Creative Movement Classes

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  • My 7 year old son loves to do "cool" dance and martial arts moves, but isn't interested in girl-dominant dance or regular martial arts class. What's the culture of Mvmnt Studio? Eg: I am ok with grifitti art but think griffiti without permission is wrong. I think being explicit about that and other values issues is needed for younger kids. Any experience with boys in Luna dance? Does capoeira allow more creative movement? Love to get your input and recommendations, thanks!

    Have you considered circus arts for your son?  It has some elements of gymnastics but also elements of dance and having fun!

    My stepson is not interested in circus arts but I am an adult who picked up aerial and other circus arts starting at the age of 35. To answer your question re capoeira, yes it does allow for creative movement. Some of the younger 20-something circus young adults that I train with, do capoeira and combine it with hip-hop dance and acrobatics.

    In the East Bay, you could look at Athletic Playground and Kinetic Arts as circus/dance options for your son.

    Best of luck, Helen

    Have you also looked at Destiny Arts?

    Capoeria for sure!!

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Non-formal dance class for child

March 2002

I have seen the previous postings regarding this topic, but some things have moved or changed since. I am seeking updated suggestions about where I could bring my daughter to do some movement to music without it being as formal as tap or ballet. I feel she is too young to be following directions just yet, but would like to encourage her interest in dancing. I know she would enjoy moving with other kids and lots of space as opposed to on our living room coffee table! Any ideas welcomed, though we live in Oakland and would like to keep it in the area (Berkeley, Albany, El Cerritto okay). Thanks. Melissa

Recommendations received:

  • Danspace (2)
  • East Bay Center for Performing Arts (1)
  • Luna Kids Dance (2)
    Other suggestions:

    Check out the Rec Center at Dimond Park in the Glenview neighborhood of Oakland. They have many activities for toddlers, including a ''Jump and Tumble'' class that my 3-yr. old daughter loves. You can pay per class on a drop-in basis ($10 I think).

    I can relate to your request, as we had our daughter in pre- ballet, but found she was still too young to follow the instructions patiently for that amount of time. The activities at the park are less about structure and more about movement, fun, and meeting other kids. Plus the guy who runs the activities, Birrel, is great with the kids. Angelica

    The YMCA in Albany has a creative movement class for age 3. (I saw a notice but didn't read it since I have a 2-year old.) Lisa