Petite Performers provides a safe, supportive space in which pre-school children can have fun, be creative and learn new skills
‘It’s wonderful to see children blossoming in confidence, making friends and flourishing creatively and physically,’ smiles Emily Cardno, co-founder of Petite Performers. ‘And, we never forget that they are little. It’s so important to ensure our classes are fantastic fun while still having a good structure.’
The Petite Performers concept was born when Emily, who lives in Chiswick, and her twin sister Michelle were running dance schools. ‘We realised that no-one was providing a high quality ballet, tap, hip hop and drama programme for six-month to six year-old olds, so we created a syllabus to cover all four genres.’
Since then the business has grown fast on a franchise model, with Emily herself owning W4’s Petite Performers. ‘We opened last year with a core group of dance classes (drama starts in September) at the Christian Centre off Devonshire Road and the Mission Hall close to Chiswick Park station.
‘Everyone on the team has professional teaching and/or Performing Arts qualifications, we use props and games and the music and songs have been written or re-recorded just for us. Around half the children take more than one class each week and parents join in with those for up to three year-olds – it’s a nice way for them to meet new people too!
‘We believe that all children can learn about dance and drama through play and, in turn, discover skills such as counting, singing, skipping and jumping. It’s lovely for us when they leave a class with smiles on their faces and a sense of achievement.’
- You & Me Ballet (walking-3yrs )
- Baby Ballet, Tiny Tap, Didi Drama & Singing, Mini Hip Hop, Baby Ballet & Hip Hop Combo (all 3-4yrs)
- Pre-Primary Ballet, Pre-Primary Hip Hop, Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap Combo (all Rec/Yr1)
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