Let’s be Silly, Sing, Smile, and have FUN!!
The jr. OULA® program is geared toward ages 4-11 and focuses on child appropriate music and movement while honoring the same basic OULA choreography and the inspiring OULA energy.
“As an Oula lover myself, I was so excited when I found out about jr. OULA for my daughter, Emma. I started doing Oula during a time of change in my life, and realized that she was going through it too, and maybe something fun like this would be helpful…I was so right! She walked into her first class with Lacie as a somewhat timid 4 year old, and walked out smiling from ear to ear and dancing the rest of the day! A year later, we get her to class as much as we can, and she was lucky enough to be part of the camp this summer, which she loved. I’ve seen her confidence soar as she’s found a place where she feels valued and included. Lacie does an amazing job of being fun and upbeat, and reminding the kids to do the same. I can tell Emma feels the same excitement in her classes as I feel in mine. It’s been something that we’ve bonded over, with her often yelling at me in the car to “turn this up, it’s an Oula song!” I LOVE that Oula includes everyone, of all ages, and am so happy that we both get to be a part of it. Thanks Kali, Lacie and the whole Oula Family! ”
-Erin Hathaway-Proud Mom of a jr. Oula-kin!
“I have been fortunate enough to bring my girls a handful of times to the Oula Jr classes at various Y locations in Minnesota. My girls are 4 and 5 years old, 20 months apart. What struck me the most, was seeing the difference in my two girls when they participated in the class. My four year old is like a “rebel without a cause”, while my 5 year old, at first, wanted so badly to perfect every move. It was a little hard to see at times, because I wanted my older daughter to enjoy it. However, by the time the “freeze dance” came on, she was able to laugh and have fun, and open up her creative mind and body. It was magical to witness her feeling comfortable and confident in her own skin. They were both so excited after doing class. They each came home and practiced their own free style moves, and my oldest even came up with her own “ice fishing” dance, in true Minnesota fashion. I wish every child had the opportunity to take Oula Jr, because it gives them the opportunity to be creative, and most importantly, to be a kid.”
-Nicki, mom of two jr. OULA-kins!
I’ve been teaching jr. oula for just about a year. I wanted to become certified because of my son and kids like him. He’s always been really shy and felt a little anxious in social situations. He often times wouldn’t want to try things for fear of doing it wrong.
When I had my very first class he came and was so excited. There was only one other child there (who he was friends with) and they had the best time dancing! The next class he saw how many other kids were in the room and he refused to come in. He sat outside of the room and watched and it broke my heart.
Fast forward 10 months, and he suddenly showed up in my class one day. I assumed he would play outside with the other group of kids as he has been doing every other time I bring him with me when I teach. But he was in class and was so excited to dance and try it again. He had the best time just being his silly self in class and dancing to the songs he loves to listen to at home. He has been back to every class since! I love to see him open up and show who he is to the other kids in the room. I see him gaining so much confidence and it makes my heart so happy.
-Leah Johnson, jr. OULA instructor, and mom to a jr. OULA-kin!
Liz tried OULA for the first time in Missoula, MT back in 2014. When OULA found its way out to Minnesota, it also found its way into Liz’s life- and she’ll never be the same! After working for the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Liz was thrilled to discover OULA specifically for young and growing minds, and is excited to spread the OULA message and love to people of all ages. She loves that jr. OULA give kids the opportunity and freedom to explore music and movement, and have fun at the same time!