Disclosure: I was invited to attend a ballet class at Dance Education Unlimited 2, however all opinions stated below are solely my own.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend Dance Education Unlimited 2’s “Little Ballerinas” class. Oh my goodness, two and three-year-old girls in tutus are just the cutest!
The studio was created by local mom Toni Drummond and her partner Omar Diaz out of a passion for dance and their local community. As soon as I walked in the door I could feel the family atmosphere of the studio – there was a clear emphasis on having fun, self expression and a love of dance.
This class is perfect for any little one who wants a fun, warm, and inviting introduction to ballet. The instructor, Jennifer Shearer, was great with this age group. The girls were excited to enter, eager to practice technique and had a blast when it was time to freely dance their little hearts out.
I liked that the studio really seemed to take the needs of the parents into account as well. There was a television in the waiting area to watch the class. Also, on the day I visited, a parent of a first time student was allowed into the classroom to watch (and even participate) from the back. The parent did not seem to be a distraction to anyone and in the end her daughter happily made it through the class.
Now, onto the class tour:
Dance Education Unlimited 2 (Fair Lawn) is located right on Fair Lawn Ave. with plenty of parking across the street and behind the building.
There is a television in the parent waiting area which allows parents to enjoy the class. Brilliant idea right?
The instructor, Jennifer Shearer was amazing. She has an extensive background in dance (read her bio below) and knew just how to motivate the girls to practice technique while allowing them to express themselves as little girls should.
During the warm up, Jennifer used songs the girls knew such as ‘Open, Shut Them”. She even used the “Itsy Bitzy Spider” to get them to reach down and “tickle” their toes. Just the cutest! I also loved the gentle nature in which the girls were instructed to stretch – by scooping stars, showing them to their friends and putting them in their baskets.
Next, it was onto floor work. I thought for sure the girls would be running around but they were mesmerized by Jennifer – following her every move with smiles on their faces. Jennifer had the girls act out many of their technical movements such as pretending their were rockets shooting up into the air or soldiers, complete with marching, drumming and saluting.
Here’s a close up of the girls dancing like soldiers – giving their salute.
Finally, the girls could really let loose with the freeze dance with pom poms. And boy did they like this – check out the pic, they’re all blurry due to all of the dancing their were doing!
Dance Education Unlimited offers a variety of classes from ballet, zumba, break dancing to adult belly dancing. Be sure to ask about their camps and birthday parties too. Click here for a list of their classes on PlaygroundTalk.com or go to their website for more information.
About the instructor, Jennifer Shearer: Jennifer bag formal dance training at age three and studied ballet extensively under Eugene Petrov and the late Irine Fokine. She attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet and went on receiver her B.A. in Dance from Barnard College of Columbia University.