Our sparkling collection of awards

At babyballet, we believe that our unique children’s dance concept is one of the best preschool classes in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore – and it seems that others agree. Here are just some of the awards and nominations that we are very proud to have received since the babyballet magic began.

Tommy’s Awards 2019

babyballet® won the Community Diamond Award for the dedication of our entire network who have gone above and beyond to raise outstanding amounts for Tommy’s.






What On 4 Kids 2019

The babyballet® Brand WON …

Most Loved Music, Dance and Performing Arts Franchisor or Independent with 30+ Leaders.



AND a special recognition to Miss Rosalia from babyballet Derbyshire Central who won Most Loved Activity Leader.





HOOP Awards 2019

We are excited to announce that babyballet Didsbury, babyballet Dartford, Bexley and Bromley and babyballet Romford Central, Brentwood, Billericay and Chelmsford, all WON

Best Music, Dance and Drama in their respective areas.


Mum and Working Awards 2018

We were excited to be FINALISTS in four categories of the Mum and Working Awards 2018. 

We have our fingers and good toes crossed for:

Most Inspiring Business Parent – Lauren Shepherd, Franchisee and owner of babyballet® Biggleswade and Bedford.

Flexible Employee / Team Member of the Year – Donna Greenwood, Franchise Sales and Dance Development Manager at babyballet® Head Office.

Best International Flexible Business

Franchisor / Licensor of the Year

The Mum and Working Award Ceremony is held on 6th March 2018.

Best Children’s Class/Club 2018

We are officially Loved By Children’s Platinum award-winner for ‘Best Children’s Class 2018’!

This is such fantastic recognition for all of our wonderful and hard-working teachers and franchisees.

Best UK Baby and Toddler Class 2017

We are dancing with delight at winning ‘Platinum’ for the Best Baby / Toddler Class 2017 in the prestigious Loved By Parents awards.




Business Person of the Year (2015)

Founder Claire O’Connor was thrilled to pick up the top prize at the prestigious Halifax Courier Business Awards.



Retail Business of the Year (2015)

Founder Claire O’Connor was extremely proud to win the award for Retail Business of the Year at the glittering Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards.






Dance Brand & Dance Franchise of the Year (2015)
We were immensely proud to scoop ‘Dance Franchise of the Year’ and ‘Dance Brand of the Year’ at The Dance Teacher Hub Awards.


Best Baby/Toddler Class (2014)
We were over the pink and blue babyballet moon to win the Loved By Parents national award for the ‘Best Baby/Toddler Class’ for the second year running!





Most Outstanding Activity Leader (2015)
babyballet teacher Emily Waddell won a national award for her outstanding teaching in the International What’s On 4 Junior Awards.






Best Small to Medium Enterprise (2015)
The Halifax Courier Business Awards is a glitzy ceremony to celebrate the best in business so we were delighted to win this award.



Dance School of the Year (2013)
We were delighted to be in the shortlist for the International Dance Supplies ‘Dance School of the Year 2013’ award.




Best Baby/Toddler Class (2013)
We were skipping with delight to win the Loved By Parents National award. Especially as it voted for by parents & carers – those at the heart of our magical world.





Best Activity Class (2012)
Netmums is the most trusted parent’s site in the UK so it was an absolute privilege to win this accolade, voted for by parents and carers.




ITV’s ‘This Morning’ Mumpreneur
Our Founder, Claire O’Connor, scooped this high profile National award for combining her entrepreneurial skills to set up and build her business whilst bringing up her family of four children.




Entrepreneur of the Year (2008)
Halifax Courier




Young Business Person of the Year (2007)
Halifax Courier



Best Business Parent
Mum and Working Awards

Best Franchise
Mum and Working Awards



Best Interactive Business
Mumpreneur UK






Inspire Award
Claire O’ Connor received this award from Calderdale College for her services to the local community and dance industry.

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Local Hero Award
Pulse Radio