Winter Market Spot

Jumping Jellies is so excited to be putting on an interactive Dance-A-Long performance this weekend Nov 26-27th and Dec 3-4, 12:30-1 at Eau Claire Market!

Visit the Jumping Jellies Booth and receive 10% off our new program Adventure Yoga & Art or on a Birthday Party.

We will be giving out Candy Canes and stickers too! 🙂

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Marina Clark

Dance Instructor

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Benefits of Children’s Yoga

There’s many different benefits to children’s Yoga here’s just a few:

-Helps reduce anxiety/stress

-Builds attention and concentration

-Develops positive self concept

-Develops self-awareness

-Builds awareness of the breath through different postures

-Encourages self-esteem

-Strengthens muscles and flexibility

-Expands the imagination

-Builds Coordination

-Mindfulness of feelings

– Learning important morals (8 limbs of yoga)

 

Jumping Jellies strives to take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching yoga for children. We would like them to be the leaders of their yoga story through music, storytelling, dance, games, and play!

 

Marina Clark

Dance/Yoga Instructor

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Jumping Jellies New Program: Adventure Yoga and Art

Jumping Jellies is currently in the process of creating some new and exciting programs! One of the programs to be included is Adventure Yoga and Art for children ages 5-11! Adventure yoga and art will be an integrative program designed to teach children different yoga postures while using the imagination! After going on a yoga adventure the children will have the opportunity to create a unique piece of art or a craft that corresponds with the theme! Some of the areas of focus in this class will include:

  • Breathing/relaxation
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Gross/fine motor skills
  • Creativity
  • Mindfulness
  • Social skills

Jumping Jellies strives to give each child the opportunity to have a positive outlet for creativity and self-expression. We are so excited to be creating new programs and coming up with more ideas to make our programs even better!

Marina Clark

Director/Dance Instructor

Jumping Jellies

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Jumping Jellies Birthday Parties Calgary

Jumping Jellies is so excited to announce its new Hula Hoop Birthday party package!

The kids love the Hula Hoop Birthday Party. Not only do they get to learn different and fun Hula Hooping techniques and tricks they get to make their very own hula hoops!!

The Hula Hoop birthday party package is full of fun interactive dances, movements, and games! The Hula Hoop birthday encourages participation of all children to showcase their own special movements and talents.

Hula Hoop Birthday 1 hour Party Package (5-10 kids): $150

  • Fun interactive games
  • Learning dance techniques to popular songs
  • Hula Hoop tricks and games
  • Making your own hula hoop (materials included)
  • Jumping Jellies Birthday Certificate

 

Hula Hoop Birthday 2 hour Party Package (10-15 kids): $250

  • Fun Interactive games
  • Learning dance techniques to popular songs
  • Hula Hoop tricks and games
  • Making a hula hoop (materials included)
  • Jumping Jellies Birthday Certificate
  • Obstacle course
  • Special birthday loot bags

 

Book your Hula Hoop party package today!

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Bali-Reflections

What an amazing trip and unreal experience. I’ll always remember this memorable journey. I’ve gained a new sense of comfort and graciousness towards others, nature, religion, and culture. I’ve found my inner spirit that has fallen in love with a beautiful and magnificent country.

On this spiritual quest I’ve become so appreciative of humanity. Just to see the big smiles on the kids faces when they say, “Hi what’s your name, where you from,” is so special. The amount of kindness and generosity of the people is incomparable to anywhere else. I’ve never felt such a profound energy! The feeling of love, oneness, togetherness, unity, respect, and care that I’ve felt here is hard to find anywhere else.

That’s what makes this place so special, not only the people but the feeling of being completely peaceful, happy, and content. The feeling of being at one with nature,myself,and god (whoever god you chose).

From here I will take this new inner peace, compassion, and gratitude to lighten my path through life. I will utilize my knowledge not only to enlighten others but to intrinsically strengthen to be my authentic self. I believe having this mindset will be powerful to reach my aspirations and achieve my goals.

Thank-you for this opportunity Dad and Sylvia I’ll remember this forever. I’m so blessed.

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Marina Clark
Dance Instructor
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Cultural Diversity

It is day 6 in to this trip, and never have I ever had a cultural shock like this. A good cultural shock of course! Everything from religious customs, food, community settings, road rules, and beliefs is completely different but made for quite the amazing experience!

We went to this incredible temple with water meant to cleanse the 7 Chakras. The guide told us to do it in a specific way by praying to the gods first, providing an offering to the gods, then once we get in the water to go through a ritual of putting our head under first, washing our face, then drinking it. The religious customs seem to consume daily life but with that I believe The way of life is better as it brings families closer together.

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Going to a traditional Balinese ceremony was another eye opening experience. Getting dressed up in traditional Balinese attire was so interesting. The girls will wear a sarong and a beautiful lace top called a kabaya. The different dances consist of a guy dressed in a costume with a detailed mask using just his hands and his eyes to tell a story. The children also put on amazing dances perfectly choreographed to traditional Balinese music. The dances were followed by a water blessing and prayers with flowers to the gods. I was nervous to try and pray but the Balinese people were so encouraging and helpful with their Hindu prayers. It was refreshing to see how peaceful, and inclusive they were to outsiders interested in the religious culture.

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Staying in Ubud has definitely had a great influence on me when it comes to the healthy vegetarian food. The bowls of fruit every morning with delicious juice and tea feels like a nice detox from western food. Having everything made 100% organically and raw was a bonus too! One type of food that I would love to make back home is something called Brigadels which is like a corn fritter but much better! Not to mention is healthy for you as it is fried with coconut oil which gives it a even better taste.

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The traffic in Bali can be best described as controlled chaos. So many scooters whip around the streets many with 2 to 3 little ones with no helmets! The right of way is determined by whoever honks their horn first. Ubud is flooded with cars, scooters, dogs,and tourist buses. I still felt safe while in a car because I believe having this kind of system forces you to pay more attention while driving. In this controlled chaos they still managed to be patient and courteous to other drivers, something western life should have more of.

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Staying in a guest house has been a very unique experience. Wayan and Putri who have the guest house told us stories of Balinese culture years ago. One of the most intriguing stories was how families belong to castes and were not allowed to marry outside their caste especially if it was a family from a lower caste system. Wayan told a story of the men being able to kidnap their wives a long time ago. He said his Grandma was kidnapped by his grandfather when walking down the street, and for 10 days cried on a roof then after realized that was her fate and accepted her new husband.

This trip has been such a memorable experience so far. I will always remember and cherish this new knowledge of this incredible culture that has made me see lots of things in a different light. I believe from this I will take away with me knowledge to share when I return home. Along with this new knowledge is a new sense of connection to peace, nature, and to living my life in the now. Life’s too short to worry about the future. This exposure to this new world has been a spiritual and magical experience I will take with me and will utilize forever in my daily life.

Marina Clark
Dance Instructor
Jumping Jellies

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Bali- A whole new world

After a long 25 hour journey we finally made it to paradise! As soon as we came out of the airport I felt a rush of heat, the humid temperature was a nice change from the rain back home.

The atmosphere is lively and bustling. There is such a huge sense of community and love in the villages on the rice fields. Many people swarm the streets to weave for religious ceremonies and provide offerings to the gods. Every home has a temple, temples can even be found within the vast jungle. I was absolutely amazed at the depths of the vines and history behind the hidden statues.

I read a beautiful quote at a raw vegan restaurant in ubud that said, “Today I was clever and tried to change the world, today I am wise and will change myself.” This really resonated with me as I strive to make the world a better place but to do so I must start with myself. That is why I truly believe I was meant to come on this trip to bring back with me a new found sense of spirituality and knowledge that I will share with my students.

Another quote I love that will stick with me is “Everything right now is meant to be.” Everything in my life was meant to happen and my experiences were meant to happen. This makes me feel content in knowing I was suppose to live this beautiful life and I was born to share my talents with the world!

I will continue to thank my blessings everyday, especially in this intriguing New World!

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Marina Clark
Jumping Jellies
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Journey of a Lifetime-Bali

As I embark on this journey of self-enlightenment,self-expression, awareness, mindfulness, and love I want to reflect on how lucky I am to be given this once in a lifetime opportunity. I will take all my new found knowledge of this beautiful culture to use as a tool. I will gather a new sense of creativity, love, and guidance that I will share with the children I teach.

I have the utmost gratitude for the life I have been given and am truly gracious to the people who have given me the strength to be who I want. My partner(Leighton), family and friends are my rock, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

I’m truly blessed and thankful for everything and will forever will be grateful for my experiences.

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Marina Clark
Dance Instructor
Jumping Jellies
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Expressive Movement/ Creativity

After many years of dance training I can clearly distinguish between different forms of dance. Dancing for movement, and self-expression has been my main focuses as I believe it is the most important kind of dance for children.

There can be many purposes for dance such as functional, technical, expressive, or creative. Functional dance has a purpose such as hand clapping to get someones attention. Technical dance focuses in on a specific technique of a dance for example learning how to pirouette in ballet. Expressive and creative movement is unique to the individual. It can tell a story, express an emotion, or convey a thought.

Learning expressive movement can be very beneficial for children as using their bodies for expressive/creative movement can lead to confidence and the ability to express themselves in different social situations for example in public presentations. Children can have the ability to have an understanding of emotions and even learn how to self-regulate more effectively.

Creative dance can be a special experience as there is no predetermined way of dancing as seen in dancing to learn technique. Children can express themselves in any way that best suites them. There is no right or wrong way to dance creatively.

Jumping Jellies’s vision largely considers creativity and self-expression through movement and dance. As the creator and director of Jumping Jellies I will always strive to allow children, and parents to experience a unique, and fun experience every time.

Marina Clark
Dance Instructor
Jumping Jellies
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April Autism Awareness Month

Since April is Autism Awareness Month I wanted to spread the awareness and discuss Autism spectrum disorder. Autism is on a spectrum because of the varying degrees of complexities that can be distinguished by different behaviors, communication, and social interactions.
Many people don’t understand the sensory issues that can be associated to autism and the ability of a child to process information correctly. This inability can cause stress, anxiety, and problematic behaviors. Most sensory issues in children with ASD can be an overload of information or they’re under sensitive and require more from their environment. Some other behaviors can include repetitiveness, and verbal repetitiveness also known as echolalia.
Many children diagnosed with ASD will also be non-verbal and will require speech therapy to learn how to communicate effectively. Some children with ASD will have trouble comprehending words and language. On the other hand children with Autism might be able to pronounce words correctly and show an interest in letters and sounds.
Children with ASD might be looked at as socially awkward as they prefer independent play. Their independent play might be spending hours lining up toys, or repetitive actions with toys, an example of this could be a child filling up a bucket with sand and continually pouring it out and filling it up again. Children with ASD might exhibit narrow interests and will find it hard to participate in an unfamiliar activity.
Early intervention is essential in helping treat autism. Looking for the early warning signs in the three different areas of behavior, communication, and social interactions is also important to see where the child needs support. Significant lifelong gains can be made with Early Intervention and spreading awareness of what Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Marina Clark
Dance Instructor/ Child development facilitator
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