The BallroomBees are setting toes a-tapping, as they bring their grassroots brand of dance to the children of Lantau for the fist time.
Hosted by The Humble Room in Mui Wo, the community co-working space saw its venue come to life with the noise of excited kids taking their first steps into the world of ballroom dancing.
Founded by Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Virshilas, BallroomBees aims to empower and enrich children’s lives through the medium of dance – www.ballroombees.com
Already well established in venues across Hong Kong, BallroomBees is targeted at children from the age of 2.5 to 8 years old. “Our mission is to engage children in dance at an early stage” enthused dance teacher Ryan Hammond, who with his partner Angelique, (both professional dancers from South Africa) has moved to Hong Kong to help develop Katya’s vision.
“Covid, had changed everything for us” added Angleique “with dance studios closing down, we had to find a new way to work and first began by teaching kids to dance in Hong Kong on Zoom. It was a crazy time working out how to teach through a screen and dealing with the time difference”.
However, with the growing success of BallroomBees, it was soon clear, that they would need to become part of the team on the ground and a good thing too for Lantau, as the two full class sessions at The Humble Room demonstrated.
The BallroomBees approach, takes a very different path to the more traditional dance-teaching formats, successfully combining play and dance to connect with its young audience in a fun, creative environment.
It was clear to see from watching the energy-packed sessions, the mental and physical benefits for the children in improving their motor skills, balance and co-ordination.
The classes are also equally popular with girls and boys which helps to build self-confidence and sociability, as they learn together in groups and with their partners.
Ryan and Angelique, further highlighted the peer support structure that Ballroom Bees has in place for its instructors, who take part in weekly feedback and development training themselves, to continually improve on the delivery from their collective experiences.
This is then backed up further, through inputs from primary school teachers and other child development professionals.
Regular Wednesday afternoon sessions are now planned for The Humble Room. These weekly classes which cost $150 per session for the special 2.5 year old (walking) classes, will be commencing from the 2:00 – 2.45pm on the 28th April.
Also from the 28th April for the two older age groups, the cost will be $200 class with the 2.5 – 5 year olds from 3:00 – 4pm, followed by a 4:15 – 5.15pm class for the 5 – 8 year olds.
For further information or to enrol your children please contact BallroomBees via their WhatsApp +852 4622 3215.
The Humble Room
The Humble Room community co-working space can be found at 19 Chung Hau Street, Mui Wo – www.thehumbleroom.com. It is open Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun 9.30am to 5pm – closed on Thursdays.
Founded in November 2020, the venue offers co-working space, workshop facilities, static retail space, classes and even pop-up markets. It aims to provide a tranquil, comfortable, friendly environment to work, train and have fun.
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