February Half-Term Workshop

Roll up, roll up, 3-day dance workshop taking place over Feburary half-term! If you would like to come to our fabulous holiday treat your booking forms need to be in by this Saturday 4th February.

All information below – don’t miss out on further training and a great opportunity to have fun with your dancing family.

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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.

October Half-Term Classes 2016

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Just a note to let our pupils and parents know that we will be open for class as usual throughout the autumn half-term holidays with no time changes.

However there will be no private lessons for half-term week. These lessons will be resumed week commencing 31st October.

If you have any questions or want to clarify any information about class, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Cats – Musical Workshop

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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.

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Show Update: Rehearsals & Times

DSC_0479 (2)-001We are trying to arrange for a room in the theatre where parents can wait if they choose. There will be more information on this. Any parents of Minnie Mouse(s) who want to collect their children before the end of the first half must see Miss Amy to let her know.

Tuesday 12th July – Technical Rehearsal
Children need to arrive preferably with their hair done, no make-up and with all their costumes and shoes.
Arrival time: between 5.15-5.30
Collection times
Any children in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Minnie Mouse) can be collected from 7 o’clock, other children in the first half only, can be collected at 8 o’clock. Rabbits can be collected at 8.30pm. All other children in the second half can be collected at 9.30 at the latest.

Wednesday 13th July, Thursday 14th July and Friday 15th July
Children need to arrive preferably with their hair done, full make-up and with all their costumes and shoes.
Arrival time: between 6.15-6.30.
Collection times
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – 7.30
Children in first half only – 8.15
Rabbits – 8.40
Children in the second half – 9.30

Saturday 16th July – Matinee
Children need to arrive preferably with their hair done, full make-up and with all their costumes and shoes.
Arrival time: between 1.00-1.30
Collection times
Children in first half only – 3.10
Rabbits – 3.30
Children in the second half – 4.40

Please note we cannot remain in the theatre between the matinee and evening performances. 

Saturday 17th July – Evening 
Children need to arrive preferably with their hair done, full make-up and with all their costumes and shoes.

Arrival time: between 6.15-6.30.
Collection times
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – 7.30
Children in first half only – 8.15
Rabbits – 8.40
Children in the second half – 9.30/40 (this could be later than expected – please see us if this is a problem)

DVD and Photographs
For those of you wanting to order DVDs and photographs, please be advised that these orders must be placed by the end of the Saturday matinee. The show DVD is £20 and the cash needs to be placed in an envelope with the child’s name and a contact phone number. The same procedure goes for the photographs. Please hand these to Kay Smith or Miss Amy – if you are unsure, a member of staff can take them. Please note no cheques are accepted – cash only. DSC_0352-001

Class Timetable – Summer 2016

For our Saturday class our timetable will now be operating based on show dances. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via our Facebook page or by contacting Mrs Berry directly.

Please note there are some exam classes scheduled.

10.00-10.30 Juveniles – Mickey Mouse Club House Theatre Craft – We Belong Together
10.30-11.00 Grade 1 Tap – as arranged by Mrs Berry
11.00-11.30 Ladybird Ballet Butterfly Ballet
11.30-12.00 Modern – Join the Circus Modern – Come Follow the Band Grade 3 Theatre Craft – exam class
12.00-12.30 Stretch
12.30-1.15 Theatre Craft – You’ve Got a Friend in Me Theatre Craft – Glenn Miller Grade 4 Theatre Craft – Exam Class
1.15-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.15 Tap – Positoovity Blue Skies
2.15-3.15 The Hunt – Senior Hunters Only
3.15-4.15 Tap – Anything Goes

See you at the Scholarships!

We’ve had another very successful round of IDTA examinations and the results are in! Well done to everyone who took Grade 3 Tap and Intermediate Theatre Craft – you have maintained the school’s 100% pass rate and achieved a fabulous set of marks.

A very special mention to Eve Wainwright, who has been nominated for her Intermediate Theatre Craft, and will take part in the IDTA Theatre Dance Awards in Manchester next February in the Performers’ Category! Eve recently took part in the scholarships a month ago for Grade 4 Modern Jazz and Grade 5 Theatre Craft.

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Eve performing in the Theatre Craft Grades category at IDTA Theatre Dance Awards 2016.

Congratulations also to our younger members of staff, Lauren Newbould, Theresa Rycroft and Amy Smith who have achieved their Pre-Associate Level 2 Theatre Craft teaching qualifications.

Best of luck to all taking part in examinations in the coming weeks!

Mirror, mirror…

Thanks to your continued support and the mammoth efforts of our fabulous Fundraising Committee we have been able to purchase these mirrors for class! Mirrors help dancers perfect their technique – a nice enhancement for our lessons!

On reflection…