We’re profiling the very best activities for dads and children in collaboration with Club Hub, and this week we’re delighted to feature: Diddi Dance in North Essex & South Suffolk!
Diddi dance is a funky pre-school dance activity for boys and girls under five. Charlotte Foxley runs the North Essex & South Suffolk area franchise and also runs special needs classes for under 8s. Their even making an incredible offer - a FREE trial of their classes! Just put DaddiLifeAOTW in the top of your message to Club Hub in their contact page
Founder, Diddi Dance, North Essex & South Suffolk
“I love children and dancing so running a diddi dance franchise was just perfect for me. And a balance with home/work life was essential with my own two young children to look after.”
1. What’s in it for dads and kids?
Diddi dance ticks all the boxes when it comes to physical, emotional and social development. The classes meet all Early Years Foundation Stage criteria, which simply put means the children learn while moving. The combination of exercise and interaction is a huge draw.
Charlotte adds: “Being part of a group is a lovely experience and I hope that we enable the children to feel comfortable in this type of setting for when they grow into the next phase of life.”
Diddi dance uses original music and specially designed warm up routines, none of which you will find anywhere else. The sessions tap into children’s natural love of movement and rhythm.
“We cover 16 dance themes from around the world all aimed at pre-school and all simple enough for the children to try out,” says Charlotte. “They learn about the different types of dance style from Jive to Irish, Ballroom and Hip hop!”
For dads, the groups are a great opportunity to encourage development and cement parent/child bonds in a fun and laughter-filled 45 minutes. The chance to meet lots of like-minded parents is an added bonus.
2. Key Activities at Diddi Dance
Charlotte runs special needs classes for children under 8s. More generally, diddi dance also offers fun, affordable parties, which include dancing games, action songs, hoops, dance ribbons, bubbles, balloons, bells and lots of fun. The parties are totally interactive - no sitting and watching here!
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I began attending Diddidance with my son when his little sister was a few months old. I wanted the chance for my son to have some time to play that was just about him and not his new baby sister. I felt so welcome from the beginning and it was difficult not to become caught up in Charlotte's enthusiasm. I had fun joining in even if my son was a little reluctant to begin with. My daughter now participates in the weekly lessons and my husband takes both children every week to work on his dad moves. I love attending the classes when I have an opportunity when not working.
I think the whole concept behind diddi dance is wonderful and will keep signing up for classes until my children have to go to school. A lovely family experience led by a wonderful group of teachers (although we are biased because Charlotte is our teacher!).
Happy Parent, Lisa Jones
For further info, check out the nationwide diddi dance website, or Charlotte’s Facebook page for classes in Colchester and other areas of North Essex and South Sussex.