Those who live in the Baldivis area may want to check out one of the nicest programs we know of for little girls: the Fairy Footsteps Ballet program for toddlers. The program fits in well with our educational philosophy of “learning through play.” The classes emphasise fun while developing motor skills, athleticism and balance.
But Fairy Footsteps goes beyond mere athletic training; in fact, it doesn’t seem like training at all. Toddlers are taught about stories through drama and ballet. The founder and designer of the program, Emma Franklin Bell, consulted a child psychologist while putting the concept together.
Ms Bell spent more than two decades teaching drama, dance and public speaking to children while maintaining a career as a performer and dancer. Ms Bell decided that she wanted to create a program for children that would enhance their creativity, confidence, movement skills and imagination. Most of all, she wanted the course to be fun. Ms Bell has succeeded thoroughly in this endeavour.
The course begins by teaching solid foundations of ballet technique. It uses teachers personally trained by Ms Bell and the focus is on the children having fun while developing their imagination and creativity. This allows children to more easily and fully meet their potential. Children are not only learning things like coordination, balance and fitness, they are also learning how to collaborate, connect and create friendships with other children.
Fairy Footsteps uses the world-acclaimed RAD or Royal Academy of Dance technique as the base for learning technique. RAD is generally known as the best pure ballet teaching system in the field. However, Fairy Footsteps isn’t “just” a ballet course. Fairy Footsteps uses ballet technique as a base, but the real raison d’etre for the course is to help children develop confidence through freedom of expression.
Why We Like Fairy Footsteps
Fairy Footsteps is in line with everything we do at Cuddles Childcare Centres. Our motto is “learning through play” because we know that children learn so much from just playing and socialising with each other. We love the fact that children are learning balance and coordination, but we love it even more that they are becoming confident and learning to express themselves.
Most of all, they are having fun.