Welcome to the momstown moments mom entrepreneur profile! In this ongoing feature, we bring you some of the best and brightest mompreneurs - and find out what really makes them tick. We hope to inspire mompreneurs-to-be and support mom-based businesses across Canada and around the world.
Today’s profile is a member with London Mompreneurs. Rebecca Brettingham-Filice owns Dance Extreme is London’s most popular dance studio winning the 2012 London Free Press “Best of London 2012″ for Best Dance Studio”. The updated facilities, high tech equipment and superb faculty all contribute to its success.
1. Why did you become a mom entrepreneur?
I love my children and I love business! The start of one company snowballed the creation of the next.
When I finished university I started working for an umbrella company for technology startup companies. I fell in love with the creation and process of start-up companies. With all members of my family owning their own businesses, something just clicked inside of me.
I opened my dance studio when I was 21 years old. After my husband and I had kids, we were looking for an art based preschool for our own kids. Unable to find a program that offered all aspects of the arts (dance, drama, music and dance), I decided to start my own. At the same time we were looking to expand our services at the dance studio. We started offering birthday parties. Instead of purchasing everything from a store, I decided to start a gift basket company which looks after all the decorations, loot bags, etc. for our parties. All 3 businesses work together and complement each other.
2. What's your biggest challenge working for yourself?
My biggest challenge is balance. Time with my family, time for myself and time for my businesses. I am a big ideas person. Sometimes I can get carried away with my big dreams. I am very fortunate to have my husband who brings me back to reality when needed and a fabulous team that helps me make my dreams come true. It is all about balance!
3. What advice would you give other mom entrepreneurs?
My advice would be to reach for the stars and never give up. Dream big! Great things can happen through those dreams. Surround yourself with amazing people. We cannot do it all alone.
Rebecca is the Artistic Director and owner/founder of London's most progressive and creative dance studio. Dance Extreme is in it's 14th year. She brings an enthusiasm and dedication to Dance Extreme that is reflected in the quality of the instructors, programs and facilities. Her goal is to provide all students with an enjoyable dancing experience and sense of accomplishment. A teacher since 1990, Rebecca began her career in the Toronto area before moving to London in 1994. She received her certification through Canadian Dance Masters of America, Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Always keeping up-to-date with her choreography and teaching technique, Rebecca is constantly attending workshops all over North America. Rebecca and her students have won overall, choreography and special awards at numerous competitions. Rebecca resides in London with her husband Tony and two children, Christiano and Isabela.
About Dance Extreme has been successful from the beginning, and today Rebecca employs over 25 instructors as well as teaching classes herself. Currently, over 800 students have enrolled in classes. The school has five large, fully equipped studios in 11, 000 square feet of space. Dance Extreme sent their Olympic Dance Troupe, composed of 39 dancers and 5 teachers, who performed in London England at the Summer Olympic Games this past July.