Inspiration came 11 years ago when owner Jacqui Ladikos saw the need for an age-appropriate dance curriculum for girls under the age of 3. “I believe the kids could learn that young because I’ve seen it,” says Ladikos. “But I always tell the parents, especially with the babies, I don’t believe in overcorrecting, but, rather, positive reinforcement.”
Each half-hour session, complete with eight to 10 princesses and two instructors, is designed to build confidence, teach respect and foster creativity — all while slipping in a bit of dance knowledge. Right now, the class is only offered for girls, but moms, dads and even grandparents are welcome to strut alongside their pint-sized princess. Ladikos manages to retain the attention of such tiny tots by incorporating elements like flashcards, parachutes and gymnastics apparatus. She also structures the classes to have a clear beginning, middle and end — with activities requiring focus at the start and a ‘’tutu dance” wrapping up the session.
Adorned with the keys for success, these little princess babies are sure to evolve into poised dancing queens.
33491 Lake Road, Avon Lake, 440-320-0537, missjacqui.com