Tutus, leotards and all things sparkly: that was the dress code of the day recently, with Hear and Say families treated to some very glittery, dance-filled LEAP playgroups.
In Brisbane, children were led in a mini ballet class by Australian Dance Performance Institute (ADPI) ballerinas Sophie, Paris and Sienna, which included learning some all-important warm-ups, a routine to follow along to, and finally a fast-paced game of musical statues.
Up on the Sunshine Coast, ballerina Sam took children into the mesmerising world of dance by teaching the excited group some simple ballet moves, followed by story time and lots of bubble-blowing.
“As LEAP is a theme-based program, having ballerinas visit on the day of ballet-themed LEAP week is a huge boost to the children’s experiential learning,” said Hear and Say Listening and Spoken Language specialist, Tracey Taylor.
“Children had to listen carefully and follow our ballerinas’ instructions – for example, pointing their toes or holding their arms up like a fairy. They were enthralled!”
LEAP is part of the suite of Hear and Say’s social skills programs, playing an essential role in helping children with hearing loss develop the skills they need to ensure effective communication in all areas of life. LEAP is offered across four of the Hear and Say centres.