What happens in a tiny toes ballet class?
Each term we have a different theme with sensory-rich props and resources to engage children and to aid their all-round development and knowledge by incorporating into classes the EYFS curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage). They will begin the class with a warm-up and carry out a number of imaginative ballet exercises related to the theme. The class then focuses on coordination, poise, spinning, stretching, balancing, hopping, jumping, galloping and skipping. In the last section, we help pupils to explore their rhythm, imagination and creativity as we explore dance through the captivating ‘storybox’.
Where are tiny toes ballet classes held?
The classes are held in community centres, church halls and dance studios. The full address and map location of your class are displayed on each class location page as well as on your booking confirmation email.
How do I find my nearest tiny toes ballet class?
Tiny toes ballet classes continue to grow in popularity and are opening in new areas all the time. Please click here to find your nearest class. If you cannot find a local class register your interest here. You will then be notified when classes are due to open in your area.
Tell me about fees and booking?
Fees are payable on a per term basis. Your child is welcome to join at any point during the term providing there is space (please don't worry, this will not affect your child's progress negatively due to the design of our classes). Fees are then calculated on a pro-rata basis.
You can 'Try Two Classes' - Click to read more about our fees and booking process. We also offer a 10% sibling discount (subject to each franchisee's discretion).
Do children really all-round benefit from our ballet classes?
Yes, without question. Movement is the key to all learning. Our theme-based classes offer the only pre-school ballet programme fully integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and as a result, the tiny toes programme offers a multitude of educational benefits including developing your child's knowledge and understanding of the world around them, language and number skills. Ballet is also wonderful for developing coordination, agility, strength and poise. The magical approach of our tiny toes classes ensures children's confidence and self-esteem thrives.
Can my child join classes mid-term?
Yes, your child is welcome to join at any point during the term providing there is space. Fees are then calculated on a pro-rata basis. Our programme is designed around a spiral curriculum where ideas and concepts are revisited and therefore joining at any point of the term is fine.
Do parents participate in the class?
tiny toes ballet classes are a great opportunity to spend quality time with your child.
Parents must participate with their child in the tip toes (6-18 months) and twinkle toes (18 months- 2.5 years) classes.
For our talent toes classes (2.5- 4 years) parents participation is encouraged but not essential. Parent must be in the room with their child but they can watch if they wish.
Children attend Twirlers (3.5-5 years) and Spinners (5-7 years) without parents.
How long does each session last?
The ballet classes last for 40 minutes. Tap classes range from 20-30 minutes. Combined ballet and tap classes last for one hour.
What should children wear?
Children should wear clothes that they feel comfortable in and can move freely in. If they do not have ballet shoes, children should have bare feet to avoid slipping.
There is a compulsory uniform for children who attend Twirlers and Spinners classes.
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What training do the teachers have?
All our teachers must pass a rigorous assessment before they can become tiny toes teachers and take part in continual CPD throughout the year. All teachers have ballet qualifications and many are also experienced primary school teachers. All our teachers are highly trained in establishing a positive and safe environment in which active learning and progression can take place.
All teachers are DBS checked, have paediatric first aid training and public liability insurance.
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