babyballet Lincoln: THE UK’s leading pre-school dance academy, babyballet is heading for Lincoln.
And it’s all thanks to 29-year-old Emma Bartlett, who is no stranger to the stage.
Emma is a former professional singer and dancer who has performed all over the country, and until recently lived in Suffolk.
She is returning to her home city of Lincoln to open her own business and says she can’t wait to introduce babyballet to youngsters in the area.
Award-winning babyballet was set up by mum-of-four Claire O’Connor of Yorkshire in 2005. She spotted a gap in the market for non-competitive dance classes that not only accepted the best, and the business has gone from strength to strength, and two years ago went international. The programme is now available in Australia and New Zealand, and Claire and her husband, Chris, and their children are now on a world tour introducing babyballet to other countries.
In the UK it has 75 franchisees (all women) with over 25,000 youngsters attending hundreds of classes every week.
Emma has taken on the franchise for babyballet Lincoln North which takes in many of the surrounding villages and will open her doors on the 10th September. The nearest babyballet at present is in Boston.
Emma attended the Joanna Haylock school of dance in Lincoln as a youngster and passed her exams in tap, modern and ballet. At 16 she moved to Essex to study musical theatre and dance at college. After leaving college she appeared in shows and concerts in the UK, but says her first love was always teaching. She started teaching as a 15-year-old and used to own her own dance school in Suffolk.
She moved to Suffolk when her husband, Chris, got work there, and came across babyballet thanks to their three-year-old daughter, Alicia. Alicia has attended babyballet classes in Suffolk since she was nine-months-old, and Emma used to teach at the Suffolk academy, babyballet Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds & Ipswich West.
“Alicia fell in love with babyballet straight away, and in the last few years I have sat back and watched how it has helped her not just with her co-ordination and movement, but with her confidence and social skills. It’s a great way for parents to interact too. I’ve experienced it as a parent and a teacher and know how well it works, which is why I decided to join the babyballet family,” says Emma.
Her new classes are for boys and girls from six months to six years and Emma has an introductory offer of £15 for a three-week class trial. The first classes are being held at Ermine United Reformed Church, Welton Village Hall and St Swithin’s Community Centre. Emma hopes to expand her business over the next few years and employ more teachers.
“I’ve really missed Lincoln, all my family are here, and I’m so thrilled to be home and opening a new business,” she says.
For more information, or to book your three week trial today please click here to view the babyballet Lincoln North class booking page!