Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel have a July school holidays program bursting with fun, delicious recipes, exotic animals and creative fitness classes! One of these programs is our Kids Dance Class run by the exuberant and experienced Jess Feneley, eastern suburbs local and owner of The Jess Academy.
Approaching its 1st anniversary, The Jess Academy has delighted kids in the Eastern suburbs through dance, drama and team fitness classes with big plans to grow. After graduating from the NIDA Young Actor’s Studio, and studying at the Actors Centre and Theatrix Theatre Company, achieving a Diploma in Early Childhood and her Certificate lll and IV in Personal Training, Jess created the academy to combine her love (and experience) in Performance, Fitness and Kids!
Watsons Bay are hosting two 90-minute classes on both Fridays of the school holidays, so we spoke to Jess about what our kiddies can expect and why she loves promoting a healthy and creative lifestyle!
Hi Jess! Thanks for your time; we’d love to know what we can expect from your classes at Watsons Bay?
I’m really excited about our classes! We will be doing half an hour of dance, half an hour of drama games and improvisations, and half an hour of fitness. There is no time for boredom as the kids will be continuously engaged and having a ball.
What is your favourite memory of teaching kids to dance?
I have a few favourite memories! I recall my first experience with a room of 30 children! After teaching them all the steps we turned off the room lights, switched on the disco lights, turned up the music and danced in the exciting disco effects together. The thrill of hearing the children giggle with delight throughout the song will always resonate with me – and it never gets old! Another memory was when a mother told me her daughter practices her Jess Academy moves at home and loves teaching them to her little brother. Seeing the kids SO happy and knowing they take the experience away with them is inspiring.
What is the easiest style of dance for kids to learn?
Zumba Kids uses a range a different styles of dance from countries all over the world and has a hip-hop feeling. Because kids think hip-hop is one of the coolest styles they’re always eager to give it a crack, which makes it feel easier for them.
What type of music can we expect?
It will be a surprise as we try new styles of dance but the music is always energetic, dynamic and fun to get them moving. We love Latino, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock and I like to let the kids vote for their songs of choice too.
Is it hard to motivate kids to be active these days, and why are group performance classes important?
I’ve rarely found a child who isn’t motivated by classes and most children love the variety, they arrive hungry to know what we will be doing this time. I think it’s very important to be active and engaged in the classes, not only for the fitness but because it is a great way for young people to form new friendships, build confidence and resilience, and finish with a big smile on their faces.
What does your perfect day at Watsons Bay look like?
My perfect day in Watsons Bay would be a sunrise walk around Camp Cove followed by a delicious lunch on the Top Deck at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. I suppose a spin on a yacht in the harbour could be the icing on the cake.
Jess’ classes at Watsons Bay are perfect for kids aged 3 and up. Kids should wear comfortable, loose clothing and enclosed shoes to the class. Tickets are limited so book your spot online today at bit.ly/watsonsbayschoolholidays