Mother & Baby Dance Classes

  • Would you like to ease yourself back into physical activity but can't leave your baby with anyone?
  • Why not do something you can both enjoy together?
  • Can't find a dance partner? Look no further. You've made your own!

Bond with your little one in a very special way: do something together and enrich precious moments you share in his/her first year of life. Learn gentle Latin steps specifically adapted to the dance of mum & baby and enhance the experience of touch between you and your baby through movement and music.

Morning and afternoon weekly lessons for Mother & Baby

* NEW VENUE & TIMETABLE for 2012* Contact me to enrol (babydance@samba-etc.co.uk)

Classes Times Days Location Price

Mother & Baby Beginners

10.30 - 11.15am

Wednesday

morning

Cawston Grange Children Centre, Scholars Drive, Rugby, CV22 7GU

***Limited places***

£25 total

(£5 deposit to secure place + £20 payment at first lesson)

 

Mother & Baby Beginners

 

01.45 - 02.30pm

Tuesday

afternoon

Roger's Hall, Deerings Rd, Hillmorton, Rugby,CV21 4EN

***Limited places***

£25 total

(£5 deposit to secure place + £20 payment at first lesson)

Mother & Baby Beginners

10.15 - 11.00am

Monday

morning

Roger's Hall , Deerings Rd, Hillmorton, Rugby,CV21 4EN

***Limited places***

£25 total

(£5 deposit to secure place + £20 payment at first lesson)

  • Strengthen your relationship with your baby
  • Forster rhythm and musical awareness from an early age
  • This is something you can both enjoy together and benefit from
  • It's the physical exercise you can do when no one is available to babysit for you
  • There are physical, psychological and emotional benefits for both mother and baby
  • The skin contact during gentle dance moves effectively helps to calm baby down and promote feelings of security
  • You'll be surprised at how much strength in both upper and lower body you will build up while having fun with your baby!

You will learn basic steps of bolero, salsa, bachata, samba de gafieira and other Latin rhythms that are technically correct and very useful on the dance floor. So besides bonding with your little one, you will be building a very good foundation for Latin dances. You can always come back with your partner for one of the adult classes and extend the fun of your newly acquired dance skills!

The Science Behind the Benefits

These dance lessons have been developed by an experienced Brazilian dance teacher who's also a nutritional therapist and a post-graduate student of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). PNI is an evidence-based multidisciplinary study of the inter-relationship between psychological processes,emotional influences, diet, lifestyle and health. PNI is often described as a combination of "hard science" and "soft skills".

In PNI, physical touch is considered to play an essential part in the development of a newborn's sense of security. The effects of touch for the health of a newborn are also of extreme importance for the development of the immune and nervous system. The importance of breastfeeding is highlighted not only for the nutritional aspects but also for the provision of post-natal physical contact between mother and baby. Enhancing the experience of touch between you and your baby not only reinforces developmental aspects but also strengthens your relationship bringing you both closer together.

A growing body of evidence in neuroscience points to the importance of touch in maternal nurturing. The benefits of positive physical interaction between mother and baby influence developmental aspects related to behaviour, immunity and emotions. For more information on published scientific papers in this field, see the PUBMED articles listed in References at the end.

Personal Experience

I developed these dance classes based on the experience I had with my own baby. I remember tyring to go for walks when he was four months old (and the weather was finally starting to allow it as he was born in December). I wanted to get back to exercising but really struggled to find a way to do it whilst looking after my son, who was my main priority. He never really enjoyed lying down for long and wouldn't fall asleep in the horizontal position not even when out and about in the pram. For those reasons my attempts to walk whilst pushing my baby in the pram never really worked well. He always seemed happier when he was held close to me and his favourite position was upright against my shoulder (right from his very first days of life).

Later on (after what seemed like a long desperate search), I found out he had gastric reflux and the best position for him to find comfort was indeed upright against my shoulder. It was perhaps because of my son's preference for an upright position that I found out what an immense calming influence it was for him when I danced with him against my shoulder. Very early he started humming along with me and, although he would always fall asleep shortly after we started dancing, I know he cherished those special moments. Dancing has been an activity we've been enjoying ever since and it has contributed to bring us very close together.

Nowadays he's nearly 3 years old and he holds his hands up to me asking for a dance whenever he listens to a nice tune. Although he's much bigger (and heavier!) now, we still share these precious moments. I must add that in all my life, I had never achieved the strength I developed in my arms after starting this hobby!

As mothers, we should remember that our growing little babies provide excellent gradual strength training for our arms and legs. All we need to do is leave the gadgets and baby equipment every now and again and go back to the good old fashioned physical work of carrying them for a while. They fully appreciate the chance to be close to us. Make sure you allow plenty of opportunities for that to happen.

Learn simple and gentle dance moves that you can perform whilst holding your baby safely against you. This is an activity that you can perform to your favourite songs every time you're at home or spending time with your baby. As your child grows up, you can encourage him/her to imitate your steps on the floor and adapt this activity that you can enjoy together for many years to come. The biggest benefits will come from the early days when touch plays a strong role in the development of your baby's confidence and future health. The relaxation provided by this activity to both mother and baby enhances mood and eases off tension, both of each may also contribute to ameliorate sensations of post-natal depression in the mother.

Mother & Baby Dance Classes are held in Rugby. The courses run for 4 weeks on a regular basis.

Contact: 07889 996 639 or e-mail: babydance@samba-etc.co.uk

This initiative is part of the therapeutic services encompassed by Cell Nutrition and Mum's Alive - Because happy women are better mothers.

References

1. Outcomes of Prolonged Parent-Child Embrance Therapy among 102 children with behavioural disorders. Published 2006 in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice – volume 12 (1): pp 3-12. Authors: Welch, M. G., Northrup, R. S., Welch-Horan, T. B., Ludwig, R. J., Austin, C. L., Jacobson, J. S.


2. Skin-to-Skin contact (Kangaroo care) promotes self-regulation in premature infants: sleep-wake cyclicity, arousal modulation, and sustained exploration. Pubished 2002 in Developmental Psychology 38 (2): pp 194-207. Authors: Feldman, R., Weller, A., Sirota, L., Eidelman, A. I.


3. Skin-to-Skin contact (Kangaroo Care) accelerates autonomic and neurobehavioural maturation in preterm infants. Published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 45 (4): pp 274-281.


4. Early relationships as regulators of infant physiology and behaviour. Published in 1994 Acta Paediatrica (Supplement) 397: pp 9-18. Author: Hofer, M. A.


5. Ordinary variations in human maternal caregiving in infancy and biobehavioral development in early childhood: a follow-up study. Published in 2010 Developmental Psychology 52 (6): pp 558-567. Authors: Hane, A. A., Henderson, H. A., Reeb-Sutherland, B. C., Fox, N. A.