Funky Bots apps show kids how to FEEL the BEAT by associating musical beats with movement. This is one of the basic principles for understanding music and dance. Babies are born with this skill innately. If they learn to feel the beat, they can dance forever. It is a skill that stays with them their entire lives.

Funky Bots is the brainchild of Belgian Urban Dance Group, Cie 13. Concept and animation by Rosa Mei, original music and beats by Ethan Beatz and French beatboxer Poum Tchak. Funky Bots makes apps inspired by street dancers and martial artists.

Rhythm

Babies love a beat, according to a new study that finds dancing comes naturally to infants.

Music

The research showed babies respond to the rhythm and tempo of music, and find it more engaging than speech..

Movement

Research shows that babies move in time to music even before they learn to speak.
Funky Bots
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    The Funky Bots Crew

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    Thrasher
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    Uncle G

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    Kamky
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    Tekzilla and Boom Chak

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    Champion
  • My toddler loves BoomKLAKers! When she sees the monsters dancing she starts bouncing up and down and saying BOOM KLAK!
    Mats Haukland, ENT doctor
  • My girls think this is the coolest app ever. They think the dancing monsters are awesome and the music is really hip!
    Johanna Fong, Business director
Team
Rosa Mei
Creator/Animator
Choreographer, dancer and martial artist. Artistic Director of Cie 13, experimental dance troupe in Belgium. MFA Dance. Polyvalent polyglot (7 languages) Former art director/designer for NBA, Madison Square Garden, Deutch Inc and Agency.com. Director of Zhen Wu Martial Arts (Prague). Mother of twins, TnT.
Teddy Guilbaud
Sound Machine
Beatboxer extraordinaire, percussionist and jazz musician, sax, flute, bass and piano. Also a mad slam artist. Has collaborated with Rosa and Cie 13 10 years now, also creates music for the Cirque Equinoctis (equestrian circus).
Gerrit Wellens
OG Popper
OG Popper, Les Anciens, over 20 years experience in Bak Mei Kung Fu and an original member of the Antwerp Hip Hop Movement. Known for seamless waving and tutting. Feature on Belgium's Got Talent. Proud father of four great kids.
Kamky Zheng
Human Bot
L.A. popper originally from Guangdong. Specializes in robotic, hydraulics and micromovement. Founding member of Takala Studios (LA & NYC). He recently opened up his own dance studio in LA, teaching popping, locking and whacking to kids in southern Cali.
Babies dance!
Funky Apps
Funky Dance
Launching 10 June 15
The first dance game for street dance, made especially for kids. The game features Extreme Reality motion tracking so kids can monitor their moves. No xBox or fancy console needed. Dance anywhere, all the time!
Funky Bots
Create Robot Dances
#1 Best New Kids App in the US, Canada, China, Australia and Mexico in 2014! Create your own robot dances!
BoomKLAKers
Toddlers Feel the Beat!
Chosen by Apple as Best New App in 108 countries in 2014! The first kids app that shows how to FEEL to BEAT. Inspired by poppers and lockers, martial artists & cirque acrobats.
Robot Dance
Coming July 2015!
Motion sensor dance game made especially for younger kids (3-8 years old). Get ready to boogie...
News
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The Funky Bots Mission
  • 6 April 2014
Funky Bots teaches kids to "Feel the Beat! Dance Forever..."
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Tiny Dancers Show Rhythm's Roots
  • 19 March 2010
In perhaps the cutest study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, psychologist Marcel Zentner and Tuomas Eerola found that babies will spontaneously boogie when they hear music and other rhythmic sounds. The findings suggest babies are not great dancers, but they smile more when they do hit the beat.
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Bouncing Babies Feel the Beat
  • 19 March 2010
Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario have found that musical rhythm perception—the ability to hear the beat in music and move in time with it—is developed through experience during the first year of life.
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Why Toddlers Love to Dance
  • 12 August 2010
When children are aged 12-24 months, they are able to stand, walk and begin to have a good body balance to move. “At that age children will naturally align between the sounds and rhythms they hear. This is because children had already paid attention to the rhythm of speech and voice of heartbeat since they were still inside the womb,” says Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD , a psychologist at Temple University, Philadelphia.
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