Hallie Rainwater teaches the Creative Movement class for 3- to 4-year-olds at Dancearts of Columbia. Having worked there as an instructor since 1992, she's accustomed to competing with the sounds of younger siblings crying or parents chatting outside the door — though it takes more than noise to damper teaching her "little ones."
"I want them to be exposed to dance — to learn the format of a dance class, and improve coordination and listening skills — and to have fun," Rainwater says.
On Thursday, Rainwater has begun teaching "I Won't Grow Up," a selection from the class's upcoming May performance of "Peter Pan." After warm-ups that include the chicken dance, walking in a circle like robots and dinosaurs, and deciding what color butterfly each student would be while stretching, the Peter Pan festivities begin.
"It's our big spring recital," Rainwater says.