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Lessons for Toddlers, Tots, and Big Kids

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Tutu fever is in full swing at your house: The amount of twirling is enough to make even Baryshnikov need a time out.

Teach your tiny dancer some new skills at the Twinkle Toes Dance Company, offering hip-hop, creative movement, and ballet classes for movers as young as 18 months. By mixing proper technique with energetic music and imaginative props, former dancer (and current mom) Karen Hayes teaches kiddos to plié, jéte, and relevé their way to a lifelong love of dance.

Hayes even scraps ho-hum recitals in favor of original kiddie ballets with music by local composers. Next up: a ballet version of the classic book The Rainbow Fish.

Now that’s something to twist and shout about.

Twinkle Toes Dance Company, 5577 North Figueroa Street, at North Avenue 56 (818-395-3454 or twinkletoesdancela.com), $120 per eight-week session.

this week in los angeles!

ROCK OUT
Imagination Movers Concert
What: The wildly popular New Orleans-based band for kids plays all their magical hits.
Why: Special appearances from Nina, Warehouse Mouse, and other characters from the television series.
When: Sat., 2 & 5 p.m.
Where: Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., at W. Olympic Blvd. (213-763-6030). Tickets online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $19.50-$49.50.

TIME TRAVEL
Ice Age Encounter

What: Meet a snarling, prowling saber-toothed cat and her 2-month-old baby.
Why: Go back to a time when big cats roamed the land we now call Los Angeles.
When: Mon., 11 a.m., 12:30 & 1:45 p.m.
Where: Page Museum at the La Brea Tarpits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., at S. Curson Ave. (323-934-7243). Free with museum admission. Adults, $7; kids 5-12, $2; under two, free.

LEARN
Shark Sundays

What: Kids learn the real scoop on the oft-misunderstood predator.
Why: After the lesson, watch as Jaws’s little cousins devour their dinner.
When: Sun., 3:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, at Santa Monica Pier. (310-393-6149). Adults, $3; children 12 and under, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Twinkle Toes Dance Company

LOCATIONS
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
@ Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-393-6149
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
777 Chick Hearn Ct
@ W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-763-6030
5577 N Figueroa St
@ N Ave 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042
818-395-3454
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd
@ S Curson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-934-7243
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