Staying Inside: How to Keep Your Kids Active

Keeping kids active when we can’t go outside can seem difficult when there are so many other ways of staying entertained with devices, games, movies and toys. However, now more than ever, we should all make an effort to make sure we get our daily dose of movement!

Physical activity helps children stay healthy and happy, and since outdoor activities and group classes are not an option right now, we have some ideas on how to incorporate it into their day!

Before getting started, let’s get ready to move inside:

  • Provide your children with instructions on how to safely take out and put away equipment that they might use (balls, beanbags, etc.).
  • Move any furniture with sharp edges out of the activity area.
  • Make sure your children know that movement is limited in a small space.
  • Anticipate where additional safety measures are needed and apply them.
  • Review any family rules for throwing balls, beanbags, etc. and being active inside the house as you see fit.

Ready!? Now try these ideas to keep them entertained and active:

  1. Jump Rope- There are so many rhymes that can make jumping rope more than just physical activity! Kids can memorize these and sing along to them. Here are some fun ideas.
  2. Indoor Obstacle Course- Using furniture, or other items that are safe build an obstacle course for your kids. Add in specific mental or physical challenges to keep them guessing. This site takes you step by step on how to create your own using every-day house items!
  3. Animal Races- Hop like a bunny or frog; squat and waddle like a duck; and so on.
  4. Scavenger hunt- Write up clues and hide them around the house. Kids can race to find each clue for a small prize at the end.
  5. Dance- Whether it is freeze dance or a dance party, this is a great way of keeping kids active and having fun. We are currently offering pre-recorded dance classes and live virtual classes through Zoom. Click here to learn more!

To take a look at some free pre-recorded dance lessons visit our YouTube channel.

A new chapter for Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.

The TAYB family will see big changes in 2020!  In order to accommodate our growing number of students and to expand the genres of class offerings, more space is needed!  TAYB will be taking back the rented space from the dentist and renovate the entire first floor! This renovation is going to allow us to add much-needed space. Here’s a little taste of the changes coming to Miami’s oldest ballet school:

NEW LOBBY AND STUDY AREA 

One of the many changes will be a larger lobby and study area! We will have more space for our parents to wait. No more crowded lobby! Perhaps the most exciting news is that there will be two bathrooms instead of one!

MORE STUDIO SPACE

No more limited studio space! TAYB will create a large studio that can be divided into two smaller studios as well as a small wood floor tap studio. This means more space for classes, rehearsals, performances, as well as new dance genresrehearsals, and performances. With this space, we will be able to serve more of the students who graduate from our satellite sites and are ready to begin advanced training.  To learn more about our after school programming click here. 

EXPANDED CLASS OFFERINGS 

What classes will be offered in these new studios?!  Our main focus and foundation will always be ballet. However, we know that a strong foundation in contemporary or modern dance is crucial.  We will be expanding our contemporary and tap programs to meet on more days and to serve a wider range of ages. Additionally, we will look at what genres the students and families would like to see here at TAYB. Genres under consideration include hip hop, Flamenco and jazz. These two new studios will give us the space to allow for more rehearsal time.

REBRANDING 

Renovations are not the only exciting things happening this year! TAYB will be getting a facelift with a full rebranding. The name of the organization will be changing. This will also include a revamp of our website and current look and feel. These exciting changes will reflect the growth that the organization has gone through over the last ten years.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

These renovations will ensure that the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet is sustainable and continues to grow and impact our community. These construction costs are estimated at $400,000.00. One of our long-time benefactors is so excited about our new plans that she has pledged $150,000 in a matching grant! Every dollar donated will be matched one to one! It’s not too early to make a contribution or spread the word! Share this post or make a donation by clicking the button below.

 

 

 

What you’re supporting on Miami’s day of giving.

Thursday, November 21st is Miami’s biggest day of giving and we want you to get involved. Every year The Miami Foundation hosts Give Miami Day , a 24-hour fundraising event. Organizations across the city raise funds for their incredible missions that make a huge impact on our community. Throughout the day there will be prizes all organizations are eligible for and a percentage of every donation given will be matched. Here’s the programming and projects you’ll be supporting if you choose the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet this Give Miami Day.

LOW-COST AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS 

Quality after school programs at an extremely low cost? We know what you’re thinking…..not possible. Thanks to the support of the Children’s Trust we expanded our four sites that once just danced classes after school to a full after school program with reading, homework assistance, dance lessons, and emotional literacy. We want to continue to build on this programming across four sites and you can support that by participating on Give Miami Day.

SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE MAIN SITE 

Scholarships are offered at the main site for dance training at the main site during the school year and for summer intensives. All scholarships are based on financial need and are given on a sliding scale. Families are able to pay what they can rather than cutting back on valuable training for their children.

THE NUTCRACKER

The Nutcracker is a huge part of who we are and Miami’s history. Our production of The Nutcracker is no ordinary production of the holiday classic. This Nutcracker is the longest-running Nutcracker production in Miami, it is the most diverse production of the Nutcracker in the city, and we do not charge families to participate in it. Students from all of our sites audition for the performance and aren’t charged a fee for rehearsals, costumes, makeup, etc. This makes participating accessible to everyone. This is what makes our Nutcracker so unique.

NEXT STEPS PROGRAM

Our after school program if for children ages 5-11 years old. What happens once they age out of the program? We offer a scholarship at our main site to continue quality dance training.

SUMMER IN NEW YORK PROGRAM

Every year we provide room and board to students attending summer intensives in New York City. Attending summer intensives at professional companies can be very expensive for families. To make this once in a lifetime experience available we cut the cost by offering this program.

MAIN SITE RENOVATIONS 

In order to provide more programming, we are renovating the space and adding THREE more studios! This project will begin in 2020 but if you would like to make a contribution toward our capital campaign it’s never too early.

We hope after reading about our current programming and future plans you feel excited to make your contribution on Give Miami Day on Thursday, November 21st.

Make a pledge today by clicking the button below.

 

 

Beyond The Dance Floor – Thomas Armour Youth Ballet featured in Pinecrest & Coral Gables Lifestyle Magazine

We were so excited to be featured in Pinecrest and Coral Gables Lifestyle Magazine. To read the article Beyond The Dance Floor click the button below.

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s After School Program Featured on NBC 6 Miami

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet had the privilege of being featured on the back to school segment on Miami NBC 6. News anchor Kristin Sanchez came to visit our West Coconut Grove site to see our students in action. To see the full segment watch the video below. Big thank you to Kristin Sanchez and the NBC 6 team for coming out to see our program.

To learn more about our after school program click here. 

Master Class With Dancers From Ballet Hispanico

Last week, students at Robert Russa Moton Elementary had the amazing opportunity to be part of a workshop led by Ballet Hispanico Company members.

The workshop was a great change of pace during a week of testing, and a great experience for young artists who not only learned about communicating through movement but also got a glimpse into what it is like to be a traveling performing dancer. Ballet Hispanico is known for their work in communities and the dancers who came to Robert Russa Moton Elementary to work with the students showed a great deal of love and passion for working with young kids. We are grateful to have been able to bring such a wonderful group of professional artists to work with our students.

The workshop was made possible by South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s programming please click here.

Ransom Everglades Graduate Overcomes Tragedy With Help of School by Kyra Gurney at the Miami Herald

Mya Wright is a shining example of the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. In Mya’s case, that village is Ransom Everglades School, Where the 17-year-old graduated on Friday after seven years marked both by tragedy and by her determination to succeed no matter what. Read more…

La temporada para ‘El Cascanueces’ By Olga Connor, El Nuevo Herald

Esta primera semana de diciembre comienza a presentarse en todo Estados Unidos el espectáculo favorito de niños y mayores de la época navideña, El Cascanueces. Read more…

Un Cascanueces Multitudinario, Desenvuelto y Divertido by Orlando Taquechel, El Nuevo Herald

Para comenzar, hay que reconocer el impresionante poder de convocatoria de Thomas Armour Youth Ballet (TAYB). Las inclemencias del tiempo no fueron obstáculo para que la función del ballet Cascanueces que tuvo lugar el sábado pasado en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium experimentara un lleno completo. Read more…