Music and drama class starts in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:10 30 October 2011

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AN innovative music-based learning programme for babies and toddlers has arrived in WGC, as the first franchise of its kind.

Tiny Mites, a music, movement and drama class for pre-school children, has opened a new branch of its business at Ludwick Family Centre in Hall Grove.

The company prides itself on its unique approach to child’s play and formative learning.

Created and founded in Radlett by Vanessa Heywood in 2002, sessions feature original songs and characters called the Tiny Mites, who respond to the various emotional, physical and intellectual stages of childhood.

Now mum-of-two Maxine Percy has become the first person to take on a Tiny Mites franchise, and is holding morning sessions every Wednesday at the Ludwick Family Centre.

Maxine – who for 15 years ran her own dance company, Dance Design, also at the centre – first came across Tiny Mites when her own children Elise and Jack were toddlers.

She had taken them to other early years music groups but found most of them to be “a hideous experience”.

“I was fed up singing Wheels on the Bus,” said Maxine, 40.

“So I went to Tiny Mites and I just loved it.

“It’s fresh and innovative, and it’s fun for the parent, which is really important.

“It was good fun from my perspective; it was something fun to do with my children.”

Today, there are Tiny Mites sessions held in more than 85 venues across Hertfordshire and Essex, but Maxine’s franchise has potentially ushered in an all new era for the company.

“Vanessa wants to take it nationwide,” said Maxine, a professional dancer who has worked on theatre productions with the likes of Andy Serkis, Elaine Paige and Richard Harris.

“She wants to make it big, and I want to help her do that.”

Maxine holds Tiny Mites sessions at 10am every Wednesday during term time for children aged six months to six years.

The first session is free and £4.50 thereafter. Siblings can join in for an additional £3.

Call Maxine on 07966 373277.


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