Technical Rehearsals: Saturday 26th until Wednesday 30th November
Rehearsal times are to be confirmed. Additional rehearsals may be added if required. All information including performance schedule will be given out at the first rehearsal.
The children will be performing as dancers and dwarfs. The dwarf heads can sometimes make the children feel very hot; they will be worn for most of the dance routines. The children need to be made aware of this before attending the audition.
Anyone wishing to attend please register your interest with Miss Rebecca.
Over the course of these summer holidays, 12 of our pupils were lucky enough to attend the summer schools of professional dance colleges, Urdang Academy in London and Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in Blackpool.
Alexandra O’Brien, Jack Skelton & Bridie Thorpe spent the week at Urdang. Every morning there was Ballet & Jazz on the menu and in the afternoons the students had a choice of workshop. As the girls will tell you themselves:
We had a warm up every morning, which killed me! Then every day, everyone in the class one by one had to do a triple pirouette on each leg… by the end of the week we mastered it! We did corner work and freestyle/improv every lesson. I loved it. My teacher, Regan Shepherd was amazing.
My favourite part was the whole aura of London life, when we weren’t dancing in class, we were in the studios just dancing around – it was so easy to just be yourself and everyone was so friendly.
This week was so good, I enjoyed every minute of it and it gave me a chance to see what it was like before I audition next year, and now I can see myself training there. I loved it, I made so many new friends and it made me very excited for the future.
Maddie Dunn, Maisie Ganley, Lucy Holcroft, Eleanor Jackson, Megan Moore, Gabriel Sharrock, Charlotte Stones, Megan Thorpe & Aliyah Xaba attended Phil Winston’s Theatreworks.
I had a great time in Blackpool sharing a hotel with around 80 kids from all over, including Greece. I loved commercial and contemporary as I had never tried these before. We travelled to the class on a private double decker bus and we had so much fun together. My body ached like never before and I felt exhausted but I can’t wait for next year!
It was a very busy week!! We went from 9 in the morning until 4 at night, starting with warm up, corner work, stretching and then a routine in these workshops. We’d then start rehearsing for our show dances which were featured in our end of week production of ‘The Works – Summer School’! My favourite dance would have to be the ballet – I got specially chosen by the Ballet teacher (as well as Gabriel!) and we danced to a slow violin version of Robert Miles! I also really enjoyed the commercial dance because it’s not something we do often – a nice challenge.
All the summer school went to the south pier on Thursday night and went on the rides! It was the best week ever, we all learned so much and it was very inspiring.
We stayed in a hotel in Blackpool and the owners put on a disco two of the nights we were there. They even took us to the circus and south pier, it was really nice!
We’re very glad all our pupils enjoyed their times at summer school so much. We were particularly delighted that Gabriel Sharrock and Aliyah Xaba were awarded scholarships for the holiday school at Phil Winston’s next year! We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve all learned.
Congratulations are in order for our very own Miss Marie Horner who has added to her score of teaching qualifications!
Marie has recently completed module 1 of her Licentiate Tap qualification and not only has she completed it, but achieved a Distinction. Not to mention accomplishing all this during our ever busy and demanding school production earlier this year!
Well done Marie, and best of luck for the next steps.
If you’d like to find out more about our teaching staff, please click here.
Theatre Dance Council International is the umbrella organisation for dance associations across the country and in August they hold the British Championships. Every member association enters their best dancers to compete against each other, the best of the best.
Bree Quinton, as the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) Modern Jazz Performer of 2016, attended this competition on behalf of the IDTA. She performed outstandingly and the whole school was only too proud of her.
Here’s what she had to say:
It was a scholarship class with a simple warm up; stretches, jogs etc., but then we were taught us a swing-style dance. I enjoyed it so much doing a different style but still with jazz elements. The teacher had recently played the Stalker in The Bodyguard and the lead in Singin’ in the Rain. He was so lovely and welcoming which made me feel much more relaxed.
There were six of us. We all got a trophy at the end as we were representing such big dance associations. It was so enjoyable to have to pick it up under pressure and have the chance to perform and sell it – it’s quite thrilling, and although nerve-wracking, I enjoy the challenge!
I felt so privileged to have been chosen and really enjoyed it even though I didn’t win. I tried my hardest and felt I did myself and the dance school proud.
Bree Quinton, IDTA Modern Jazz Performer 2016
We are absolutely delighted to announce our donation of £1,200 to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. This money will be going to Ward M3, which cares for children with cancer and blood disorders.
At every school production we attempt to raise money for different charities every year, often selecting those dedicated to children who aren’t as lucky as the Berry pupils who are able to enjoy dance.
We would like to thank everyone who bought a programme at All Good Things, your generosity will make a huge difference and we are immensely proud to support our local Children’s Hospital.
If you would like to find out more about the M3 Ward, please click here.