Tiny Toes Ballet, an innovative ballet school for babies and toddlers aged six months to seven years, has launched in Bristol, with 40 minute classes held on Tuesday mornings at the Turnberries Centre in Thornbury.
Tiny Toes Ballet is the UK’s only ballet programme integrated with the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Its classes help little girls and boys socialise; gain poise, confidence and self esteem; boost their language and number development; and just as importantly, have fun.
The new Bristol franchise is run by qualified dance teacher Daisy Scott. She decided to launch Tiny Toes Ballet in her area because she saw it as a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the joys of dance.
“I wanted to start my own dance classes where I could inspire baby’s and toddlers to dance, move and use their imagination to help them grow,” she says.
“Tiny Toes is special in my view because children are not just learning to dance they learn to Gain poise, confidence & self-esteem, language and number development while learning through a themed class and also having fun.”
Miss Daisy, a qualified teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and a member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), has vast experience in teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern to babies, toddlers and children. She has danced since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped dancing since.
Daisy attended her local dance school where she completed her dance examinations in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. Alongside this she was entering dance competitions and competed up until she was 16 years old. She also performed in many shows including The Wizard of Oz at the Bristol Hippodrome and High School Musical at the Redgrave Theatre.
Daisy trained in musical theatre at The Bristol Old Vic and studied dance at the Dance Academy South West and Liberatus School of Performing Arts where she achieved her Diploma level 3 in Dance and her DDE Teaching qualifications.
“I hope my franchise will bring Tiny Toes to a whole new audience in the Bristol area,” she says. “My aim is to create have classes where babies, toddlers, and grown-ups feel comfortable and enjoy themselves.”
Tiny Toes Ballet was created by Swansea mum and ballet teacher Emma Morgan in 2011. A professionally trained Classical Ballet dancer, Registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher and experienced Primary School teacher, she created Tiny Toes because she wanted a new challenge that would combine her extensive knowledge of how children learn with her dance expertise. With this in mind she created a unique post-natal and pre-school syllabus that has been designed to captivate, delight, inspire, motivate and challenge, whilst developing important language, social and gross motor skills.
“I wanted to do something different with Tiny Toes, not only in terms of the style and content of the classes but also by constantly refreshing and changing the curriculum so that children and parents who attend over a long period of time stay interested and engaged,” she says.
“We have termly themes which are adapted to current topics we feel will grab the children’s interest, and the programme draws on my experience on Primary school leadership teams to really ensure these classes are of educational value as well as fun. The classes fit with the school curriculum and I also worked with a paediatrician make sure the classes would meet the physical needs of the children.”
Emma’s programme is totally inclusive: she has delivered Tiny Toes classes to profoundly disabled children with great success.
“The lovely thing is that Tiny Toes is constantly evolving, and I’m pleased to say we have excellent retention rates, with children staying with us for the long term. Since launching, Tiny Toes ballet classes have grown in popularity and we now teach more than 1000 pupils weekly across South Wales and England.”
Emma says she is delighted that Daisy is now bringing Tiny Toes Ballet to a whole new audience in Bristol.
“I’ve been hugely impressed by Daisy’s enthusiasm, commitment and understanding of the unique qualities of the Tiny Toes classes,” she says. “It’s always lovely when more children join our community of tiny dancers, and I’m looking forward to visiting the classes in Bristol to see how everyone is getting on
“Babies have a natural affinity with movement and music, indeed they are said to sing before they can talk and dance before they can walk! These classes aim to develop your child’s natural born curiosity and creativity and to take them into the magical world of dance where imaginations are boundless.”