Razzamataz Theatre Schools (as seen on BBCs Dragons’ Den)
Razzamataz is a franchise business opportunity allowing franchisees to work in an inspiring and thriving sector. Franchisees choose their own hours but receive all the support and training needed to run a part-time theatre school. Razzamataz offers exceptional training in dance, drama and singing together with exciting opportunities to perform as well as welcoming guest workshops with industry experts such as Ashley Banjo from Diversity. The classes cover everything from traditional West End and Broadway musicals through to street dance, pop singing and acting for camera. The classes are open to all children from the ages of 2 to 18. Razzamataz is very proud of the comprehensive training offered to franchisees. New franchisees will learn everything about operating a theatre school including: PR & Marketing, health & safety, employment law, social media, accountancy, HR and every other aspect to do with theatre schools. Razzamataz also has regular refresher training, which is held in various different locations across the UK to make it easy for franchisees to attend. There are also monthly Skype calls with the franchisee’s dedicated Support Manager, various training webinars with a host of industry experts and lots of local networking with other franchisees.
Denise Hutton-Gosney, Managing Director and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools, a part-time performing arts school franchise.
As a child, Denise loved to dance, competing in lots of disco dancing competitions. After leaving school she worked as a professional dancer performing in summer seasons, cruise ships, pantomimes, European and UK tours, the Millennium Dome and the London Palladium. Her love for performing and the confidence it gave her was the inspiration in setting up Razzamataz. In the early days, Denise moved around the country, first setting up several schools in Cumbria, Paisley, Dumfries and Galloway. Initially the franchisees were dancer friends who wanted more financial security and the career growth which comes from owning a theatre school. It was appearing on BBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2007 that really brought Razzamataz into the spotlight and many of the new franchisees now still remember the episode she featured on, where Duncan Bannatyne offered the full investment.
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