Boogie n Bath is back soon, offering socially-distanced dance classes for children aged 4-18.
Boogie n Bath set up in the Spring of 2020 by local mum Michelle Pentecost who saw that her children were clearly struggling after months of lockdown and losing out on socialising with friends and extra curricular activities.
“As restrictions started to ease and it was clear that certain activities could resume outdoors, we saw that it the perfect chance to create fun activities for children to enjoy together – and Boogie In Bath was born!” explained Sharon. “While dance isn’t usually an activity taught outside, with all of the dance clubs remaining closed, it gave us an idea and an opportunity – to start dance classes in Alice Park! In addition to their dance lesson, children also received a complimentary picnic (enjoyed at a distance!) allowing them to start to socialise again.”
With the first classes proving to be such a big success, Michelle was inspired to arrange two summer workshops where children learnt various dances to popular songs and showcased their new skills in a performance to parents at the end of the workshop.
“We loved our time dancing under the trees but sadly as the weather got colder and the nights darker, we had to move indoors, where we continued to dance in the Batheaston Scout Hut, including a Halloween workshop with spooky decorations, props and face-paintings,” recalls Michelle.
“Now with the restrictions around the latest lockdown starting to relax, we are all very excited to be able to resume dancing again from 12 April and kick straight off with a three day workshop, with weekly lessons resuming the following Wednesday. Due to our growing numbers and commitment to dance with plenty of space between dancers, we are also planning to hold lessons at St Saviours Infants and Junior School, which has a much larger hall.”
Michelle’s background in performing arts and teaching, spans more than a decade, with her having choreographed dances performed on West End stages and at Disneyland Paris, earning her the Stagecoach International Outstanding Dance Teacher award 2019.
Michelle is well supported by junior members of staff who are qualified in ballet, contemporary, ballroom and gymnastics, which means that the dances taught are varied and teach children dance skills across several genre. “Unlike many dance schools where lessons focus on working towards grades, Boogie in Bath’s lessons are more performance focused, and as soon as restrictions allow we will be looking to perform at as many events as we can culminating in an end of year show,” she explained.
“The atmosphere is always fun and encouraging, with all ages and abilities welcome. Improving children’s confidence and self belief is at the very heart of what Boogie n Bath represent.”
For more details, go to www.boogienbath.com or call 07710 441071