Justin Robbins, “breakdanced” around the dance floor to pop tunes and disco music.
The 3-year-old, dressed in a skeleton T-shirt and a red, white and blue USO bandana on his head, jumped, stomped and slid around the gymnasium floor Thursday during Baby Love Disco’s “We Are Family” Tour at the Comanche Youth Center.
“He’s normally very active,” said his mother, Toni Robbins, of Fort Hood. “He dances all the time at home.”
Robbins brought her two children to the dance party so they could run around, have fun and interact with other kids.
Baby Loves Disco, a Philidelphia-based company, reached out to Fort Hood to host one of their traveling dance parties for children 6 months to 7 years old. Normally, the company transforms the hippest nightclubs into chid-proof discos, but visited Fort Hood to provide a free event for military families.
“We try to play at as many military bases as we can,” said Andy Hurwitz, co-founder of Baby Loves Disco. “This is sort of our way to give back.”
His son and DJ of the party, Samson Hurwitz, 10, picked out the tunes, which mostly included “Top 40” hits and disco music.
The event is great because it gives the parents an opportunity to listen to current or old classic tunes while their kids have fun, said Andy Hurwitz.
“Kids can have fun doing anything, but parents never get to go out,” Hurwitz said. “They all have a good time.”
Monisha Patton, of Fort Hood, boogied with her 14-week old daughter, Maya, strapped to her chest.
“I love disco,” Patton said. “She’s a really happy baby. I might try to get her into disco.”
The event is a great way for parents and their children to mingle in a unique environment, said Rebekah Brittsan, assistant director for outreach services at Child, Youth and School Services.
“We thought it would be a lot of fun for the families and it’s a different activity than just going to the park or going shopping or out to dinner,” Brittsan said. “(It’s) something different, totally geared toward small children.”
Justin kept moving, grooving and running around long after the music died down.
“The whole family is very high energy and active. He never sits still,” Robbins said. “I hoped by the end of the day, he’d be exhausted and go to bed early or on time.”