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What parents say…
"I have known Juliet Maingay-Cooper for ten years in her capacity as dance teacher to my teenage daughter and to the children of numerous friends and acquaintances. She is professional, original, a wonderful teacher with a real gift for motivating and inspiring her students. I have worked with many other dance teachers and choreographers in my work as a casting director and have never come across her equal."

Nina Gold, Nina Gold Casting LTD, March 2012.

I have known Juliet Maingay Cooper for over ten years. She taught both my daughters and both loved her classes. Juliet is unusual in that she is able to make her classes consistently fun while maintaining the necessary discipline to run a fast-paced, high-level class and performance schedule. She is serious about dance and its disciplines, covers an enormous range of styles, and all the while manages to include girls of very different talents and abilities. She does this without their seeming to lose interest, whatever their individual level. Juliet could be tough, but ultimately she was always constructive and I think boosted the girls’ confidence.

Teaching teenagers is of course not just about the subject, whether it is dance of biology. I think Juliet was a kind of life-coach for many of her students, a great number of whom stayed with her for a decade. She is inspiring, intelligent and sensitive about their lives and needs. I recommend her without reservation.

Isabel Fonseca, March 2012

We had the good fortune to experience Juliet’s wonderful abilities as a dance teacher when our daughter was just 4 years old. Juliet has the unique ability to nurture a child’s innate ability and cultivate it into harnessed talent. Through diligence and determination, Juliet always managed to turn even those kid children with limited natural talent into confident members of her young dance troop.

Juliet gained a reputation amongst the local parents and children for being talented, fun knowledgeable, motivational and an adult who is in tune with youth culture. Her Pitta Patta class has long been considered the best dance performance class in north London. It’s a true testament to her talent, credibility and goodness as a person that our now 15 year old daughter still has a relationship with her and routinely goes back to help out with the Pitta Patta’s annual performance in the Primrose Hill summer street fair.

Juliet has all of the personal and professional qualities you would want to find in a person entrusted to help encourage and nurture your child’s growth. Quite simply she strikes the fine balance between discipline and motivation that makes a teacher inspiring.

Lynn Blades & Damian Jones, March 2012

Pitta Patta Dance in the Press

"I loved my high School musical party with Pitta Patta Dance. We learnt the real dance from the film, with Pom poms. Juliet is really fun and all my friends said it was such a cool party!”

Violet Mae aged 8
As featured in Angels & Urchins Autumn-Winter 2008

Dance into Health / www.Mumazine.co.uk


 

Pitta Patta Fair

The first in a series of articles chronicling the rise in obesity in children in the UK and the steps we can take to combat this growing issue.

Childhood obesity is one of the UK’s biggest health concerns today. A recent government health report has found that obesity in children is now an epidemic throughout all social groups in the UK. The reasons for this increase is multifactorial. Research into child and adolescent lifestyle and food choices show that increased screen time, frequent car commutes, larger portions / packet sizes, value for money, peer pressure and constant marketing from food companies are some of the reasons that have contributed to this new generation of overweight kids.

The government is now stepping up its action plan to devise a set of key plans to tackle this growing problem but in the meantime, we as parents, can help to prevent obesity in children by supporting them to form healthy habits in both eating and exercise from an early age. But with the lure of high fat/sugar foods and increased time spent sitting in front of computer and TV screens, how do we make these healthy habits fun and easy for them to sustain throughout childhood and adolescence?

As we all know, exercise is a key factor in maintaining a healthy weight, however, while some kids naturally love the challenge and stimulation of new sports, others find it more challenging, have fears or simply just prefer to do other things. To encourage interest in sports, the most important thing is to try to introduce your child to a wide range of pursuits and help your child find one activity that they connect with. Be it swimming, trampolining football or street-dance, try to be consistent with getting them to an organised activity each week so that it forms part of their weekly routine. Soon exercise will be the norm and they will identify themselves with being an active kind of kid.

For very young boys and girls, a great place to start is with dance. Dance can be a wonderful and often simple way to get used to being physical. It gets them used to being in a group class, get familiar with how their bodies can move and prevents inhibitions forming. It is something that you can do both in a structured class setting and just as easily at home for free.

Pitta Patta Fair

Juliet, an experienced Dance Practitioner, mum to Lara and Jolie, and the founder of the hugely popular Pitta Patta dance classes has taught hundreds of kids how to get active by shaking their stuff. With her years of experience in providing dance parties for both kids and mums alike, and choreographing kids in TV commercials, Juliet passionately dispels the myth that some people can’t dance.

‘Everyone can dance and everyone can find enjoyment from it if they are open to it. A lot of people I have spoken to have said that they had had bad experiences from structured dance classes in the past and so this is something that I wanted to change when I started Pitta Patta. My classes are non-selective and totally inclusive and that ethos sets up a non-judgemental, expressive environment to thrive in.’

Juliet & Girls

However, with the increase of sedentary and overweight children in the UK some parents feel uncertain about whether or not their overweight child will take to dance.

‘Unlike ballet, in my classes it does not matter what size you are.  A few parents have been concerned that their children do not do enough physical activity, are being lazy, or are slightly overweight and this has been an issue that comes up a lot.  There are far more parents being concerned with weight issues now than ever before.’

So, keeping kids active is crucial to helping support a healthy weight and boost self esteem. Juliet believes that the positive aspect of dance is that it is all about keeping being active, fun.

‘What’s so fantastic about dance is the way it keeps kids fit accidently. They are just enjoying themselves, being creative – the side effect is that you are keeping fit, strong and flexible. If they build it into their lives that can be the fun thing they do to keep fit. Our classes begin from aged 2 ½, which I believe is the perfect age. It is amazing to start the kids off really young because then it is second nature and non-negotiable. However, the most powerful aspect has been, not so much about the dance, but enhancing children’s self esteem and confidence and helping them to take care of themselves by nurturing a positive body image and seeing how dance and being active on a regular basis becomes embedded in their psyche.’

With this positive approach to physical activity, children are fine tuning their body’s engine and setting them up for a healthy body into adulthood. Getting kids to think about looking after their bodies, to feel good as well as look good is crucial to making positive associations with physical activity.

10 Fabulous Reasons Why You Should Get Your Child Dancing….

1.     Sense of Well-Being

2.     Builds self esteem

3.    Strengthens muscles

4.     Encourages positive body image

5.     Creates a leaner, fitter and strong body

6.     Encourages working with new friends

7.     Encourages self- expression

8.    Helps to promote good sleep

9.     Helps to balance hormones in adolescents

10.  Supports positive association with exercise.

Juliet’s Top Tips for Creating Your Own Disco at home….

1.     Be a positive role model …. get the dance floor started by dancing yourself

2.     Get any other adults involved too

3.    Have lights on or dimmed for a party effect

4.     Use different types of music e.g. reggae, samba, African music

5.     Dress up for the disco

6.     Use Spotify and create your party playlist with your child

7.     Invite some friends and make the disco a play-date activity

8.    Add some gymnastics to your disco dancing e.g. roly-poly

9.     Let yourself go

10.  Make it a non-judgemental, carefree time and laugh loads!

Juliet’s classes range from 2 ½ years to 16 years. For more information about dance classes and parties as well as the summer 2013 dance camp please contact Pitta Patta Dance on 020 8451 5707 or via their website www.pittapattadance.co.ukhttp://www.mumazine.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/extlink/extlink.png); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">