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

Tiny dancers come to Newcastle with pre-school ballet franchise

June 30, 2019

A ballet school specifically for children aged six months to seven years is coming to Newcastle later this year. Tiny Toes Ballet, the UK’s only pre-school ballet syllabus to be integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage, will launch its new franchise in the city in September.

Led by local dance teacher Kathryn O’Neill, the classes aim to promote learning through movement.

Kathryn explained: “What appealed to me about Tiny Toes was its commitment to ensuring classes and lesson plans complement the early years learning curriculum.

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“I hope to make Tiny Toes Ballet a well-known name in the North East with an excellent reputation for delivering quality dance classes.”

Founded by professionally trained classical ballet dancer and mother of three Emma Morgan, Tiny Toes Ballet now has franchises across the UK.

Commenting on the Newcastle franchise, Tiny Toes’ founder Emma Morgan added: “I’ve been hugely impressed by Kathryn’s enthusiasm, commitment and understanding of the Tiny Toes concept.

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“It’s always exciting welcoming more children to our community of tiny dancers, and I’m looking forward to visiting Newcastle upon Tyne to see how everyone is getting on.”

By Jane Imrie

Source: BDaily

Award-winning Tiny Toes Ballet School Launches Two New Franchises

January 12, 2019

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.

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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.

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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.”

Tiny Toes: Swansea teacher offers ballet to babies

May 15, 2018

In 2011, Swansea primary teacher Emma Morgan had nothing but £1,000 and a distant dream of running her own ballet school.

She also had a toddler, with a second child on the way.

Seven years later and her eight Tiny Toes preschool ballet franchises have seen her nominated as one of NatWest’s businesswomen of the year.

On Monday in London, she will find out if she has won in the Encouraging Women into Franchising category.

Her schools teach expressive dance skills to children from Leeds to London and four more are in the pipeline.

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Ms Morgan believes the key to success is passion more than business, adding: “I went away to ballet school from 11 and gave my entire life to it.

“But in the end I felt like a robot, training my body to perform mechanics for other people’s enjoyment.

“I trained as a ballet teacher as I thought my education would have been a waste otherwise.

“But it wasn’t until I realised my six-month-old was already using the same movements and sounds as a way of expressing emotion that I had the idea which made me fall back in love with ballet.”

Two babies sitting up and holding rattles at a Tiny Toes classImage copyright EMMA MORGAN
Young children learn new skills through play

She believes, rather than being strictly regimented, ballet should be a form of play.

This can then teach under-fives sensory, motor and social skills at a time when 90% of their brain development is taking place.

Dance routines see the children act out preparing sandwiches for a teddy bears’ picnic and squishing through foam to go on a bear hunt.

The curriculum has been adapted for children with sensory, learning and physical disabilities in conjunction with ParaDance UK and will soon be offered in primary schools.

As the business quickly mushroomed, Ms Morgan realised she could not manage it all herself.

“I was working seven days a week, teaching classes from Swansea to Abergavenny and then I started getting requests in England,” she said.

A boy and a girl at a dance classImage copyright EMMA MORGAN

“I didn’t want to manage dozens of employees, so franchising the brand seemed logical, but then again I didn’t want to dilute the quality.

“That’s why it’s easier to get in the SAS than to become a Tiny Toes Franchisee; I don’t advertise, I only accept the best teachers who approach me and I provide all the training and lesson plans.

“You could say I might have grown quicker if I’d have been less fussy, but for me the business is nothing without the vision.”

In being nominated for the award, she was praised for the women-friendly nature of her model, which offers part and full-time franchises to fit in around family demands.

Though her ambitions by no means end there.

“Amy Dowden from Caerphilly became the first Welsh professional on Strictly [Come Dancing] last year and she’s promised to come down and do a workshop with some of our classes. But I’ve got my eyes on another Strictly star.

“Deborah Meaden was a contestant in 2013 and clearly loved her dancing, so if a Dragon ever did want to get involved in Tiny Toes… I’m in!”

Source: BBC