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“The one thing that can solve most of our problems, is dancing."
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Well, it won't solve the issues of poverty, global warming or even Brexit, sadly, but dancing will do a darn fine job of making us forget the world's problems. If only for an evening (us!) or a short class (our kids!).
Find out if your child is the next Anna Palova, Justin Timberlake or Michael Flatley by introducing one of these activities. Dancing is good fun, creative and expressive, which makes it great exercise.
This dad had all of his boys and their friends competing against one another with this console game, which works on PlayStation, Xbox, Wii and Nintendo. You need to pay additional monthly subscription fees to access the best music, so expect to shell out around £40 for the game and tunes.
Friendly tuition in the Maida Vale vicinity says this recommendation. Uniquely, parents are permitted to watch the classes. The director and founder, Miss Therese, is a true professional with a sparkling CV. Her aim is to encourage creativity, discipline and confidence in an "uplifting environment".
Another fun and friendly dance and theatrical academy, recommended by a mum of 3. Hip hop, jazz, street dance, ballet and tap are all on offer in West London and Watford for 3+ year olds, following the British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) syllabus.
A lovely rhyming story for younger kids with "bright, colourful pictures" says a mum of 2. "Perfect for introducing the idea that some of us are different and that's ok." The messages include being mindful, noticing feelings and being yourself.
Themed birthday parties where hosts can come to your house or any venue and devise a fun-filled (dance-filled, even) series of games, leaving you free to mingle and eat cake. Recommended by a mum of 3.
This parent says that both her kids love dancing and singing to the routines in this trilogy. Similar to Grease, which we adults loved, these musicals were a hit with kids who are now in their late-teens. Your younger brood will adore them too.
Good for enhancing co-ordination and rhythm among younger kids. The franchise has exploded, reaching all corners of the UK, with more venues and locations added monthly. We know why, sessions are a highlight of many a toddler's week.
"Being among boys and girls filling the corridors and hallways as the stomping of tap shoes rang out felt good," says this parent. "Best customer service." Just off Oxford Street, perfectly positioned for a post class Saturday shop or a run around Hyde Park.