My 19-month-old Jed was born to groove. He takes his dancing very seriously and can often be found shaking his thang while frowning in concentration.
So I was sure he would dig the Latino Bambino toddler class on Thursday morning at St Mary’s on Upper Street.
Led by the very lively Urska (pictured), this music and movement class with a merengue twist is aimed at toddlers aged 1 to 3. Urska also runs a popular class teaching mums and babes in arms (or rather slings) salsa moves.
In the first five minutes, Urska got the small group of mamas and minis warmed up with some brisk maracas shaking. Jed was in super-shy mode and I wondered if 40 minutes would be long enough to get him in the mood.
But Urska’s a pro and by keeping up the pace, the friendly chatter, the Latin beats and a fun mix of props, she made even the wallflowers open up.
Jed really came into his own during the limbo dancing. After that he was all happy feet and you could barely hold him down even for the quiet session at the end.
The class rounds off with giant bubbles to pop and all the kids get a sticker for their hard work.
Jed was literally chuckling with pride. I knew he couldn’t wait to show Ezra – his sticker and his limbo steps!
The classes cost £48 for six weeks but Urska is offering a free Salsa Babies or Latino Bambino class to our readers. Simply mention Babes about Town to get your free taster.
Latino Bambino is at St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre on Upper St, N1 10-10.40am (toddler) and 10.45-11.30am (mother and baby). For classes in your area visit the web site.