Happy 18th Birthday Rebecca!

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A very happy birthday to our gorgeous Rebecca Hanneman who becomes an adult today!

dsc_0049-001Becky joined us over 10 years ago, taking part in her first show in 2006, A Kinda Magic, experiencing the first of many quick costume changes with Miss Lisa! The dance festival roller coaster began at age 8 for Rebecca when she had varied success; falling first on her bum with her Ballet solo but then achieving 4th place with her Modern.

Rebecca is no stranger to Sheffield Theatres, playing Louisa in the Sound of Music in 2012, and then joining the dance troupe of Kes in 2014. This last performance was pretty traumatic and Becky’s trooper spirit came through as she was rushed to hospital to have her appendix removed a week before opening night. She still made it though!

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In 2014 she won the South Yorkshire Tap Championship and in 2015 and 2016 she appeared in the IDTA’s prestigious Miss Dance of Great Britain competition. She has already won her place in 2017’s Miss Dance.

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Over the years she has secured many great exam results and was first nominated to compete in the IDTA Theatre Dance Awards in 2012 with Modern Jazz. Since then she has been nominated many times, most recently in 2016 she was nominated for Advanced 1 Modern Jazz and Intermediate Tap, the latter for which she was awarded a Special Commendation.2016-12-23-becky-05

Rebecca had her first professional job only a month ago, appearing as a magical doll for Cbeebies’ Nutcracker festival!

We hope you have a wonderful day and we cannot wait to see what your future holds.

 

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Marks to Prove It!

CCI01082016_0002-001 A huge congratulations to our lovely Miss Marie Horner who has achieved a well-deserved Distinction in her latest teaching exam for Licentiate Tap.

With the help of Eve, Jack, Liberty & Megan in the practical elements, Marie carried out 3 exams in 4 parts to add to her repertoire of qualifications. Well done Miss Marie!

If you’d like to find out more about our staff, please click here.

Stage Box Star

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Congratulations to Eleanor Jackson who has been invited to join the Elite team at Stagebox, Leeds.  Hundreds attended a rigorous and competitive audition at the Royal Northern Ballet where she was selected along with just a handful of children.  Eleanor will be spending up to 5 weeks of her school holidays taking part in intensive musical theatre workshops led by leading industry professionals.dsc_0785-001

In addition to the workshops, Eleanor can look forward to taking part in professional musical theatre videos, which showcase Elite Teams to hundreds of thousands online. Training also includes vocal recording in a professional studio and “on location” shoots throughout the year.

We look forward to see the results of Eleanor’s first workshop in April 2017!

A Very, Berry, Merry Christmas 2016

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Well we have been busy! Lots of festive fundraising and a fabulous Christmas Concert to finish off a wonderful term.

IDTA Theatre Awards, Here We Come
We were delighted to announce that following our November exam sessions, 9 pupils have been selected to perform at the IDTA’s Theatre Awards in 2017 in Manchester. This competition is drawn from the best syllabus exam performances across the country, and it is considered a great honour to be asked to dance. Many pupils have been nominated for more than one category, and they are as follows:

Grade 5 Modern Jazz
Ewan Revill, Liberty Shepherd, Jack Skelton, Eve Wainwright

Advanced 1 Ballet
Bree Quinton

Advanced 1 Theatre Craft
Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Bree Quinton, Charlotte Stones, Bridie Thorpe

Advanced 2 Theatre Craft
Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Charlotte Stones, Bridie Thorpe

Well done to all pupils who took exams, as usual, we have maintained our 100% pass rate.

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Fundraising Frenzy
Our Fundraising Committee have well and truly done it again this term. Carol singing, festive fayres and a fantastically organised Christmas Concert. This year we added another performance due to popular demand! Many thanks to everyone who came to support the school and to those who donated extra to our extremely cute collectors. dsc_0782-001

Photos from the Concert are available at our Facebook page, please click here. A huge well done to all the teachers for putting together our festive favourite in a short space of time, we hope you all now feel suitably Christmassy.

We also had a sighting of a certain someone supposedly in “retirement” – but it turns out we can’t keep her away.

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Thanks again to all for supporting our marvellous dance school, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year. Classes begin Saturday 7th January 2017.

Cake SOS

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Urgent call to all the (Mary) Berry Babes, mums, aunties, nans (or dads!) for cake donations for our Christmas Fayre this Saturday! We would greatly appreciate anyone who can bake some treats (cakes or buns) for sale to bring them from 9.30am onwards till 11 o’clock when the Fayre opens. For anyone who can’t bring something in the morning we will still appreciate stock replenishment throughout the day.

Ready, steady… bake!

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Christmas Fayre 2016

christmas-fayre-logoThe Fundraising Committee always know how to get us all in the Christmas spirit, and this year is no different. Sort out your presents, treat yourself to Xmassy snacks or get your face painted at our fabulous Christmas Fayre, this Saturday 10th December. 

There’s a whole lot on offer to suit everyone…

For adults looking to get organised with some Christmas presents, there’s jewellery stalls, two make-up counters (both Younique and Avon), a selection of festive candles from our fabulous enterprising On Fire. If you fancy treating yourself, there will be makeovers available!

Feeling lucky? Have a go on our tombola. Prizes include tickets to Sheffield’s finest pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk at the City Hall, family passes to Ice Sheffield, Altitude, and much more.

If you’re peckish, there will be high quality pork pies and chutneys on sale and also available to order. 2016-12-06-xmas-stocking

For the Kids
For our smaller visitors there’s plenty on offer too. We’re having a book sale and also some very special hair bows will available to buy. We think our younger guests will be most interested in our Reindeer Dust and a very special visitor who will be waiting in his grotto to meet very well-behaved children!

The event will begin at 11am, and all are welcome. For any veteran Berry Babes, there will be some rather special and unique ceramic dolls looking for new homes. [PRODUCT NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE SUSCEPTIBLE TO NIGHTMARES]

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.