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Flamenco for Toddlers

LIPP Schools is proud to offer Flamenco classes for toddlers.  Flamenco is a beautiful form of dance originated from Spain that is rich in folk art and culture.  It encompasses cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (hand-clapping) and pitos (finger snapping).

Flamenco Dance class gives young children a world of developmental benefits and a fun way to learn about Spanish History, culture & language.

Please call the School to find out about days and times Flamenco is offered.

Objectives:

  • Provide a balance & sequential program for the study of flamenco arts that will expose children to this important expression of Spanish culture.
  • Teach children the basics of flamenco rhythm, percussive hand clapping and heelwork.
  • Allows children to explore and expand their own movement capabilities through flamenco techniques such as posture, arm movements and hand movement.
  • Create an environment that will promote the psychological health & creative imagination of children by allowing them to express their own emotions through flamenco song & dance.

photo1Benefits

  • Improved physical coordination, strength, kinesthetic memory, and listening skills.
  • Social awareness, interaction and cooperation within the group dynamic.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a different culture and language through Flamenco music, movement & vocabulary.
  • Self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment in successfully executing new skills.
  • Greater self-esteem that will encourage children to meet future challenges in other areas.
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Meet LIPP’s Flamenco Instructor

Gabriela Fraga

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michael-lombardiLacrosse for Toddlers

LIPP Schools is proud to offer Lacrosse for Toddlers.

Read a little about Michael Lombardi, LIPP’s Lacrosse Instructor:

Personal Data – Born November 3, 1965 in Madrid Spain.  Moved to Columbia Maryland in 1972 where me and my three brothers and two sisters were raised.  Moved to the Clear Lake area in 1986. Married for twenty three years and have three beautiful daughters.
Education – Graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake B.S. in Finance
Employment – Currently working for Oceaneering Space Systems since 2009 as a Finance / Cost Analyst
Lacrosse Experience – Began playing lacrosse in High School in the early eighties.  Senior year our team went to the Maryland Class B State Championship game with a 13-0 record and unfortunately experienced our first loss of the season.  That year I was named Howard County Player of the Year.
For the past twenty plus years I have been active in the sport of lacrosse as either a player on a men’s league, refereeing the game or coaching.  I am currently in my fourth consecutive year as the JV Head Lacrosse Coach of the Clear Lake Lacrosse Club team.

History of Lacrosse:

Lacrosse (crosse French word for stick) is a game that dates back to the 17th century played by Native Americans.  The game is said to have been originated in what is today Canada and also played around the Great Lakes area. Originally the game was played between villages and could have from 100 to 1000 players competing against each other. Distances between goals could range from several hundred yards to several miles and at times could last for days.

Modern Day:

Modern day lacrosse is played on a field 110 yard long and 60 yards wide divided by a center line. The goals are placed 15 yards from the end lines and measure 6 feet high and 6 feet wide.  The game is played with 10 players from each team on the field divided up into 1 goalie, 3 defenders, 3 midfielders, and 3 attack men. Game times, depending on age level, usually ranges from 40 to 60 minutes divided up into 4 quarters.

Benefits of Lacrosse and Early Childhood Development

Mental Sharpness:

Lacrosse is a game that requires focus and mental sharpness at all times due to the speed and movement of the game. A mental awareness of both player and ball helps develop the necessary skills to maintain focus and help develop mental sharpness.  The exercise experienced in the game of lacrosse, like in others sports can improve mental performance which could have a direct benefit in in the classroom.

Fitness:

Due to the required running a sprinting of lacrosse your child will benefit from a cardiovascular perspective.  Catching and throwing will strengthen your child’s upper body and will help them remain fit whether playing a game or developing the necessary skills during practice.

Coordination:

Due to the required skill of catching and throwing, lacrosse helps promote good hand eye coordination. The movement of the game, whether playing offense or defense, requires players to have good lateral, forward, and background movement which develops good balance and strengthens your core.

Comradery:

Lacrosse as a team sports helps develop social interaction skills and the value of working with others.  With the objection of getting the ball into the goal and having several players on the field, it helps promote team work to achieve that goal.  It teaches that, like in life, we cannot achieve our goals without the support of others.  Along the way, it promotes friendships that can last a lifetime.

Please call the School to find out about days and times Lacrosse is offered.