Baby Ballet: New baby ballet class is just as I imagined it would be

The new baby ballet school rules!

I had the best hour ever last Friday. I sat quietly in the corner of a dance studio and watched Ma Puce enjoy every single moment of her baby ballet class at the new ballet school I’ve found her.

After the stress – and in Ma Puce’s case the emotional endurance test – of the Bitchin’ Ballet School (and follow up post here at Ditchin’ the Bitchin’ Baby Ballet) that I mistakenly subjected her to this autumn, it was pure joy that filled my heart as my eyes drank in every moment.

THIS was what I had imagined for her when I first booked her baby ballet classes back at the end of the summer. Finding the fun in the discipline of learning Good Toes Bad Toes, learning to work with a partner for galloping round the room, being enchanted by the story of The Nutcracker, read to an eager class by a teacher who knows just what makes little girls tick and how to bring out the best in them.

Gone are the silly rules that say parents aren’t allowed in the room, even for preschoolers still dealing with separation anxiety. Also gone was the negative, stick-up-the-arse atmosphere of the old ballet school. It was notable how much of a negative effect a po-faced atmosphere can have on the children too. In half a term at the old ballet school, Ma Puce didn’t connect with a single one of the other children. None of them welcomed her into the class, in fact one managed to really get my back up by being borderline bitchy to her.

In this class however, the children were all eager to meet her, a couple of the older ones were keen to take her hand and show her the ropes and a couple of the younger ones waddled over to me excitedly during the class to be reminded of her name.

It was also nice for me to be sat with a couple of other mother’s, rather than having to work hard at looking as small and unobtrusive as possible on the occasions where I had managed to wheedle my way into Ma Puce’s old ballet class.

And most ironic of all, given the difference in attitudes… whereas the old ballet school was run from a primary school after hours, this new school has its own sprung floor ballet studio with ballet barres around the edge. No, it isn’t in some super zshushi area, quite the opposite actually and yes, the changing rooms could do with being at least four times the size, but hey, you can’t have it all. And I wouldn’t dare to ask for more, when what it offers is so much. Finally, after a false start, we have hit baby ballet gold!

 

Much as I would love to, I’m not going to mention the name of the school in this post, but if anyone is looking for a great ballet school in the Hackney / Islington Area, DM me on Twitter @motherwifeme. 

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  • Bluebirdsunshine

    So happy for you that you’ve found a bitchin’ ballet in the good sense of the word bitchin’! Hope I can find a class as great as the one you’ve found for my little puce when she’s ready to get her dance on x

    • mother.wife.me

      Well, if you live our way I will happily give you the details x

  • http://www.bibsey.co.uk Bibsey Mama (@BibseyMama)

    Aw. Bravo MP! Just read the previous posts on bitchin’ ballet. Glad to hear that you have found the perfect class. Bibs is getting her first pair of ballet shoes for Christmas from my sister… can’t wait to see her face. I am hoping that she won’t ever want to take them off as she refuses to wear her slippers.

    • mother.wife.me

      Aw, they just look so cute in their little pink ballet shoes. I hope you have better luck than we at first had with finding a ballet school!!

  • http://www.bibsey.co.uk Bibsey Mama (@BibseyMama)

    PS. I had to pin the ballet shoes.

    • mother.wife.me

      Aw bless! That’s nice to hear, thank you!

  • Suzanne

    Kids activities can be a strange phenomenon! Glad you finally found somewhere to suit her and that you’re seeing her blossom – so cute to see a little girl enjoying ballet :) Thanks for linking up to #oldiesbutgoodies

  • mother.wife.me

    Thank you! And yes, it is one of the cutest things to see her and her classmates dancing around the room! Great to have taken part in your Oldies But Goodies Linky

  • Lisa Nolan

    So great to hear! What a lucky, little ballerina! I remember ballet school in San Francisco, and it was the old school type

    • mother.wife.me

      Eek! Hope it was still fun!