blog: babyballet bears head North for a summer tour extravaganza

Even during the summer holidays the babyballet bears, Twinkle and Teddy were still hard at work spreading their babyballet stories and magic far and wide. Thanks to Kate our babyballet franchisee in North Tyneside, Ponteland and Gateshead West, Twinkle and Teddy the bears were literally stopping the people of the North East in their tracks with meet and greets at key landmarks throughout the North East region. From the Tyne Bridge through to the infamous Angel of the North, Twinkle and Teddy have delighted passers-by and visitors with their infectious babyballet presence. The pair even took time out to visit poorly children at the Northumbria Emergency Care Unit – much to the delight of both staff and children.

Twinkle and Teddy the Bears on the Tyne!

Twinkle and Teddy the babyballet bears up north at the Tyne Bridge babyballet North TynesideMiss Kate’s ingenious Twinkle and Teddy tour certainly brought her and the babyballet bears into contact with a huge range of people and places.


“I hadn’t planned to do the tour at all” Kate says, “but seen as Twinkle and Teddy were travelling to Gateshead West to launch new babyballet classes, I decided to take the bears on an adventure. With the help of my daughter Lauren and her friend, we hit on all the famous landmarks we could think of, plus some of stately homes and gardens I already had connections with. It was quite surreal seeing Twinkle and Teddy at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, but the visitors loved them. Adults and children were literally stopping us in our tracks to have their photos taken or have a cuddle with the famous bears.”



Twinkle and Teddy the babyballet bears hospital visit

 The hospital visit was another inspired idea from Kate who has worked on the business side of dance for several years.

 Twinkle and Teddy the babyballet bears up north at the Children's Hospital in Newcastle babyballet North Tyneside

“It was a friend who suggested we take Twinkle and Teddy to the children’s ward. We really didn’t know if it was possible, but staff were very welcoming, and the visit was a great success. The whole experience was just phenomenal albeit very emotional! The children were so engaged and very happy to interact with the bears. It was just lovely to go out and tell the babyballet story to them – tales of the magic Castle in the sky and all of the babyballet characters. It was a fabulous time and really good to feel like we’d made a difference to someone’s day.”


A new babyballet term 

It will come as no surprise to know that in one week alone, Kate has had an astounding number of new enquiries about babyballet classes in the North East region – so that’s lots of  brand new and excited babyballet stars in classes this September.

If you have a little one aged between 6 months – 6 years who would just love Twinkle and Teddy, then book a three week trial for the Autumn term at babyballet. Though the mascot babyballet bears don’t visit every class, the children enter a musical play time and even get to dance with smaller but still as cuddly teddy bear versions.

With classes across held in North Tyneside, Ponteland and Gateshead West, you view our full class timetable by clicking here or emailing Miss Kate at

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