Award-winning Babyballet launches in our area

The hugely popular and highly acclaimed Babyballet franchise, offering ballet classes for six month olds to six year olds, is opening in our local area


Babyballet is a national award-winning pre-school dance concept for girls and boys from six months to six years which is launching in our local area. Babyballet dance classes allow babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy the physical and social benefits of ballet in a safe and informal environment.

Founders Claire O’Conner and Barbara Peters are a mother and daughter team who have made Babyballet the incredibly successful franchise it is today, boasting over 70 schools teaching more than 11,000 children in the UK every week. 

Learning through having fun
Claire’s dream of making ballet accessible to everyone ("not just the elite") began following her own difficult experiences.  Claire attended classes from the age of three but instead of being the star pupil and professional dancer that her mother Barbara had been, Claire and ballet didn’t initially hit it off.

“I loved ballet but it didn’t love me,” explains Claire, who celebrated Babyballet’s tenth anniversary last year. "I was the wrong shape and I felt that only the best were accepted. It left me with a tremendous lack of self-confidence and a very poor body image which followed me through to later life,” she says.

Working closely with her mum Barbara, Claire began her mission to bring fun, non-competitive quality pre-school classes to pre-schoolers, which would focus on learning to dance through having fun and increasing every child’s confidence.

Claire and Barbara have made Babyballet a huge sucess but Claire says she couldn’t have done it without the support of her family and the loyal and hardworking franchisees and teachers: “The success of Babyballet isn’t just down to me it’s thanks to the fantastic team I work alongside.  I’m so grateful for their enthusiasm and energy in making Babyballet the successful and happy place it is today.” 

Find out more about the new Babyballet classes in our area and read Local Mums’ reviews

Clare Basleigh
07956 872287
Email: (for Cheam, Epsom and Carshalton classes) (for Clapham, Balham and Wandsworth classes)

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