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Birthday kids: Ballerina parties for birthday girls
Dancing is a great way to help instill the love of physical activity and the expression of creativity in children. It's also a great theme for a kids' birthday party, especially if you have a budding ballerina in your midst.
Today, dance-inspired birthday parties are all the rage, and dance centers across the country are responding to the demand. "We had so many requests for parties that we created the whole program," says Rachel Gary, events coordinator for the Hartt School Community Division, part of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. "They've really taken off," she says of the ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater-themed birthday parties they started offering earlier this year.
Birthday parties for future ballerinas are the most popular, and typically range from 90 minutes to two hours. Depending on the particular dance studio, parties are usually offered for children between the ages of three and 12. In addition to a 30- to 45-minute ballet class, a studio may add some personalized touches. Taking the guests' age into consideration, that may offer story time, princess tiara craft, dress-up in ballerina costumes, or dance-inspired games. However, whatever the extras may be, the main ingredient is always dance.
"We focus mostly on the dance; the learning of the dance, teaching them what dance is about, and teaching them a routine at the end for the parents to watch," says Dina Giordano, artistic director for the City Dance Center in White Plains, New York.
Rather than being strict about it, she notes, the emphasis is on fun. "We tailor it to the children. We ask them what type of music they want us to play, and we ask if they want to help run the games or participate in them. The kids love that. It gives them control over what they're going to do that day."
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If you're interested in hosting a ballerina-inspired birthday party for your child, be sure to choose a reputable dance school with professionally trained teachers who are used to working with children, says Marjorie Bolokowski of the California Ballet School in La Mesa, California, which has been offering ballerina birthday parties for the past five years.
"It's always better if they are going to a studio rather than having someone come to their house. You won't get the same quality environment and dance instruction. We are equipped with the proper flooring and equipment. The children get to see what it's like coming to a regular ballet school, and the parents do too. It lends to the whole ambience of the party."
Cost - Determine what you want. Generally, prices range from $175 for 10 children to $300 for 15 children, but all parties are not created equal. Some include everything you need, such as invitations, decorations, craft, party, pizza, drinks, cake, paper goods, thank you cards and goody bags. Others only include the dance class; parents must provide everything else. Be sure to ask what is incl...