Bec gets lit­tlies danc­ing with joys of liv­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

Pic­ture: CLINT CARTER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

GOOD MOVES: Gig­gle­toes’ Bec Carter and daugh­ter Matilda.

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