Club Hub was delighted to announce 15 award winners for 2020 at an online event on Saturday 16 May. Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Winners were selected from six finalists in each category, who had been shortlisted from a total of 1019 applications, representing 388 kid’s activity businesses. The standard of finalists was extremely high and represented a diverse range of kid’s activities, clubs and related businesses.
The awards were independently judged by a panel of expert judges, most of whom are children’s activity professionals or specialists in their field. They selected the winners based on their commitment to excellence, innovation and growth of their business through their business performance, achievements, brand values and passion for what they do.
“I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of my amazing Head Office team and wonderful Principals,” says Denise. “This has certainly been a challenging few months but I’m so proud how we have all worked together to continue to provide the Razzamataz experience to our customers via our Online Platform.”
The judges were looking to honour someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award who had worked in the kid’s activity industry for more than ten years and who has made a significant impact on hundreds of children’s lives. Razzamataz has provided children with unique experiences for more than twenty years and has seen former students go on to progress to exceptional careers.
Actress and performer Danielle Fiamanyawho is currently starring in &Juliet in the West End says: “Razzamataz was the first theatre school I stepped into and I just wouldn’t be here without Denise and my scholarships at the school. Completely indebted to you.”
Echoing this is Ellis Fultonwho now lives in Sydney, Australia, working as a health and safety manager on a construction site in Bondi. “Razzamataz was a place to have fun, sing, dance and push yourself to the limit. It taught me a lot about myself and I am very grateful I was part of it.”
The event and award ceremony should have been held in Birmingham on 16 May, but has been postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is designed to help kid’s activity providers to grow their business through insight and tips on social media, brand awareness, marketing, franchising, sales, customer service and everything involved in running a kid’s club. It’s a full-day event, including networking opportunities with hundreds of people from the sector from all over the UK.
“It’s such a tough time for all businesses at the moment, especially the kid’s activity providers sector,” says Tessa Robinson, Founder and Director of Club Hub UK. “I really wanted to help them and give them a little boost with this online event to announce the winners and enjoy their achievements on the day that we should have been together in Birmingham. Everyone was so supportive of each other, it felt like we were actually all in the same room.”
Razzamataz continues to support talented youngsters with thousands of pounds worth of training
Despite the closure of schools across the UK, Razzamataz wanted to continue offering incredible opportunities to young people with a passion for the performing arts. During the last twenty years, Razzamataz has offered in excess of one million pounds in scholarships and grants to help children participate in the theatre arts.
Even during this lockdown period, Razzamataz are digging deep to give children with the drive and determination to make it in the world of performing arts, a chance to achieve their dreams by attending professional performing arts training.
The Stage scholarships
Razzamataz Theatre Schools across the UK have joined forces with The Stage newspaper to offer scholarships to children and young people to attend their local Razzamataz free of charge for one year, worth up to £855. The scholarship audition process has been taken completely online to adhere to social distancing measures. The deadline for entries is 19th June 2020, so there is still time to get involved.
“We were the first part-time theatre school to work with The Stage newspaper to offer these scholarships and we have seen the amazing results across the UK,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “Now, more than ever, we want to continue to be there for our families and young people in our communities and give them something to look forward to. The pandemic has taken away such a lot for children and teenagers so we were determined to keep this exciting partnership for them.”
To ensure as many youngsters as possible can enter The Stage scholarships, Razzamataz has created a system that is easily accessible to all. The competition is open to current and non Razzamataz students aged 6-18. Videos do not need to be professionally filmed and can be emailed, sent via dropbox, WhatsApp, email or uploaded via wetransfer.com to the child’s local Principal. They will simply need to create a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing why they would like to take this opportunity.
When schools closed, Razzamataz laid out a very thorough plan to keep offering performing arts training online. Not only have the schools been able to continue to support families with regular classes, there have also been a host of special guest workshops and interviews. Over the last few weeks, Razzamataz students have been able to participate in interviews with West End stars Kerry Ellis (Wicked) and Jennifer Tierney (Come From Away) as well as join in commercial classes with Lizzie Gough (Strictly Come Dancing). There have also been special interviews on social media so students can learn more about the industry with Felicity French (casting agent with Cameron Mackintosh) and actress Danielle Fiamanya (&Juliet).
Meet our students
Many former Razzamataz students have gone on to work professionally in West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a major film franchise. Past winners include Jess from the Seniors group at Razzamataz Medway who secured her scholarship on her seventh attempt. “I started when I was eight because I loved to dance and I also wanted to make friends,” says Jess. “But I was so anxious and nervous that I almost quit. Throughout my time at Razzamataz, I’ve been extremely lucky playing some amazing roles. I think my biggest achievement was performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre and I remember the buzz I felt the whole day. I was amazed that I actually won the scholarship, it didn’t feel real because I had tried so hard each year but I’ve now learned that you shouldn’t give up because every year I came back stronger.”
Jess’s story echoes what many past scholarship winners say as Denise explains: “Many of our past scholarship winners have told us that winning gave them a boost of confidence and the belief that they could achieve if they set their mind to it. Offering children these life opportunities are part of the Razzamataz ethos and makes us all proud to be part of the network. Even during these very challenging times, we wanted to send out a very clear message to our students and their families that we are there for them, supporting and encouraging them to never give up on their dreams.”
Students shine their light in support of NHS and community
We may be living in strange times but that hasn’t stopped a franchise theatre school network of students, families and staff from reaching out and doing some wonderful things to help their communities and the heroes in the NHS and keyworker roles.
There are almost 50 Razzamataz Theatre Schools across the UK and Ireland and each school plays an important part in their communities, with the children using their performing arts skills to bring cheer and help their neighbours through the lockdown.
“We are so proud of our whole Razzamataz community and how the children have responded to the situation they find themselves in,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “As a network, we have always worked hard to raise money for local charities and the children are used to using their talents to do this but it has been absolutely heart-warming to see how they have used their own initiative to bring smiles to people’s faces.”
Hear from our students
Millie, an Inters student from Razzamataz York wrote a song which was performed by York District Hospital’s Maternity Unity. Millie wrote a Fighting Covid-19 song, which was performed by midwife mum Nicky Wasawo and her amazing co-workers. Not only are they fighting hard, saving lives and delivering babies, but they also made time to create a wonderful uplifting video.Click here to watch
Over the Easter break, many of the students, their families and Principals and staff, did their bit to spread some cheer. Students Mia and Harry from Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield spent their time in lockdown making little Easter gifts for their local Care Home, Principal Jessica from Razzamataz Brentwood and Hornchurch arranged for Easter Eggs to be sent to the local doctor’s surgery from the whole team to say thank you and cheering up the community, Razzamataz Durham student Logan and family produced a fun Easter egg trail for the children in their village.
Using their performing arts skills, Grace from Razzamataz Medway Seniors has been singing for the elderly outside so they can watch from their balcony, Luke from the Inters class at Maidstone has been singing for his neighbours on his driveway Click here to watch and Razzamataz Maidstone students and team also put together a song, You Will Be Found, to thank our NHS and keyworkers and to bring the Razz Family together. Click here to watch
To recognise all the lovely things that the students are doing, Razzamataz Medway has established a Razz Acts of Kindness Week, where students can win a prize for their amazing efforts. Cerys from Inters has been volunteering at Rochester Hygiene Bank and Gracie from Minis has shown tremendous empathy by baking scones and chocolate cakes to give to her 89 year old neighbour who recently lost his wife.
Also going above and beyond are students at Razzamataz Tonbridge. Senior student, Lola Bromley, has been posting Razz Rainbows through all the front doors in her road and has taken it upon herself to deliver a weekly basket of vegetables from her family’s allotment to local vulnerable elderly residents. Junior student Callum Coleman, has also been posting Razz Rainbows through every single door in his area and has also started a dog walking rota for his elderly neighbours.
Our Principal keyworkers and supporters
Principals are also doing their bit to help in their communities. Four Principals have taken on keyworker roles, Michael French, Principal Razzamataz Barnet,
Georgia Davies Principal Razzamataz Bristol North, Caroline Kavanagh, Principal Razzamataz Horsham and Michaela Crumpton, Principal Bristol South.
Marc Kelly, Principal of Razzamataz Hackney will be taking on a challenge to raise money for the NHS and our own charity Future Fund. Marc started his Razzamataz journey as a teacher in the Carlisle school before having his own school in Hackney so he will be travelling the distance of 467km over twenty days with the help of his mum and dad. Marc will be running, dad will be cycling and mum will be walking with the aim of doing a combined 22.5km per day.
To celebrate our community of keyworkers, every week students are asked to Nominate a Hero via the Razzamataz social media channels. There will be different gifts every week, from a champagne high tea, massage, pedicure, spa day and beer keg. It’s our small way of saying a heartfelt thank you for everything they are doing.
“Like every business, we wanted to show our gratitude to our keyworkers and NHS staff and this is just one small way in which we can do our bit,” adds Denise. “The resilience that our children and teams have shown in this difficult time has been incredible and we could not be prouder of them all.”
Hear from our families
With more than twenty years’ experience in the theatre school industry, Razzamataz were quick to respond to school closures and have rolled out Razzamataz Online classes to offer continuity in training for students and a lifeline for families.
“I don’t think any of us realised just how isolated we had become and how much we truly missed our Saturday sessions until we were able to join in today,” one of the many parent testimonials.
Make a difference in your community
For people looking to open up their own theatre school or just find out more about the franchise industry in general, Razzamataz is running a series of online Discovery Dens where you can meet the team and some of the franchisees and find out about the benefits of running a flexible business, which provides so much happiness to so many people in your community.
“It was so wonderful to see you guys interacting with the students and bringing joy into our homes!”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for the online class this morning. Maddison was so excited and absolutely loved it.
Maddie has walked away from the class with a huge smile on her face which is something I havent seen much off since Razz having to stop due to lockdown. She misses Razz so much so I’m am grateful to you guys yet again for giving up your time and setting up the online classes!”
“Razz online meant that my daughter was able to interact with her teachers she knows and loves. She was so motivated knowing that they were watching her movement and the fact she was able to ask questions about specific moves was really beneficial. The high Razz standard was maintained throughout.”
“Honor really enjoyed this morning and seems to finally be getting into to the Swing of zoom.”
“Just wanted to thank you for another great Razz session. She is now buzzing, the Razz magic is back. Thank you to you both and the rest of the Razz team for setting this up, a little Ray of light in the current climate of uncertainty. We are looking forward to next weeks session.”
“Well done on what you have been doing up until now. The online classes are brilliant and the children are very lucky to have you guys as teachers. They really are a highlight of the week.”
“Just a note to say thank you for what you’re doing. Gracie is busing off today’s lesson and it gives her a focus in an otherwise difficult time for young ones. Trying to make sense of what’s going on and dealing with the emotion of it. Just wanted to say thank you for going the extra mile!”
“You are both doing a fantastic job, adapting to this new way of teaching and still motivating, engaging and inspiring the children. Thank you very much for enabling Razz lessons to continue, Well done”
“Just wanted to say thanks for the online session today, Rose loved it and came away bouncing around, showing us everything she had done. Thank you – see you next Tuesday.”
“I really loved the first online session of Razz. It was so nice to see everyone and to enjoy Razz like a normal Tuesday. Thank you Razz for making it possible.”
“Thanks ever so much. The girls loved it. See you next week.”
“Thank you so much for all these videos – Isabella is really enjoying watching them!!”
“Hi Guys, thanks V much for George’s drama session this morning, he loved it. Please can I sign him up for a regular Wednesday session. Let me know how many weeks, thanks.”
“Thanks for today’s sessions with Dakota she really enjoyed them, in fact she is buzzing! Can I book her in for the same sessions for next week and the week after please.”
“Thank you. I can’t express the gratitude I have for you at Razz for being so ‘on it’ at this time. As a single mom in a 1 bed flat you’ve been an absolute life saver for Isiah’s and mine mental health. X”
“Thank you so much for arranging these virtual lessons Rosalie loved it today (couldn’t have come at a better time with the rain!) and as soon as it finished said I miss Gemma! Can’t wait until next week. Really great to keep them engaged so all your hard work is much appreciated.”
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for this morning. Lily-Mae has been a bit confused with this whole situation, this morning she is full of beans and had a great time during the session. It was nice to get s sneak into how she is during sessions.”
“Well done on the online classes – Lana did really enjoy it. Do you have space in the next 2 classes? If you do she would love to continue.”
“Just wanted to say how much Dylan and Georgia enjoyed today’s online session! I think you worked really hard to keep them engaged and it worked! We will definitely be signing up again for next week!”
“Thank you both so much! Aiden really enjoyed his first online session and had a great time”
“Thank you, the girls really enjoyed it. Great to be back at Razz!!”
“Thank you that was amazing! Honestly was so good to be back and see everyone. Loved the classes too. Loved it.”
“I want to say a big thank you to you both for the online lessons this week. Cam thoroughly enjoyed both the private drama lesson and yesterday’s group lessons. The private drama pushed him out of his comfort zone a little but he loved it and immediately asked me if he could do another session. Cam was absolutely buzzing after the group lessons yesterday. He particularly enjoyed the dance session so please pass that along to your dance teacher as it’s not easy to get Cam interested in dancing.”
“Saoirse LOVED this today!”
“Lily-Mae loved it. She has been really happy today. Thank you.”
“Glad to say the boys were all smiles after and they really enjoyed it. It felt just a little bit of normality back…thanks razz! It has really helped with these crazy lock down times…”
“Charlie loved it! Even if a bit shy at first.”
“Damian loved it, “see you tomorrow?” from Damian. Well done and thank you today. It has been amazing!”
“We all really enjoyed yesterday’s session! X”
“My two loved it. Thanks so much- was lovely to hear the singing too.”
“Having a cup of tea listening from my kitchen. it’s just wonderful…”
“Belle loved it – thank you for doing this 💕 you guys work so hard for our children it’s much appreciated xx”
“Megs was absolutely buzzing after her session. Thanks everyone.”
“Eleanor absolutely loved it! Would love to book the next sessions too”
“Sham and Sarah had a great time, dancing and singing with their friends from Razz. More importantly, they felt connected to the outside world with this brilliant idea of the virtual class.”
“Luna hasn’t stopped talking about the tots class. She loved it.”
“Thank you so much Lottie was so happy to be back. And she thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“Thanks for today’s class. Louise really enjoyed it and was very happy to see some familiar faces. You are a superhero for going through so many classes in a single day! It was great to see Louise in her Razz outfit (she is still wearing it!) it almost feels like a “normal” Saturday for us.”
“Thanks Andrea, Bells really enjoyed it and would like to carry on next week”
“Thank you Andrea and Jen, it was lovely to have Razz in our lounge today. I couldn’t resist joining in the singing in the kitchen!!!”
“Thank you for today, Thea seemed to be on a real high after she finished the class and it was lovely to see. Hence her motivation to do the video for you afterwards.”
“Dear Razz Family, In these uncertain times, you can always rely on one constant, ‘Razz’, and the joy it brings to our children. I did wonder how on earth Razz would be able to work online, but where there is a will there is a way and our amazing Razz teachers have gone above and beyond to bring ‘home’ the razz experience. Zoom has fast become a normal way of life for us now and our children are experts in using it, to be able to connect with their Razz friends whilst dancing singing and acting away under the brilliant guidance of our Razz teachers has been seemless and it feels like the real thing. Thank you Razz, our children cant wait to get back to normal but in the meantime thank you x Love from Hayley Mitchell Mum to two Razz Seniors”
“Whilst being in lockdown I have been missing my razz family. So when I heard that razz was doing an online session I just had to do it. After ironing out a few technical issues the session ran really well and it was great opportunity to enjoy razz with my friends, in the comfort of my own home. The session ran smoothly and everyone enjoyed the online community it created. It was a truly great way of going to razz without disobeying the rules of lockdown. Also, it has given me something to look forward to at the weekends and I’m excited to do it again.”
Join our classes
Taught by highly experienced and inspiring teachers, the sessions offer enhanced learning in small class sizes to allow for interaction and a personalised approach. There is a pay as you go option with no monthly commitments or direct debits.
Having a baby and toddler is a blessing but it of course comes with its challenges. Through this pandemic, the difficulties have manifested for everyone so it’s no wonder parents are stressed and anxious.
It is common to feel overwhelmed trying to care for a baby and a toddler and what gets most people through, is being part of a community of other new parents so you can discuss sleeping, feeding and any worries as well as laugh at all the shared funny experiences that you have.
The impact that Covid-19 will have on mental health is still to be discussed but what is known is that there is a lack of support through interaction with others. This combined with parents having to juggle work and other commitments, it truly is a difficult time for many.
The Dragons’ Den backed franchise Razzamataz Theatre Schools launched its Early Years classes as a result of the demand for more activities for younger children and their parents to do together. Classes start at just six months and are aligned to early years social and emotional development. This means that during the classes, the children get involved in sensory play, creative learning and interactive experiences, which will help to support their individual milestones. But as well as the benefits to the child, the classes have provided a sanctuary for parents to meet up to share experiences and create memories.
Virtual meet ups
With the closure of schools, nurseries and play centres, Razzamataz made the decision to take their classes online, to provide the social interaction that has been missing. In order to do this, the classes have been kept to limited numbers to allow teachers to give one to one time and a respite for busy parents.
“In much the same way in which you would go to a class with your baby and young child, these classes have been structured so the teacher can engage with each student so the parent can be confident that we will keep the child’s attention,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “The aim of the class is to give parents a respite and a chance to have quality time with their child. We won’t be asking them to buy in lots of additional toys or equipement, everything that we use in the class are just common household items because we understand that parents don’t have the time to be prepping for each class.”
As well as enjoying the activities where the children are brought into an exciting adventure in performing arts, there will be time at the end of the session for parents to interact and feel less alone. To keep families going through the week, the teacher will set little activities that they can work on and show in class, giving the children a strong focus and provide some structure, which is very much missing at the moment for many people.
Hear from our parents
Parent at Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield: “Thank you and can’t express the gratitude I have for you and Razzamataz and being so ‘on it’ at this time. As a single mum in a one-bedroom flat you’ve been an absolute life saver of my son and mine’s mental health.”
Parent at Razzamataz Tyrone “We really miss our Tiny Tots classes with Tara, I am looking forward to breaking up the week, having some fun and being a part of a group again. Sharing our experiences with each other now being at home with young children will be a nice change during these strange times.”
Razzamataz Tots parent in Omagh, Northern Ireland: “As a teacher, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend classes with my daughter as she normally goes with her granny. I am looking forward to experiencing the class with her myself now with the new online classes, she can’t wait to see Tara and Razz Ted again.”
See you on socials
As well as the regular classes, there will be some special additional opportunities including fitness classes that parents can join in with too. Many of the schools are also going live on Facebook with fun activities such as quizzes, drama games and bedtime reading.
How it works
The online classes will replicate a real class as much as possible, with dedicated time throughout so children and their parents can ask questions to teachers, connect with their classmates and become confident performers on screen. For parents, there is a pay as you go option, with no monthly commitment or direct debit so families can dip in and out depending on their circumstances. The classes are open to existing and new students.
To find out more about our network email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at https://www.razzamataz.co.uk/franchise-opps/introduction/
Join us for a free Discovery Den webinar to understand franchising
Join us for a free Discovery Den webinar to understand franchising
Across the world, people have had to dramatically change the way they live and work. Health worries aside, the impact of Covid-19 looks set to be far reaching and will impact the way people earn money to support themselves and their families.
One of the more positive consequences looks likely to be the rise in homeworking and small businesses. With many people facing redundancies, Razzamataz Theatre Schools wanted to reach out to share their twenty years of experience and what it means to be part of a franchise.
On Wednesday 15th April at 7:30pm, Razzamataz is running a free webinar for anyone who wants to know more about franchising and to discuss their opportunities for the future. You might have been looking at franchises for a number of years or be completely new to the sector, the idea of the session is to provide information, support and an opportunity for those with a passion for performing arts.
Hope for the future
To further support during this difficult time, Razzamataz is working on a wide range of offers and discounts to allow more people to join the network and start to build a new future. The company is reaching out to exceptional candidates to get in touch to discuss ways in which to help.
“This is a very scary time for a lot of people and although now may not be the right time to make big financial decisions, this is an opportunity to do as much research as possible into the options out there for the future,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “We would love to share our knowledge about what it means to be part of a franchise, who franchising can work for and why it is not necessary to have any experience to be successful.”
Razzamataz usually holds the Discovery Den sessions in one of the flagship schools across the UK. It’s an opportunity to meet the Head Office team, other franchisees and ask questions not only about being a Razzamataz Principal, but also general questions about being a theatre school owner and all the ins and outs of franchising.
The virtual Discovery Den will take a similar format but with the added opportunity of a Q&A session with a Razzamataz franchisee plus Denise, who will share her experience of being a business owner for the last twenty years. If you’ve watched BBC’s Dragons’ Den and always wondered what it would be like to be a contestant, Denise will give you the inside scoop and offer practical advice for any would-be entrepreneurs.
“We want to do all we can to give back to our wonderful NHS and communities and we are working on some really exciting ideas that are students can get involved with,” adds Denise. “Plus we are also happy to share any business, PR and marketing tips with anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation. As a network, I’m so proud that we’ve been able to pull through this crises together. We have 100% of our franchisees who have committed to taking the performing arts classes online, after we have provided them with an intense amount of training and support. It is not an easy time for anyone in business at the moment, so we want to do all we can to support not only our network, but to also reach out to anyone who is feeling lost in their careers, especially those in the performing arts who have really been hit hard.”
Razzamataz Online launches after the Easter break. Head Office has invested in a completely new operations manual, training, design package and support for all franchisees so they are fully prepared to offer the exceptional performing arts training that students expect. There’s lots of live events on social media for children to get involved with and the Head Office team are all on hand to answer any questions.
What to expect
Meet the Head Office team.
Meet other franchisees.
Speak to our Founder Denise.
Learn more about franchising.
Find out about being a theatre school owner.
Get the inside scoop on Dragons’ Den.
Tips for would-be entrepreneurs.
Find out about new opportunities.
Huge savings and discounts available for the right candidates.
Hear from one of our Principals
“The webinars and accompanying paper work is really impressive and shows how much hard work you guys have done over the lockdown period,” says Angela Pickup, Principal of Razzamataz York.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools offers online platform to support students
The closure of schools across the UK is having a huge impact on families. The disruption to daily life is simply unprecedented and the cost in terms of both physical and mental health and wellbeing is unknown.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been working with children for the last twenty years and understands that performing arts can be crucial in helping young people to make sense of the world, especially important in today’s challenging climate.
With the onslaught of COVID-19, Razzamataz made the difficult decision to close all schools but not close classes or opportunities for their thousands of students. “This is a very confusing time for children and exceptionally challenging for families trying to maintain some sort of structure,” explains Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “We get hundreds of testimonials from students and their families to say that Razzamataz is the highlight of their week so we have thought long and hard about how we can keep our families and their communities safe and still deliver the service to children that they love.”
From after the Easter holiday, Razzamataz will be going online, until the Government gives the go-ahead to allow schools back. As well as the regular classes, there will be some special additional opportunities including fitness classes that parents can join in with too.
“As well as all of our existing classes, we will be supporting our friends in the performing arts industry by hosting several masterclasses with professional performers,” adds Denise. “We often have masterclasses in our schools and now it is even more important to reach out to provide opportunities for all the professional performers who are finding themselves in very difficult positions with so many shows being put on hold. We know our students find these workshops really inspiring and it’s wonderful way to bring the best of the West End musical theatre and commercial genres to our students.”
The first guest workshop was with Brian Costello from Headstrong who is a coach and motivational speaker. Brian has already worked with our students, Principals and staff across the network and he went LIVE on Facebook @RTSLtd to talk to our community about how to cope with isolation.
With many years of experience, Razzamataz is going to be utilising all of their contacts in the industry to maintain the standards for students across schools. “We need to reach out to our families and young people to protect their emotional and physical wellbeing,” adds Denise. “We believe that taking our classes online will give children some stability and allow them to continue to enjoy their performing arts. By participating in our online classes, they can maintain their close connections with their Razzamataz family, be physically active and be challenged mentally too.”
How will it work?
The classes will take place via Zoom and be kept very small so they can be as interactive as possible. There will be a small charge of just a few pounds a class to cover expenses. There will also be lots of free content, such as the coping with isolation session, offered to the wider community.
All current students within the Razzamataz network will have access to the huge resource of online content. This will also extend to the wider community because at 11am every day, Razzamataz will host a live event that all children can attend and perhaps try performing arts for the first time.
“We want to do our bit to help families get their children moving and inject a bit of happiness into everyone’s lives,” adds Denise. “It’s a horrible and scary time for everyone but we hope that we can bring a little joy, structure and fitness challenges in these difficult times. We want to get everyone moving, singing and just bring a little light relief and reach out to as many people as possible.”
What to expect
– Each student gets noticed in a virtual classroom – very small virtual class sizes (no more than 12 for 2 – 5yrs and no more than 15 for 6-18yrs) – Inspiring and highly experienced teachers – Enhanced learning – teachers have time to individualise and tailor their feedback, ensuring that each student understands, can get the help they need and can reach his or her potential in the virtual lesson. – Dedicated Q&A time throughout to ensure assessment of learning, individuals can connect closely with their teacher & peers and become confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives – Share the Razz Online community – invite your friends who may not be a Razzamataz student to get involved – For parents / guardians ‘pay as you go’ with no monthly commitment or direct debits – Opportunity for 1:1 tutorials in singing, dance and drama
Hear from our Principals
As a network, we have been fully supporting our Principals throughout this difficult period. We thank them for their feedback and will continue to do all we can to maintain our wonderful network. We are currently creating a webinar for all of our Principals to attend to learn more about our online lessons and strategy for Term 3 and we will continue to support all of our schools to educate our students and provide parents with a much-needed service.
“Thank you Head Office. We are so grateful for everything you are doing,” Helen Bell, Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield.
“Thank you Head Office for the support and to all of the other franchisees for their support. Looking forward to the webinar,” Amanda Campbell, Principal Razzamataz Glasgow North and Paisley.
“Thanks to all at Head Office for working so hard and fast for solutions, you guys are amazing,” Amy Latchman, Principal Razzamataz Rickmansworth.
“Can I just say THANK YOU! I appreciate everything you, Charlotte and all at Head Office are doing to support us,” Kayleigh Redford, Principal Razzamataz Newcastle.
To find out more and get involved in our live events, follow us on social media. #Razzamatazonline #KeepRazzing
Benefits of performing arts in early years
Benefits of performing arts in early years
The place of performing arts in early childhood has been firmly established. Participation creates an enjoyable activity as well as developmental achievements. But most importantly, at the Razzamataz Early Years classes, the focus is on inspiring imaginations to lead to an exciting world of possibilities.
Six key benefits of performing arts
Accelerate brain development
In the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, research has shown that music appears to accelerate brain development in young children.
Dance and movement both release the feel-good hormones, endorphins, which reduce stress and make us feel happier.
There have been numerous studies to show that music and dance lessons may reduce the risk of depression and increase self-esteem.
Develops the creative side of the brain
Drama in particular enhances both the communication and intelligence levels in students. Improvisation even in the very young, encourages self-expression and imagination.
A study has found that music in maths lessons can dramatically improve children’s ability in the subject. Using the basics of rhythm to teach fractions proved to be hugely successful resulting in significantly higher scores in maths tests compared to those who were taught in the traditional method.
Through performing arts, children are learning to take care of their bodies, respect friendships and set goals for themselves. In one study, 95% of teacher said that, as a result of dancing together, students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate improved.
Razzamataz Early Years classes are divided into different age groups with activities that best inspire children at different stages of their lives. For the youngest children is Razz Tiny Tots, which is a class especially designed for babies (to they start walking) and their parent/carers. The other classes are Razz Tots for children walking to age three and Razz Minis for those age four to six.
Hear from our parents and grandparents
“Emma enjoys the room lighting, cuddly toys and the activities that are included in each session. Classes are divided into two blocks of learning time and play time that helps little ones to concentrate for a long as they can manage at their age, followed by fun play time with really nice toys,” Parent Kinga from Razzamataz Dumfries.
“It’s lovely to see how much Sophia has grown and developed in such a short space of time and to see how she interacts with the other children. There is a new theme in each block and it doesn’t take long for Sophia to remember the songs and actions that go with them, which she then likes to replicate at home,” Grandparent Sam from Razzamataz Dumfries.
A new challenge
This new hobby can inspire both child and parent to try something new as is the case at Razzamataz Early Years Tyrone & Fermanagh in Northern Ireland where they are learning Makaton sign language as Principal Tara McGuone explains: “We sometimes learn Makaton signs to help sing our favourite songs. It helps babies develop important communication and language skills and it’s also great for the grownups to have something fun to continue to do at home. Something they both learnt together.” Both student and parent have really enjoyed this activity as parent Nicola Loughran explains: “My wee Annabelle is now obsessed singing Old McDonald and doing the Makaton with her hands. It’s super cute.”
Could you be an Early Years Principal?
Razzamataz Early Years is part of the Dragons’Den backed franchise, which celebrates 20 years of business. The franchise is ideal for those who don’t want to take on the commitment of opening a full theatre school. Perhaps you are a parent wanting to work flexibly around your children or you could be someone who works part-time but is looking to work for yourself, the Razzamataz Early Years Franchise could be just the thing you are looking for.