Founder & Creator
Simone Lindus is the founder and CEO of Australia’s leading ballet studio for children aged 16 months to 6 years, Tiny Tutus.
Simone is a celebrated early childhood teacher who grew up immersed in a world of dance. Launched in 2009, Tiny Tutus has delivered 120,000 specialist early childhood ballet classes and introduced the magic of dance to over 45,000 ballerinas and counting.
A Danceprenuer at heart, she started her first dance school at just 16 years of age. From this auspicious beginning, Simone has created an unrivalled dance product and service, forever changing the dance market place in Australia. The heart of Tiny Tutus success is the open atmosphere of the studios allowing parents, grandparents, carers and siblings to share the magic of dance as a family.
Her passion for dance has combined early childhood education with quality ballet instruction. The result is an unforgettable dance experience for children and their families.
Simone’s Tiny Tutus curriculum has been developed to offer age appropriate dance education, packaged with love, adventure and fairy dust.
The Walt Disney Company has recognized Tiny Tutus’ leadership in the preschool ballet market and successfully collaborated to be the home of their Disney Princess Program.
Simone is a proud mum to two amazing young men and can often be heard saying “Every Mommy of boys needs some pink in her life.”
Tiny Tutus America
Kate Collier was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia. Starting her dance career at just two, Kate trained with celebrated ballet teacher Maria Walton Mahon and tap dance legend Les Griffith. After wonderful performance opportunities on television, stage, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, Kate opened her own dance studio so she could share her passion for dance. Kate has 28 years of teaching and performance coordination experience in a diverse range of environments including curriculum development for Elementary School and Pre-K Dance Programs, Bridal expos, Fashion Parades, Flash mobs and First Dance Choreography just to name a few. Kate also has a Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing, with a post graduate degree in Anesthetics and Recovery plus a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Kate joined Tiny Tutus Australia in 2017 as our Teacher Co-coordinator and lead of Special Projects. Kate has extensive experience in mentoring and has supported our Tiny Tutus teachers to achieve outstanding results through the correct delivery of our curriculum. She is also the National Co-coordinator in Australia for Tiny Tutus much loved Daddy Daughter Dance.Now based in Orlando, Kate leads Tiny Tutus US team as the primary contact for studio owners for mentoring and program support.
Director of Curriculum
Tiny Tutus is a perfectly balanced curriculum that sees ballerinas thrive. It is co-written by the incredible Bronwyn Helmore, who is RAD trained and an Australian Ballet Company Performer, along with renowned early childhood teacher Simone Lindus
Bron Helmore grew up in Newcastle, Australia where she trained under the renowned Tessa Maunder. At the age of 16 she was selected for the prestigious Australian Ballet School and upon completing the three year course was chosen as a lead performer for the Australian Ballet Company. Bronwyn performed extensively both internationally and throughout Australia. She was a Coryphée and soloist for the Australian Ballet Company before retiring in 1999.
The beauty of our curriculum is every facet of our program is trialed, tested and evaluated by Bron in her own Tiny Tutus classes in Melbourne, Australia. Once analyzed, it is then shared with our mentor teachers to trial before it becomes official Tiny Tutus curriculum. Bron is also our teacher mentor. She brings extensive experience in both ballet technique and class teaching to advise our Tiny Tutus teachers.