Our Story So Far...
In 2013, Zachary Fook met a six-year-old girl, Isla, who couldn't find a dance studio in Brisbane that were willing to accommodate her additional needs. Isla was born with cerebral palsy and has an extremely complex medical history. Zac used Isla’s story as inspiration, and whilst studying business at The University of Queensland had the opportunity to create change as part of a social enterprise project. A few weeks later, Zac teamed up with Mikayla Ivanov and Courtney Crack and founded Australia’s first ballet school for children with additional needs, Tippy Toe Co. (TTC).
What started as a University project, TTC is now a successful social enterprise that has gone on to teach over 175 students and employ and train 20 teaching faculty, all of whom are current students or recent graduates in allied health fields (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, speech therapy, nursing, nutrition, and psychology). The program has received international exposure, won many accolades, and is considered a leading model for inclusive best practice.
After five wonderful years TTC realised the high demand in the community for more inclusive and accessible extra-curricular opportunities, which is how the vision for a one-stop inclusive hub for young people with additional needs began to emerge. In June 2018 TTC stepped beyond the dance studio and opened Active Eight (A8) at 80 Jephson Street, Toowong. A8 is a welcoming and supportive activity hub that focusses on creating inclusive and meaningful opportunities. A8 offers a whole new range of experiences and programs, designed to further social, emotional and creative potential - all while having fun!