When they’re not taking exams, competing in festivals or performing in our productions, our Berry Boys & Girls tend to do us proud in lots of other ways. We’ve collated our achievements over our long and varied history here.
IDTA Theatre Dance Awards
Students can be nominated to dance in the IDTA’s Theatre Dance Awards based on their performance in their syllabus examination. We have seen more than 45 pupils compete in this prestigious event nominated for over 150 examination performances.
We have also been incredibly proud to be the home of three IDTA winners:
2014: Charlotte Stones – Tap Grades
2016: Bree Quinton – Modern Jazz Performers
2017: Jack Skelton – Tap Grades
2017 IDTA Theatre Dance Awards
The following pupils represented the school, some in more than one discipline: Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Bree Quinton, Ewan Revill, Gabriel Sharrock, Liberty Shepherd, Jack Skelton, Charlotte Stones, Bridie Thorpe & Eve Wainwright.
Finalists: Rebecca Hanneman, Bree Quinton, Liberty Shepherd, Jack Skelton, Bridie Thorpe & Eve Wainwright.
Special Commendation: Bree Quinton & Bridie Thorpe.
To find out more, please click here.
2018 IDTA Theatre Dance Awards
Representing the school in next year’s event will be:
Maisie Ganley – Grade 4 Modern Jazz
Jack Skelton – Grade 5 Theatre Craft
Megan Thorpe – Grade 4 Modern Jazz
Lucy Holcroft – Grade 4 Tap
Miss Dance of Great Britain & Dance Master
This annual event hosted by the IDTA takes place in the immense Winter Gardens theatre in Blackpool. There are 55 heats across the country and only 55 places in this competition for the best cabaret-style dancer.
In 2017 we were delighted to see our very own Miss Bree Quinton taking 3rd place in one of the IDTA’s flagship events.
Many of our students have won heats to gain a place in the final of this prestigious competition:
1990 Amanda Constantinou (née Ellis)
1995 Rebecca Akers (3rd place), Emma Crookes (grand finalist)
1996 Rebecca Akers, Emma Crookes, Zoe Percival
1997 Rebecca Akers, Emma Crookes, Julia Gartside
1998 Rebecca Akers, Emma Crookes
2001 Kimberley Adshead
2002 James O’Connell (3rd place)
2004 Matthew Croke (3rd place)
2006 Devon McKenzie-Smith (3rd place)
2015 Rebecca Hanneman, Bree Quinton, Bridie Thorpe
2016 Bree Quinton (semi-finalist), Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Charlotte Stones, Bridie Thorpe
2017 Rebecca Hanneman (grand finalist), Alexandra O’Brien, Bree Quinton (3rd place), Jack Skelton, Charlotte Stones (semi-finalist)
From 2000 to the present day there have been Berry Babes performing in Sheffield Theatres’ pantomimes every Christmas. More recently we were pleased to also provide children to Rotherham & Worksop pantomimes.
2012 Cinderella, Sheffield Lyceum, Peter Pan, Rotherham Civic
2013 Jack and the Beanstalk, Sheffield Lyceum, Beauty and the Beast, Rotherham Civic
2014 Peter Pan, Sheffield City Hall, Dick Whittington, Sheffield Lyceum, Aladdin, Rotherham Civic
2015 Aladdin, Sheffield Lyceum, Cinderella, Rotherham Civic, Cinderella, Sheffield City Hall
2016 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sheffield Lyceum., Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Rotherham Civic, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sheffield City Hall, Jack and the Beanstalk, Doncaster Cast Theatre, Once Upon A Time, Worksop Acorn Theatre.
In August 2015, 36 very excited Berry pupils convened in Marne-la-Vallée, France to perform on Euro Disney’s Videopolis stage. The pupils performed a 20-minute show to the guests of the park and enjoyed a magical trip to the home of Mickey & Minnie. To watch the video, click here.
We can’t wait to get our Mickey Mouse ears on again for Summer 2017, as 21 pupils will be showcasing our talent at Disneyland Paris once more.
80 friends and family of the school were invited to join Take That’s tour during their 3-day session in Sheffield. Learning the choreography for the trio’s show, we were delighted to join Gary, Howard & Mark on the stage to perform behind them in front of a huge Sheffield Arena audience.
Our pupil James Lomas beat out thousands of other boys to become one of the original 3 Billys in Elton John’s new musical Billy Elliot, in 2005. James went on to win an Olivier Award for his performance in the West End production. In 2015, our pupil Bradley Mayfield joined the West End cast as Billy’s best friend, Michael. We very much enjoyed joining both Brad and James for Billy Elliot’s final West End gala performance in April 2016. Bradley has joined the UK & Ireland Tour.
In 2012 our pupil Ewan Revill won the much-coveted role of Nathan in this new musical adaptation of one of Sheffield’s best exports. Following an incredibly successful run at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre, Ewan joined the show on its UK & Ireland Tour in 2013.
May 2017: Some our pupils took part in Singing’ in the Rain at Sheffield’s City Hall, with Isabelle Sykes & Jack Skelton playing the lead roles of Kathy Selden and Cosmo Brown.
April 2017: 40 pupils learned from Ollie Botterill, Tap Attack teacher in a workshop that drew on his abundant experience in Tap Factory, Simply Gershwin, Spirit of the Dance and much more.
October 2016: Over 25 pupils enjoyed a professional musical theatre workshop with a cast member of the UK & International Tour of Cats the Musical.
August 2016: Bree Quinton competed on behalf of the IDTA at the British Dance Championships.
July 2016: Four pupils competed in the East Coast Championships, with Jack Skelton winning a place in the Tap semi-finals.
May 2016: Two Counties Dance Festival – Rebecca Hanneman Senior Bursary Winner
January 2016: Images Dancewear – Rebecca Hanneman, Conner Povey, Jack Skelton & Bridie Thorpe modelled the dancewear designs
November 2015: Former pupil Alice Wilson took the crown at Miss Burlesque Idol
July 2015: Northern Star Blackpool – Eleanor Jackson runner-up
July 2015: Jack Skelton & Charlotte Stones successfully auditioned for Tap Attack
May 2015: Two Counties Dance Festival – Isabelle Sykes Senior Bursary Winner
April 2015: Frankie Beetlestone took up his place at Sylvia Young Theatre School
January 2015: Images Dancewear – Abigail Bridger, Maisie Ganley, Rebecca Hanneman & Jack Skelton modelled the dancewear designs
North and South Yorkshire Championships – Maisie Ganley Junior Modern Winner and Rebecca Hanneman Senior Modern Winner 2014.
Kes – Rebecca Hanneman and Bree Quinton appeared in this new balletic interpretation at the Sheffield Crucible in 2014.
Oliver! – Georgia Barnes, Eleanor Jackson, Ewan Revill, Gabriel Sharrock & Jack Skelton joined the cast of the Sheffield Crucible’s Christmas musical in 2013.
Barbara Sharples Choreographic Award – both Miss Marie Horner & Miss Lois McFarlane have reached the finals of this competition, in 2011 and in 2013.
Various local operatic productions including those with Manor Operatic Society; Isabelle Sykes starring as Annie in 2012, Maisie Ganley appearing as Chip in Beauty and the Beast in 2013, Jack Skelton in Me and My Girl in 2014, and Ewan Revill, Jack & Isabelle in Barnum in 2016. Georgia and Kayla Barnes, Eva Cadet, Maddie Dunn and Maisie Ganley appeared in Dinnington Operatic’s Annie in 2014 while Kodi Cunningham appeared with Worksop Light Operatic in 2015 in Oliver!.
Unfortunately no longer being organised by the IDTA, Showcase was a fabulous performance of all different disciplines of dance from IDTA schools across the country. Schools had to audition their troupes to make it into the show, which was held at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.
1993 Sleepy Shores
1995 Lullaby on Broadway
1997 The Hunt
2003 On a Clear Day
2005 Robert Miles
2007 Hey Pachuco