"Emma’s Little Poppets are Growing Up Gracefully"
FORTITUDE Valley ballet teacher Emma Taylor dances to the beat of her own drum – as do the troupe of students following in her footsteps.
Emma is the founding director of Poppet and Grace, an appropriately named dance school that operates out of Fortitude Valley PCYC and is home to more than 85 aspiring ballerinas aged two to 10-years-old.
After its first inception in 2015, Poppet and Grace went to the next level when Emma commenced the New Business Assistance with NEIS with Sarina Russo Group in May last year.
“My best friend and I brainstormed the name and came up with Poppet and Grace,” Emma said.
“Obviously our students are all little poppets and ballet is all about gracefulness and that is something we really instill in the students, old-fashioned grace, style and values.
“I have found the most valuable part of the course was having the freedom to focus on the business while having the support network and mentor there to help you.
“It was a steep learning curve but very rewarding. The mentoring was really beneficial in helping me put financial goal-setting and a business plan in place.”
Emma’s mentor, Emily Bitkow, herself a NEIS graduate through Sarina Russo said Emma was a very committed student throughout the program.
“Emma is the kind of mentee that every mentor hopes for,” Emily said.
“She is always so willing and eager to learn and to listen to the guidance and advice I give to her.
“When we set goals and plans for her, she always comes back having achieved well above the expectation.
“Her passion and drive for her business is palpable and is reflected in the successes she has achieved in her business.”