At babyballet, we believe that our unique children’s dance concept is among the best pre-school classes in the UK – and it seems that others agree. Here are just some of the awards and nominations we are very proud to have received since the babyballet magic began back in 2005.
Business Person of the Year at the Halifax Courier, Halifax Business Awards October 2015!
Claire O'Connor was thrilled to win two prestigious awards in one day, accepting The Business Person of the Year at The Halifax Business Awards, after receiving the title of The Retail Business of the Year at the Forward Ladies, Women in Business Awards earlier that day. "It was without doubt one of the best days of my life and will go down in babyballet® history!" Say's babyballet® Founder, Claire.
Retail Business of the Year at the Forward Ladies, Women in Business Awards October 2015!
babyballet® Founder and MD Claire O'Connor was extremely proud to receive the award for Retail Business of the Year at the prestigious Forward Ladies Yorkshire and North East Women in Business Awards in October 2015! What a magic year in the world of babyballet®.
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Dance Franchise AND Dance Brand of the Year 2015!
What a fantastic year this is turning out to be for us. As most of you are aware it's our 10th birthday and we are celebrating in style - by winning two national awards. We have just won Dance Franchise of the Year and Dance Brand of the Year in the latest 'oscars' of the dance world.
Miss Emily scoops the 'Most Outstanding activity Leader' title at the 'What's On 4 Little Ones' awards.
babyballet teacher Emily Waddell is walking on air at the moment and who can blame her.
The 22-year-old has just won a national award for her work and helped put her babyballet classes in south east London firmly on the map.
Emily, who lives in Belvedere, Kent, and has been dancing since she was a three-year-old, has been named as the most outstanding activity leader for under fives in the South of England in the International What’s On 4 Junior Awards 2015.
The awards, in their 9th year, reward, celebrate and recognise individuals and companies who provide the best activities, classes, days out and parties for young families across the UK. More than 90,000 parents voted this year and it is the first year the awards have ran in Ireland and Australia.
Emily is a teacher for the Darford , Bexley and Bromley branch of babyballet, one of our biggest babyballet franchises in the country. She started as aSaturday girl over three years ago and now teaches five days a week at classes in Dartford, Beckenham, Bromley, Greenhithe ad Bexleyheath.
Emily was nominated by parents of children she teaches and there were over 100 individuals in her category. She was one of five finalists who attended the awards at Drayton Manor Hotel & Theme Park, Staffordshire. The event was hosted by TV presenter Lucy Piper.
She attended the event with her boss, Jessie Lilley, who said Emily was a fantastic teacher and deserved the accolade . “She has had some amazing comments on Facebook from parents. We are all really proud of her and she has a bright future in the teaching world,” said Jessie.
Emily says she has the best job in the world and would one day love to own her own babyballet franchise. “Our classes aren’t just fun they help develop children’s bodies and brains. I love to see the look on youngster’s faces during classes and I’m elated that parents have so much faith in me and got behind me.”
Some of the 800 chldren who attend Jessie’s babyballet group have just taken part in their annual shows at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford. They were all a huge success and a sell out.
We would like to add our congratulations to Emily and thank her for her hard work, which is obviously being recognised far and wide.
WINNER! Loved By Parents 'Best Baby/Toddler Class 2014'
We are over the pink and blue babyballet moon to have won the Loved By Parents national award for the 'Best Baby/Toddler Class' for the second year running!
Read more about our triumph in our news section!
International Dance Supplies 'Dance School of the Year 2013' - Shortlisted
We are delighted to have been in the shortlist for the International Dance Supplies 'Dance School of the Year 2013' award!
Previous awards & nominations for babyballet classes & parties
Awards & nominations for Claire O'Connor, founder & Managing Director of babyballet
Claire’s passion for her business has been rewarded with local and national recognition, winning awards including:
* ITV’s This Morning Mumpreneur
* Halifax Courier Small to Medium Enterprise
* Mumpreneur UK Best Interactive Business
* Best Business Parent at the Mum and Working Awards
* Best Franchisor at the Mum and Working Awards
* Halifax Courier Young Business Person
* Halifx Courier Entrepreneur
* Pulse Radio Local Hero Award
NATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE:
· BBC1 Comic Relief
· ITV This Morning
· Channel 5 News
· ITV Calendar News
· PRIMA BABY Magazine
· GURGLE Magazine (ELC & MOTHERCARE)
· ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE GAZETTE