Kristine, our Joimove Instructor from Glasgow South, has shared with us her thoughts on bringing Joimove to Doune the Rabbit Hole Music Festival, last week.
I hope this summer has been good to you 🙂 and offered you all you wished for!
For me, summer is all about blue skies, warming sunshine, enjoying lots of fresh air outside and of course time with my family. But one thing I also love about summer is that it’s Festival season. Every year, I try to go to at least one festival and this year was no exception. More than just being outside listening to amazing music, I love festivals because they’re a place where I can dance.
Never before I have been in festival in UK because thought about changing weather and never ending mud bath has always put me off. Here in Scotland you need to be ready for all seasons in one day – that is what they say when talking about weather. But, Doune the Rabbit Hole Music Festival in Stirlingshire, Scotland really got me motivated to try one out. It seemed like a cool fest to check out, not only because of the many bands, stalls and activities, but because I saw it as the perfect place to spread the joy of dancing. It’s a very family-oriented festival, -and they host Joimove last year as Dance with Babies and Toddlers-, so it just seemed like the best place to share the beauty of dancing together, and introducing everyone to Joimove.
With it being right at my doorstep, I thought “hey, I can bring my gear and it would be totally fun!” So I contacted the organisers and received a great welcome for the Joimove Family Dance workshop in their festival programme.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from having a workshop at the Doune the Rabbit Hole, but you know what, it was great fun! Although my class was on the third day of the festival (so people were probably sleep-deprived), there was plenty of energy. Although many parents weren’t quite as fresh as the kids (who had TONS of energy), there were plenty of happy smiling faces from both adults and kids. We danced salsa, rock’n’roll, ballet and all the usual styles you’d get at a typical Joimove class. It really was just like being in a regular wonderful Joimove class, only in a tent at a music festival.
Never been to a festival before? I can totally recommend it! It’s the perfect place to share the moment with your family and get a boogie on. Take the plunge, pack some wellies, your waterproofs, sunscreen, a few T-shirts, your dancing spirit and go! And your kids will love it to! Wherever you go, be a Joimover – dance and have fun together!
Certified Joimove Babies, Kids Instructor
BABYWEARING DANCE AND MEN
When you look at the world, there’s increasing gender equality. Where women were once the only caregivers to our youngest members of society, now, men are taking a real hands-on approach to fatherhood. Men see their roles as more than just the breadwinner, the masculine figure, the authoritarian. They see themselves as caregivers, devoted parents and loving.
This shift is very clearly reflected not only in terms of physical care but also with how men carry, cuddle, and hold their babies. There’s nothing more evident of this shift than the increasing number of babywearing men. Look down the street and you’re bound to find a man wearing a baby – maybe even two, or twenty depending on where you are. It’s a phenomenon that reflects men’s new role with their children.
Despite the number of men wearing their babies, and parenting in a more gentle way, the number of men who actively dance with their children doesn’t reflect the changes.
Is it because men feel less comfortable and confident with their own bodies in motion than women? Do they feel societal pressures against showing emotions, love and affection in public, particularly through the medium of movement and dance? Or is it simply that dance is still considered part of the “feminine” domain?
Whatever the reasons, let’s break the cycle. Babywearing dance isn’t just for mom and baby.
There are plenty of examples of men breaking the mold and taking the first dance step forward.
Let’s help the men in our lives – fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and friends – cast out the fear, the negative feelings and societal stigmas they face when taking up babywearing dance. Let’s work to create safe environments for men to come to dance with their babies, whether at home, in a class or on the street.
Let’s encourage our men, and our children in turn, that dance is beautiful, fulfilling and soul refreshing. It’s a way to bring joy, happiness and love to each other.
Let’s break societal boundaries and help create a new world where dancing, babywearing dance and dancing as a family are the norm. Let’s create a world where everyone feels confident and comfortable to move to the beat of their love.
And we invite all men to join us in this world.
Dance is universal. Dance is beauty. Dance bridges souls. Dance is love.
There’s a dancing dads revolution taking place right now. Check out this wonderful video clip of dads dancing with their babies with GroovaRoo Dance in San Diego, California. To follow their dancing dad-volution, follow GroovaRoo Dance on Facebook and Instagram.
After introductory emails and a few chats, it became apparent to Selen that Meeshi Ravi Anjali, co-founder of GroovaRoo Dance in San Diego California, and Intan Armelia, our recent JISBD student and founder of Cool Mumz Dancin in Singapore, had very similar ideologies and thoughts about babywearing dance.
So, in just three weeks, after online meetings and discussions (which is no easy feat between three countries and countless time zones), the three founders decided to hold the first ever global babywearing dance event.
More than just independent events in three locations, their vision was to hold flashmobs worldwide during the weekend of 21st and 22nd May. And that’s exactly what happened.
“Love is This”, a collaboratively created routine, brought together over 1000 families in the USA, Singapore, Turkey, Lithuania and Scotland to dance and share their love of babywearing dance.
Selen Yilmaz said of the event that “It was wonderful to see and hear of the excellent turn out for our inspirational event. All of us who collaborated believe that dancing with children is a fundamental way to grow happiness within the family unit. We feel that dance not only helps to build happier, more confident and caring children, but is a building block to help families create lasting relationships and esteem, through being active. That’s why we wanted to inspire our communities to take part and get to know the beauty that is babywearing dance.”
She continued by saying “More than just a dance routine, we also wanted to showcase the power of collaboration in creating community cohesion. Working together, we were able to show how babywearing dance transcends the boundaries of geography, it’s universal.”
Although used for the initial global flashmob event, “Love is This” was conceived as an introduction to the First International Babywearing Dance Day (IBDD), scheduled for Wednesday 21 September 2016.
Selen said she believes that they’ve only scratched the surface of the number of people who could benefit from and enjoy babywearing dance, and she hopes to find more people taking part in September for IBDD.
So, here’s to bringing increased happiness and joy across cultural and generational divides.
Will we see you in September for IBDD? We’ll be looking out for you!
We are looking for you to join us, Dance with us, and raise as much funds as we can towards Scotland’s little hearts appeal.
1 in 100 babies in Scotland are born with a heart condition. Thousands more children and young people living with heart conditions are treated at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Visit Yorkhill’s website for more info on their appeal.
WHERE and WHEN?
Glasgow Riverside Museum (Transport Museum) – Scotland – 12pm
Dance with us and DONATE £5
– text YORKHILL to 70555 to donate £5
Or visit Yorkhill’s website
or call 0141 212 8750
Alternatively you can provide a Christmas Gift to a sick Child this Christmas.
The following list has been received from Yorkhills Children’s Charity:
o Age-appropriate (0-13) DVDs
o Age-appropriate games and controllers for Nintendo DS, X-Box, Playstation, etc.
o Plastic (wipe clean) baby mobiles and gyms for cots
o Happy Land Toys (available from Early Learning Centre)
o Cars and garages
o Animal figures
o Board games for all ages
o Play Doh
o Plastic (wipe clean) toys for babies and infants
o Age-appropriate books
Please note: We can only accept new and packaged toys and all gifts should be supplied unwrapped. No Soft toys, toys with small parts, those that require batteries or sweets should be provided.
Sunday, 29th November 2015 between 1 – 3PM
This year, Joimove Glasgow Team have partnered up with Baby Loves Disco, to provide you with an ultimate Christmas Party for you and your little one.
Set in Glasgow’s Funkiest Nightclub, Humingbird, Baby loves disco is a
daytime dance party for parents with babies, toddlers and young children
(0-6 years) with real DJs spinning and mixing retro floorfillers from the
70’s, 80s , 90s and 00s with the latest pop tunes guaranteed to get you
and your little ones moving and grooving (all at a baby friendly volume
so the whole family can partying together)
Parents can chill and socialise within a safe environment with a soft drink
or a cocktail and listen to some proper music while the kids go gaga on the
dancefloor and enjoy the entertainment on offer!
Facepainting, a chill-out zone with play tents, inflatables, instruments
and toys, a full spread of healthy snacks and juiceboxes, bubbles,
balloons, arts and crafts or other quiet activities, dancefloor games and
competitions with giveaways and prizes
Sandwiches for the adults will be provided and a party bag will be given to each child at the end of the party
non walking babies are FREE. Spaces are limited,
therefore pre-booking is essential.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tickets!
We are getting ready to transform Dance with Babies a bigger, embracing brand to promote safer and active babywearing! Team of researchers and consultants have been working together for establishing Joimove International! Joimove Babies and Kids sessions will be launched in West Yorkshire England, Sicily İtaly, Gothenburg Sweden, New York USA, Sakarya Turkey, Vilnius Lithuania in 2015.
We are always looking for enthusiastic, joyful dance fitness instructors. Joimove International is recruiting new instructors to meet the growing demand for classes! Learn at home with our unique, effective Online Training Program. Lead safe, fun dance sessions for parents with children under 5 and receive on-going support from our international team. Grow your business by adding more modules or become a franchisee. Join today!
Joyful moments from the Joimove Families Flashmob dancing took place in Glasgow- Scotland. Thank you everyone who we met at the Botanic Gardens and danced with us!
22 August 2015
Kibble Palace- Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Again this year Dance with Babies, Kids, Friends and Laides Communities in Glasgow took part in Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival 2015 on Saturday 1st of August.
Dancing workshop for parents, babies, kids, followed by an on-stage performance at Dance House Glasgow. Babies in slings, mums and grandmothers performed Joimove Families Community Flashmob.
One of the Dancing Families’ events held in Turkey in last month by Dance with Babies and Dance with Toddlers Instructor Didem Mulayimsi, owner of 37 Sanat Merkezi.
6 new instructors from Izmir and Istanbul are getting ready to launch their classes.
Dance with Babies is the fruit of dancing, childhood, parenthood, innocence, beauty, joy, sharing, and embracing others.
May 2012. When I am 10 days due, with my husband, I am at the Andante Magazine’s Donizetti Classical Music Awards Ceremony as a member of the Ballet Jury. At home, all of our stuff is packed, our families are baffled with both the excitement of Lydia’s imminent arrival and the heartache of our leaving.
Doguma 10 gun kala, tum esyalarimiz toplanmis, ailemiz Lydia’nin dogumunun heyecani bizim gidiyor olmamizin uzuntusu ile ne diyeceklerini bilemez halde…
Ben her gun dans ediyorum. Dogum dansi, tasinma dansi, heyacanlaniyorum dansi, ne yapacagimi sasirdim dansi wink emoticon
Dans derslerimi ozluyorum ama Lydia’mi birakmak istemiyorum. Her yeri, tum dersleri arastirdim kimse bebekli katilim fikrine sicak bakmiyor…
Glasgow’u ilk geldigim gunden beri cok seviyorum. Her zaman konusacak biri var, herkes gulumsuyor hayati birarada, keyifle yasamayi seviyorlar. Ben bir yandan Sanat Yonetimi uzerine yuksek lisans yapiyorum. Haziran’da tez sunumum var. Lydia kucagimda, her gun kutuphanedeyiz. Gunde 2-3 saat uyuyor.. iste o arada artik ne yazarsam, bir stres, bir telas gunler gecip gidiyor…
Oyle bir ses var ki icimde bana surekli soruyor: “Bu hayatta benim icin en onemli sey nedir? Dunyaya bakinca nedir degistirmek istedigim? Nasil bir katkim olabilir daha iyi bir gelecege?
Lydia’mi, Ozgur’umu, annemi gormek icin sabirsizlandigim, 7 gunluk ozlemi 7 aymis gibi hissettigim seminer sona erdi. Sorularimin cevabini buldum!
Dance with Toddlers egitmenleri bu harika duyguyu paylasmaya ve daha cok aileye ulastirmaya devam ediyorlar.
Dance with Toddlers Programme and dance session has been launched in Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome, Scotland.