Clifford Studios' new home

by Jo Higlett in London, Greater London, England

Clifford Studios' new home
We did it
On 27th June 2017 we successfully raised £15,965 with 185 supporters in 21 days

Raising funds for Clifford Studios' new dance + fitness space. Allowing new classes, more of the current classes + a modern retail area.

by Jo Higlett in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

We are planning a soft launch in August (if all goes according to plan) and aim to offer some free classes.

If we exceed our target, we will be able to offer classes for free during the soft launch!

My name is Jo and I have dreamt about running my own dancing school from the age of 8.  From my bunk bed, I made detailed plans with my best friend at the time; she would run the Ballet side and me the Modern. We choreographed routines  - the Ballet to East 17's 'It's Alright' being particularly memorable - put on shows for anyone who would attend; making our own tickets and charging 10p entrance fees.

Fast forward to 2012 when I opened Clifford Studios in Barnes with 2 classes and 12 pupils. The school is named after my grandfather who was instrumental in nurturing my love of dance. He picked up, dropped off, made props and even funded some of my lessons.

Fast forward again to 2017 when the ideal property in Barnes has become available to expand the school further. I won the property through competitive tender and now need to deliver the required deposit by 28th June, which is where I need your help.

Since 2012, I've worked hard to expand Clifford Studios. I have qualified as a Pilates and Barre teacher to offer a wider variety of classes to Barnes residents and parents of children at the school. I now have 3 other fantastic teachers working alongside me and together we've successfully coached pupils through several Tap, Modern + Ballet exams as well as produced 2 professional shows. We sell our uniform online and I can now boast 21 children's classes and 20 adult classes. I am proud of the family atmosphere I have created; some clients that started their relationship with the studio at Pilates classes now send their children to dance with me.

All of this has been achieved from various rented community halls in Barnes. I've juggled storage issues, space issues and timetable issues as I compete with puppy training and gymnastics squads for the hall time. I've gone as far as I can within these parameters and in order to continue expanding the studio, it's vital to secure the property on Church Road.

With my own studio, I will be pleased to offer;

  •  A contemporary environment to be enjoyed before, during + after class
  •  A retail space for dance apparel, activewear + equipment
  • A versatile studio space providing a wide variety of specialist classes
  • A comprehensive timetable including NEW classes  - Springboard Pilates + TRX - as well as MORE of the current classes in early morning, daytime + evening slots (see sample timetables below)*
  • Monthly wellness workshops for adults and bespoke children's party packages in collaboration with local catering suppliers
  • Community donation classes - clients pay what they can afford for certain sessions, thereby giving access to all
  • Space to offer for charity and community events after hours

The new space will meet all the fitness needs of Barnes residents under one, well-appointed roof.  Responding to the feedback of my current 150+ clients, classes will be scheduled to maximise family time; as parents + children will be able take classes simultaneously. For those not taking dance lessons with Clifford Studios, the shop will still be of use; stocking the uniforms preferred by other local providers.

The Church Road studio will enable me to stand out from the other suppliers of fitness and dance classes in the area. Whilst they are offering just one service (Pilates classes only or Ballet classes only), I will be offering a wide range, in an accessible location, with flexible payment plans and family discounts available. The focus will be on high quality studio classes run by experts; the likes of which gyms cannot offer. 

The plan is to refurbish the studio during July + August, with a  grand opening in September.

We are offering a variety of limited edition goods and opportunities in exchange for donations. These include limited edition hand-printed tote bags + activewear designed by Pirrip Press, exclusive pre-launch private lessons on the new equipment and, for current dance students, a professional photo shoot in the studio wearing their 2017 production costumes. Discounted membership options are also on offer along with the chance to become a 'founder member' and your photo on the wall. These rewards are priced between £10 and £1000, depending on your budget.

We'll be keeping you up to date on the progress of the project via our website; - as well as on social media. (Facebook : Clifford Studios and Instagram : @cliffordstudios)

* We will be keeping Kitson Hall for Grade 3+ and Saturday Beginner + Performance classes

Clifford Studios Timetable


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

9 of 100 claimed

£10 Reward

Founder member polaroid - your face and signature hanging on our members wall for at least the first 3 months!

£25 or more

3 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

'Barre Babes of Barnes' hand printed tote bag

£25 or more

0 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

'Pilates Party' hand printed tote bag

£25 or more

10 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

'These Feet Got a Powerful Beat' hand printed tote bag

£25 or more

6 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

'Ballet is Boss' hand printed tote bag

£25 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

'Modern Grrrl' hand printed tote bag

£25 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

'Clifford Studios' hand printed tote bag

£28 or more

11 of 25 claimed

£28 Reward

Hand printed women's racer back vest with 'Clifford Studios' logo - White - Sizes S, M, L or XL

£28 or more

4 of 25 claimed

£28 Reward

Hand printed women's racer back vest with 'Barre Babes of Barnes' slogan - Black - Sizes S, M, L or XL available

£30 or more

23 of 30 claimed

£30 Reward

Professional 15 minute photo shoot at the studio in your 2017 'Myths, Monsters + Magic' costume(s) OR Clifford Studios dance school uniform. 3 digital photos and 1 print to take away on the day.

£100 or more

15 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward

Private 60 min class with founder Jo Higlett on our new Springboard machines. We will have 5 machines in total so you can club together with partners or friends for this reward!

£500 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Unlimited adult class membership at Clifford Studios for the first 3 months of operation.

£1,000 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Unlimited FAMILY* membership of Clifford Studios for the first 3 months of operation. *Family = 2 children + 2 adults.

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