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Razzamataz Theatre Schools
Razzamataz was created with a simple dream, to make performing arts available to all young people no matter their background or circumstances. Razzamataz was established in 2000 and was backed in 2007 by BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusAssociate
  • UK Years Established18 years
  • Current UK Coverage30%
  • Franchisee Support Staff10
  • Personal Investment Req.£6,000
  • Total Startup Cost£11,994
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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In Celebration of World Teachers Day

9th October 2017

In Celebration of World Teachers Day

Kayleigh Redford, Principal of Razzamataz Newcastle

Since 1994, there has been a special day every year on October 5th that celebrates teachers’ organisations worldwide. The aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of children will continue to be met by teachers.

World Teachers Day is an important part of raising awareness and understanding for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and to the development of the young.

More than 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day and help to promote the public awareness campaigns to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools fully support the development of the hundreds of teachers who work across the network of theatre schools. There have been many inspiring stories of young teachers who have progressed with Razzamataz and are now the Principals of their own theatre schools.

To celebrate and recognise the contribution that the teachers make, Razzamataz also has a dedicated Award, which is presented at the annual Conference. Last year, the Best Team Member Award was presented to Melanie Simpson from Razzamataz Sheffield. Melanie is the assistant Principal and teaches dance, drama and singing to Minis and Juniors as well as Razz Project Intense. Melanie has been with the school since opening more than four years ago.

Melanie has danced since she was a young child and then went on to study musical theatre:
"I love being a Razzamataz teacher; getting to pass my passion for the performing arts onto our super talented students and watching them progress and achieve.  It’s really fun and at the same time makes me really proud."

Teaching at Razzamataz has also opened the door for many to progress their career aims. Many of the current Principals started out as teachers for Razzamataz including: Kayleigh Redford, Principal of Razzamataz Newcastle, Marc Kelly, Principal of Razzamataz Hackney, Sophie Atkins, Principal of Razzamataz Wimbledon, Debbie Mitchell, Principal of Razzamataz Carlisle, Chloe Lee, Principal of Razzamataz Chester, Zoe Mckibbin, Principal of Razzamataz Edinburgh, Lauren Kirkbride, Principal of Razzamataz Penrith, Emily Connor, joint Principal of Razzamataz Medway and Charlotte Olivares, Principal of Razzamataz Maidstone.

Kayleigh, Principal at Razzamataz Newcastle still teaches for Dumfries and Penrith and combines her work with being a mum to her young son:
"It’s been liberating, fulfilling and yes at times stressful and scary but ultimately massively rewarding. The rest of the network are so motivating and supportive and it is wonderful to be part of it."

Although being a teacher gives you a wonderful insight into running your own theatre school, it doesn’t give you the practical skills to run your own business. However, at Razzamataz, there is a fully comprehensive training week, regular support calls, the opportunity to attend as many training sessions as you like for no charge, regular webinars with a host of industry experts and there is always someone on hand to ask for advice.

Kayleigh adds:
"The support you receive is second to none.  If you want it, and ask for it, it is there! The best piece of advice I received is to talk to as many people as possible, gather all the information you can and think solutions - not problems! I’m now in the position where I can watch my students and my business grow and thrive and that’s a wonderful feeling."

As well as performing arts teachers, Razzamataz also have former Primary and Secondary school teachers within the network who have left their jobs to concentrate on running their own theatre schools. Many have explained that Razzamataz can offer them a better work/life balance and the flexibility it offers is more suited to their own family life.

For new franchisees, Razzamataz has a special offer of just £7,995 (£2,000 saving) to launch a Razzamataz theatre school.

Find out more about franchise opportunites with Razzamataz Theatre Schools by clicking below

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13th March 2018

Razzamataz Theatre Schools has joined the ranks of the elite after their own franchisees provided feedback for an industry survey for a second year in a row.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Promote Positive Friendship GoalsRazzamataz Theatre Schools Promote Positive Friendship Goals

23rd February 2018

To help to encourage youngsters to try something new, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is hosting a National Bring a Friend Day.

Razzamataz Conference HighlightsRazzamataz Conference Highlights

8th February 2018

Teamwork triumphed at the, Dragons' Den backed, Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise conference.

Masterclasses for Razzamataz Theatre schools StudentsMasterclasses for Razzamataz Theatre schools Students

23rd January 2018

Aspiring Razzamataz performers are given the chance to work with a top industry professional.

GDPR: Are You Ready For The Changes?GDPR: Are You Ready For The Changes?

18th December 2017

Razzamataz have started preparation for GDPR already so they have plenty of time to make sure their Principals are fully up to date when the new regulations come into force in May 2018.

Special Dreams and Memories Made for Razzamataz Students at Disneyland® ParisSpecial Dreams and Memories Made for Razzamataz Students at Disneyland® Paris

1st December 2017

Razzamataz students travelled to Disneyland® Paris for a special performance opportunity.

Razzamataz Children Perform with BGT Winners CollabroRazzamataz Children Perform with BGT Winners Collabro

27th October 2017

Youngsters from Razzamataz Cambridge will be performing alongside Collabro.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Children Perform For Disneyland® Paris AnniversaryRazzamataz Theatre Schools Children Perform For Disneyland® Paris Anniversary

20th October 2017

Razzamataz Theatre Schools children take part in a special performance during Disneyland® Paris anniversary.

Young Fundraisers Have Fun in PyjamasYoung Fundraisers Have Fun in Pyjamas

16th October 2017

Youngsters from Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been raising money for the company’s charity Future Fund.

Work Life Week: Getting the Balance RightWork Life Week: Getting the Balance Right

2nd October 2017

National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.

Announcing Winners of Prestigious Performing Arts ScholarshipAnnouncing Winners of Prestigious Performing Arts Scholarship

18th September 2017

Scholarship winners will be taking up their places with their local Razzamataz schools in September.

Finding a Place in the World Through Performing Arts with Razzamataz Theatre SchoolsFinding a Place in the World Through Performing Arts with Razzamataz Theatre Schools

21st August 2017

Razzamataz Theatre Schools allow children to find their place in the world through performing arts.

Theatre Professionals Award National Scholarship To Budding PerformerTheatre Professionals Award National Scholarship To Budding Performer

1st August 2017

Razzamataz franchise has once again supported its students in helping them achieve their professional dreams of working in the performing arts industry.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Announces Incredible Opportunity for StudentsRazzamataz Theatre Schools Announces Incredible Opportunity for Students

3rd July 2017

Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be hosting a gala performance at the indigo at The 02 on Sunday 18th November 2018.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Is Rewarded With 5 Star SatisfactionRazzamataz Theatre Schools Is Rewarded With 5 Star Satisfaction

29th June 2017

In the Smith & Henderson survey Razzamataz Theatre Schools was scored so highly that they received a 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction Award.

Finding The Fun In Performing At A Razzamataz Summer SchoolFinding The Fun In Performing At A Razzamataz Summer School

12th May 2017

Throughout the UK Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees are offering fun and affordable summer schools.

Razzamataz Sheffield Student Gives Back To The NHSRazzamataz Sheffield Student Gives Back To The NHS

10th May 2017

After her diagnosis and the care she received from the NHS, Ellie Channer was determined to give something back.

Razzamataz Are Searching For Performing Arts PotentialRazzamataz Are Searching For Performing Arts Potential

27th April 2017

Aspiring performing artists can win a year's place at a local Razzamataz Theatre School with The Stage newspaper.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Welcomed To bfaRazzamataz Theatre Schools Welcomed To bfa

24th April 2017

The Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise is delighted to be welcomed into the British Franchise Association (bfa).

Razzamataz To Launch Performing Arts Classes at EurocampRazzamataz To Launch Performing Arts Classes at Eurocamp

20th April 2017

A dance competition is to be held to celebrate the launch of the new Razzamataz Performing Arts classes at Eurocamp.

Rock Challenge and Razzamataz Team UpRock Challenge and Razzamataz Team Up

16th March 2017

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is proud to be sponsoring Rock Challenge in various venues across the UK.

What Our Franchisees Say

It was 10 years ago that I left hairdressing and for anyone thinking that it is too late to change their careers I would say step out of your comfort zone and just do it. I never thought I would be able to and it’s the best thing I have done and wished I’d done it years ago!Pam Dixon, Razzamataz Dumfries

I specifically wanted to go for a franchise, and in particular Razzamataz because of the support from Head Office and other Principals. This is a network of theatre school owners so you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.Alison Beveridge, Razzamataz Durham.

I don’t have a business background so after deciding to retire from professionally performing it was the memories of Razzamataz on Dragons’ Den that set the wheels in motion. I was really inspired by the brand and the business model and because it is a franchise business we receive a lot of help and support from Head Office as well as on-going training so I can make Razzamataz Barnet the success that I believe it can be. In the last 12 months, I have doubled my student numbers in a very competitive market and I have now clear plans on how I would like my business to progress this year.Michael French, Razzamataz Barnet

Why Choose Us

TWO franchises for the price of ONE!

One of Dragons Den most successful investments!

Affordable part time performing arts lessons

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