Director of Tiny Tot Fitness Program at Gymtime

Originally from the Netherlands, Melissa Van Wijk provides Gymtime’s youngest students with early instruction in movement, dance and sign language. Melissa offers a depth of experience in both movement instruction and childhood development, holding a Master’s in Dance Education from NYU, with a focus in Special Education, as well as a B.A. in Dance and a B.F.A. in Theatre from Hofstra University. Melissa loves signing with babies in their own ‘secret language’ and is also owner of New York-based company, Signing Up, dedicated to teaching families, teachers and caregivers how to use vocabulary from American Sign Language (ASL) with babies. Melissa is a proud owner to three bunnies and a dog and spends her time volunteering with Animal Care and Control at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital.

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