Bec gets littlies dancing with joys of living
THE under six set is kicking up their heels with a newly launched dance and movement program in Townsville.
Giggletoes is a dance and movement program designed for all children aged under six.
Giggletoes director Bec Carter, an early childhood teacher and dance teacher, said children learnt new skills and had the ability to express themselves through movement and dance in a fun, friendly and educational environment.
“The Giggletoes program combines dance, movement, international concepts and musical games, using songs that are both new and familiar to children,” Ms Carter said.
“We teach a variety of dance styles throughout our program that encourage children to develop a variety of skills including co- ordination, balance physical fitness, language, numeracy, turn taking, imagination, creativity and confidence.”
Ms Carter said her daughter Matilda, 1, was her inspiration to create the Giggletoes business.
“Being an early childhood teacher and dance teacher, I understand the importance of getting children involved in dance and movement at an early age,” she said.
“I looked for a class to bring my daughter to, so to expose her to different dance styles, songs and to encourage her to work as a team and socialise with other children, however, there was no specific dance or movement program available for parents to attend with their children under the age of three and this is when the idea of Giggletoes was born.’’
Ms Carter said Giggletoes classes were focused on having fun while developing new and existing skills that will benefit children throughout life.
“During our classes children are not only learning new dance skills and having a positive introduction to health and fitness, they are also learning to socialise with other children,” she said.
“They are developing their language, co- ordination, imagination plus so much more.
“We incorporate songs that children may already be familiar with and we also introduce them to new songs, different cultures and a variety styles of dance.’’
Giggletoes classes are categorised into age groups that focus on children’s needs, interests and abilities.
Age groups included Gigglebubs ( three months to 15 months); Gigglewinks ( one to two years); Giggletots ( two to three years); Gigglekids ( three to four years); and Gigglestars ( four to six years). A hip hop class for children aged between four and 13 was also available.
Ms Carter said the program constantly evolved in order to incorporate activities that followed on from children’s interest in the previous class and also include new songs that are popular at the time.
Classes are held in Annandale and North Shore on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Ms Carter is also qualified to hold Giggletoes classes at early childhood centres.
Contact Giggletoes at www. giggletoes. com or at their Facebook page.
GOOD MOVES: Giggletoes’ Bec Carter and daughter Matilda.