Bailemos-Let’s Dance (1-3 years)

This is the class that started it all ...  

In September 2005, while newly pregnant with my 3rd child, I taught the first Bailemos-Let’s Dance class in St Matt’s Church Hall on a Saturday morning. I was a lawyer at the time and the mother of two daughters. Their father is a Latin and Ballroom dancer from Colombia so Latin music and Spanish language were a large part of my children’s lives when they were growing up.

When my husband put salsa or cha cha music on, I would see how instinctively my children responded to the music and how much JOY it brought them.

Which planted the seed of this crazy idea for a Latin Dance and Spanish language class that was FUN for the children and the adults they brought to class with them. However crazy it sounded, it worked and families loved it! I am beyond grateful to say that they came back year after year. Those children are now in middle school or about to start high school which blows my mind.

The child I was pregnant with when I started teaching Bailemos-Let’s Dance is now a 13 year old boy who LOVES to dance. Which doesn’t surprise me at all as I continued to teach until just days before giving birth to him in May 2006.

This class is a very upbeat and energetic class.  It is based on partner dancing so we do ask parents or caregivers to take part enthusiastically! 

Can you teach a toddler to cha-cha-cha??  Maybe not a cha-cha-cha that you and I would recognize but, as a parent, you won’t be surprised by how naturally and instinctively very young children move to music.

Music truly is our first language.
— Laurie Berkner

This class is all about encouraging the innate rhythm and the natural love of music and movement that your child demonstrates whenever they hear music.  We will introduce them to music that they might not otherwise get to hear – cha-cha, salsa, mambo, quickstep, argentine tango, jive!   The music is the inspiration for the class.  It is impossible NOT to dance when you hear great Latin music and we’ve found some fantastic music!!

We will discover the rhythms of latin music with our “huevitos” (egg shakers).  Some of our students call this their “cha cha class”.  Children are great mimics and it is a wonderful sight to see a two year old salsa.  Parents and caregivers also pick up some great moves!

To continue the Latin flavor, we will be introducing the children to a second language … Spanish!  This is not a Spanish immersion class and is not intended to be.

Every class will open with circle time where the children will become familiar with a set of Spanish songs, stories and games.  There will be some old favorites but always with a Latin twist!

We will introduce the Spanish language by learning colors, numbers, days, animals and phrases in Spanish.  We are thrilled to hear from many parents that their child has started counting in Spanish when they climb stairs or in the bathtub.   What is wonderful about this is that the children have done it without prompting.  There will be parachute time where we will continue to learn Spanish songs and practice our colors in Spanish.  We will start to slow things down with story time reading the Spanish versions of children’s favorites such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear (“Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo”) and singing songs such as  “Brilla Brilla Estrellita” (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) and “Adios Amigos” (Goodbye Friends).

We end every class singing and dancing to “We Did It! – Lo Hicimos!” from Dora the Explorer.

I’m amazed by how much my 2-year old daughter has learned from Bailemos 1,2,3. I originally signed her up because the class sounded like a change of pace from her usual routine, but I really did not expect her to learn Spanish. After the first class, she demonstrated her new dance moves. And a few classes later, she was able to count in Spanish. We’re both so thrilled with what she’s learned that it’s become incorporated into our daily routine; including salsa dancing before dinner and counting in Spanish when she’s having her hair washed.
— Parent of a 2 year old joining us for a 3rd semester

Fall 2019 Schedule

This class will be offered on Fridays in the Fall at Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken.

  • It is an 8 week session starting on October 25th and ending on December 20th.

  • The age range for the class is 1 to 3 years old.

  • Each class lasts for 45 minutes.

  • The cost for the 8 week session is $188.

Friday: classes on October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22 and December 6, 13 and 20

  • 9.30am-10.15am - 1 to 2 years - $188

  • 10.30am-11.15am - 18 months to 3 years - $188

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