People with children know toddlers have seemingly boundless amounts of energy, and finding ways to tire them out can be challenging.
Dance classes are a great way to keep kids active and improve their balance, coordination, socialization skills and self-esteem. They also provide educational benefits and help kids develop discipline, focus and other useful skills.
Boogie Babies Dancing School in Discovery Bay is a dance studio for kids ages 2 through 7 years old that teaches proper technique in a fun and nurturing atmosphere.
The studio’s curriculum, monthly themes and music keep kids entertained as they learn tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tumbling.
“Our mission is very simple,” said owner Nina Koch. “We want to instill a love of dance in young children. Our teachers are highly educated and experienced; we are committed to the highest level of customer service, and our facility is immaculate.”
As a leader in the dance community, Koch and her teachers travel to teach at dance studios around the country and judge dance competitions. Koch also speaks at conferences, writes for industry magazines, licenses out her curriculum to other dance studios and will soon release a children’s book titled “Bella Bunny,” which is set in a dance studio.
Koch, who has been dancing since she was 2, was a dance major at San Jose State and the director of her childhood dance studio in San Jose before she moved to Brentwood and opened the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and The Ballet Company of East County.
She opened Boogie Babies Dancing School in Discovery Bay in September 2016.
“I have always loved teaching our youngest dancers,” said Koch. “Sometimes they can get overwhelmed in a busy dance studio and so can their parents. So I started a studio that is specifically for the young dancer where they have small classes and personalized customer service.”
Koch said the bond students form with their teachers can be one of their first nonfamily connections and the environment is one that nurtures positive behavior.
“They learn how to interact with their peers and how to behave in a classroom by taking turns, working as a group, understanding space and forming lines,” she said. “These skills prepare them for preschool and beyond.”
The young dancers also get the opportunity to perform in two performances each year, including the Nutcracker for dancers age 7 and older and a spring concert for all ages. During the Nutcracker, students perform five shows to an audience of over 3,000. Dancers from any of Koch’s studios can participate in the shows.
“The dancers love this production,” said Koch. “It is so different than recitals or competitions. It really is a professional show, and the kids are the professionals. Their joy and excitement for the shows is the reason I do what I do.”
When dancers age out of Boogie Babies, they can transfer to the ECPAC, where they have the opportunity to further improve their skills and participate in shows.
While they are students at Boogie Babies, Koch hopes they learn to love dance along with acquiring other lifelong skills.
“We love Boogie Babies Dancing School,” said Elyssa Bugnatto, whose 2.5-year-old daughter Vivian enrolled as a student five months ago. “Dancing is the only thing she absolutely loves to do. She dances at home and remembers all of the routine as well as sings the songs.”
Boogie Babies Dancing School is located at 14810 Highway 4, Suite C, in Discovery Bay. For more information, call 925-308-5392 or visit www.boogiebabiesdance.com.