Breanna’s Gift classes in dance, visual arts, music and performing arts are led by professional artist/teachers and assisted by Breanna’s Gift volunteers. Classes are taught at Ronald McDonald House Charities – Upper Midwest, Children’s Minnesota hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul. Breanna’s Gift programs are free to children and their families and to the facilities where are classes and workshops are held.
Here is a sampling of classes offered.
Dance classes are geared to every age group. We offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco and of course, a little hip hop. Our teachers have developed a series of exercises and dance combinations to teach balance, coordination and rhythm as well as dance class discipline and etiquette. And there’s the most important lesson of all, how to have fun moving to music.
Music classes are taught using a variety of musical instruments. Our teachers have backgrounds in music therapy and the Suzuki method of teaching. They share and bring their joy of music through, harp, guitar, piano and voice. In class, children sing and work with rhythm instruments such as lollipop drums, rhythm sticks and xylophones.
The visual arts offer a wide range of opportunities for children to experience many techniques and styles of expression. Our teachers have many years of experience in metal sculpture, drawing, origami, watercolor, collage, puppetry and the list goes on. Every teacher has a great love of their craft and shares the joy of the arts by taking the children into the wonderful world of imagination and possibilities.
Once a month, one of our artists joins Kid’s Clubhouse, a Children’s Minnesota closed-circuit TV program which is seen in all patient rooms on both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The featured artist leads an art project or demonstration that children can follow along during the show or do later. The kids love to call in with requests and suggestions of what the finished piece should look like or what they want created next. It’s nothing but fun, fun, fun.