Tiny Toes Ballet
1611. Emma Morgan
Emma Morgan, from Swansea, is a ballet teacher who launched a free eight week programme for children during lockdown using dance to teach young children movement, language and motor skills.
Emma runs business ‘Tiny Toes Ballet’, which offers classes for babies from 6 months old to 7 years, and uses ballet and dance to help children with sensory, motor and social skills during their early years development. Since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, the business has moved its programmes online, and has also been free ballet fit classes to adults and special virtual sessions for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff.
In a personal letter to Emma, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Thank you for bringing the joy of dancing to children during lockdown.
“The country’s children have been heroic in their efforts over the last year and they have sacrificed a huge amount in order to stay home and protect the NHS. So I was uplifted to hear how you have kept them active and entertained with your free, fun courses.
“The virtual classes you offer to children in ‘Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital’ are also a wonderful way of lifting the spirits of children at a difficult time in their lives.”
“Our company, ‘Tiny Toes Ballet’, which has run preschool dance classes across the UK since 2010, have been dedicated to helping the nation’s children keep learning, engaged and active throughout lockdown. It is such an honour to be recognised like this. During this pandemic the NHS and key workers as well as individuals and communities have worked tirelessly to overcome the effects of COVID-19, and as a former primary school teacher and mother of three boys I wanted to use my skills and experience to help and support in whatever way I could. Our free lockdown programme would not have been possible without the ongoing dedication and commitment of so many of our tiny toes ballet franchisees across the UK and therefore I am delighted to accept this award in recognition of their efforts too. Thank you so much!”
Pictured below: Emma giving classes with Tiny Toes Ballet