Babywearing dance class at SuperMums

I am excited to announce that I have completed a GroovaRoo babywearing dance teacher’s training and will be teaching a class at SuperMums. Please read below what to expect and I hope to see you in class very soon!

What is GroovaRoo dance?

The style of GroovaRoo dance is line dancing to R&B and hip-hop songs. In a GroovaRoo class, baby is our dance partner and we wear them in a carrier. You can see an example of a GroovaRoo dance here.

What are the benefits of babywearing and dancing with your baby?

Babywearing mimics a baby’s experience in utero and in a way helps with the transition to the outside world. When a baby is worn, it is in a more confined space and it recognises the familiar rhythms of the mother’s movements. Having baby close to you and dancing with them does not only have a calming effect on the baby, but on yourself, too.

Why did I decide to start teaching a babywearing dance class?

I have always enjoyed dancing. For me, it is an easy way to release energy and a fun way to keep in shape. When I first became a mother, I quickly realised how much I enjoyed exercising with my baby at SuperMums. At home, when he would get fussy, I would often put my baby in a carrier, play some music and just dance around the living room.

I came across GroovaRoo during my second pregnancy and thought it would be fun to start a babywearing dance class in Brussels. I believe that dancing is a fun way to bond with baby and I would love to share this experience with others.

When can you start coming to class?

If you have recently given birth, you need to have the all clear from your gynecologist before starting classes.  This is typically 6 weeks after a vaginal delivery and 8 weeks after a c-section. The baby needs to be at least 6 weeks old to attend the class. I recommend that you start at the same time you do your sessions with the physiotherapist and Hypopressives by LPF classes.

Who is the class for?

Most often, mums come to these classes with their babies, but the class is not only for them. Dads or other care givers are welcome to join.

How does this class benefit both mum and baby?

This babywearing dance class is all about bonding with your baby and creating a connection with them through closeness and movement. A dance class is also a fun and easy way to get back into shape!

At SuperMums, Hypopresive abdominal exercises are an essential part of postpartum recovery, so I will add these exercises at the end of class. They can help maintain a correct posture, work your pelvic floor and abdominals. Learn more about hypopressives here.

What should you and your baby wear to class?

You need to have your own carrier for the class. In terms of clothing, just wear something you feel comfortable in (for example leggings and a T-shirt). In terms of shoes, it is best to dance in indoor sneakers, as we want to keep the space clean for the babies. It is preferable to dress baby in light layers that you can easily take off, as it can get quite warm in the carrier when moving around a lot.

What type of carrier should you wear for the class?

There are many carries out there but not all are safe to use for dancing. For GroovaRoo classes it is advised to use an ergonomic, 2-shoulder carrier. The three commonly used carriers in our classes are Stretchy Wrap, Soft Structured Carrier and Meh Dai.

If you are not sure if the one you have is suitable, do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be happy to advise you.

I look forward to meeting you in our Monday classes when we can reopen the studio after Covid19 lockdown.

– Lucia