What is GroovaRoo Dance?
GroovaRoo is a baby wearing, soul line dancing class. It is all about bonding with your baby and feeling uplifted by music and dance. It provides a much needed opportunity to come together as a group, connect with and support each other in a such a fun way,
We love to promote baby wearing too, as most babies are soothed by being in their carrier. Daily life with our hands free, and a settled baby on our chest makes things much easier. This gives our babies much needed feeling of security and trust. The benefits of this are long term.
Your Mental Health
The main reason I want to provide this class, is for maternal mental health. Music and movement and dancing in synchrony as a group is one of the best mood boosters of all time. It really gets your endorphins flowing!
The music is a mixture of up beat current and classic soul. In soul line dancing we focus on the enjoyment of moving to the music and feeling uplifted. The focus is not on post natal fitness, or how quickly you can pick up the steps. It is not about how well you can dance either. It is about connecting with your child and each other. They are excellent classes for keeping you active, keeping you smiling and helping your baby feel safe and secure.
Moving and dancing with your baby is such a natural thing to do and there are lots of benefits
- connecting and bonding more deeply with your baby
- helping your baby expend their energy
- settling your baby and reducing crying
- becoming more confident with baby wearing
- improving baby’s sensory-motor development
- developing baby’s spatial awareness
- meeting baby’s need for motion and closeness with their caregiver
- boosting your endorphins and other feel good hormones
Nicola & Amber
Take a look at our video about settling your baby during the witching hour, through dance. Stay tuned until the end where we will teach you a dance.
What Sling Will I Need for the Class?
We consider all current research on optimal hip position and safety aspects of baby wearing. With that in mind, to safely participate in GroovaRoo Classes, you will need a sling that has a wide base. It is important that it supports your baby in a ‘spread-squat or M-shape’ position. The sling must support your baby’s legs from knee to knee.
Examples of the types of carriers that have a wide base are:
- Soft structured carriers :
Tula, ErgoBaby, Lilliebaby, Emeibaby, Boba, Je Port Mon Bebe
- Stretchy wraps (up to 20lbs)
- Meh Dai carriers:
Babyhawk, Catbird Baby, Infantino
You baby must be 3 months + for GroovaRoo. Once they are ready to start, we remain focused on being gentle with yourself and your baby. With safety in mind, baby’s head must supported with one hand at all times. Baby’s well being and your physical health are important considerations in GroovaRoo Dance. It is therefore important that you get advice from your midwife, GP or physio, in the event that you have any physical issues that might put you at risk.