Improve Your Toddler’s Gross Motor Development

Just What are Gross Motor Skills and How Do the Mommy and Me Dance Classes Teach Them?

Gross motor skills refers to movements of the body that use the larger muscles. So running, jumping, rolling, crawling and walking all fall into this category. Compare this to fine motor skills that involve smaller muscles. Picking up small objects and holding a spoon fall into the fine motor skills group.

Building Strength and Agility

Much of a toddler’s time is spent learning to move that body around and control it with those larger muscles. They climb on the couch, dash across the living room and crawl on all fours. Every day, their movements build a little more agility and strength. Those movements are, day by day, laying the foundation for that child’s future grace, speed and athletic ability.

In our Mommy and Me classes, every child will receive instruction in jumping, rolling, swaying, and swinging their little hips and arms from side to side. They may dance in a circle or run from one side of the room to the other with mommy. They may high-step all around the room or crawl on all fours. They may be on the floor, getting mommy’s help while they roll from one side to the other or they may be holding mommy’s hands while they go through a series of stretches. It’s all done to dance music, so they are also getting experience timing their movements to the beat of the music. Whatever movements the teacher calls for, it will be a new experience for these, our youngest students.

And what makes this so much fun for everyone is that mommy gets to move along with the little one! This limbers up mom and gets her blood flowing, too.

A Child’s Athletic Ability is Linked to Mastery of Gross Motor Skills

The child’s later athletic ability depends on their gradual mastery of the gross motor skills. Is he or she destined for t-ball, soccer, ballet or tap classes? Every Mommy and Me class will help develop those motor skills a little more, building in competence, strength and grace from these early beginnings. Of course we keep it all simple so everyone gets to enjoy themselves in an undemanding, encouraging environment.

On another level, it’s a chance to get out of the house, let the errands go for a little while and just have fun in time to the music.

For our schedule of Mommy and Me classes, call the DK Dance Productions studio at 314-921-5800. We’ve got multiple time slots for you to choose from, so call to register yourself and your son or daughter. We’re looking forward to making better dancers out of you and your little one! Classes are offered to children between 18 months and three years and their moms.

Introducing Our New Mommy and Me Dance Classes!

Calling all moms and toddlers!

DK Dance Productions announces its Mommy and Me dance classes! Yes, these are for boys and girls between 18 months and three years of age and their moms. We’ve designed a fun dance class that benefits both the mom and the young child.

These young kids have a chance to get their first taste of a dance class in this Mommy and Me class. We keep it fun and keep it moving. Here, toddlers get a lesson in moving in ways they might not experience at home or on the playground. These classes provide the following lessons for the children:

  • Start learning the first fundamentals of controlling their bodies with dance moves
  • Get all stretched out and learn how to get more flexible
  • Spend some fun, free-flowing time with mom
  • Receive a lesson in following classroom directions
  • Experience a dance class environment with other students present.

At this age, many children may not have spent a lot of time out of the home. And some new mothers may find it hard to get out of the house to spend time with other moms and their children. In a low-stress, high fun environment, everyone gets directed play that has the additional purpose of teaching simple dance moves. It’s a chance to let other responsibilities go for a little while and just enjoy yourself. Our instructor will keep everyone moving and get everyone’s energy up!

Does your little one begin to move when she hears upbeat music?

This class is excellent experience for children who might be headed for dance classes a year or two in the future. Does your little one begin to move when she hears upbeat music? Is he glued to the television when a dance video comes on? This is a great way to get them ready for the beginning dance classes that are available when they turn three years old.

For the schedule of our new Mommy and Me classes, call our dance studio at 314-921-5800. We’ll tell you when our classes are available and how you and your little one should dress, and we’ll help you enroll. Just one class and you very well might find yourself going home with more energy!

In our relaxed environment, we’ll lead the action and get both of you stretched out and moving to the music! We know moms of toddlers definitely need some attention and we love seeing these little ones and their mothers swaying in unison to the music and having a new, fun experience together.

Call today to get yourself and your son or daughter scheduled for our next Mommy and Me class. (314) 921-5800

Helping Children be Healthy through Dance

Learning to dance gives children confidence, poise and grace. It can help children learn to focus their attention and helps teach discipline that will have benefits socially and in school.

However, there are other benefits to learning dance that are very important to consider in modern times.

According to, children between the ages of 8 and 18 watch television for 4 hours a day, and spend an additional 2 hours a day in front of a computer screen. To put this in perspective, it represents 42 hours a week – more time than most children spend in school.

The habits we form in childhood often carry over into adulthood. If, as children, we lead a sedentary lifestyle, then it is likely that we will be sedentary and unhealthy adults.

Dance classes provide the physical exercise that our children need to be healthy as children and active as adults.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children participate in vigorous intensity aerobic exercise for an hour at least 3 times a week.

Dance provides a fun way to achieve this modest goal that children love.

At DK Dance Productions, we provide the dance instruction and motivation necessary to keep children interested in dance. This gives them reasons to practice at home, and so provides a lifestyle of physical activity that will carry forward into adulthood.

We all want to have healthy children. Dance is a great way to teach them the benefits of being physically active.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in dance classes, but are unsure what class to enroll in, we offer a free dance class finder. This is a fun and fast quiz that helps to discover what style of dance is a perfect fit for your child. Simply click the link, do the quiz, and a professional dance instructor will contact you within a day or so and let you know what style of dance is right for your child.

If you’d like your child to be more physically fit, dance is a great solution! Complete our free dance class finder now and help your child get on the road to better health.

Tumbling with Your Toddler – Sharing Dance!

Whether you grew up in Hazelwood or somewhere else, did you ever notice how everything seemed bigger when you were a child? The perception has to do, in part; with the fact that it wasn’t that anything else was actually bigger, but that you were so much smaller. That is why small children appreciate it so much when adults gravitate to their level by sitting on the floor with them. That is also why your local Hazelwood dance studio has incorporated adult-child tumbling classes into their curricula.

Early childhood development experts agree that parents and toddlers both benefit from floor time together. Most recommend at least 30 minutes a day with the parent down at the child’s level giving the child full attention. For busy parents, 30 minutes of uninterrupted time can seem impossible, but if it is scheduled into the day the same way that soccer practice or dance classes are scheduled for older siblings, it can quickly become a part of the every day routine.

Taking tumbling classes together with your toddler at a dance studio is a great way to incorporate some “mommy and me” time into your routine. Not only will it show your child how much you care, but it can also help both of you to stay physically active. If you are looking for a dance studio in the Hazelwood area where you can tumble with your toddler, DK Dance Productions offers several different dance and tumbling classes. It will be good for your toddler and good for you, so call DK Dance Production to ask about their Hazelwood dance classes and tumbling classes.

DK Dance Productions offers a wide variety of Hazelwood dance classes and tumbling classes. Whether you are an adult who wants a fun form of exercise, a parent who wants to tumble with your toddler, or a competitive dancer looking to improve technique, DK Dance Productions challenges you physically while providing a creative outlet for your talents. Contact us today at 314.921.5800 or visit us online at and find out why many of our current and former students say that we are the best dance studio ever.