Which Dance Classes Are Appropriate for Toddlers?

Toddlers love to move around, and they love to learn new skills. Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center takes these desires and blends them into comprehensive dance classes that teach children about movement, etiquette, and specific dance styles. Here is a closer look at the appropriate dance classes for toddlers:

Intro to Dance
Intro dance classes are vital to teaching beginners the basics of movement, which will have a profound affect on their health, flexibility, and strength. A strong foundation in movement, coupled with music, will help toddlers learn the basics of specific dance styles, such as ballet and tap. In Intro to Dance, toddlers will learn movement and dance through obstacle courses, activities, and fun songs. This is a class they get to take on their own, so they will also begin to learn independence.

Gym/Dance Combo
The Gym/Dance Combo class is a perfect blending class for toddlers. They can learn about creative movement along with a foundation in gymnastics. Gymnastics requires skills and knowledge in precise movements to avoid injury. These movements can be used in both gymnastics and different dance styles. Giving toddlers this complete foundation can help them find their passion for movement, whether it be in dance or gymnastics.

Littles Hip-Hop
Littles Hip-Hop dance class is for older toddlers and preschoolers. It is filled with energy and upbeat music and movement. Children will learn the foundational skills in several different hip-hop styles, such as break dancing. This class is a great way to teach young children about skill-building along with improvisation. These skills will help them build their self-confidence and muscle strength, which will follow them throughout their lives.

Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center is dedicated to giving Tucson’s children a comprehensive understanding in all types of dance. We offer classes for all ages and skill types, so children and adults can learn the joy of movement. Please call us at (520) 818-7974 to learn more about the best classes for toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults.

Setting Healthier New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

The new year is here, and that usually means setting resolutions. Keep your entire family active with local activity centers, and encourage everyone to spend more time together. Let’s take a closer look at how to keep your family healthier in the new year.

Stay Active Together
Staying active and working out can seem like a chore to some, but it will become much easier with support. Encourage your children to learn about different sports, such as gymnastics, dance, softball, or track. The entire family can join in these sports in some fashion to show their support. For example, parents and siblings can watch practices, attend competitions, or help each other to get better at their chosen sport or exercise.

Eat Healthier Together
There are many ways that you can encourage your family to eat healthier without sacrificing your favorite treats. Instead of going out to eat fast food, have your children help prepare and cook meals at home. This will teach them the value of cooking and making healthier choices. You may also make desserts a special treat once a week or once a month. Instead of eating ice cream or sweets every night, make a special family outing to the local pastry or ice cream shop. This will limit the amount of sugar your family eats and encourage you all to spend time together.

Spend Time Together
Spending time with your loved ones is a great way to keep your stress low and your endorphins high. Make it a priority to spend your free time with your children, partner, and close family. You can go for nightly walks, cook meals together, and take special outings to family-friendly events. This time together will build a valuable bond between your family members, and everyone will be healthier for it.

Start your children off right by signing them up for a class at Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center. We have gymnastics, dance, and tumble for all skill levels. Please visit us online or call us at (520) 818-7974 for our class schedule.