With Kinderdance, Clay helps kids build skills through movement
BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Zaribel Clay never received a formal education in dance growing up in Puerto Rico, but she always loved to dance.
“Music and dance have always been a part of my life,” said Clay.
Now living in the Elizabeth City area with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Victoria, dance is no longer just Clay’s passion, it’s her occupation.
A longtime educator, Clay purchased the Kinderdance franchise for the region last March, and became a certified instructor in the program in June. She began instructing Kinderdance classes to children in September.
“We were very successful in the fall,” she said.
Clay offers a variety of dance classes for children ages 2-12 that incorporate ballet, tap, acrobatics and yoga at six different locations through her business, Kinderdance by Zaribel.
Clay said her classes and curriculum are arranged according to age. They include Kindertots, Kids Yoga, Kinderdance and a Kids Yoga combination class.
On Tuesdays and Fridays Clay provides Kinderdance instruction at area preschools.
On Mondays at Body Kinect Wellness Center she teaches a Kindertots class at 9 a.m., a Kids Yoga class at 10 a.m., and a Kinderdance and Kids Yoga combination class at 4 p.m.
On Wednesdays at the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Parks and Recreation Department, Clay teaches a Kindertots class at 9 a.m. and Kinderdance class at 4 p.m.
On Thursdays at the Morale, Wellness and Recreation Center at the U.S. Coast Guard Base, Clay teaches Kindertots at 9 a.m. and Kinderdance at 4 p.m.
On Saturdays at Got 2 Dance, Clay offers three classes of Kindertots: at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
As an educator, Clay enjoys working with students and seeking them build skills through movement. Her students also learn about shapes, colors and numbers while also learning to dance.
“I make everything an educational experience,” said Clay. “Everything has a purpose.”
Clay said the children sing along to the Kinderdance music. The class mascot teddy bear named “Teddy” is a student favorite.
“They are having fun,” she said.
Clay said one of the best parts of being a teacher is seeing her students’ growth and witnessing them gain self-esteem and self-confidence.
Clay earned her bachelor’s degree in human resources and marketing from the University of Puerto Rico. She earned her teaching certification in Texas and has held teaching positions at preschools, middle and high schools in Texas, Florida and Virginia. Her family moved to the area when husband Chris, who is in the Coast Guard, was stationed at the local base.
Clay is active in the New Community Church. “I am very passionate about women’s ministry,” she said.
She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading and going to the beach.
For more information about Kinderdance by Zaribel, visit her Facebook page and Instagram or call or text 252-621-3393.