The month of December will be pantomime-central for our Berry Babes, and we’re delighted that two more pupils have been cast in local festive productions. Our Sheffield dance school is spreading its wings in South Yorkshire towards Doncaster!
Congratulations to Kayla Barnes and Millie Boynton for earning their places in Cast Theatre‘s Christmas pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk! The show will be on in Doncaster from 2-31 December, tickets are already on sale so make sure you get yours here.
Our tally of Berry Boys & Girls in local pantomimes is ever rising, and we look forward to seeing what Kayla, Millie & Doncaster pantomime have to offer!
Today marks new beginnings for some of our lovely class of 2015/6.
Eve Wilson will go back to Newcastle University where she will start her second year studying Food Nutrition and Marketing. Elle Longden-Lyons who is currently a trainee teacher with us now and has been attending the school since the ripe age of 2 years old is planning her next dance qualifications and steps towards a possible summer in Camp America.
While Isabelle commences her Musical Theatre degree at the University of Chichester, Sheffield Hallam will be receiving two lovely young ladies into their degree programmes: Molly Barrowclough and Megan Clixby, both trainee teachers of ours, will be making a start on their freshers’ week today. Molly will be studying Early Years with QTS and Megan will be studying Adult Nursing.
These girls have been with us a long time and we’ve got rather attached to them! We hope all your paths lead you to success, and we will be following your progress with great interest. We’re very proud of all of you, and wish you all the best. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Today our lovely Isabelle Sykes departs for the south as she takes up her place at the University of Chichester to begin her BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre. She received an unconditional offer to study there so the pressure was off for her A Level results, a welcome thought!
To secure her place she had to audition, which consisted of a few stretching exercises then learning a dance to ‘One’ from A Chorus Line. We had to showcase this in smaller groups performing as much and as well as we could.
For the singing they had to wait in a back room for a while and they called the auditionees out one at a time.
I had to sing two songs, one being Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man from Showboat and the other was Maybe This Time from Cabaret.
The final round was acting and improv, so the young hopefuls had to improvise an orchestral scene – quite a difficult challenge with people who have only known each other two hours, but they got there in the end!
I’m most looking forward to being able to do what I enjoy every day and all day, being able to focus more on my singing and improve my range! I’d love to be on stage in a musical and being able to pursue a career in musical theatre. I’d love to be in 42nd Street due to the tap numbers on that show!
Isabelle has played the title role in Annie at Sheffield’s City Hall, performed in numerous pantomimes at Sheffield Lyceum and has carried out voice acting work for BBC Radio 4’s Shed Town and On It, a play which won a Sony award. In 2014 she received the school’s 30/30 Award for her attitude and commitment, which includes her role as a class helper with our youngest pupils.
We wish her all the best, and look forward to finding out how she gets on.
We’re very much looking forward to a familiar face returning to Sheffield this Christmas, and that’s our own former pupil Matthew Croke!
Matt has secured his place in Sheffield Theatres‘ Christmas musical, Annie Get Your Gun, which will be performed on the Crucible stage 9 December 2016-14 January 2017. Rehearsals begin in the autumn and in the meantime Matt has been finishing up his run as the lead in Singin’ in the Rain.
We’re excited to be hosting a workshop led by a cast member of Cats the Musical International Tour 2016-17! The musical theatre session will take place at St Thomas More Community Centre on Sunday 2nd October between 3-5pm.
The class is appropriate for all those who are Grade 3 Modern Jazz and above and will cost £20. If you are interested, please contact Miss Rebecca to reserve your spot.
For girls, we recommend leggings/tights and a leotard. For boys, cycle shorts/leggings and a t-shirt.
If you are a new starter with us, there is no rush to buy leotards or dance shoes. However, if you have been attending class for 3/4 weeks or more, your child will need a pair of ballet shoes and a pair of tap shoes.
Dancewear and shoes can be found at both dance stores and online shops. Locally, there are the following shops:
High Green Gymnastics – Paces Centre, High Green
Arabesque – Woodseats
Dance Ability – Rotherham
Online,Dance Direct has a wide selection on offer. We would however recommend getting shoes fitted in person (at least for the first time) because all shoes differ according to brand.
Alternatively, at class we have some second hand shoes available at a very reduced price. Please see one of us for further details.
The pantomime news is coming thick and fast! Adding to our array of Berry Boys and Girls in South Yorkshire Christmas productions are 6 of our pupils who will be appearing in Manor Operatic Society‘s Jack and the Beanstalk.
No stranger to Manor’s spectacular productions, having performed in Barnum and Cinderella, Ewan Revill will be happily returning to the Sheffield City Hall stage, and joining him are our pupils Billy Dunn, Benjamin Povey, Conner Povey, Gabriel Sharrock and Gracie Smedley-Croke.
This takes the Berry Babe count up to 23 pupils appearing in Christmas shows across South Yorkshire. Our December and January calendars are looking more and more full!