Parents Plus! Baby and Tot Classes

Looking for a special class for you and your baby? Parents Plus! Programs offer a wonderful bonding time through music and movement for parents plus their little ones! Developed by Linette Doherty, a professional dancer and a mom, these unique classes incorporate dance, physical conditioning, singing, and play into forty–five minutes that are as enjoyable for Mom and Dad as they are for baby. Dance is a fun way to keep fit and stay in shape, and play is important for healthy baby development. Everyone gets to be active in this class, and the atmosphere is fun…the babies won’t be the only ones giggling! Parents + Babies is for Babies under 18 months. Movements set to baby friendly songs and nursery rhymes include gentle stretches for mom or dad, and encourage that special connection with your baby while toning core muscle groups. Already a walker? Discover all the exciting things toddlers can do! In the Parents + Toddlers class, we use games and toys to explore rhythm and learn simple dance steps. It’s an energetic, fun filled class – and a great energy release!

What do I wear?

While you don’t need to wear specific dance clothing, do dress comfortably – a leotard or T–shirt with a pair of sweat pants is ideal. You may also want a pair of jazz slippers or dance sneakers, although you may participate in socks or barefoot. Little ones should also be dressed comfortably in clothing they can easily move around in, and should be barefoot or have soft, non–skid slippers or socks on their feet. Toys and instruments are provided in class; please bring a blanket for babies, and label anything else you may need for your baby or toddler (for example, a nursing pillow, drinks, or a favourite toy or two).

Who can register?

Parents + Babies is for babies under 18 months of age. Activities are modified for babies of varying ages. Parents + Tots is for toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old. Moms and Dads of any age may participate, as well as grandparents or other caregivers. The S.P.A.C.E. also offers Creative Movement classes for children 3 to 5 years old who are out of diapers and ready for a class on their own, and Adult Dance ClassesIndividual Vocal Classes and Adult Music Theatre for parents. Click here to download a registration form.

How to register

There are three ways to register for our classes: In person, Online or By mail.

1. Our season runs from September to June, and is divided into two terms; students registered for the full season have priority over new students for placement in Term II.
2. Classes are limited to 12 students, and may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient registration.
3. We have two shows – a small Christmas show, and a full scale show in June. Additional costume fees are required for the June show, and there is a charge for tickets. We also arrange for professional photos to be purchased, if desired.
4. A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is required to reserve placement. All fees (including post dated cheques) must be received with registration. Additional payment plans are subject to an administrative fee of $20. A $45 charge will be added to any NSF cheque, and a late charge of $20 per month will be added to unpaid balances. Receipts are issued at the beginning of each term; there is a $20 administrative fee should you require an additional copy.
5. Full refunds of unused class fees will be issued up until the 3rd class of the term. There will be no refunds after the 4th class, or for classes missed due to lateness, absence, or being unable to participate in class for any reason.
6. Our staff is made up of working industry professionals. We may schedule make up classes or substitute teachers if staff members are absent due to professional obligations.
7. We do not schedule make up classes for scheduled studio closures or student absences. Please inform teachers in advance of lateness or absence, when possible.
8. Everyone is expected to be on time and follow the Dress Code, which helps ensure everyone’s safety. Those who are late or unprepared may be asked to observe class only.

ALL Classes: Hair must be tied back off the face and neck, and jewellery removed. No jeans (as they restrict movement), oversized clothing (since we must see the body to ensure proper technique), or street shoes may be worn in class. Gum, food, and drinks are not permitted in the studios (water bottles only).

Ballet: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, soft pink ballet slippers (teacher will advise if pointe shoes are required). Please secure hair in a bun. Boys – white T–shirt, black fitted dance pants/bike shorts, soft black ballet shoes.

Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweat pants. Black jazz slippers or dance sneakers.

Tap: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweatpants. Hard black tap shoes with low square heel.

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