tots and Me class with hands-on experiments and projects.  Teach students ‘why,’ then ‘what’ to help them become more inquisitive and to show them how to look at the world differently.

 

 

Pre-schoolers

Multi-Sport | Rising Roots with FunFit Kids is a drop off class for 3yr olds.  Children focus on specific sport cues and skills that relate to gross-motor movements through games and play. Children also learn about teamwork and rules of gameplay.

 

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Piano Lessons at High Note start as early as 3.  Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.

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Fall Soccer Class for ages 2-4 with caregiver with SocRoc. Students learn soccer from a former pro and develop core strength, upper and lower body strength, as well as, flexibility, endurance, and excellent posture.

 

 

 

Pre-schoolers

Take Baby Ballerinas at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.  Children explore movement, musicality, motor coordination, thus enhancing the development of both their bodies and minds.

 

 

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Canta y Baila Conmigo for ages 4 and under with Eastside Westside Music Together. For native Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.

 

 

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Super Tumblers for ages 3-4 at 92nd Street Y.  Teach children age-appropriate, skill-oriented progressions based on USA Gymnastics’ movement programs.

 

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Preschoolers love Music with James!  James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

 

 

 

preschoolersEarly Development Art Adventures with Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces Ages 2-5 to Contemporary, Classic and Multi-Cultural Art.

  • Curriculum Based on Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Koons and more
  • Introduction to Professional Artist Materials such as plaster, clay, charcoal and mixed media

 

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Hip Hop for Ages 3-5 with Midtown Movement and Dance cultivates passion for dance. Introduce movements used in mainstream hip hop and pop music and jazz technique basics.

 

 

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In Grandma’s Attic has Budding Ballerina & Ballerino for Ages 2-3 (Chelsea, UWS, Harlem).  Each week a different fairytale is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

 

 

 

 

preschoolersGet the little ones Moving to the Rhythm of Math at Launch Math + Science for Ages 1.5-3.  With music as the foundation for learning, tots explore concepts such as counting, reading and identifying numbers, and using a number line.

 

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Learn Spanish with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup Toddler Program.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building Spanish vocabulary.

 

 

 

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Cook with Kids in the Kitchen Ages 2-4 at 92nd Street Y.

 

 

 

preschoolersStart pre-school with a Threes Preschool Class at Wee Ones Club. The daily schedule includes social play, muscle & brain builders, tumbling & jumping, music & instruments, dancing, story time, snack, art, parachute & bubbles.

Top Mommy & Me Classes

Mommy & Me classes in NYC

It’s Back-to-School season and we don’t want to forget about our littlest ones.  Get them started on their Fall schedules with these great Daddy or Mommy & Me classes in New York City.  Find classes in Music, Sports, Fitness for Moms, Language, Yoga, Dance and more!

Mommy & Me Music

Tunez for Totz is a music baby development class for ages 16 months – 3 years.  Enjoy Sing-Along with Lala, Rhythm Development Games, Dancing & Introduction to Instruments. At New York Stage of Mind.

Mommy & Me Sports

Multi-Sport Mommy & Me is a 45 minute buddy (guardian) participation class for ages 12-24 mos. Children learn important gross-motor movements through games and play in the comfort of their buddy’s hands. At FunFit Kids.

Adult and Me Gymnastics for ages 12 months to 3 years is a Mom/Dad and Me program designed for parents and their toddlers to learn fundamental gymnastics skills in a fun, safe, and interactive environment. At Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Fitness for Moms

New Baby, New Body, A New Mom’s Fitness Class allows you to reconnect with your body, while building community with other moms and allowing your baby to interact with other babies. Mommy & Me Barre Workout blends ballet technique, Pilates and yoga specifically for postnatal moms.  Mommy & Me Postpartum Pilates for ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling focuses on rediscovering waistlines and restoring posture while getting your energy and strength freely flowing. At 14th Street Y.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Mommy & Me Yoga for Starting Seeds 12 – 24 months or Sporting Sprouts 24-36 months are 45 minutes classes with buddy (guardian) participation. Children explore playful yoga exercises and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way. At FunFit Kids.

Yoga For Mommy & Baby ages 1-9 months allows Mommy and baby to connect while performing gentle yoga postures in a nurturing environment. Mothers who are at least six weeks postpartum benefit from core muscle stretching and strengthening exercises. At 92nd Street Y.

Mom & Baby Yoga or Mom & Baby Pilates help Mom get back in shape while strengthening the bond with Baby. Help baby strengthen growing muscles, aid in digestion, and promote better sleeping patterns. Dad & Baby Yoga Date: October 21, 2018. Strengthen the bond between Daddy and baby and get a great workout.  Ages 6 weeks through new walkers.  At Karma Kids Yoga.

Mommy & Me Yoga. This post-natal class combines movements, postures and breath to stretch, strengthen, release tension and bring awareness to key areas of the body that are affected from having a new baby. Guide your baby through gentle postures designed to enhance infant development. At 14th Street Y.

Mommy & Me Dance

Dance Classes for 2 1/2 year olds is a 30-minute pre-dance class that teaches the basic, beginner steps of dance.  Often Mommy or Daddy come into class for the first lessons. At The DanceSource.

My First Ballet Class/Grown-up and Me for ages 18 months to 3 years offers flexibility and exposure to Ballet, Hip Hop and Creative Movement.  Adult participation is required during the 45 minute lesson. At Midtown Movement and Dance Company.

Dance With Me is designed for 2 year olds who are not yet comfortable being in a class alone.  Each child is joined in the class by a parent or caregiver who will be the child’s “dancing partner.”  At Joffrey Ballet School.

Spanish Language

¡HOLA! Baby Program for 6-11 months introduces the Spanish language and sounds by using music, touch, movement and sensory stimuli before your baby reaches toddlerhood. At ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish.

Joffrey Ballet Goes Back-to-School

Joffrey Ballet Dance Classes for Kids

Joffrey Ballet School makes dance fun!  Their custom curriculum encourages age appropriate learning and teaches classical ballet, as well as, contemporary ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance.

Here are excellent options for After-School or Weekend classes this Fall/Winter 2018 season at Joffrey Ballet.

Dance With Me

Age: 2+.  Wed or Sat.  Specially designed for 2 year olds who are not yet comfortable being in a class alone. Each child is joined in class by a parent or caregiver who will be the “dancing partner.”

Baby Ballerinas

Age: 3+. Mo, Tu, Wed, Th or Sat. Children learn the elements of creative movement and ballet and skills such as turn-taking and following instructions are emphasized. Dancers explore movement qualities, musicality, and motor coordination.

Demi Soloists

Age: 4+.  Mo, Tu, Wed, Th or Sat. Dancers will learn through creative movement and basic ballet. Dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements.

Pre-Ballet 

Age: 5+. Tu, Wed, Th or Sat. The elements of creative movement will be augmented with an emphasis on coordination. Basic ballet concepts will be introduced.

Pre-Ballet 2

Age: 6+.  Tu, Th or Sat. Dancers are introduced to a class format that prepares them for a “real” ballet class via exercises emphasizeing straight legs and pointed feet, posture, placement, stretches, etc.

Foundations of Ballet

Age: 7+. Mo, Wed, or Sat. Students learn dance exercises consisting of barre and centre work with focuses on posture, placement and comportment of classical ballet. This training develops a strong foundation for Classical Ballet.

 

Add These 6 Fall Drop-In Activities to Your List

While it’s great to enroll your kids in a handful of semester activities, it’s also nice to have a free day (or two) for play dates, relaxing at home, and drop-in activities. Our lives are so scheduled these days, it’s nice to not always have to plan so far ahead!

If you’re looking for an activity or two that doesn’t require scheduling months in advance, here are a few of our picks for drop-in classes—from unique activities that are new to the site this season to favorites we’ve had on Kidz Central Station for some time now.

The Brand New:

Krav Maga Experts
If you’ve never heard of it before, Krav Maga is a self-defense style based on Israeli military principles—and Krav Maga experts, located in the East Village and Upper West Side, offers classes for kids! Sessions here help children improve balance, self-esteem, discipline, and focus, and sharpen insight and intuition when avoiding and escaping potentially-harmful predicaments. This class is great for kids age four and up!

Manhattan Fencing Center
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Let your child take a “stab” at fencing this fall! Manhattan Fencing Center is home to the Olympic Silver Medal Saber Team (Beijing), three top eight finishers in the London Olympics, and many members of the U.S. National Men’s and Women’s Saber Team—so the instructiors here really know what they’re doing. With an intro package here, kids age seven and up will learn the basics through two private lessons and two group lessons—plus equipment! Classes take place in Manhattan Fencing Center’s Midtown West location and can be scheduled when it’s convenient for your child.

RESOBOX
This Long Island City program offers an array of unique drop-in classes in the Japanese arts. Kids as young as five can pop in to learn awesome skills such as Manga Drawing and Animation, Crocheting and Amigurumi Making, and Japanese Classical Dance—classes you can’t find just anywhere! The program also offers traditional Japanese Karate classes taught by an expert instructor, for those interested in martial arts. Most classes are scheduled for after school, so they will fit perfectly into any child’s school schedule.

The Good Old:

standard_silviya_12_10_classEvolution Enrichment Center
If you’re looking for a drop-in class and live downtown, this place truly has it all. Located on the Lower East Side, Evolution Enrichment Center offers some great and interesting classes for kids age two and up. From a music class focused on songs around the world to Rhythmic Gymnastics—their signature class—there is so many different activities for kids to try. This fall, they are also offering a Gifted and Talented test prep class that uses SMART Boards, touch screen technology, and hands-on manipulatives to prepare little ones for entrance into the G&T program.

Music with James
Music with James is just what the name implies—small, intimate music classes with James Humphrey, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, who for the past ten years has been performing at children’s events and leading music classes throughout Manhattan. At each class he plays a variety of different musical styles and instruments, while children age four months to four years sing, dance, shake maracas, and play along. Classes take place in Murray Hill and can be bought one at a time or in packs of ten—so you can sign up and drop-in as you please.

The Art Farm in the City
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While The Art Farm is known for it’s awesome semester classes, luckily for all of us, they also offer two different drop-in sessions at their Upper East Side location—Open Play Time and Fun Fridays on the Farm! Open Play Time is offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and includes animal time, arts and crafts, and creative play in the playroom, and, as the name implies, Fun Fridays on the Farm is on Friday mornings, and kids can enjoy baking, arts/crafts, music, singing, and plenty of cuddling with animals. If you live in Midtown there’s a class for you as well—The Art Farm has teamed up with Creative Dream Parties for a drop-in Play Time with Animals class on Thursdays!

Why Dance Injuries Happen in Kids, And How to Prevent Them

Young ballerinas practicing a choreographed dance
Adolescence is a time of significant physical and psychological development for the dance student, and is typically coupled with a huge jump in training frequency and intensity. All of these factors combined make the adolescent dancer uniquely susceptible to dance injuries. In fact, injury incidence nearly doubles in 14 to 16-year-old dancers compared to dancers 9 to 13 years old.

At the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, we treat dancers of all ages from amateurs to professionals. Whether your child is dancing in an after-school group or a Broadway show, it’s crucial to remember the top risk factors for injuries in adolescent dancers, and the best ways to prevent dance injuries from occurring.

Risk: Growth spurt
The growth spurt is the most rapid and significant period of physiological development of any person’s life outside of when they’re babies. Adolescents generally experience growth spurts between ages 9–13 for girls and 11–15 for boys. Dance students, both male and female, are typically about two years behind their non-dancer counterparts in the onset of adolescent growth changes. Adolescents can experience growth slowly over a period of one to two years, or they can grow very rapidly over a period of a few months. The rate of this growth can dictate how significantly an adolescent dancer will be affected, both in their dance technique and injury risk.

During any growth spurt, the bones of the body grow first, followed by the surrounding soft tissue, including the muscles and tendons. This can create an internal imbalance in a dancer’s body that can lead to temporary decreases in flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance. These are temporary changes, but they can result in impaired technique and early muscle fatigue, which in turn increases the likelihood of injuries like tendinitis or stress fractures. These changes can also lead to psychological distress in young dancers – they don’t understand that their technique is suffering because of growth changes and can lose confidence in their ability to dance.

Safety tip: Simple activity modifications in class and rehearsal, such as reducing number of jumps, relevés, and other similar moves, can mitigate these issues and allow students to safely participate in dance throughout their growth spurts. Also, explaining to the adolescent dancer that these changes are temporary and due to a growth spurt can help boost their confidence in class.

Risk: Poor nutrition
Proper nutrition is critical in fueling the growing dancer’s body. Research into adolescent dance students has shown tendencies toward insufficient calorie intake and poor nutrition overall. Dance students can burn between 2,500–3,500 calories in a day, but the typical dance student only eats between 1,400–1,800 calories per day. The drive for thinness in dance often overrides common sense in young dancers. Because these adolescents are connected deeply with their identity as dancers, they will sacrifice proper nutrition for the sake of staying thin. This is an unhealthy attitude for all dancers to have, but can be especially damaging for an adolescent dancer whose body has increased nutritional needs for proper growth and development.

Female dancers are especially prone to injuries like stress fractures due to the connection between caloric intake, menstruation, and bone density development.

Safety tip: Adequate calcium intake (1,000–1,500mg/day) as well as getting enough calories (at least 2,500 calories per day) can reduce the likelihood for these types of injuries in female adolescent dancers.

Risk: Periodization
Dance training is rooted in the artistic culture of dance, which means that it does not follow the typical sports model of “in” and “off” season. Dance students often train at high intensity throughout the year and do not have an off season to let their bodies rest and recover from the demands of dance training. Dancers who train at a high intensity for too long are more likely to develop overuse injuries like tendinitis and stress fractures.

Safety tip: Periods of rest and recovery with a focus on cross-training activities instead of dancing are necessary to allow the dancer’s body to recover from the stress of dance training. Yoga and pilates are great activities for building and maintaining muscle strength, plus they are complimentary to dance training. Cardiovascular training—such as bike riding and swimming— is an excellent way to boost endurance while a dancer is on break.

If you have questions about keeping your child safe when dancing, speak to a trained professional.

NYULMC-2011_2CP_RGB_300dpiFrom the Real Experts at NYU Langone Medical Center:

Alison Deleget, MS, ATC is a certified athletic trainer with over 12 years’ professional experience; 10 years in the performing arts setting at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases. She has presented on adolescent dancer injury risks at national and international dance medicine conferences, and has worked extensively with professional dance companies and Broadway shows providing onsite rehabilitation services. She regularly lectures at dance schools on topics such as injury prevention and injury management.