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THE UK’s leading pre-school dance academy, babyballet is now in Lincoln!

And it’s all thanks to 29-year-old Emma Bartlett, who is no stranger to the stage.

Emma is a former professional singer and dancer who has performed all over the country, and until recently lived in Suffolk.

Award-winning babyballet was set up by mum-of-four Claire O’Connor of Yorkshire in 2005. She spotted a gap in the market for non-competitive dance classes that not only accepted the best, and the business has gone from strength to strength, and two years ago went international.  The programme is now available in Australia and New Zealand, and Claire and her husband, Chris, and their children are now on a world tour introducing babyballet to other countries.


Emma has taken on the franchise for Lincoln North which takes in many of the surrounding villages and opened her doors on September 10.


Emma attended the Joanne Haylock school of dance in Lincoln as a youngster and passed her exams in tap, modern and ballet. She moved to Essex and completed her professional training at Performers College, Essex, graduating with Trinity Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Alongside this Miss Emma achieved her teaching qualifications.

Miss Emma has achieved Gold Medal in both Acting, Verse and Prose through London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) along with undertaking many singing exams with The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)


She moved to Suffolk when her husband, Chris, got work there, and came across babyballet thanks to their three-year-old daughter, Alicia. Alicia has attended babyballet classes in Suffolk since she was nine-months-old, and Emma used to teach at the Suffolk academy, babyballet Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds & Ipswich West as well as having her own dance school for school aged children.


“Alicia fell in love with babyballet straight away as did I, and in the last few years I have sat back and watched how it has helped her not just with her co-ordination and movement, but with her confidence and social skills. It’s a great way for parents to interact too. I’ve experienced it as a parent and a teacher and know how well it works, which is why I decided to join the babyballet family,” says Emma.


Her new classes are for boys and girls from six months to six years and Emma has an introductory offer of £15 for a three-week class trial. The first classes are being held at United Reformed Church, Ermine, Welton Village Hall & St Swithin’s Community centre.  Emma hopes to expand her business over the next few years and employ more teachers.


“I’ve really missed Lincoln, all my family and friends are here, and I’m so thrilled to be home and opening a new business,” she says.  Anyone who would like more details can contact her on 07833402171 or or visit

Lincoln Mums card holders can benefit from booking a 3 class trial for just £10 – show or mention your card when booking!

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