Jessica Baudin-Griffin

Jessica Baudin-Griffin (B.Ed) is a movement educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with over 15 years of dance education experience. After receiving her degree in Special Education and working in early intervention and youth intervention education programs for local school boards and government agencies, Jessica decided to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time movement educator after the birth of her first daughter in 2006. Focusing on community based, inclusive programming for young families at her dance studio, J'Adore Dance, she created more than a dozen original dance programs. During this time she continued to study the critical connection between movement and development in children during the first five years of life. When her second daughter was born in 2008, she formally launched the Intellidance® programs. The Intellidance® Method Certification program was launched soon after in 2010.

Thousands of families in the greater Edmonton area have participated in Jessica's award winning Intellidance® classes, which combine movement, music, and play to support early development and the caregiver-child connection. Jessica has trained professionals from all over the world in the Intellidance® Method, using conceptual dance and holistic teaching practices to increase the awareness of the benefits of developmentally appropriate early childhood dance education and experiences. Jessica is a sought after presenter in conceptual dance education and contributor to local family focused publications on child development, parenting, and creativity. Jessica has witnessed the joy the Intellidance® programs bring the families at her studio and is thrilled to take her programs and teaching resources to communities world wide!

Awards and Accolades:

  • 2011 Edmonton Business Woman of the Year (Edmontonians Magazine)
  • 2013 Top 40 Under 40 Award Winner (Avenue Magazine)
  • 2013 Best Education Blog (Canadian Weblog Awards)
  • 2010-2015 Best Mommy and Me Program (Modern Mama Mama's Choice Awards)
  • 2013-2015 Best Dance Studio (Top Choice Awards)
  • 2014-2015 Best Dance Studio (Edmonton Journal Readers' Choice Awards)

 

Class Schedule

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Contact

Email Phone Website
Jessica Baudin-Griffin 780-701-1403 https://www.intellidance.ca/intellidanceyeg

Locations

Name City More info
Chapelle Gardens Residence Association Edmonton, AB
Casey’s Dance Centre Edmonton, AB
Barre Body Studio Edmonton, AB

FAQ

Intellidance® Babies

At what age can I start bringing my baby to class?

We recommend your baby be at least 3 months of age before you start an Intellidance® Babies program. This gives your baby time to develop sufficient head control and neck support to participate in all activities. We provide modifications for babies ranging in age from 3-11 months.

I’m worried my baby with cry/ need to be fed/ need a diaper change during class. What should I do?

Please don’t be worried! Your baby’s comfort and needs are our number one priority in the Intellidance® Babies program. Crying is one way babies communicate and will not be considered a disruption to class. If you baby needs tending to during class, please take care of their needs first. You are more than welcome to feed or change your baby in the classroom so you can still observe the activities and rejoin the class when you and your baby are ready.

I have twins; can I still take the class?

Yes! You are welcome to bring a second caregiver to help you during class at no extra charge. Your instructor can also assist you with one of your babies during the class.

Intellidance® Tykes

My child is not walking yet; can I still take the class?

We leave this decision up to you. Half our class will be seated music, movement, and play activities while the other half of the program does involve gross motor development. If your child is not yet walking you must be physically able to hold them during the dance sections of the class.

I’m worried my child will not be able to sit still during class; can I still take the class?

Yes! We understand Tykes are very busy so movement is a big part of our program. We keep the class moving at a fast pace to keep our littlest dancers engaged in the class activities. We also realize children learn in different ways. Some children need to move their bodies to learn and we will respect different learners needs. The best way to keep your child interested in participating with the group is to be an active participant yourself.

My child spends much of the class watching the other children rather than participating. Once we are home they repeat many of activities we’ve done in class. Am I doing something wrong?

No! Children learn and process new information in different ways. Some children need to observe and process before they feel comfortable participating. When your child repeats something they have learned in class acknowledge this learning through positive reinforcement and praise.

I have a Tyke and a baby, am I able to bring my baby to class with me?

Yes! Many caregivers bring their Tyke and baby to our Intellidance® Tykes program. We recommend bringing a baby carrier so you can wear your baby but remain hands free to interact with your Tyke. If your baby is sleeping when you arrive you can bring the car seat into the classroom.

I have twins; can I still take the class?

Yes! You are welcome to bring a second caregiver to help you during class at no extra charge. However, this is not necessary if both your children are walking independently.

Intellidance® Tots

I’m worried my child will not be able to sit still during class; can I still take the class?

Yes! We understand Tots need to move! Movement is the main focus of our program. We keep the class moving at a fast pace to keep our dancers engaged in the class activities. We also realize children learn in different ways. Some children need to move their bodies to learn and we will respect different learners needs. The best way to keep your child interested in participating with the group is to be an active participant yourself. As the class progresses your child will become more familiar with the routine and structure of the class and learn how to follow directions. Our general guidelines are if the child is not doing anything that will put them in harm’s way, damage the space, or is disruptive to others they have the freedom to move as they need.

My child spends much of the class watching the other children rather than participating. Once we are home they repeat many of activities we’ve done in class. Am I doing something wrong?

No! Children learn and process new information in different ways. Some children need to observe and process before they feel comfortable participating. When your child repeats something they have learned in class acknowledge their learning through positive reinforcement and praise. Check out the Resources section on www.intellidance.org for dancing at home suggestions. When dance becomes a daily activity, children become more confident movers outside the home environment.

I have two children; do I receive any sort of discount?

Families registering two children in one Intellidance® class will receive 20% off the second child’s registration. Babies may attend Intellidance® Tykes or Tots classes for free with a paying sibling if they are under 11 months and will be worn in a carrier or contained in a car seat during class.

I have twins/multiple siblings; can I still take the class?

Yes! You are welcome to bring a second caregiver to help you during class at no extra charge. However, this is not necessary, as we will be working on developing your children’s independent dance skills.

I have a Tot and a baby, am I able to bring my baby to class with me?

Yes! Many caregivers bring their Tot and baby to our Intellidance® Tots program. We recommend bringing a baby carrier so you can wear your baby but remain hands free to interact with your Tot. If your baby is sleeping when you arrive you can bring the car seat into the classroom.

General FAQs

Does my child require specific dancewear to participate in this class?

No, comfortable clothing (sweats, leggings, tee-shirts, etc.) and bare feet are perfectly fine for the Intellidance® Tots program. If your little dancers does want to wear a leotard, tutu or dancer slippers this is also fine but not a requirement.

Can my spouse or another special adult attend class with my child?

Yes! You are welcome to send your child to class with anyone special caregiver of your choosing. We welcome grandparents and other special adults in your child’s life to join you as guests in our classroom.

What if I must miss a class?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer make-up classes at this time. 

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Registrations canceled prior to the first class will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancelation fees. Registrations canceled after the first class but before the second class will receive a refund minus a $50 cancelation fee. No refunds will be provided after the second class. Cancelations for illness or injury are eligible for a full refund on remaining classes subject to providing a letter from your medical provider. 

Policies

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your class starting so you have time to remove your outer wear, use the bathroom if needed, and settle your child into the space.

Please leave all personal belongings in designated areas in the Dance Discovery lobby. Caregivers with babies may bring car seats or needed baby items into the dance space.

No food or drink in the dance studio please.

Please avoid bringing any nut products into the studio.

Please be sure to clean up any personal items you use in the lobby. We want to be sure we are leaving a clean dance studio and lobby space for our partners at Dance Discovery.

Your child’s name tag will be waiting at the front desk. Please put this on your child prior to entering the dance studio.

Please wait in the lobby area for Ms. Jessica to invite you into the dance studio.

If you arrive late, please find your name tag at the front desk and enter the dance studio as quietly as possible to not disturb the class in progress.

All children must be escorted to the washroom by a caregiver.

Please do not leave your child unattended at any time in the dance studio or lobby. This is for your child’s protection.

If you have a soiled diaper that needs disposing, please dispose outside of the dance studio, or bring it to Ms. Jessica who will dispose of it at the end of class.

Registrations canceled prior to the first class will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancelation fees. Registrations canceled after the first class but before the second class will receive a refund minus a $50 cancelation fee. No refunds will be provided after the second class. Cancelations for illness or injury are eligible for a full refund on remaining classes subject to providing a letter from your medical provider.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide make up classes at this time.