A passion for performing arts and the confidence and life skills it gives to children is what initially inspired Denise Hutton-Gosney to launch Razzamataz Theatre Schools. It has been 22 years since the first school opened, and through franchising, there are now almost 60 schools throughout the UK.
As a former professional dancer and choreographer, Denise understood all about how to inspire children through her leadership skills. But to grow Razzamataz to enrich the lives of more young people, it has been crucial to grow ethically and responsibly by adhering to the strict codes of conduct of franchising.
Razzamataz gained national recognition when Denise successfully appeared on BBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2007 and the theatre school is still recognised as one of the top five businesses to come out of the popular TV show.
Today, Denise remains very much involved in the day-to-day activities of Razzamataz, which has won numerous industry awards. The network has partnerships with several high-profile brands including The Stage newspaper, Disneyland Paris, London’s 02, Warner Bros. Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and First Choice holidays to name just a few.
The Razzamataz network has provided work for hundreds of performing arts teachers, many of whom have gone on to become franchisees and open their own Razzamataz schools. Denise and the Head Office team are constantly working on new initiatives, with the latest being the launch of the Teacher Training Academy to further support the progression of staff members within the Razzamataz network. Denise is especially delighted that the Head Office team continues to expand, with new members having been franchisees for many years.
“Razzamataz is my baby and a business that I feel so passionately about. It’s a privilege to have spent my life working in the performing arts industry and supporting franchisees to build their own successful theatre schools.”