“I can pinpoint the moment tiny toes ballet was born. My son, 5 months old, began dancing in his high chair to music that had just come on in the background. It was a demonstration of something I’ve long believed – that in all of us there is a natural desire to express ourselves through movement.
Through my personal experience as a professionally trained classical ballet dancer and teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, I have been lucky enough to witness the extraordinary lengths to which this natural response can be explored. But I’ve also seen how the strict training regimes inherent in traditional ballet training can stifle a child’s creativity.
During my many years working as a primary school teacher, I also saw parallels with the way modern curriculums leave little room for creative expression and play.
Benefits of early learning
When I founded tiny toes ballet, I was determined to find a way to combine the enormous benefits ballet brings with my knowledge that children learn best when they are given space to explore their imaginations. I wanted to find a way to harness that natural desire to dance that I saw in my son, but in a way that fostered confidence, learning and above all, joy.”