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Help a Mom: Creative dance classes for grade schoolers

Posted February 12, 2013

Here's a question a mom emailed me last week:

I was wondering if any other moms have asked about creative dance classes or groups for kids around the ages of 6 to 10? My daughter loves to dance, but doesn't like the structure of ballet, tap, etc. (esp. having to wear tights and tutus!). Isn't there anything that is just fun and creative out there for the young beginning dancers?

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  • vanessamwoodward Feb 14, 10:36 a.m.

    In Durham look at Barriskill Dance Theater School, plenty of summer camps available from Hip Hop to Glee type dances and other free dance...and they have a great musical theater program that it is also very creative without the tight structure of ballet...

  • lilypony Feb 13, 7:59 p.m.

    Sorry!!! The summer dance program was at Cary Dance Productions, near Cary Townes Center in the shopping center where TJ Maxx used to be. I assume they do the hiphop classes all year.

  • jort919 Feb 13, 5:42 p.m.

    Holly Springs School of dance offers modern and creative dance class. They will have many camps to choose from for summer.
    www.hollyspringsdance.com

  • bntucker10 Feb 13, 10:08 a.m.

    ADF in Durham (721 Broad St.) does a creative movement class on Saturdays from 10-10:50.

    From their Website: Creative Movement 2 (6 & 7 year olds) with Kat Folckomer
    Saturdays, 10–10:50 am
    In this class we will focus on expanding basic motor skills to lay a foundation for dance technique. We will play with ideas such as spatial awareness, gestures, rhythm, and movement quality. Each class will offer a creative space for children to express themselves through dance and acknowledge their individuality.

  • kittysoars Feb 13, 6:16 a.m.

    HI! (to Lilypony) Can you tell me where the summer hip hop program was held?

  • lilypony Feb 13, 12:17 a.m.

    My daughter did a summer hiphop program that she loved. She thought she wanted ballet but the "rules" were too much for her. She wasn't into being told exactly where and how to put her body when the music was thing her to do something else. The hiphop class was NOT like hiphop music. They did a "Call Me Maybe" routine that was absolutely adorable. Kids were very expressive, had lots if fun and got way more exercise than ballet which was a huge plus. That class was ages 5-10, I think.