Do you have a little ballerina in the making? If your little gal or guy is showing an early interest in dance, I highly recommend checking out Glenside Dance Academy. Glenside Dance Academy offers a variety of classes for children ages 2 through 12, and is the perfect introduction to the world of dance for the little dance lovers out there.
My three year-old daughter Miller recently completed her first session of Toddler & Me classes at Glenside Dance Academy. The 45-minute classes took place Monday mornings and provided students (and their caregivers) with a fun, stress-free introduction to ballet. Founder Jenn Sallade, a choreographer and former elementary school teacher, has been dancing since she was just a little girl. Jenn’s passion for ballet was evident from the first class, and her ability to connect with the children is a real gift. The theme of our session was ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and Jenn created a music and movement based curriculum centered around the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. My daughter loved growing like a flower, shrinking like Alice, hopping like the White Rabbit, sipping tea and blowing out ‘candles’ each week. Little did she know that she was actually learning the fundamentals of ballet. Over the course of the session, the little ballerinas learned the basic ballet positions as well as how to chassé and plié. The students were darling in their itty bitty leotards and tutus
(these are not required for the toddler classes, but always welcome!) as they danced about the room.
Miller was always so excited to attend her ballet class each week, and couldn’t wait to show her friends and family members all of her newly learned moves. I loved the stress-free feel of the class, and it was fun to participate in the class with my daughter. Now we regularly chassé around the house together! We both very much enjoyed our experience with Ms. Jenn, and we look forward to future sessions at Glenside Dance Academy!
Classes take place at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Glenside. If you are interested in learning more about Jenn or registering your child for one of her wonderful dance programs, visit www.glensidedanceacademy.com. You can also find Glenside Dance Academy on Facebook.