Jennifer Bloe can remember all too well her frustration as a little girl who was considered too young for dance class.
As a toddler, she kicked and screamed until she finally turned three and could be enrolled in every dance class available in her Stenhouse school.
It’s perhaps the reason why this 25-year-old trained dancer from Bonnybridge has built up such a great reputation and career for herself as someone who’s committed to helping very young children experience the fun and joy of dance.
Now she has started to run a ballet class for pre-schoolers and their parents to help get little ones moving earlier.
Jennifer said: “Ballet Bees is for children 18 months to three years and we invite mum or dad or grandparents to join in and dance with the children.
“There is a fun element to the class, we know the children are really young and won’t make it through the whole class without going off to play with toys, but it’s always been really important for me for the children to have fun.
“To become a dancer you have to enjoy it.”
Ballet Bees, which began in Falkirk Town Hall last week, is a dancey spin off of Jennifer’s Baby bees class, a sensory experience for babies with a focus on dancing.
Working with children is something Jennifer has always been passionate about, and is already well known as a dance teacher and also a children’s entertainer.
She decided to become a dance teacher during the last year of her dance degree while studying at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee.
Jennifer, who is a full-time dance teacher at Nu Moves in Livingston said: “I started to dance on my third birthday, and that was pretty much it for me because I’ve been dancing every since.
“I had to wait until I was three to start ballet, and I thought it would be nice if it could be available earlier.
“Ballet Bees lets the parents dance with their children and it’s a really nice bonding experience as well.”
Anyone interested in classes can call the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850.