FROM THE FOUNDER, February 2018
I have exciting personal news to share. My husband Vladimir and I have a new baby daughter, Nikoletta Alice Akis. We are thrilled.
Through my first two months with her, I am reminded that movement is our first language. Watching her stretch and kick and be consoled by rocking and bouncing is, as all parents know, a joy.
Neuroscience now tells us that movement gives direct feedback to a baby’s brain and develops the entire body and mind, and that developmental movement can re-pattern the brain. Bouncing and swaying to music with Nikoletta has strengthened my belief in what we do at CDI. Anyone who has seen a CDI class knows that rhythmic bounces form the basis of what we do with our students. It is basic to their understanding of movement, and we then build on that. Loving, structured movement develops the whole child—body, mind and spirit.
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