Franchise Theatre School Congratulates Scholarship Winners

July 7, 2021

The world may have been put on hold but that hasn’t stopped children and young people dreaming of their futures. For those with a passion for performing arts, Razzamataz, a national theatre school network has helped keep those dreams alive with a prestigious scholarship worth up to £855 per student.

Over the last few months, all of the part-time franchises in the Razzamataz Theatre School network have worked alongside the prestigious newspaper for the performing arts industry The Stage. Together, they have created an exciting scholarship opportunity for children and young people across the UK. The network are offering thousands of pounds worth of free tuition, something which means a great deal to many families trying to support their kids.

 
“We are so proud to once again offer these prestigious scholarships in association with The Stage newspaper,” says Denise Hutton Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “It’s been particularly challenging for business with all the lockdowns but we were all determined that our students and young people in the community would not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Although the impact of Covid has hit small businesses like ours very hard, we collectively felt that it was important to continue to offer as many opportunities as possible to support young people who have had to show incredible resilience over the last year and a half. A huge congratulations to all of our scholarship winners and we are delighted to welcome lots of new students to the Razzamataz Family.”

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The scholarships were open to all young people between the ages of 6-18. Both current Razzamataz students and those that haven’t had any formal training were eligible to apply. For young people who have had to continue their practice at home while in lockdown or isolating, they have shown a huge amount of drive and determination.

“The performing arts is wonderful but competitive career but our students have proved that they have the resilience to work their way through the difficult times,” adds Denise. “For children who have never had any training before, we are so delighted to welcome them to Razzamataz and the excellent training that our schools offer. We know what a positive impact that the performing arts can offer all children so we are so pleased that our franchisees have continued this exceptional offer.”

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Former Razzamataz scholarship students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.

As well as the financial incentives, the auditions gave students something positive to look forward to. Performing arts professionals across the UK helped to make the difficult judging decisions, giving students the opportunity to stretch themselves and aim high.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools teach thousands of children. With more than 20 years’ experience, the Principals have seen first-hand how performing arts can transform young people’s lives. With the focus now firmly on children’s physical and mental health, there is more demand than ever before for the Razzamataz classes.

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“We have talked for years about how important the arts are for children,” adds Denise. “Our classes help to develop confidence, teamwork, resilience and can help with both physical and mental health. The lockdowns have really shined a light on the fact that more needs to be done in these areas so we are really delighted to be part of the movement to promote the arts.”

Although for much of the last 18 months, the schools have been closed or operating with restrictions, that hasn’t stopped new franchisees from joining the network. So far in 2021, five new schools have joined the Dragons’ Den backed franchise with many existing franchisees growing their original territory.

The new franchisees join the ten new Principals who joined the network in 2020. Even during the pandemic, Razzamataz was able to continue to grow the network and continue the high level of support and training.

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Applause for Razzamataz scoring top marks in franchisee satisfaction survey

June 2, 2021

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is delighted to announce that for the fourth time it has been awarded a 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction rating on feedback from its franchisees in a survey conducted by WorkBuzz, a leading independent franchise consultancy.

The Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark (FSB) from WorkBuzz, invites franchisees to participate in an anonymous online survey about their franchise experience. Using a consistent methodology, the franchise is assigned an overall FSB score and the highest performing franchisors are recognised in the Best Franchise Awards.

 
Razzamataz saw a response rate that gave an overall FSB score of 87%, with several broken down results rating higher than the industry average said the franchisor. This is in addition to being named as Best Franchise (£2m to £10m network turnover) in the WorkBuzz Best Franchise Awards 2020/21 sponsored by Lloyds Bank.

Some of the standout areas that Razzamataz highlights include scoring 100% on products and services (19% higher than industry average), 94% on marketing support (17% higher) and 95% on training and support (23% higher).

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Razzamataz said comments from franchisees resulting from the survey included: “Our service supports children and their families. This is always needed but now it is absolutely essential … Great branding and always willing to invest in our marketing … Initial training was excellent, and support has been continuous.”

An area that the franchisor repeatedly saw comments on was how it has been supporting franchisees during the pandemic, with the following opinion typical from one of its many franchisees said the company:

“The support during lockdowns has been absolutely outstanding and I think it was so good it is worth mentioning as a standalone comment. Head office were there for us every step of the way, providing us with not only ways in which to adapt so quickly that not even a single session was missed, but they also helped retain students and gain new ones.”

Although many franchisees said the biggest challenge facing their business was Covid-19, Razzamataz said it is very proud of how its theatre schools are getting back to and beyond pre-pandemic numbers. This optimism is shared by the majority of its franchisees when asked about the next 12 months, with 88% of franchisees expecting profitability to improve.

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Denise Hutton-Gosney, managing director and founder of Razzamataz, said: “We are delighted to once again receive the 5 Star rating from WorkBuzz’s Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark in what has been the most difficult year for the children’s activity sector. I would like to say a huge thank you to my head office team and all of my amazing franchisees for showing their commitment to the brand and the continued support they showed to all of our young customers and their families.

“When I think back to the start of the first lockdown and everything we have achieved since then, I’m so proud of the way that we pulled together as one big team in an extremely ethical and responsible way, keeping everyone’s best interests at heart. Receiving this positive feedback at the end of this challenging 12 months has been very heart-warming.”

WorkBuzz added: “Franchisee satisfaction is a powerful concept in franchising. Positive levels of franchisee satisfaction can contribute to strong network growth and development. This is achieved not only from the franchisor, but also the wider community. Razzamataz franchisees scored 100% (29% higher than industry average) when asked about peer support, stating that head office and the community of franchisees are incredibly helpful.”

As Razzamataz emerges from the restrictions of the pandemic, the network is looking to the future, as Hutton-Gosney explains: “We have been researching and talking to suppliers to improve the administrative process, saving franchisees time and allowing them to focus on other areas. Head office is also looking at a new merchandise range and different options for an e-commerce site so we can best serve our customers.”

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Razzamataz said that to be a successful franchisor, it is important to give a voice to everyone in the network. With its Franchise Advisory Council and a recently introduced Mastermind Group, every franchisee has access to a representative to get their voice heard. A further new initiative by the franchisor is the introduction of ‘Wellness and Collaboration’ calls, where franchisees are given the opportunity to speak directly to Hutton-Gosney and Support Manager, Charlotte Young.

Summing up the survey, Matty Aitchison-Rayson, the franchisee for West Cumbria, said he was blown away by how much the numbers have grown following the support from Denise, Charlotte, head office and the network.

Here Aitchison-Rayson shares the best things about being a franchisee with Razzamataz:

  • Support from head office and fellow franchisees
  • Being part of a family
  • Ever growing – student numbers are increasing which means profits are too
  • Brand awareness
  • Flexibility around family life
  • Great branding and always willing to invest in our marketing
  • Head office and the community of franchisees is incredibly helpful. They are welcoming and truly believe that one franchise doing well helps everyone
  • Opportunities and cost saving I wouldn’t get on my own
  • Our high expectations and quality of training provided
  • Our service is inclusive and differs to the competition in every way, including price, meaning we can help more people
  • Reactive to all government guidelines
  • Head office have gone above and beyond to support us through the pandemic
  • Retaining stature in the performing arts industry
  • The profitability
  • Willing to invest in professionals to train us in marketing

Razzamataz is looking to launch more theatre schools across the UK and overseas, and currently has franchise resales available for the territories of Berkshire, High Wycombe, Horsham, Paisley, Renfrewshire and West Sussex.

Source: Franchise World

Code Ninjas Ranked as a Top New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

May 18, 2021

Code Ninjas, the world’s largest and fastest growing kids coding franchise, announced today that the company has been ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises and Fastest-Growing Franchises lists. Code Ninjas came in at No. 17 on the Top New Franchises list, which features 100 rising stars in the franchise world.

 
Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises list features up-and-coming businesses that have been franchising for five years or less. The rankings are judged based on each brand’s score received in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list that covers key areas including financial strength and stability, company size and growth, brand recognition and franchisee support. This prestigious list emphasizes attractive franchise brands across the U.S. to help potential business partners make high-upside investments.

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“After a year of global uncertainty, Code Ninjas is already seeing a recovery of sales and increased growth. Being ranked as a Top New Franchise is an opportunity to recognize and thank all of our franchise owners and team members for their hard work in serving our ninjas during this time,” said Justin Nihiser, CEO. “Everyone at Code Ninjas understands the importance of providing children with the experience of coding, especially during continuous uncertainty and change in their lives. We are excited to see where we go next, as this is just the beginning of our story.”

In February of 2021, Code Ninjas celebrated having 300 locations open for the first time in company history. They reached this notable milestone in less than five years of operation. In fact, 98 locations opened worldwide in 2020 alone, helping cement Code Ninjas as the global leader in the kids’ coding category.

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At Code Ninjas, kids learn how to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where gaming is celebrated, and STEM is cool. The franchise offers kids the opportunity to dive into fun, challenging, and rewarding projects and activities that will engage them and bring out skill sets that will benefit them as they grow. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate help and encouragement from Code Senseis™ and fellow students as they advance from white to black belt, on the nine-belt program that makes up Code Ninjas CREATE. Younger kids are able to take part in Code Ninjas JR, and all ages are able to take part in summer camps instilling the problem solving and critical thinking skills into the leaders of the future.

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Razzamataz Theatre School Bringing Back Opportunities For Talented Kids

April 20, 2021

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is once again working with The Stage newspaper to offer youngsters the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of training in dance, drama and singing.

 
During lockdown, the franchise theatre schools remained active and held many online classes for children up and down the country. The Principals and teachers have been in awe of the dedication of children to continue to participate in their performing arts training from their living rooms, bedrooms and gardens.

“Our students have shown a huge amount of resilience during the last twelve months and have proved their dedication to the performing arts,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Principal of Razzamataz. “We are delighted to be able to offer them this opportunity to give them something exciting and challenging to aim for.” In fact, Denise started her own journey in the performing arts by responding to an advert her mum had seen in the local paper for auditions looking for local raw talent.

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For young people with the drive and determination to make it in the world of performing arts, but who don’t have the training behind them, this is a fantastic opportunity to win a year’s worth of tuition, worth up to £855, at their local Razzamataz. Former students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.

Many past students have also shown how performing arts has made a positive impact on their lives and given them the belief that through hard work and dedication, they can go on and achieve their dreams be it becoming a doctor, lawyer or teacher.

Razzamataz is passionate about the power of performing arts and the positive impact that it makes on young people. With the many missed events for children that has occurred during the lockdowns, Razzamataz is delighted to be able to open up the audition to both current students and those that have never had any performing arts training before.

As well as the financial assistance, the scholarship offers a huge boost in confidence with many past winners explaining that it gave them the belief to go on and follow their dreams.

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“With so many activities suspended over this past year, it’s has been tough on many children who live for the thing they are most passionate about,” adds Denise. “We teach thousands of children across the UK and we know through feedback from parents just how performing arts can transform young lives. Although we have many children who go on to perform as professionals, we also have many students who come to us to build their confidence and learn valuable life skills. We urge all children to give the audition process a go and we applaud them all for stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something new.”

To ensure as many children from the age of 6-18 can enter, Razzamataz has created a scholarship system where students and young people in the local area film a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. The demo does not have to be professionally filmed. Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing why they would like to take this opportunity.

“There will be teams of judges throughout the UK helping Principals select a winning candidate,” adds Denise. “We are not looking for a fully polished performance, it is the potential that we want to see. In fact, natural talent and a willingness to learn are what we are really looking for. Our teams of teachers will be able to take this raw talent and nurture it to give the young person an all-round theatre arts training.”

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Past winners within the Razzamataz network include Robson Broad, current cast member of Hamilton in the West End. Robson was a scholarship winner when he was 12 and said at the time: “I was thrilled to win the scholarship. Seeing my picture in The Stage newspaper, being interviewed, going to a proper photo shoot has been amazing. I have much more confidence and ambition because Razzamataz and The Stage have shown their belief in me. One day I hope I will get the chance to go to The Stage party wearing a RED badge (cast member!) The biggest advice I got from the day is work hard and keep trying, because what at first seems impossible can become possible. Dreams can come true…so fingers crossed!”

To apply to The Stage scholarship, contact your local Razzamataz school.

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Bolton teacher started drama lessons during Covid pandemic

March 30, 2021

A TEACHER and mum-of-three has made it her mission to help improve children’s wellbeing by introducing them to the world of performing arts. Laura Hanlon began a new Little Voices franchise in Bolton at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, running drama and singing lessons for children aged four to 18.

 
With venues due to reopen in April, the primary school teacher wants to spread the message and help as many children as possible after what has been ‘a difficult year for young people’.

In aid of supporting young people who may be struggling with their mental health as a result of Covid-19, Laura and her team have kept children engaged during lockdown with free video workshops and weekly lessons.

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Laura, 33, who lives in Lostock, bought the Bolton franchise in April 2020 during the first national lockdown but has been determined to help it grow. She also runs the Bury franchise of the national performing arts training organisation.

She said: “At first it was a really stressful time as I tried to get my head around taking over a new business and growing it, as well as taking our lessons online.

“It was so important for our pupils to still have structure and normality in a confusing time in their lives.

“I met most of my pupils for the first time while we were online. Every time we went back into venue following a lockdown, more pupils joined and amazingly we are going from strength to strength.”

Founded in Blackburn in 2007, Little Voices grew nationally, with more than 50 franchises dotted across the UK, from Bolton to London.

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The group prides itself in having small classes and putting students through their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams.

Laura added: “I wasn’t going to be defeated as I knew I had such a strong support network of fellow principals around me and parents who were calling out for some positivity and fun in their children’s lives.

“Performing arts is perfect for this as it really boosts children’s wellbeing – allowing them to believe they can do it. I love watching their confidence grow.

“I have spent most of this year seeing my pupils through a computer screen and there is now a real buzz that we are heading out of this and we will be back into our venues finally.”

Laura has big hopes for the future, with plans to put pupils through their LAMDA exams soon while welcoming more youngsters.

By Sam Ormiston

Source: The Bolton News

Code Ninjas Celebrates 300 Open Locations

March 9, 2021

International Kids Coding Franchise, Code Ninjas, Sees Success Despite Pandemic Challenges; Reaches Major Growth Milestone

 
Code Ninjas, the world’s largest and fastest-growing kids’ coding franchise, celebrated having 300 locations simultaneously operating for the first time in company history, the week of February 22, 2021. Code Ninjas reached this notable milestone in less than five years. In fact, in 2020 alone 98 locations newly opened worldwide, helping cement Code Ninjas as the global leader in the kids’ coding category.

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“Despite the pandemic, Code Ninjas achieved monumental growth and for the first time was able to claim 300 individual locations in operation,” said Justin Nihiser, CEO. “This achievement would not have been possible without our loyal Ninjas and their families, our dedicated franchise owners and the team providing them with our unmatched coding curriculum.”

The franchise celebrated several achievements in 2020:

  • Expansion into the UK with the opening of more than a dozen new Studios
  • Strategic financial partnership with Eagle Merchant Partners
  • The addition of a new executive team including CEO Justin Nihiser, VP of Franchise Operations John Kutac, VP of Strategic Projects and Alliances Colin Fitzpatrick and VP of Marketing Jim Davidson

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At Code Ninjas kids learn how to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where gaming is celebrated, and STEM is cool. The franchise offers kids the opportunity to dive into fun, challenging, and rewarding projects and activities that will engage them with knowledge and bring out skill sets they never knew they had. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate help and encouragement from Code Senseis™ and fellow students as they advance from white to black belt, on the nine-belt program that makes up CREATE. Younger kids are able to take part in Code Ninjas JR, and all ages are able to take part in summer camps instilling the problem solving and critical thinking skills into our leaders of the future.

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About Code Ninjas

Founded in 2016, it is the world’s largest and fastest-growing coding franchise, with hundreds of locations across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Here, kids learn to code while building their own video games. They gain problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Kids have fun, parents see results.

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Razzamataz Theatre School scoop top accolades

March 3, 2021

WorkBuzz has announced the winners of the 2020/2021 Best Franchise Awards, sponsored by Llyods Bank, at a virtual ceremony that was held earlier this month.

 
Multi-award winning Razzamataz Theatre School, in which Razzamataz West Cumbria and Carlisle are part of, is delighted to be named as Best Franchise in one of the categories at this year’s event, as well as scooping two other awards.

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During the presentation, the Razzamataz team spoke about how they lead their team with trust, integrity and kindness to leave a positive legacy for students, franchisees and the franchising sector.

“Our franchisees took on the task of supporting their teams and customers, resulting in some overwhelmingly positive testimonials,” explained Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz.

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By Sam Smedley

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Theatre School Franchise Helps To Boost Confidence In Children With Competition Launch

February 11, 2021

With more reports emerging about the crushing effect that Covid has had on children, one theatre school franchise is helping to bring back confidence. More than 62,000 pupils in England have been tracked from May to December by ImpactEd, with some worrying results.

 
This has been the largest review of schoolchildren in the Covid era and the report warns of the potential for a lost generation. Anxiety levels are rising and wellbeing has tumbled according to the report, with those in their exam years feeling the pressure of trying to catch up.

The most alarming research uncovered that the closure of schools has not just impacted education, but on mental health too. Multi-award winning Razzamataz Theatre Schools has listened to thousands of children across the UK discuss their concerns during online performing arts classes as well as dedicated wellness sessions.

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The impact of the pandemic can be summed up by student Libbi who attends Razzamataz Maidstone: “To highlight children’s mental health week, I thought I would drop a message to say that Razzamataz has saved me. When I had a rough patch with my mental health Razzamataz picked me up and made me feel like there was a place I belong. Whenever it was Saturday I was always at my happiest. The Razzamataz team support is brilliant and I really am grateful for that. Now I would say my mental health has never been better.”

To reach out to even more young people, all of the schools within the network will be launching Razz’s Got Talent, a competition that aims to give young people something positive to aspire to. Unlike some TV competitions, there will be no Mr Nasty or negative comments, the schools will be working with a judging panel of professional performers who can give positive support to every competitor.

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Children from the age of 6 to 17 can enter for a chance to win a year’s scholarship to attend their local Razzamataz school. The competition is open to current students as well as those that have never had any formal training before. Supporting local talent and giving back to the community to help young people with their performing arts training is high on the agenda for the theatre school franchise, especially now when confidence is at an all-time low.

“Razz’s Got Talent is a really fun way for children to enter a talent contest in a safe and caring environment,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “We only give really constructive and positive feedback because we know it takes a lot of courage and determination to enter a talent competition and we want this experience to be a really positive one that they can learn from.

“This is also a great opportunity to see what undiscovered talent we can find and for existing students, it gives them the chance to hone their skills and shine individually in front of a panel of industry judges.”

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The judges are looking for raw talent and will talk to the children to understand where their passion for performing arts can take them. “We know children have had a lot of challenges over the last year; for some, it has really knocked their confidence and will impact their mental health,” adds Denise. “Our Principals and teams of teachers have worked so hard to help students and the feedback we have had from families has been so wonderful. This is another opportunity for us to give back again to local communities by nurturing young performers.”

Razzamataz teaches all three disciplines of dance, drama and singing, to create ‘triple threat performers.’ Children taking part in Razz’s Got Talent can showcase one or all of these skills. Applicants should prepare either a song, dance or drama piece or a mixture of all three that lasts no longer than three minutes. Children and young people should apply directly to their local school to find out closing dates and any other details. All auditions will be held remotely online to keep within government guidelines.

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Tiny Toes Ballet offers free online classes to support parents and teachers

January 29, 2021

A PEMBROKESHIRE dance school, Tiny Toes Ballet, is keeping a step ahead of lockdown by offering free online classes for children.

Tiny Toes Ballet, which holds children’s dance classes in Haverfordwest and Pembroke, is making the offer to help support parents and teachers who are home schooling due to lockdown.

 
Its eight-week course of classes combines drama, dance, cookery and more, and is aimed at children aged seven and under.

Sonia Murison, who runs the Pembrokeshire Tiny Toes Ballet franchise, says she is delighted to be able to help keep children learning through lockdown.

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“Every week we provide fun and engaging dance classes, where our little ones learn through our dance programme that is fully integrated with the early years foundation stage curriculum,” she said. “We get to teach to over 130 amazing pupils here in beautiful Pembrokeshire. We love to help our little dancers learn through using rich sensory props, story time, fun activities and so much more.

“We have so much fun in just one 40-minute class and now we are bringing these fantastic classes back online through Zoom to our dancers once more.

“We love looking forward to seeing our dancers on Zoom live every week; we are not just a dance class – we have made an amazing Pembrokeshire Tiny Toes Ballet family.”

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Tiny Toes Ballet was founded in Swansea in 2011 by Emma Morgan, an experienced primary school and ballet teacher, and has grown to have 14 franchises all over the UK.

Emma said: “We’ve centred the activities on themes that we know children love – Three little pigs,

Under the Sea, Down on the Farm and Superheroes, for example. The classes will run for eight weeks and we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.”

By Ruth Davies

Source: Western Telegraph

Babyballet Dartford lockdown classes prove a hit as dance school lands double celebration at national awards

November 20, 2020

A dance school which kept twinkle-toed toddlers occupied online during the first lockdown has scooped a national award.

The Babyballet franchise in Dartford has been named among the most loved music, dance or performing arts activities in the UK.

 
It scooped the major accolade at the What’s On 4 Kids Activities Awards, launched in 2007, to celebrate the best kids clubs, along with leaders and volunteers.

Awards are nominated and voted for by a panel of experts, parents and carers and the results were unveiled as part of a virtual ceremony held last month.

Keeping little ones occupied during the first lockdown in March was a struggle for many parents as activities became increasingly home-based.

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But the dance school, which is targeted at toddlers and babies from six months upwards and also serves Bexley and Bromley, kept classes running online and delivered with aplomb.

“This year has been without doubt the toughest in my businesses history,” says Jessie Lilley, owner of Babyballet Dartford, Bexley, Bromley.

The 39-year-old, who grew up in the area, continued: “But that goes for every company in every industry. My team and I moved our classes online during the first lockdown, so that we could continue teaching our 1000 plus babyballet stars to dance.

“Keeping them happy and active was my main priority!”

On top of this feat there was also an individual accolade for one of the ballet school’s much loved teachers.

Baby ballet instructor Jade Allen, who has taught at the school for six years, was voted the most loved activity leader manager in the South East.

Affectionately known to the the children as Miss Jade, the teacher was overwhelmed to become a winner.

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“The South East is a big place, and I am bursting with pride to have won,” said Jade.

“The team at babyballet Dartford, Bexley and Bromley are like family to me and I adore teaching the classes.

“I can’t wait to get back into the dance studio and see my little stars, with social distancing measures in place to keep them all safe.”

Although the dance classes are closed during the second lockdown, registrations are open for future face-to-face sessions.

“We have returned once and the magic of our classes remained, even with the new safety procedures in place,” added owner Jessie.

“I am counting down the days until I can open the doors again.”

The franchise is headquartered in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and has 83 locations across the UK.

By Sean Delaney

Source: Kent Online