Dance academy

Kindermusik will offer classes at Starlight Dance Academy at Emmerling Plaza in January

Kindermusik educator and owner Christa Beck will start the new year with an additional slot – her fourth – from the children’s music program.

Opening January 4, the new spot in Indiana Township will be inside the Starlight Dance Academy at Emmerling Plaza on Route 910.

“I am so excited to meet new families and see the joy that is going on in the classroom,” said Beck, who lives in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison.

Beck said a number of families in the area have asked if the program can be taught in their communities. She was able to secure a place in the dance academy because she knows the owner, who brought her son to Beck’s classes years ago.

Beck’s program has locations in Tarentum, Murrysville, and Buffalo Township. Four educators teach in all locations.

Kindermusik is an international program that uses music, movement and instruments to help encourage a child’s development. The method focuses on socio-emotional, language and musical development. The lessons are aimed at children from 7 years old.

At the new location, classes will be added in March focusing on infants up to 2 years old and toddlers between 2 and 3 years old.

Beck started the local program in September 2001. Eight families attend each 45-minute session, Beck said, and 200 families are enrolled in the program.

Chris Diorio attended his first class on Tuesday with his granddaughter, Ellie Hilliard. She loved to see the one-and-a-half-year-old having fun with music and props.

“She really liked it. I thought it would help her meet other kids and give her that interaction, ”she said.

Sarah Greco attended the music program on and off with her son Salvatore.

“It’s a good time to have one-on-one interaction with him and play with the kids,” said Greco.

Beck looks forward to bringing a similar experience to new families in the new location.

“I am very grateful that this community believes in early childhood development and music education,” she said.

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Tanisha Thomas is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tanisha at 412-480-7306, [email protected] or via Twitter .