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Dartford babyballet teacher set to win outstanding leadership award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 September 2018

Jacosta has been shortlisted for the What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards. Picture: Babyballet

Jacosta has been shortlisted for the What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards. Picture: Babyballet

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A Dartford babyballet dance teacher is twirling towards the final of a national competition for her outstanding leadership.

Jocasta Robinson has been teaching at the babyballet school for eight years. Picture: BabyballetJocasta Robinson has been teaching at the babyballet school for eight years. Picture: Babyballet

Jocasta Robinson has been teaching at the babyballet school, which covers the Dartford, Bexley and Bromley areas, for eight years.

She has been shortlisted for the What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards in the Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the under fives south east category.

Jocasta, 30, has been dancing for 27 years, having trained professionally at the Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.

In 2010 she joined babyballet, where she teaches 12 sessions a week at its range of premises to more than 150 youngsters aged six months to six years old.

Jacosta has been shortlisted for the What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards. Picture: BabyballetJacosta has been shortlisted for the What’s On 4 Little Ones 2018 Awards. Picture: Babyballet

The school has over 1,000 pre-schoolers who attend 81 classes each week.

Jocasta said: “I was so shocked when I found out I had been shortlisted.

“I feel incredibly overwhelmed to be in the final for such a prestigious competition. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me, I can’t wait for the final.”

Jocasta’s manager and older sister Jessie Lilley said: “We are so proud of Jocasta.

“She’s dedicated the past eight years to making each and every babyballet star feel so special. It’s been incredible to see her help the children develop their confidence and dance skills and also to see her grow as a teacher.”

Headquartered in Yorkshire but with over 100 franchises in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, babyballet has been nominated for five industry awards in the ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones’ 2018 final.

This is the twelfth year of the awards, which are the UK’s leading and longest-established for the sector.

It has seen 70,000 customer votes cast in total.

Founder of babyballet, Claire O’Connor, added: “I am so happy for babyballet to be recognised in so many categories.

“It’s even better to see individuals like Jocasta highlighted for their brilliant work across our franchises.

“These nominations are a testament to people like Jocasta for their commitment to the children they teach and the passion they have for what they do.”

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