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Boogie on down ... with the disco babies; MEET the Groovy Babies - a new generation of tiny divas who just love to hit the dance floor. MARIE TURBILL gets an invite to the youngest disco in town.


WITH their mums hot on street dance, it should have come as no surprise that little Maggie and Noah would sarrive in the world big fans of a strong bassline.

"Don't get me wrong they like nursery rhymes too," says dance coach Kelly Ensbury, mum to 23-month-old Maggie.

"But every time a song comes on with a good bassline, that's when they really start jumping around."

It was seeing their own little ones so energised by a top tune that inspired Kelly, of Fishburn, and her business partner, Amy Walton, also a mum to 14-month-old Noah.

Together the girls, who run Urban Kaos, an educational and recreational street dance company, decided to widen their net and launch their own class for babies.

"There are lots of parent and baby groups around but most tend to focus on nursery rhymes," says Kelly, 28.

"We decided to do something a little bit different and offer a full on disco."

With a clientele of 0 to three years, Groovy Babies, which takes place every Friday at Stockton's ARC, may not be your typical disco - but it is certainly one of the liveliest in town.

"There's a mirror ball and disco lights which the tiny babies enjoy," says Kelly. "They can just sit back and watch and it offers a real sensory experience."

As for those up on their feet, well they just love doing their "thang" on the dance floor, while Kelly and Amy, 27, start to introduce a few basic moves.

"It gets the kids moving, helps their co-ordination, rhythm, confidence and social skills, and the mums love it too," says Kelly.

Pumping through the speakers is a selection of disco-inspired and soul classics.

And there are more benefits too. "A lot of mums have told us their babies sleep for a good two hours after."

Up until now Urban Kaos has primaril s y focused on children and young people.

Since setting up in 2005, they have taught dance in schools, youth clubs, organisations and groups across the region including sessions for young offenders.

But Kelly says: "Everyone can benefit from dance."

And, when it comes to street dance, she says the knock-on effect of shows such as Britain's Got Talent has triggered a real surge.

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ON THE DISCO BEAT: Maggie Ensbury loves to dance GETTING INTO THE GROOVE: Young Noah with mum Amy and Maggie with her mum Kelly, right, enjoying the disco fun
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2011
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