SUPERSTARS, one of Brisbane’s leading dance and performance schools, has been recognised nationally for a second consecutive year in the What’s on 4 Kids Awards.

The industry awards celebrate the outstanding hard work of small businesses across Australia that are dedicated to giving children a strong foundation in sport, music and arts.

At a recent gala event in Brisbane, SUPERSTARS was announced 2017 Best Local School Aged Activity.

“After 15 years of working hard day in and day out, we have something to show for never giving up,” SUPERSTARS owner Rachael Tiernan said.

“As a small business, you can’t be in it for money.

“You have to be in it to share your burning passion to make a change in the world.

“My mission is to change the lives of young people, and so by getting up each day and striving to turn this passion into a business it was a wonderful surprise to be recognised as the best school aged activity provider in Australia.”

It’s not the first time SUPERSTARS has featured on the What’s On 4 Kids Awards honour roll.

SUPERSTARS assistant principal Bronte Devine won the 2016 Most Outstanding Activity Leader Ages 5-12 Years category.

“I am so lucky to have a strong team that also works hard to share this passion and help make it a successful business,” Ms Tiernan said.

“We currently have 21 amazing staff who work at SUPERSTARS.

“It wouldn’t be a success without such an amazing team who also believes that self-confidence, kindness and trying our best is more important than perfection and being competitive.

“This award is for everyone who lives by the SUPERSTARS ethos.”

Winners were determined by community votes and a judging panel.

“Now with 630 students, it also means that each child can share the joy of being part of such a significant award,” Ms Tiernan said.

“We are part of a wider community who has backed us from the start in 2003, and voted for us to be recognised.”

The What’s on 4 Kids Awards, sponsored by Di Bella Coffee, is made up of 18 categories representing a vast range of business specialities.

“What’s On 4 has been running these awards for seven years now and we continue to be keen to recognise the achievements of Australia’s leading activity and party businesses,” What’s On 4 owner Elise Easedown said.

“The awards are all about recognising excellence, growth and passion and each year I am blown away by the standard of applications.

“We received over 1400 nominations and had over 52,000 online votes this year, exceeding our expectations but showing just how valued and sought-after these winning titles are.”

Ms Tiernan said to be recognised is the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears.

“Small business can be very lonely and you can feel isolated when trying to make it work,” she said.

“I work long hours and late nights to keep it all afloat but wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Motivated to grow SUPERSTARS even further, Ms Tiernan has big goals for the future.

“I want to expand the business wider in the Brisbane area to take the joy of performing arts to more children and really focus on building confidence in children who crave to feel joy and happiness when learning and being creative,” she said.

“Our key is low pressure and high joy, and we want to share that with as many children as possible.”

Ms Tiernan said her present aim is to increase the number of boys in the school, and she has set a target of enrolling 100 by next term.

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SUPERSTARS Performing School owner Rachael Tiernan – 0409 060 001,

What’s On 4 Kids Awards organiser Elise Easdown – 0414 210 356,