Tiny Toes Ballet, the UK’s only pre-school ballet syllabus to be integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage, is launching two new franchises in Wales – one in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan and another in Swansea, the city where the business began.
Designed for boys and girls aged six months to seven years, ballet school delivers fun, themed dance classes focused on helping children learn about the world around them. Studies have shown children learn best by ‘doing’, and Tiny Toes offers a great way of helping them learn through dancing.
The national award-winning company was founded in Swansea by local mum and dance teacher Emma Morgan in 2010. She began with just 10 pupils one Saturday morning in a church hall in Sketty and now has 11 franchises across England and Wales. The new franchises will significantly boost Tiny Toes’ presence in Wales.
The new Swansea franchise is run by Eleanor Caplikiene, a lifelong dancer with a BA (Hons) in dance from the University of Wolverhampton. She has 10 years’ management experience, and is now marketing director at Tiny Toes’ head office as well as being the new Swansea franchise owner.
The new Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan Tiny Toes franchise is run by Jessica Barnes. Jessica trained in ballet and jazz dance, and performed in an entertainment park in France before completing her studies in hospitality and business.
After her degree, she started a career in HR and hospitality but her love for dance never faded.
“I became a mum in 2015 and when I saw my little girl, now three, enjoying and flourishing in Tiny Toes classes, my heart would just explode with pride and joy,” she says. “I started teaching with Tiny Toes Ballet last year and have now made the decision to bring the absolute beauty and sparkle of the classes to the Bridgend and Vale area.”
Tiny Toes’ founder Emma Morgan is delighted to be welcoming both Eleanor And Jessica into their new roles.
“I’ve been hugely impressed by their enthusiasm, commitment and understanding of the Tiny Toes concept,” she says. “It’s always exciting welcoming more children to our community of tiny dancers, and I’m looking forward to visiting the new classes to see how everyone is getting on.”