Show gets little ones moving

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Broome's very own Ready Set Dance students.
Camera IconBroome's very own Ready Set Dance students. Credit: Raelene Malcolm-Bodle

What started as an idea to get preschoolers up and moving has grown into a nationwide phenomenon that has already seen Broome children getting into the groove.

Subscription television channel Nick Jr. recently launched its locally produced preschool dance series, Ready Set Dance, as a daily show.

Airing periodically from 10am- noon in between popular shows such as PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Nella the Princess Knight, Ready Set Dance features fun and energetic short-form dance videos to encourage children to engage in physical activity.

Differing from other dance shows, the series is underpinned by a core educational curriculum designed to teach youngsters fundamental movement skills while building confidence, co-ordination and creativity.

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While the television show premiered on January 21, Broome’s Sun Studios has already been getting into the groove as the town’s official Ready Set Dance studio.

Sun Studios director Raelene Malcolm-Bodle said the studio had been buzzing with little ones and their families engaging with the program.

“Since Ready Set Dance began airing on Nick Jr., we have had a number of new inquiries about the program, which is really fantastic,” she said. “We hope to get many more little dancers through the studio doors over the coming months as the show picks up momentum.

“This year, our little dancers will be creating their own special showcase called Ready Set Grow.”

Sun Studios is one more of than 180 dance schools in Australia and New Zealand that run the Ready Set Dance program after it was initially launched in 20 schools throughout New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory four years ago.

Jade Barnes, who is one of the five directors of the program, said the studio-based program had been adapted to deliver a story-driven dance series that was bursting with energy.

“By giving kids and parents a taste of the Ready Set Dance program, we hope to see many more preschoolers take up dancing and try out our studio-based classes around the country,” she said.

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