Mums get their groove on with ba­bies

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Two Auck­land women are help­ing new mums stay in shape by run­ning baby-wear­ing dance classes.

Jody Ste­wart and Kim Seifu started the MotherFunk Baby Wear­ing Dance Class last month at the One­hunga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to help new moth­ers get out of the house and get their groove on with their ba­bies.

Ste­wart and Seifu are both break dancers - they took part last year in the Bat­tle of the Year dance com­pe­ti­tion un­der the crew name MotherFunk.

Ste­wart, 33, a Man­gere Bridge res­i­dent and mother of three chil­dren, said they re­alised their crew name meant so much more than just a dance com­pe­ti­tion en­try name.

‘‘It’s a whole phi­los­o­phy where mums get out and keep do­ing the things they love do­ing even af­ter they be­come moth­ers,’’ Ste­wart said.

‘‘We de­cided that we could start a baby-wear­ing dance class be­cause we love to dance and it would be some­thing that we could give to mums, new mums es­pe­cially, to help them get out of the house and not worry about child­care.’’

The Wed­nes­day hour-long classes have been a big hit since start­ing.

Mums, with their ba­bies worn in a front or back-pack car­rier, dance hip hop and a bit of salsa to pop, reg­gae and old-school funk mu­sic.

Tod­dlers head along, too, and are left with toys to en­ter­tain them while their mums dance.

‘‘It al­lows mums to get out with their ba­bies and tod­dlers, meet other mums, get some ex­er­cise and have fun do­ing it.

‘‘The mums have told us how much they’ve en­joyed the class. They’ve said it’s not dif­fi­cult and their ba­bies are happy to come along.’’

Ste­wart said hav­ing a baby should not dis­cour­age new mums from get­ting out.

They hoped their MotherFunk Baby Wear­ing Dance Class would con­tinue to grow and make mums re­alise that their life does not have to pause af­ter they give birth.

‘‘I just want to en­cour­age any mums who are read­ing this to keep go­ing and to make time for your­self to en­joy the things you loved do­ing be­fore you be­came a mum.

‘‘Don’t lose your MotherFunk.’’ Classes are every Wed­nes­day at 10am at the One­hunga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The baby wear­ing dance class is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and there’s still room for more mums, even dads, to join.

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