our story

the babyballet

Mother and daughter team, Claire and Barbara are immensely passionate about babyballet and have worked tirelessly since 1999 to make it into the award-winning reputable concept it is today – which now has over 100 franchised and licensed schools teaching over 25,000 children every week in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Claire’s story

Barbara’s Story


babyballet is proud to be bringing 18 years of experience
We may have turned 18 but we’re still young at heart!

babyballet is celebrating 18 years of experience, fun and dancing

Here at babyballet, we all love birthdays. So, we’re really excited to be celebrating an important milestone at babyballet HQ. Our very special ballet dance school and franchise has grown from a seedling of an idea back in the early Nineties, and this year we are 18 years old. Before the celebrations really start, we’re going to take a moment to look back at how it all began, and the highlights of our journey…

But first, we can’t talk about babyballet without saying a huge thank you to Claire. Founder Claire O’Connor is the creative talent that drives babyballet forward. Without Claire’s vision, determination and her very special blend of inspirational motivation, quite simply babyballet would not be here.

Under Claire’s watchful guidance, over the years the dance school has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of children, parents and teachers. babyballet became a national franchise in 2007 with classes in beginning to open in other areas of the UK. And 10 years later in 2017, babyballet celebrated international success as licenses in Australia, New Zealand, and Papa New Guinea launched.

We are so proud of all that we have achieved and continue to achieve in our magical babyballet world!


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"babyballet is the one class we simply can't miss. Eliza loves it and when I see her smile when she pulls on her tutu, I love it too!"

Sarah Butters, babyballet mummy