Lisa Klibansky

Founder and class leader of Mini Rockers

Hi, I’m Lisa Klibansky and I am the founder and class leader at Mini Rockers. 

My career path took a dramatic turn after spending five years raising three highly creative, energetic children. While they are all different, they have a few things in common. They love to dance and be active, they love to dress up and play make-believe, they love being social and working together with their peers, and they love investigating the world they live in.

I sought to find a program to take them to that would tick all of the boxes, inspiring them to learn and use their imaginations while harnessing their boundless energy, but it became clear that no such class existed. So I set about creating the class I wanted to take them to, and that is how my journey to developing the Mini Rockers program began.

Dance and performance is a passion of mine that has stemmed from a childhood filled with classes and tutus and concerts. I have studied drama, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance.

As a child and into my teenage years, I would spend my weekends both attending classes as a student, and as an assistant in the lower level classes with younger children. The experience that I gained from that time in my life was the first step in my journey to creating Mini Rockers.

The next and most important step was to gain a deeper understanding of current trends and learning outcomes in preschool education. After a series of interviews with Early Childhood Educators and Primary Teachers, I went on to familiarise myself with the Early Years Learning Framework. This research informed the Mini Rockers key areas of development, which are now incorporated into each and every class.

As part of my preparation, I studied a Canadian movement known as ‘Intellidance’, which is a form of dance training developed specifically for babies and children under 5.

I was inspired by creative ways to teach the following concepts to young minds and bodies, which form part of all Mini Rockers sessions –

  • Space (Space and Place)
  • Size (Big, Medium, Small)
  • Speed (Fast and Slow)
  • Level (High, Middle, and Low)
  • Body Parts
  • Body Shape (Straight, Curvy, Angular, and Twisted)
  • Direction (Forward, Backward, Sideways, Up and Down)
  • Energy (Sharp and Smooth)
  • Weight (Heavy and Light)
  • Relationships (Over/Under, In-Front/Behind, Beside, Together/Apart, In/Out, On/Off, and Around)
  • Pathway (Straight, Curved, and Zig-Zag)
  • Balance (On Balance and Off Balance)

 

I trained as a class leader in local baby classes in order to learn how to deliver a program, how to structure set exercises and how to balance repetition with new concepts. I stayed in that role until I was confident to set out independently.

Further, I studied planning processes from both a primary school teacher and a kindergarten teacher, then developed my own system utilising aspects from each.

Finally, I consolidated all that I learnt through with all that I already knew, and that is how the Mini Rockers program came to fruition.

My aim is to get children excited about being active, cultivate a love for dance, inspire imaginative thinking, encourage peer work, and ultimately provide a sturdy foundation not only for dance, but for other forms of movement such as gymnastics and sport.

Learn more about the Mini Rockers program

Classes are high energy, focusing on movement, creativity and fun!