Young dancers develop coordination

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

The adorable sight of toddlers in ballet shoes and tutus is now a reality in Manjimup.

Children as young as 18 months are now being offered the chance to learn ballet with lessons from an instructor with almost 30 years of experience in teaching ballet to toddlers.

Katherine Fraser has already been teaching ballet for toddlers for a term in Manjimup and is looking to spread the joy of movement to more young children.

“Toddlers are naturally musical and dance and music helps in their cognitive development,” she said.

“At the youngest age group, classes teach basic movement skills rather than formal ballet steps.”

Children from 18 months old to two and a half can take part in the Tiny Tots Mummy and Me class, while there is Kindy Ballet for two-and-a-half-year-olds to four-year-olds.

The advantages of toddlers learning ballet include improving body awareness, balancing, confidence, working well in a group and teaching correct posture.

“And it’s fun, which is most important,” Mrs Fraser said.

Tiny tots ballet is held 10am-10.30am and kindy ballet is 3.30pm on Friday.

Call Mrs Fraser on 0477 446 233 or email katherinefraserdance@gmail.com for more information.

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