Homegrown Business: Queen Alexis of Queen’s Academy of The Arts

Queen’s Academy of The Arts is a musical theatre children’s program that supports and engages kids in developing life skills through fun performing arts programs. We spoke with Queen Alexis, founder and instructor, to learn more about what they do.

Queen’s Academy

What is your business called and what does it do?

Queen’s Academy is a musical theatre children’s program that supports and engages kids in developing life skills through fun performing arts programs. We offer after-school programs, weekly classes, music lessons and camps in Burnaby and Coquitlam. Our programs include song, dance, stories, art, music, movement, imagination, creativity, and fun! Registration is currently open for our Musical Theatre Summer Camps – register here!

What made you want to do this work?

Growing up my family couldn’t afford these types of programs so I was determined to create an affordable program so that all families, regardless of their financial barriers could access a performing arts education. I know the value that musical theatre, which is why I started Queen’s Academy 9 years ago. And why now, over 500 children have benefited from our programs.

One of my biggest reasons for founding Queen’s Academy was to develop an inclusive space for children to shine and families to connect. I offer musical theatre programs for kids 4 – 12 at unbeatable prices; to empower opportunities for children to benefit from a performing arts experience.

What problem did you want to solve with the business?

Queen’s Academy provides access to performing arts education and opportunities for children who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Helping to foster creativity, confidence, and teamwork skills in children, which has a positive impact on their personal and academic development and provides an avenue for children to express themselves and feel supported.

Who are your clientele/demographics?

Our programs are centred on children aged 4 – 13.

Where in the city can we find your profession?

Queen’s Academy offers musical theatre classes, camps, music lessons and after-school programs in Burnaby and Coquitlam. Our programs include song, dance, stories, art, music, movement, imagination, creativity, and fun!

What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.

Q: “What sets your musical theatre kids’ program apart?”

A: Queen’s Academy differentiates itself by providing affordable access to performing arts education with sponsorships and sliding scale fees. With small class sizes, we personalize programs and a teaching method that emphasizes fun and inclusivity. Additionally, we offer accommodations for children with special needs to ensure that all children can strive in a supportive environment.

Queen’s Academy

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?

The best part of my job is seeing the growth and development of my students as they learn new skills, gain confidence, and work together as a team is incredibly rewarding. My job allows me to sing and dance with kids all day, I truly have the BEST job ever!

The worst part is the challenges that come with running a business, such as administrative work and marketing and advertising to share with more families. However, this if anything reminds me how important my job is. I am determined to grow my business to spread JOY and provide a space where everyone is included and accepted.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Facebook

PAY IT FORWARD: What is another local business that you love?

POM & CHI – Small Dog Boutique in Vancouver!

 

 

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