The current lockdown has meant that lots of companies have had to reinvent how the work, and children’s dance classes are no different. Tot Bop run jazz and dance classes in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for children aged 1-9. During the lockdown you can still access their classes online. The dance classes are exactly the same as the ones you’d attend face-to-face, just without the other children! Since I first wrote this review of the Tot Bop online dance classes Rachel has been working really hard and taken the videos to another level! They’re now really slick and even more fun for the kids.
We were very kindly given access to the portal for one week to do this review of Tot Bop dance classes.
The classes are broken down into five different age groups; 1-2.5 years, 2.5-3.5 years, 3.5-5 years, 5-9 years (groovey movers) and Tap ages 4-9 years. Smallest Child and I did the 2.5-3.5 years session (with some help from the boys). Under normal circumstances classes run in Fairford Leys (Aylesbury), Wing, Heath & Reach, Pitstone, Berkhamsted, Leighton Buzzard, Linslade, Tring and Waddesdon.
The plan is to continue offering these new classes online even once the classes restart. I think this is such a good idea – it’s not always possible to get to classes at set times and this way you can do the class as many times as you like throughout the week and at whatever time suits you!
The online portal
Each week you’ll be given a new session code. You can access the video as many times as you like during that week. Instead of following a certain online fitness guru, you could subscribe to Tot Bop and do this class everyday. Trust me, it’s much easier on the thighs for us grown-ups! Plus the kids enjoy it a lot more!
On the portal you’ll find this week’s video, an instrument of the week to make at home, the song list and photos of some of the other kids enjoying their sessions at home. Each session lasts for 40 minutes, with a couple of places where you can pause and have a drink. The week that I watched the musical instrument of the week was a shoebox guitar.
The Tot Bop Dance Class
During the session you’ll go through the dance routines for several different songs. Some are simply routines to the music, whilst others are stories told through actions and dances. It’s really cool and Rachel’s enthusiasm for what she does is very clear! You can tell she would be amazing at engaging the children during a normal dance class. I’m assuming that the moves get more complicated as the children get older and progress through the classes. We found them easy to follow which is a good thing! Smallest Child took a little while to get into it at first. This was mainly because she never done a dance class before. I think after a couple of days viewing the same video she would be captivated from the start.
When we did the second week she was dancing around straight away. I think all of the new backgrounds really helped to get her attention. She was REALLY cute doing the warm ups and dancing her little socks off.
Personally I really liked the story telling song. The children had to pretend they were going to the seaside, packing everything into their bag and then going off on their adventure. Being a dance class the children also learn about styles of dancing, rhythm and counting. At the end of the session there’s a lovely wind-down song.
FYI – As well as children’s dance classes, Tot Bop now run ones for adults too!
Our Tot Bop Review
The Tot Bop dance class is a great way to keep the kids active during lockdown, and much more engaging for smaller children than a fitness class. The fact that these will continue to be available after the face to face classes return is great. It’s just not always possible to get to a class! The songs are ones children will already know, the actions are easy to pick up and it’s fun. We’d been potentially looking for a dance class for Smallest Child to do after lockdown and this is absolutely an option! For more details, including prices, and to book your class click here. For lots of other activities, sessions and classes for under 5’s check out my dedicated section here.
We were very kindly invited to do a review of Tot Bop children’s dance classes but they did not see my review prior to publication and all thoughts are my own.
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