Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Tezna.
Hi Tiffany, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up dancing for most of my young life and as I got older like most of us, I attended college and moved into working in the corporate world, I found many things within that environment that I was good at but nothing I truly loved. After previously living in Florida in 2016, I knew that as soon as the opportunity allowed, I would return with my family to build our lives here in the Orlando area. While back in the northeast, My daughter had been taking classes at a local Bella Ballerina from age 18 months and after a few classes, I was hooked and she was in love and a little more than a year later as life would have it the opportunity came up and with the support and encouragement of my whole family for me to own and open my very own Bella Ballerina in the Orlando area with plans to open three more. I am so humbled and excited to be here and getting to help grow and foster an early love of dance through a whimsical story-based early dance education program that really allows little ones to spread their ballerina dreams and fly.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Any journey is not without its bumps and bruises but being a momtrepreneur with two young children has to date been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I can’t wait to show and continue to show my children that with hard work and determination, you can reach for the stars and land on your dreams.
As you know, we’re big fans of Bella Ballerina. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Bella Ballerina is a small franchise Boutique Dance Studio for children ages 18months- 10 years with 7 locations throughout the US. We are the 8th location and the first in Florida. We focus on early dance education in an enchanting environment the parents will never forget and the little ones love. Tiny toes are our passion! Bella Ballerina classes offer a fun and educational experience like no other. Dancers learn through storybook themes, allowing our ballerinas the freedom to explore dance through imagination, movement and fun! From our littlest ballerinas to our big kids, each class is age-appropriate, light and fun. We know your child will be awestruck when they step into our space…it’s a child’s dream come true!
It’s in the imagination of every twirling little dancer that they are a prima ballerina, doing their best work without ever having been taught a step! That imagination is where we start growing not only a dance education but a true love of dance through indulging all that is frilly, fun and beautiful all the while building confident strong young dancers in their toddler and early childhood years. Bella Ballerina’s recreational dance program offers students and parents a way to explore the world of dance without the pressure and stress of a traditional setting. We’ll guide you every step of the way through an enjoyable experience in seeing your child grow in what may be their first extracurricular activity! You can take part in every moment as you watch the class and be right there to share in all the wonderful moments and accomplishments as they are learning.
Our offerings are as follows:
Bella Boppers – 18 months-2.5 years: They’re bopping and hopping everywhere and we need to get them movin’ and shakin’ with music and fun! Our boppers begin to learn about dance while developing fine and gross motor skills, as well as a cultivation of rhythmic awareness through jazz and tap. We’ll stretch their imagination as well as their toes by bringing stories to life with ballet movement and dress up play. Moms, dads, and nannies are welcome to participate as these little ones can sometimes go astray! Classes scheduled for this age group include ballet, jazz & tap!
Bella Bunnies – 2.5 years-4 years: They’re hopping and dancing at home and now’s the time to get them twirling in the studio by learning the basics of ballet, jazz & tap! Our bunnies are ready to hop into their tutus as they learn the basics of classic ballet movements in a way that is tailored to a toddler. We’ll also focus on fine motor skills as well as developing their rhythmic awareness through jazz and tap. We’ll stretch their imagination as well as their toes by bringing stores to life with ballet movement and dress up play. This is a great first solo class for kids without the help of their parents with the comfort of mom or dad watching the entire time in our open-concept studio – hugs during class happen often! Kids will be anxious to return as a bit of structure, manners, and fun will be rewarded handsomely!
Bella Butterflies – 4 years-6 years: Our babies are growing up and transforming into beautiful butterflies. The class will focus on preparing our cutest ballet babies for taking flight into big girl classes through teaching classic ballet with a twist….fun, fun, and more fun! There’s never a dull moment and we promise this will be the one that your doll looks forward to week after week. We’ll stretch their imagination as well as their toes by bringing stores to life with ballet movements. And the high-energy mix of jazz and tap will help these little ones realize their potential and give others great self-confidence! Kids will love learning proper ballerina manners too which is a great way to prepare them for kindergarten and elementary school. Classes are a combination of ballet, jazz and tap to get your little one exploring all kinds of dance!
Bella Ballerinas – 6 years-10 years: The biggest of our big kid classes! Our little ones are growing up and are blossoming into beautiful Bella Ballerinas! This class focuses on structure and prepares the dancers for transitioning into a “grown up” studio while still keeping it light and fun. Both beginners and experienced ballerinas are welcome to join! There’s so much to learn still and this is where the dancers will be challenged. We’ll make a switch from focusing on fantasy to exploring what “real ballerinas” do. All classes in this age category are a combination of ballet, jazz & tap to develop a well-rounded dance background!
Camps: Watch your child blossom during our camps as they make adorable friendships and become immersed in their camp theme! Whether it’s Elsa and Anna or Ponies and Princesses, they’ll come home talking about all of the amazing things they did that day; especially when they MEET the princesses in person or have the opportunity to ride a live pony! It will leave them with memories they’ll cherish forever. And don’t worry moms – you’ll get to check out everything they’ve been working on in a show at the end of the week! They’ll feature the amazing costumes and scenery that have been kept top secret and show you just how far they’ve come with their dances and their friends.
Recitals: We have the cutest recitals you have and will ever see
In-Studio Boutique: Fits like a fairytale from your toes to your nose. True to Size Dancewear, exclusive to Bella Ballerina’s line of dance shoes and clothing. Virtually unheard of in the dance world, no more guesswork when choosing the right size dancewear for your child. If she wears a ten sneaker, she’ll wear a 10 in our dance shoes. Convenience at its best. Flawless fit sizing applies to all of our dancewear, regardless of style.
What matters most to you? Why?
Bella Ballerina uses a unique immersive environment and storybook infused dance experience for young dancers to foster an early love of dance…where ballerina dreams take flight. We are so excited for Winter Park to check us out and we can’t wait to twirl with your little ones. This is exceptionally important to me since I have a little girl that loves to dance, I wanted her to not only learn something she would enjoy but to foster an early love of the arts while helping her build confidence and learn to reach for her dreams.
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