After having to close her dance studio due to COVID-19, Brittany Mulder, owner of Maddox Dance Company, decided she wanted to continue to support kids in her community
“Since we are all going through a difficult, challenging time right now I want to do what I can from home to help support families and kids,” she said. “I have decided to create YouTube videos and Live videos Thursday at 2 p.m. on my Facebook page to help kids and families keep moving.
“We want to continue to develop their early development through movement.”
Mulder said her classes, which are held on the Maddox Dance Company Facebook page are focused on purposeful play which explore different dance concepts.
“It will look like we are dancing to silly songs and moving in different ways but what we are really doing is activities that encourage full-body movement which helps with postural and core development in kids,” she said.
Mulder said the classes will help with language comprehension, developing motor skills and also helping kids understand how their bodies exist within space.
“These are all things that are important for early childhood development and we will do that through purposeful play activities,” she said.
Mulder said the classes were originally designed for her clients but they are open to everyone — with the target range being ages 2-6.
“We had to stop our year earlier than we wanted to but it is also for anyone looking for different activities from home. I know it can be challenging when everyone is feeling a little stir-crazy and wanting to do something new and fun in there house,” she said.
Mulder said they have received a lot of interest and she feels people are hungry for new ideas while they are forced to be at home.
“We have had a lot of traction and we are hoping to reach as many people as possible to help everyone through this time,” she said.
Mulder said these classes have helped her after she was forced to close her studio — which was difficult, stressful and sad time.
“It is important for me to keep moving and being with the kids is so fun and important to me. Anyway I can keep connected to them — I’ll do it,” she said.
Mulder said YouTube videos will typically come out on Wednesdays and will include craft and movement ideas. Facebook Live videos will go live Thursdays at 2 p.m.