The NY Gifted Education Examiner wrote about the variety of dual language elementary school programs available in New York City, and how to maximize your chances of getting into one, here.
A great way to increase your odds is to familiarize your child with the second language ahead of time (native speakers get priority over English-only kids; details at the link).
Dance your way to fluency with Ballet Hispanico’s Hablando y Bailando (167 West 89th Street) program for 4 and 5 year olds. Not only will they learn to bounce, flounce and ole(!) with the best of them, but also instruction will be given in Spanish (as well as English) for a truly immersive, diverse experience. Later, kids can learn partnering, the traditional salsa, merengue and cha cha cha as part of Cultural Latin Dance, too.
Not sure if this might be the right approach for you? The NY Frugal Family Examiner has great news! Ballet Hispanico classes begin today, Monday, September 9th for registered students, but new students can try a class absolutely FREE in one of the following programs:
Adventures in Dance (Ages 2-5): Creative movement and Latino culture merge to form a fun atmosphere in which spatial awareness and self-expression can flourish.
General Program (Ages 6-18): Cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and more.
In addition, they offer a fully subsidized, tuition free Boys Workshop on Saturdays. (Read all about FREE dance opportunities for talented boys, here.)
The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance is a leading center of excellence in dance education accessible to the community at large. Here, students learn in a nurturing and disciplined environment, discover dance as a language of ideas, and explore the rich history and aesthetics of Latino cultures.
For more information, visit ballethispanico.org or call 212-362-6710.
And make sure you tell them the NY Frugal Family Examiner sent you!
Think kids dancing is cool? How about apple pies? How about apple pies that also sing showtunes? Pick up a copy of The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition by Dan Elish, a book for independent readers ages 7 and up, and a perfect read-aloud for 3+. But, The Worldwide Dessert Contest isn't just a book. It also comes with it's own original musical score that you can sing - and dance - to. Get a FREE sample, here.