Move and Groove Birthday Parties
What is the basic order of the party?
The party consists of a warm-up, reciting the Dancer's Pledge, learning the dance, opening presents, eating of the cake/food, and going back to the dance with a possible cool-down. Options are integrated into the party with your choosing. Parents are invited to watch the dance the last ten minutes of the party, as if it were a show.
Parties last an hour and a half to two hours depending on the age, location, and options chosen. Toddler parties are one hour, (ages 1-3).
What is the age limit for the party?
The themed parties start at age 3 and up. Choreography is based around age and experince for each individual party. The Toddler Parties are specifically geared to ages 1-3 with each child accompanied by one adult.
How do I book a party?
In order to get your preferred date, it is suggested to email or call to book your party two months in advance. We do take requests at any time, just know that availability is limited. If using a dance studio location, Shananne contacts the owner to see if the studio is available for your desired date, then will reconfirm with you. In order to reserve your date, a $25 non-refundable reservation fee is required and will be applied to your party total.
When is the remaining balance due?
The balance will be paid at the party, either in cash, check or money order.
Forms of payment
Cash, check or money order made out to Move and Groove Birthday Parties.
The party package includes 10 children, and after that each child is $2.00. There is no maximum number as long as space permits all children to move freely. If fewer than ten children show up, the package still remains the same. The total head count will be taken at the party.
Birthday Party Contract/Waiver
Upon reservation you will be sent a contract/waiver to return promptly. Due to the physical nature of dance, a waiver must be distributed to understand the possible risks of dance.
How long do parties last?
Parties last from an hour and a half to two hours depending on the age and location. Our special Toddler Parties (ages 1-3) last one hour.
Are boys welcome at the parties?
Of course! Inform us if boys will be attending and dance songs and costumes will be planned accordingly. We offer special themes for boys also.
Can children's parents and siblings stay at the party?
Yes. We ask that there not be any coaching during the dancing and if siblings participate, they will be counted as one of the party guests. We do ask that noise be kept down to a minimum during the party. With our special Toddler Parties (Ages 1-3) we ask that there be one parent/caregiver sitting with each child.
Do you provide food at the parties?
Yes, we can. We provide an optional cupcake package where you receive theme related cupcakes, napkins and plates all for $25. This takes the stress out of serving cake.
What should children wear to the parties?
Parents may tell the guest to come in their own costume according to the theme. To make things less stressful for the parents, we offer a costume rental option (see Shananne's Secret Attic). Tights and dance shoes are suggested, but not required.
My child has never had dance...is this for him/her?
Yes! Dances are choreographed according to experience and age. All levels are welcome. Dance is for everyone!
Are boys expected to do "dance routines"?
For younger boys (ages 3-5) we provide the coolest routines that are fun for them. As boys begin to get older, we gear the party more towards calisthenics, boot camp and physical fitness and less of the "dance routine." Depending on the theme, acting out creative movement brings forth all kinds of creativity and outlet for boys (searching for dinosaurs or putting out fires, etc.). Our goal is to teach every one that movement is fun and "cool".
What are the parent's responsibilities of the party?
The parent must remain at the party and assist in bathroom duties, keeping noise level down with parents and siblings, and allowing us to do the work for them.
Who takes care of a guest if they become ill, are a behavior problem, or do not want to participate?
The parent will be responsible and advised if these problems arrive. If a child refuses to participate, it will be made clear that she can not come and go during the dance activity, but must make a choice of whether to stay or sit out, similar to what happens in a real dance class. Any children who start out dancing will be part of the head count for the program. This is rarely a problem, and students who are shy about movement are simply encouraged to stay on their dance space until ready.
In what ways do you see Move and Groove Parties different form others in the birthday party industry?
First, we are affordable for everyone. The other is that we promote physical fitness with the expertise of a professional dancer/dance instructor. We believe that the arts can be integrated into every aspect of our lives, including parties.