Kids Dance & Ballet Classes In Weybridge, Hersham & Cobham – Totsdance
Totsdance nurtures the joy of dance, whilst at the same time using it as a means to educate children about the world in which they live. Our classes are aimed a toddlers aged between 18 months and 6 years. (These ages are a guideline. You are welcome to bring younger or older children and assess suitability).
We use enchanting dances, weekly themes, fun games and a wide range of music to engage children in active learning experiences. Pre-primary Physical, Intellectual and Social skills are developed whist gaining new knowledge and skills. Creativity is sparked and confidence grows!
Refreshments are offered at the end of the morning sessions and children are rewarded with a sticker.
Children are welcome to wear comfortable clothing but we do recommend bare feet/grippy socks/ballet shoes to avoid slipping.
Totsballet is an early introduction to ballet and movement for 3-4 year olds where your little ones can transform into fairies, butterflies, toy soldiers and everything magical.
A creative and carefree class whilst learning the basic ballet movements and terminology. The class aims to develop listening skills, memory, co-ordination and gross motor skills through creative movement. Children learn through imaginative dance and a wide range of music inspires them to express themselves.
Girls are asked to wear a pink vest top/tutu and pink ballet shoes. Boys are asked to wear black leggings, white T shirt and black ballet shoes. Hair should be neatly tied away from the face. At the end of each class children are rewarded with a sticker and a certificate at the end of the term.
Children are encouraged to attend alone, which aims to build their confidence and independence. Carers are asked to wait in the room next door. Family and friends are most welcome to watch the last class of term.
Totsdance offers enchanting Parties to many different themes.
These include: The Gruffalo, Disney Fairies, Pirates and Princesses, Circus Wonderland, Kitty Cats, Fairies, Safari, Under the Sea/Mermaids & Pirates, Dragons, Knights & Princesses, The Hungry Caterpillar, Bugs & Butterflies, Frozen, Rainbow World and The Magical Garden.
Zoe Rider ARAD – Director
On becoming a professional ballerina, Zoe danced at the prestigious Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin for 7 years. Once back in the UK, she danced with the Northern Ballet Theatre.
Zoe retired from the stage to have her 2 children and in 2008, motherhood combined with her career in ballet led to a new and exciting career with Totsdance. Nine years on, she is very proud of how Totsdance has developed over the years. It has grown from strength to strength and now also includes Ballet Classes, Workshops and Private Parties.
Totsdance was first devised in 2005 by Sarah Dekker, former Head of Education at the Rambert Dance Company.
Claire Horne - Totsdance Teacher
In addition to Acting, her theatre training included elements of dance and physical theatre. As well as teaching Totsdance classes, Claire has devised a programme of ‘Active Learning’. Letter and number formation, phonics, spellings and numeracy are brought to life through movement; allowing children to engage with their learning in a fun, multi sensory way.
Claire’s background in Theatre, natural dance ability and years of experience working with Children as a professional Nanny give her an ideal grounding for teaching our Totsdance classes.
Every lesson is engaging, well thought out and exciting for the children and parents alike. The variety of themes, music and dances ensures there is something for everyone. We have also had the pleasure of being taught by both Claire and Zoe. They both involve and encourage every child each lesson, and come up with imaginative ways for them to learn and develop skills. Not only do they learn the skills you would expect from a dance class such as balance, coordination and musicality but also listening, taking turns, following instructions and sharing.
I have already signed up for next term and recommend this class to all my friends and family. Not only is it a fun way to spend time with your child(ren) but it is a wonderful way to meet other parents and children. Thank you for being such a huge amazing part of my children’s lives. They really would not be the same children if it hadn’t been for you!”Natasha
“We love the themes at Totsdance, as well as the different genres of music and dance! It is all so very well thought out and the rapport Zoe builds with each individual child is fantastic. Totsballet is informal and pitched perfectly. Zoe always keeps control and the classes have a good pace. I love how it introduces all the correct language and steps whilst making it fun and not at all pressurised.”Kelly
“My little girl loves her dance lessons with Zoe. There are always the same warm up routines each week to start with which she loves doing at home and then different themes each week based on items in the Story Basket. She loves it and to be honest so do I! It’s half an hour with no phones/chores/distractions for us to just have fun together. Highly recommended.”Faye
“We love the themes at Totsdance, as well as the different genres of music and dance! It is all so very well thought out and the rapport Zoe builds with each individual child is fantastic.
Totsballet is informal and pitched perfectly. Zoe always keeps control and the classes have a good pace. I love how it introduces all the correct language and steps whilst making it fun and not at all pressurised.”Kelly
“Fred has loved his introduction to dancing with Totsdance. Zoe’s classes are fun, action packed and creative with some lovely balance, encouraging self expression, exploring movement and learning simple routines week after week. Now Fred is 3 he loves the structure of the ballet class.
Zoe relates to the children wonderfully, works with their energy and presents the formal discipline of ballet in such a fun and creative way that it holds the children’s attention and shares her obvious enthusiasm for dance. It’s a joy to watch the classes!”Helen