“Svetlana is one of 21 people who made Bristol a better, happier place in 2018!”

11 Jan

” Bristol Happy list 2018″

We are So grateful that several DanceMums have nominated Svetlana for ” Bristol Happy list 2018″ and her name is in the Bristol Post now! What a great achievement! Hurray!!!

“These are the wonderful unsung heroes in our midst who make our city a more welcoming place.

Not all heroes wear capes, but all of them make Bristol a better place for you and me.

This is the sixth annual Happy List for Bristol, recognising the wonderful people who make Bristol a happier place to live, work and flourish.

The list, which is not ranked in any order, is put together by the team at Happy City, which receives nominations from members of the public.

These wonderful heroes don’t seek the limelight, and their work is not always recognised, but they make Bristol the open and welcoming city it is today.

So to all those on this list, we salute you. Thank you.

Svetlana Ovsyannikova
Founder, OvDa dance company
Through her Dance Mums classes, she inspires new mums to socialise, exercise, stay positive about their new bodies and lives, and bond with their babies.

Svetlana also organises family-friendly professional level performances, where Bristol parents can bring their babies and children to enjoy their first dance and theatre experiences.”

– by Bristol Life: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/people-make-bristol-happy-city-2388700?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=bac6b0db-4a7d-42cd-a702-0f323ae84857&utm_term=happy%20city%20initiative&utm_content=&utm_campaign=


15 Feb

If you are looking for a creative and stimulating fitness/dance activity for both you and your toddler, you might like to hear about the new OvDa Creative Toddler & Parent Combo Dance Classes in Windmill Hill and soon to come, North Bristol.

Recently launched by professional dancer and local mum, Svetlana Ovsyannikova from Ovda Dance Company, the classes are aimed at children aged 2.5 – 4.5 and their mums, dads or carers and are held at Windmill Hill Community Centre on Fridays at 10am.

The great thing about OvDa Creative Toddler & Parent Combo Dance Classes is that they are inclusive and open to all levels of fitness with absolutely no dance experience needed.

The classes give you an opportunity to connect with your toddler while you move about, explore and experiment while learning through play most important elements of dance and dance basics!

The class is 45 minutes and starts and finishes in a circle with a song about your body and music. The rest of the class involves toddlers and parents using their bodies and moving through space – so expect a little work out!

Every class is different and focuses on a few dance elements and beginner techniques.

During the term, dance partners (parents and children) learn a lot but very gradually. They learn through discovering each element of dance and playing with it. Some of such elements are: tempo, levels, flow, bound movement, focus, steps, stillness, body parts and many more. The focus is on discovering the movement and letting children and adults work together on it.

Svetlana teaches very gently which helps you relax and trust her with what she is introducing to you. She believes that this classes improve co-ordination and concentration, increase confidence and both develop and enhance musicality. Using your whole body while concentrating on basic dance elements and music allows children and adults to develop auditory memory, communication, expression, and creativity.

One mum explains: “I was as nervous as the next introvert-mum-who’s-never-danced-in-front-of-anyone. But I had a hunch LW would enjoy it. So I took a deep breath, and joined the class.

“LW mostly watched (and ran in circles round the room screeching) for the first few classes, and I worried I’d made a mistake. But Svetlana was so patient and encouraging, and LW told me after each class that he was having fun and looking forward to the next one.”

Parent and toddlers learn basic ballet positions and some directions points as well. They also learn some of the useful and fun body and feet positions which are used in different dance techniques and there’s lots of stretching too.

Svetlana introduces all elements of dance and guides children to get familiar with their creative movement, where they will be comfortable to recognise any teachers cues and be more comfortable to explore and feel the movement in-depth rather them simply coping it. The main goal is to build children’s confidence in their movement, a quick positive response to teachers’ cues and physicality of the dance.

This is a toddler and parent class with a difference and the music is a bit different, too, with the main musical instrument used in classes being a big shamanic drum. Some instrumental inspiring and simply beautiful stimulation music is also included.

If your children are younger than 2.5 years, Svetlana also offers Dance Mums classes: fun and fitness classes for babies and toddlers and their parents/carers in Bedminster and St Werburghs.

To find out more about OvDa Creative Toddler & Parent Combo Dance Classes please visit https://www.ovdadance.com/.


BY Bristolmum: https://bristolmum.com/2018/02/10/new-ovda-creative-toddler-parent-combo-dance-classes-in-windmill-hill/

OvDa creative toddler and parent combo dance

18 Oct
We introduce, inspire, educate and guide you and your children to the vast world of dance. No imitations. No limits. No fears. Experience dance together with your child, Help your child to develop confidence and ability to be a team player, Learn together how to allow your body be free and respond to impulses like music, mood, cues…etc, Stimulate the creativity, Explore the movements and space, Get confident with rhythm through learning about the drum beat, Learn the dance cues, terminology while playing and moving, Dancing through games and much more. No imitations. No limits. No fears.

Our Halloween Show

18 Oct

This Halloween doesn’t have to be danceless and boring! Put your best outfits on and get ready to see Grimm Brothers’ famous, mysterious and wonderful story of Hansel and Gretel being reinterpreted in a new light for you and your little ones by “Critical Mass”; a collaboration of Svetlana Ovsyannikova and Herbert DesLauriers

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