MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Mompreneur is the founder and owner of the Boca dance studio and private events venue Organic Movements…Courtney Mullen Francisco!
Courtney opened Organic Movements in Boca Raton in June of 2013. After a professional dance career spanning more than two decades, she wanted to give back and create a caring center for quality dance education where students of all ages could develop confidence in themselves and their art in a natural, nurturing and supportive environment.
Courtney’s love affair with dance began when she was 7, working in musical theater at local theaters like Jan McArt’s Royal Palm Dinner Theater, the Delray Beach Playhouse and Lake Worth Playhouse. Through her theater experience and music training she was introduced to dance, and eventually ballet, where she fell in love! From that point on, Courtney focused solely on dance, learning everything she could from the leading artists and teachers of today throughout the nation.
Now as a teacher and Mom to a beautiful daughter, Courtney’s desire to open a school of her own was solidified. It took nearly a year to find the ideal location and almost that time to actually bring everything together to open.
“I was juggling teaching, a full-time job and being a new mommy. It was definitely an exercise in perseverance, but every bit worth it! We opened our [Organic Movements] doors officially on June 1, 2013 and it has been the most amazing, rewarding, and fulfilling experience every day since,” says Courtney.
What makes Organic Movements unique?
“I think there are a few aspects that make us unique. We are not a competition studio; we are a classical conservatory style school which focuses on teaching and instilling a proper and technically sound foundation of and love for dance in each of our students, regardless of age. We focus on learning to dance, rather than a dance,” explained Courtney.
There are classes that are offered concurrently with your child’s classes, classes MBMoms (MBAunts, MBGrandmoms!) can take WITH their babies/toddlers, as well as classes offered at multiple times and days throughout the week so that they can always fit something in…including NEW FXP Hoop Fitness (Tuesdays at 5:45PM) and my personal favorite Pound- Rockout Workout! (Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 6:30PM).
I should probably explain what this great workout is all about…
Pound! is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics, and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Participants burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum their way to a leaner, slimmer physique—all while rocking out to their favorite music!
It’s really fun, but prepare for some muscle soreness the next day or so. So fun! So sore!
Coming up at OM…
On August 22nd, they will be hosting their 3rd Annual Charity Gala benefiting SOS Children’s Villages of South Florida, a local foster home community that houses up to 75 sibling sets who would otherwise be separated in the foster care system. More information and tickets will be available on their website beginning in May.
I think this Organic Movements’ mantra is fantastic. Teaching children, having fun through dance/exercise AND giving back through business? I support this wholeheartedly.
Last, I always ask what you LOVE about living and having a business in South Florida?
Courtney answered, “both my husband and I were lucky enough to have been born and raised right here in South Florida—natives! Our daughter was born and is growing up here as well. There are so many things I live and love about South Florida—the heat(!), the arts & culture opportunities from dance to theater, green markets and fairs, the melting pot of transient and transplant people bringing their own life and love to our area, the heat, beach, and most of all, people! People in South Florida are creative, vivacious, artistic and passionate! Also, did I mention I’m a big fan of the warm weather?”
Modern Boca Mom feels the same way…well, maybe not during the month of August…but most of the time!