WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Sophie Rapiejko
Puppeteer, Performer,
Childcare Enthusiast

Sophie is a New York City based actress/singer that uses music, puppetry, and imaginative storytelling to encourage the development of communication skills and emotional intelligence. Building on her years of nannying and childcare experience, Sophie sought to create a fun and unique way to support the children in her care to build their self-confidence and awareness. Sophie and her puppet pals will always make you laugh and want to sing along as they tell relatable tales of unexpected bravery, unconditional kindness, and dealing with difficult situations— all through song!

ABOUT HANNAH

Hannah Taylor
Musician, Performer, Childcare Enthusiast 

Hannah is a New York City based actor, singer, dancer, & musician that uses her passions for music, dance, and laughter to inspire social development and imaginative thinking in young children all around the country! Hannah has spent years caring for, inspiring, and entertaining children as a nanny, a dance teacher, and a theatre performer. She loves sharing her joy for life and her appreciation for music with babies, children, and even grown ups too! Come join Miss Hannah as we move, groove, sing, and rock at the Martial Arts Family Studio!

Logan Troyer
Writer, Performer, Childcare Enthusiast 

Logan is a New York City based singer, actor, and writer.  She believes that introducing young minds to music, theatre, and movement is integral to early childhood development.  There is no greater joy and passion than sharing an adoration for the arts with others.  Logan has worked with babies, toddlers, young kids and even teenagers as a nanny, director, theatre camp leader and more.  As a teacher, Logan strives to create a space where the imagination can sore, no task is too big, and smiles are boundless.  She also has enjoys letting her new found love for writing be put to test as she shares each week on anything and everything related to toddler life for our online community.  

Sandra Herrera
Founder, Owner, Mother of 2

When Sandra moved to  New York in 2011 with her husband and toddler son, she looked everywhere to find a program that allows her to keep training in kickboxing and provide a gentle first separation experience with nurturing enrichment to her son.  She found none. After having her second child and spent three years of trying to organize martial arts classes for her children, her husband, and herself across multiple studios and programs, Sandra decided that there needed to be a centralized solution to offer martial arts and fitness to busy NYC families. Sandra truly believes Mothers are the essence of family, so she decided to create a program as well that approaches mothers in a holistic way providing a nurturing environment for both mother and baby to experience together. After speaking with her long time friend and babysitter and other martial arts mothers, Babies at Martial Arts Family Studio was born.

Using her wide experience designing and leading community projects with children under 3 years old with nonprofits both in Spain and USA, her background in Corporate Human Resources and her early childhood development education along with years of training in boxing,  Sandra worked with other mothers and childcare professionals to design a martial arts studio to address the needs of the family as a whole with a safe and nurturing playroom for the little ones. Babies at Martial Arts Family Studio seeks to offer a wellness solution with an emphasis on enrichment and gentle separation for babies and toddlers providing a space where mothers can rebirth the best versions of  themselves as powerful women integrating their new founded challenge of being a mom, connecting with other moms and finding a tribe. 

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