Q and As with our Franchisees!
Every couple of weeks we are going to be catching up with one of our fantastic franchisees and asking them a few question so that you can find out a little bit more about them!
Buona Fortuna Steph!
She’s one of our latest recruits but that’s not stopped 26-year-old Steph Larty having big dreams.
Steph only started babyballet in Chester East eight months ago but she’s already more than doubled her pupils . And if she has her way, in 10 years time she will be teaching babyballet classes in Italy or America.
Showgirl Steph met her Italian partner, Marco Fenton, more than three years ago when they were both working on a cruise ship touring Asia. They now live together in Coddington but make regular visits to Italy to visit Marco’s family.
Steph has just returned from her first trip to Italy without Marco, and took along Twinkle and Teddy to keep her company. She says they were such a big hit she left the pair there with Marco’s niece. Read more...
Miss Claire, babyballet® Bournemouth and Poole
Christmas is very definitely Claire Westwood’s favourite time of year.
The 34-year-old who runs one of babyballet’s largest franchises in Bournemouth and Poole, loves the fact it evokes all our five senses – taste, smell, touch, sight and hear. Her favourite bits include fairy lights, candles, mulled wine and the smell of the warming festive spices of cinnamon, frankincense and orange.
Claire who was born in Bournemouth, has been dancing since she was three and trained at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Like a lot of other dancers she travelled the world on cruise ships after leaving college and did pantomimes, but when she hit 30 decided it was time for something more settled. Read more.....
Miss Leanne, babyballet® Brislington and Knowle, Bristol
Leanne Gets Into the babyballet® Groove!
She has spent the past four years travelling the world as a backing dancer for a Madonna tribute act.
Now 29-year-old Leanne Verey is taking a leaf out of the pop icon’s book and reinventing herself.
Leanne, who lives in Brislington, Bristol, is to open her own babyballet® dance academy and hopes Madonna hits Celebration, Material Girl and Express Yourself will soon apply to her.
Leanne is opening in Brislington and Knowle in January 2015 at three venues across the district and will teach the youngsters herself. She has danced all her life and went to Performers College in Essex where she studied musical theatre.
Was Kate Dancing In The Womb?
You could say Kate Whitewood was born to dance.
Her mum was a dancer and a teacher who danced when she was pregnant with Kate, and Kate’s earliest recollections are of being at dance classes with her.
As soon as she was old enough she joined baby classes herself and barely missed a lesson for nearly 30 years. Now she has got the teaching bug and runs the Birmingham West babyballet franchise which includes Bearwood, Smethwick, Harborne and Edgerton.
The 32-year-old started babyballet two years ago after watching a video of Kitty O’Connor on YouTube. She was working at a supermarket doing evening shifts and says she needed some direction in her life and was looking for a way to better herself....
Daughter Inspires New Dance School In South Woodford
babyballet is opening in East London.
And it’s all down to five-year-old Gabriella Nunes.. Gabriella is the daughter of Karen Soriano and Wayne Nunes of Plaistow. As a toddler she was very timid and shy but her personality and confidence changed dramatically after she started going to a dance school.
Research shows learning to dance is an advanced skill which helps develops children’s bodies and brains and babies are born to dance and enjoy it. Gabriella’s dance school was 40 minutes away from her home across the river, so her parents did some research and decided to start their own dance academy in South Woodford.
They are opening a branch of babyballet next month (October). Karen will front the school and Wayne will be in charge of finance.
Let’s Face The Music And Dance!
She has spent the last 10 years introducing children to music.
Now 40-year-old Katie Hanson is on a mission to teach them to dance too.
Katie, who lives in Colchester with her husband, Denzil and her two children, is opening her own babyballet franchise.
Katie left university with a degree in music and marketing and after travelling the world for 12 months, worked in corporate and retail for a time. After her children were born she got actively involved at their school, where she became a governor and helped set up the school choir, which she stills runs. She also teaches private music lessons.
“I have always loved ballet and my daughters are keen dancers so I decided to branch out into dance. babyballet has a great reputation and is an incredible resource for mothers. I also believe children should be exposed to music and dance from a young age -the benefits of both are enormous.” Read More...
TOWIE fan Jade Joins babyballet!
A 22-year-old professional dancer is to pass her love and passion for ballet on to the next generation.
Jade Wilkinson of Hastings, East Sussex set up her own babyballet business this month (September).
Jade, who lives with her parents, has stared classes in Hastings and Hampden Park, Eastbourne and plans to built the business up. She claims there is nothing like it in the East Sussex area.
Jade’s ambition was always to be a dancer and she won a scholarship to The Centre, a performing arts college in London, where she trained under the principal, Karen King. She graduated with a diploma in musical theatre and dance and also achieved distinctions in teaching qualifications for classical ballet, modern theatre and tap. Read More...
Candice Dances Her Way To Her First Business
babyballet is opening its first branch in Cornwall.
And it’s all thanks to 30-year-old dancer, Candice Inglis of Truro. Candice, who lives with her partner, Mark, and their 17-month-old son Hayden, is opening her own babyballet business on Saturday, September 27 in Truro.
Candice has been dancing since she was three and studied dance at university in Leeds. She then worked in Leeds as a freelance dancer on stage and in videos, and did a bit of teaching. When her sister, Ellie, had her daughter, Mia, who is now three, Candice moved back to Cornwall to be near her family. Read more....
Jessie Lilley is living proof that if you put your mind to something anything in achievable.
In the past five years the 32-year-old has started her own babyballet business, completed a degree, got married and had a son, Rex who is now 18 months.
Jessie was at a bit of low ebb five years ago. She was working as a professional dancer when a serious knee injury ended her career. She is the first to admit her life lacked direction and she didn’t know what to do next. Read more...
Miss Vikki, babyballet Malling and Medway
When it comes to rubbing shoulders with the stars, Vikki Hayward is in a class of her own.
The 40-year-old has danced for The Queen and Prince Charles in two Royal Variety Performances, has appeared in 15 West End shows and is a close friend of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden.
Vikki who runs babyballet classes in Maidstone, Kings Hill, Rochester, Larkfield and St Mary’s Island, Kent, has been dancing since she was a toddler and won a scholarship to the well known Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London where she trained alongside Russell Brand and Martine McCutcheon.
Miss Stephanie, babyballet Greenwich, Clapham, Dulwich, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks
Thirty-nine-year-old American, `Miss Stephanie’, Stephanie Gabbitas hails from Richmond, Kentucky, and was a professional singer, actor and dancer in the United States....Read More
Miss Leanne, babyballet Livingston and Falkirk
Most people have only one claim to fame, but Leanne Pattison has two.
She not only introduced babyballet into Scotland but was also the song and dance academy’s youngest ever franchisee.
Leanne took the bold step of starting her own business in 2009, the day after her 20th birthday. In five years it has grown from a small acorn to an oak tree with almost 300 children attending classes in West Lothian, Falkirk and Stirling.
Miss Jennifer, babyballet Southport and Formby
Miss Jennifer is one cool dance teacher!
It would be fair to say Jennifer Berrett has packed more than most into the last 30 years of her life.
She’s danced all over the world, appeared on TV and in the newspapers, has won awards, organised numerous charity events , is a big networker within her local business community, and has even been voted one of the top 10 `coolest’ people in her home town of Southport.