Tiny Toes Ballet, the UK’s only pre-school ballet syllabus to be integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage, will launch a new franchise in Essex this September, with free taster sessions running in July and August.
Designed for boys and girls aged six months to seven years, Tiny Toes delivers fun, themed dance classes focused on helping children learn about the world around them. Studies have shown children learn best by ‘doing’, and Tiny Toes offers a great way of helping them learn through dancing.
The new Tiny Toes franchise, run by local dance teacher Natalie Cawley, will enable local children to experience the magic of Tiny Toes Ballet.
Natalie has been dancing since the age of four and has a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance & Musical Theatre from the Urdang Academy, London. She has performed on stage, taking roles such as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin for the Worcester Repertory Company and performing many iconic roles at Disneyland Paris. Over the years she has taught various dance styles and worked extensively with young children.
“Ballet has always been my passion and so I was looking for something that would bring together my knowledge and experience and my enjoyment of working with young children,” she says. “I spent years saying that one day I'd have my own school. When I found Tiny Toes Ballet, I knew I couldn't miss the opportunity.”
She is particularly impressed by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum element of the Tiny Toes syllabus.
“I've worked with the early years age group for many years and it is so vital that we are all following the same important steps to enhance child development,” she says. “The lesson plans are so detailed, fun and educational. And there are new ideas launching all the time so the opportunity for growth is huge. I want to show how important dance is to a child's natural development, inspire a new generation and to share my love for this wonderful art.”
Tiny Toes’ founder Emma Morgan is delighted to be welcoming Natalie to the Tiny Toes team: “I’ve been hugely impressed by Natalie’s enthusiasm, commitment and understanding of the Tiny Toes concept,” she says. “It’s always exciting welcoming more children to our community of tiny dancers, and I’m looking forward to visiting Essex to see how everyone is getting on.”
Classes will run at Christ Church United Reformed Church, Rayleigh on Friday mornings from September 13. Free taster sessions take place July 5 and August 23.
The second venue is The Stables, Leigh Road Baptist Church, Leigh-on-Sea on Thursday mornings from September 12. Free taster sessions take place July 4 and August 22.
To register your interest in a Tiny Toes class visit: https://www.tinytoesballet.co.uk/essex