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Old 06-11-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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ballet or gymnastics class for a 3 y/o?

Which do you recommend? I know each class will be taylored toward her age group but IDK which to try.
DD likes to play ballerina whne she dances, doing twirls and stuff, but isn't a real ballet class more structured?
She likes to jump around and tumble too (what 3 y/o doesn't?) so I was thinking gymnastics.
We previewed a dance class today and she hated it. there was too many kids which intimidated her. But even I thought the moves were too hard for a beginner just jumping into the class. It was for 2-4 y/o but it was a lot of hip hop that DD didnt get

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My kid does both. I like ballet because she has to calm down and be purposeful. I like gymnastics because it gets the energy out. For us, ballet is $5 a class and gymnastics is $20, but DD likes gymnastics best.
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Re: ballet or gymnastics class for a 3 y/o?

My DD will be 3 next month and in the fall we are doing gymnastics Just like your DD, mine also loves to twirl and LOVES dancing around (my sperm donor was a professional ballroom dancer so she gets it naturally...) but she also love tumbling and all. Two of my nieces started with gymnastics and then went to dance and were happy they had done so in that order.
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My kid does both. I like ballet because she has to calm down and be purposeful. I like gymnastics because it gets the energy out. For us, ballet is $5 a class and gymnastics is $20, but DD likes gymnastics best.
well heck if the class were that cheap here I'd put her both too!

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My DD will be 3 next month and in the fall we are doing gymnastics Just like your DD, mine also loves to twirl and LOVES dancing around (my sperm donor was a professional ballroom dancer so she gets it naturally...) but she also love tumbling and all. Two of my nieces started with gymnastics and then went to dance and were happy they had done so in that order.
thanks!i think she likes the IDEA of ballet. But she needs something to get the energy out and I think gymnastics will be good. DH thinks ballet merely cause she's always doing the little twinkle toes movements and such.

I also want something that will bring her out of her shell more. shes awfully shy at first.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:04 AM   #5
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Re: ballet or gymnastics class for a 3 y/o?

My 3 yo does a combo ballet/tap class and loves it. I found that our city parks department has (great) classes for very inexpensive. I pay about $20 for 6 weeks of classes! It costs me more to buy her shoes/leotards than for the classes.
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Re: ballet or gymnastics class for a 3 y/o?

I say gymnastics, though I guess it depends on the dance studio, some do a lot of other stuff in their little kid classes because they know it's hard for them to really focus on the level that real ballet requires.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:37 AM   #7
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Re: ballet or gymnastics class for a 3 y/o?

I put mine in Creative Movement through the Y. It's essentially unstructured ballet. They are learning to dance, but it's not rigid. I know some dance studios will do CM for the littles.
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We're gymnastics nuts over here--all 4 of my kids are in it--so I pick gymnastics!
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Re: ballet or gymnastics class for a 3 y/o?

For us - gymnastics. We tried both and dance was too structured and less energy consuming.
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We love Gymnastics here.
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