According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. That may sound like a lot, particularly when you take into consideration the hours children spend at school, doing homework, participating in extracurricular and social activities, and even sleeping. How, then, can parents ensure that their children are in fact getting the recommended amount of exercise? Dance and gymnastics classes are one method, and fortunately, there are many such area classes available. Here is just a sampling:
The Dance Workshop
500 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
thedanceworkshop.us, 203-268-7297 or 203-445-9816
Established in 1983, The Dance Workshop is owned by and under the directorship of Elizabeth Salito. “Through our progressive program and professional and spacious facility, students of all ages have the opportunity to strengthen their bodies and minds as they grow to love the art of dance,” Elizabeth explains. “From creative movement to the most advanced dance classes, our students gain a solid understanding of proper technique and terminology while also developing self-discipline, physical fitness, poise, and a greater appreciation of movement and music.”
Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Combo Classes, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern Dance, Contemporary, Turn and Kick, Creative Dance, Mommy and Me, Music TogetherⓇ, ZumbaⓇ Kids, Yoga, AIM Ballroom Dance
380 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
Studio D proudly dance classes to boys and girls ages 2 to adult, according to studio director/owner Dona Wassell. Studio D is focused on all of its students growing in the knowledge of the art of dance, while at the same time, having fun. The school features Danzstar, Starlettes, and Little Stars performing teams, as well as our competitive Senior and Junior Company dancers. The staff strives to nurture your dancer’s self-esteem.
Dona says, “It is such an amazing journey watching all of my students grow up in our Studio D family. We are truly a ‘family’ of dancers, of whom I am so proud. This is not a ‘job,’ it is so much more … watching my dancers grow and become the beautiful people they have become today.”
Mommy & Me, Teenie 2’s, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Pointe
Polly’s School of Gymnastics
550 Ferry Blvd., Stratford
This family owned-and-operated business was founded 45 years ago. Polly Brueggestrat, president, is a former Olympic gymnastics champion and her brother, Dan Brueggestrat, is vice president of the company. Polly’s mother, June Della Gioia, serves as treasurer and secretary. The fall/winter 2016-2017 program begins in September. Competitive teams and trophy winners. Classes for all levels, boys and girls. Skills on all the gymnastics equipment and tumbling is taught. All classes are geared to help youngsters learn the correct and safe way to do gymnastics and develop body control and strength to enable them to progress onto each level of gymnastics. Fitness classes for children 15 months-2 years, with parents sharing in this experience for the youngster; social and physical activities around the gym which is filled with projects for beginning rhythmic movements and motor skills. Preschool and kindergarten classes, age 2 ½-5 ½, with instruction on the equipment, tumbling and many other activities for young gymnasts.
Lee Lund Studio of Dance
13 Factory Lane, Milford
Family owned and operated, the Lee Lund Studio of Dance has offered personal, professional dance instruction to the Milford community since 1983. The goal of the Lee Lund Studio is to insure that all students, whether here for one year or ten, come away with memories of fun, self-confidence, body awareness, and an appreciation for the art of dance. Students have the opportunity to learn and master techniques in various dance forms. We offer instructions for students from 2 years old to adults. For the students who wish to pursue dance on a more serious level, we have the Lee Lund Dance Companies. Each year, all students participate in our Steppin’ Out Recital.
Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Theater Production, Tap, Hip Hop
Monroe Dance Academy
838 Main St., Monroe
Monroe Dance Academy offers classes for adults and children. We strive to endow self-confidence, composure, poise, and presence. These are the characteristics of success for our students along with a life-long appreciation of dance. We offer the best dance education possible, presented by some of the finest mentors, leaders and professional faculty who are proper role models. Discipline, hard work and professionalism are the personal commitments expected of each student.
Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Break Dancing, Musical Theater, Acrobatics.
SportsCenter of Connecticut
784 River Rd., Shelton
SportsCenter of Connecticut is a family entertainment experience, featuring a weather-protected golf driving range, 18-hole mini-golf course, themed laser tag arena, interactive bowling alleys, game zone video arcade, baseball/softball batting cages, target paintball, brushstroke painting and the world’s only double-decker ice-skating arena, according to the company’s website. The facility also offers school fundraisers and group outings, as well as birthday and bar- and bat-mitzvah parties.
SportsCenter of Connecticut is a family-owned business founded on the principle of providing safe ‘family fun’ entertainment. Our facility follows the strong belief that family fun should be affordable and easily accessible. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our facility, friendliness of our staff and welcoming atmosphere and culture throughout the SportsCenter, and we serve an active community throughout the year. It is our goal that every customer feels like a part of the SportsCenter family
Next Dimension Gymnastics
25 Lindeman Dr., Trumbull
Patty Brady-Connelly and Russ Connelly, co-owners. Next Dimension offers gymnastics classes (pre-school, after school and tumbling classes), competition teams, and birthday parties for kids in Fairfield, Shelton, and Trumbull. We have gymnastic programs for kids of all ages and skill levels, from recreational programs to national-level competitive teams. Kids make friends, increase confidence, and gain new skills with gymnastic tumbling & games in our after school & pre-school gymnastics classes. Classes start September 6th. Ongoing registration.
Rockin Jump, 25 Trefoil Dr., Trumbull
At Rockin Jump you get the exercise you need and lots of laughs along the way. From the Open Jump Arena and Vertical OPS Climbing Wall, to the Slam Dunk Zone and Foam Pit, we have something for everyone, from child to adult. Guests of all ages can enjoy large Jump Arenas, Dodgeball, Rockin’ Birthday party rooms, as well as free Wi-Fi and healthy smoothies from our café.
Milford Performing Arts Center,
280A Quarry Rd., Milford
Heidi Goldbach, owner/director, has many years of experience both as a performer and teacher. The Center provides students age 2 ½-and-up year-round instruction in all forms of Dance and Musical Theater. Our fall classes begin in September and in June a recital is held at the Parsons Complex in Milford.
Gymnastics, Tumble Tots, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Vocal
Jump Off, 280 Garfield Ave., Stratford
Off offers many different activities for all age groups…featuring over 13,000-sq.-ft. of connected trampolines in a 27,500-sq.-ft. facility. Our trampoline grid features over 50 trampolines, including the angled wall trampolines and launching decks. We also offer Extreme Dodgeball, Air Dunk, Foam Pit, Slack line (suspended over thousands of foam cubes), Battle Beam, High Performance, Air Bag Jump, Play Zone (includes 3 floors of an indoor playground with slides, tubes, ball pits, bazooka’s, a waterbed, inflatables, and a toddler area), Animal Ride, Game Zone and cafe.