Anna VJ and Lou B

Milton Keynes Locations

We have sessions available is various locations around Milton Keynes all running at 10am and 11:15am term time only:

  • FAB (First Avenue Ballet) Dance Studio, (Romar Court) 10 First Avenue, Denbigh, Bletchley, MK1 1DX (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • Tattenhoe Pavilion, Holborn Cres, Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes, MK4 3EQ (Monday and Friday)
  • Monkston Park Community Centre, 3 Plaistow Cres, Monkston Park, Milton Keynes, MK10 9PN (Friday)

Meet the Ragdolly Annas Milton Keynes Team

My old working life in the IT services industry seems like a distant memory now. May 2011 everything changed for me, I left the world of suits, deadlines, meetings, high heels and with my good friend Anna E we created Ragdolly Annas. Life is just as busy don’t get me wrong, however now with a job I love, that fits around my children, I never miss a school assembly, am always there to pick up my boys from school and no longer have the sense of dread that the weekend is over on a Sunday night.

There is not one day where I get that feeling that I don’t want to go to work. Running our own business has been challenging yet hugely satisfying. Working with children and being a part of their development whilst watching them grow in confidence, learn new words and bust out the dance moves makes all the hard work worth it! Seeing the delight in their faces when their favourite song comes on and in some cases seeing their first steps, has been more rewarding than any job I have ever done. I love it!

Anna Varone-Johnson
Louise (Lou) Blackmore

Hi! I’m Louise (Lou) Blackmore,

After two decades of working full time in customer service and sales teams I thought I knew exactly what my professional future would hold after having children, but when our first child was born all of my old priorities got turned on their head and I just knew that my old lifestyle and lack of work/life balance was not the way forward for our family.

After a couple of years of working solo and providing developmental sessions for toddlers and pre-schoolers, I’ve now found my new home as a session leader with Ragdolly Annas.

We have such a great time all the time!!

I get to spend my working life doing the thing I love most which is singing, dancing and generally messing about with the little people of Milton Keynes and their families!

As adults we get to have a laugh, we celebrate some beautiful moments when a child achieves something for the first time, we relax safely in our sessions away from the outside world and can be ourselves, just enjoying our children.

I now have two young boys aged 4 and 1 and I feel so lucky to have found a business that allows me to be the hands on Mum I want to be right now, with acres of room for me to branch out and grow as my children get older.

Hopefully we’ll see you at a class in person or online soon!

Mel & Sharon

South Bedfordshire Locations

We have sessions available in various locations around South Bedfordshire running term time only

  • Pages Park Pavilion, Richmond Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4RD (Monday)
  • Astral Park Community Centre, Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4AY (Tuesday)
  • St Leonard’s Church Hall, Leighton Road, Heath & Reach, LU7 0AA (Wednesday and Friday)
  • The Chapter House, Church Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AE (Thursday)

Meet the Ragdolly Annas South Bedfordshire Team

Mel
Mel

Hi all! My name is Mel and I have bought the Ragdolly Annas South Beds Franchise with my mum, Sharon in October 2019.

I am a mum to two boys, Luca who is 5 going on 15! And Isaac who is 1. They really enjoy music and have to witness my wonderful dancing on a daily basis, but now I get to share it in public with all the lovely South Beds families too! I love nothing more than spending quality time with my little family whether it be a wet and muddy walk around the woods or making a paw patrol town in the front room!

Previously I have worked in retail and childcare but I have always enjoyed giving children a laugh by making myself look like a wally so this this is pretty perfect for me. I have always had a great and positive time at Ragdolly Annas when I brought Isaac to sessions and I am so excited that I now get to do this as a ‘job’. I hope you all find my sessions just as welcoming and friendly and leave feeling like you have had a great time and hopefully make some friends along the way!

See you soon. Mel x

Hello I’m Sharon, and with my daughter, Mel, we are proud and so excited to have bought the Ragdolly Annas South Beds franchise in October 2019!

With my husband, Franz, we have raised 3 fantastic children, Mel, Nathan and Matthew and of course Max, the cat, who likes nothing better than finding a warm, cosy spot to sleep.

I may be a 50 something Nana to the amazing Luca and Isaac but that doesn’t stop me from doing the things I love, which includes cruises, Florence is my top destination and Norway a close second, spending time in the garden and reading.

With over 14 years experience working with school aged children I am so excited to be running Ragdolly Annas sessions. I am so passionate about making the sessions a warm, welcoming place to be while having lots of fun and laughter while we enjoy some music and rhyme.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sharon
Sharon