The Nurturing Pathways® Program

Nurturing Pathways® offers creative dance classes for families, parent education workshops, educators’ workshops, training and certification for instructors and a line of Creative Play Products™.

Movement is the gateway to learning during the first four years of life because sensorimotor and social development precedes language and logic skills. The Nurturing Pathways® Program is derived from scientific research on the brain-body connection.The Nurturing Pathways® curriculum targets age appropriate learning and growth encompassing cognitive, physical, sensory and social-emotional development as well as parent education.

​The Nurturing Pathways® curriculum is built upon the “Four Legs for Learning”:

  • bonding and attachment
  • dance concepts
  • energy coordination patterns
  • sensory motor pathways

These pillars support healthy brain/body development in young children and the need to move to learn and play to grow.


Nurturing Pathways® was founded in 2001 by Christine Roberts who combined her passion for dance with brain development and early childhood.  After years of teaching dance and performing professionally, Christine wanted to turn her attention to the formative years that constitute a prime time for learning; infant up to school aged. 

Initially founded to address the needs of infants in care giving environments the company expanded when the program was discovered by Pigeon Hearts in Tokyo, Japan.  Their interest in Nurturing Pathways® led to developing the Certification Program launched in 2004.  Training and certification by the founder occurs annually in Seattle, WA and continues to build a national and international group of instructors who teach the program at dance studios, community centers, health clubs, urban play spaces, day-cares, early intervention and parent education programs.

Nurturing Pathways® is now spreading the word with its creative dance program, Creative Play™ products, and workshops for educators that movement is a catalyst for organizing early cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Parents experience fun and pleasure dancing with their child and discover movement is the gateway for learning!

Nurturing Pathways® classes are offered in:

  • Washington
  • California
  • Utah
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Idaho
  • Colorado
  • Kentucky
  • Texas
  • Australia

Board Members

  • George Roberts
  • Debbie Marshall
  • Fred Ingham
  • Martine Fabrizio
  • Melinda Wells
  • Mully DeMuth
  • Michelle Lo
  • Stephanie Yurcisin

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