Wonderful start to 2017 - Hummingbird Chicks take flight!

We've had a great start to the Winter-Spring term!
Week by week our dancers are growing in confidence and strength - it’s just so wonderful to see! All the children have settled into their classes and welcome their new friends to the school.

I'm super pleased that we have launched our gorgeous Hummingbird Chicks classes on a Saturday morning, which are wonderful lessons full of adventure and fun for children from the age of 2 1/2 years - a wonderful time to begin ballet!

Sometimes the world of preschool ballet education is a bit of mystery to parents, so I’d like to give you a better understanding of what the learning objectives are for Hummingbird Chicks and Pre-School Ballet, leading onto RAD Pre-Primary.

Hummingbird Chick dancer

Pre-School Ballet dancers

Our lessons here at Hummingbird have been carefully planned to ensure a good mixture of fun and learning, whilst doing all that we can to ensure the children meet their objectives and progress. Time is taken to observe each child’s physical developmental needs, but also their emotional and creative development.  Our aim is to give each young dancer a good foundation of classical technique in an environment that builds confidence and encourages self expression. Some of our students may go on to do their Royal Academy of Dance exams or want to become dancers themselves, whilst others will carry their passion for dance into their adult life and appreciate how it has enriched their lives.

Royal Academy of Dance HQ is based just off Battersea High Street.
It is a beautiful venue enriched in ballet history - inspiring the next generation. They have 3 exam sessions at RAD HQ each year.

The foundations of ballet require a lot of repetition to gain muscle strength and co-ordination, to give you a simple idea of progression with one key step skipping, the build up from Hummingbird Chicks is a follows;

Hummingbird Chicks:
•       Balancing on one leg
•       Jumping from two feet to two feet
•       Learning to march - then introducing a hop to lead towards skipping
•       Learning to wait our turn, working with friends and holding hands in a circle

Pre-School Ballet:
•       Jumping from 1 foot to 1 foot, 1 foot to 2 feet, 2 feet to 1 foot
•       Learning and developing co-ordination of the whole body
•       Building stamina and strength for skipping
•       Learning to skip

RAD Pre-Primary
•       Learning to skip in time with music
•       Learning a combination of steps in a sequence
•       Learning key ballet steps with correct placement such as plies and rises

This development from 2 1/2 years to 6 years ensures safe and age appropriate training, which provides each dancers with a strong foundation of dance technique for them to build on over the years. At Hummingbird we pride ourselves in this quality, which makes for a happier dancer.

It certainly makes me happy watching the children develop - their progress amazes me!

If you would like to know any more information about the progressions and our classes, please get in touch!

Miss Natasha x

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely festive break and you are all looking forward to 2017. It's certainly going to be a busy year for Hummingbird Dance!

Lots of fun was had at the St Mary's CE Junior School Christmas fair towards the end of last term. Miss Natasha met lots of lovely new faces as well as some of our wonderful dancers, Evie, Tabby and Megan.

It was a great success and even Mr Hummingbird came along for the day! It was a busy fair with so much to do and see and had a lovely festive feel. There were so many activities for the children to do including karaoke, tombola, bouncy castle and grotto, as well as a yummy BBQ!
The weather stayed dry all day and the festive songs played loudly!

Maybe next year we will have some of the Hummingbird dancers perform?!

I was treated to some lovely gifts and cards for Christmas too, so thank you very much to all!

My gorgeous cards!

My very own Hummingbird necklace!


We welcome all the new students to Hummingbird School of Dance, and especially to our Hummingbird Chicks who start with their first class on Saturday 4th February.
I hope 2017 is enjoyed by all!

Miss Natasha x

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