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.

Happy 18th Birthday Bree!

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The first of our Senior girls is stepping into the world of legal drinking today as our lovely Bree Ella Quinton turns 18.

dsc_0028Bree began dancing at our school at the ripe age of 3 years old when her mum and former pupil Stacy brought her along. Her distinguished dance career had its humble beginnings from her first appearance as a little chicken in Our Favourite Things 2002 at the University Drama Studio and her first competition dance age 4 to Out of Town, to the heights (so far) of performing as a Semi-Finalist in Miss Dance of Great Britain 2016 and winning the IDTA’s Modern Jazz Performer Award.

Bree has been nominated to compete in the IDTA’s Theatre Dance Awards every year since 2012, and in 2015 was the first pupil in the school’s history to get nominated in all four disciplines in the same year: Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft & Modern Jazz.
We were particularly overwhelmed with pride earlier this year when Bree performed at the IDTA’s Theatre Dance Awards, the blue ribbon event of our dancing world, to win the Modern Jazz Performers Award. She was asked to represent the IDTA at the Theatre Dance Council International’s British Championships.

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Some familiar faces here… Bree Back Row Centre

Recently, Miss Quinton took 5th place at Danum White Rose Championships in the Ballet category while also making it through to the semi-finals of the Song & Dance section.

Over her time with us, Bree has performed on both Sheffield Theatres’ stages, appearing in pantomimes from the age of 7 at the Lyceum and also appearing in the Crucible’s production of Kes in 2014.

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History repeats itself – Bree’s first competition trio, Sunny Side of the Street… coincidentally her mum’s first trio too.

By June 2017, Bree will also have had the honour and achievement of competing in Miss Dance of Great Britain three times. We will be delighted to support her and Jack there next June. 

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For the time being, Bree is concentrating on her A Levels and applying for dance colleges. Happy 18th Birthday Miss Quinton, you’ve given us a lifetime of proud and happy memories, and we hope you go on to create more.

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Miss Dance 2017 – Becky Qualifies!


A huge congratulations to our massively talented Rebecca Hanneman who has tonight won her spot at the IDTA’s Miss Dance of Great Britain 2017 in Blackpool next year.

This will be Becky’s third time appearing at Miss Dance and she will be joining Bree Quinton and Jack Skelton (for Dance Master). Well done sweetheart, we can’t wait to cheer you on.

Four of our other girls are also working towards places in this prestigious competition, and we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.

CBeebies’ The Nutcracker

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Getting into the Christmas spirit early this year is our pupil Rebecca Hanneman, who has joined the cast of CBeebies’ The Nutcracker!

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CBeebies staged their Christmas production at Sheffield Theatres’ Crucible this weekend, where it was filmed for broadcast in this year’s festive TV season. All our favourite people from CBeebies are appearing in this magical show like Justin Fletcher, Cat Sandion and Ben Faulks.

Working to promote the show, our very own Rebecca Hanneman joined the CBeebies’ festival in Sheffield, where she joined the ‘toy makers’ was a doll who came to life (en pointe)! They performed a small ten minute show every two hours over the course of the weekend, meaning a total of 12 shows overall.

Becky said:

It’s my first paid dance job and it was such an amazing experience. I met most of the production team who work with CBeebies and the presenters who are on telly!

Well done Rebecca, we’re sure you made a pretty magical ballerina doll!

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Ooh! Aah! Bonfire Night!

We don’t care that it’s still October, the next thing on our minds is Bonfire Night!

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Once again the lovely Jackson family will be opening up their Greenhead House farm in Oughtibridge on Saturday 5th November, gates are open at 6pm and we’ll be lighting the bonfire at 6.30.

Ever the popular event, these tickets need to be purchased in advance as they cover a burger (veggie option available) and a tea or coffee. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for a family ticket. We will also be selling luxury items (i.e. boozy!) hot chocolate, buns and bonfire lollies.

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Fabulous prizes to be won!

There’s also a raffle taking place with some cracking prizes! You could win tickets to watch Sheffield’s finest sports teams including the Steelers, the Owls & the Blades. Tickets cost only £1 for the raffle and can be bought at class on Saturday or at the event, and you could even be taking home a Kindle, wine or chocolates!

We hope to see as many of you as possible at this event as it’s always a huge success and a great opportunity to bond with the Berry dance family!

We’d like to thank the fundraising committee, the Jackson family and everyone who helps contribute to organise and pull off these fantastic events for us all.

Danum White Rose Championships

On Friday 28th October some of our pupils represented the school at Danum White Rose Championships. After successfully making it through to the semi-finals the previous day, the following pupils performed fantastically:

Bree Quinton made it through to the finals of Senior Ballet and was awarded a fantastic 5th place and also performed in the semi-finals of Senior Song & Dance.

Aliyah Xaba also made it through to the finals of Junior Modern taking 6th place.

Maisie Ganley won places in the semi-finals in three categories; Junior Song & Dance, Tap, and Ballet.

Jack Skelton was a semi-finalist in Senior Tap at Danum and also represented the school earlier in the week at the West Ridings Championship, taking 5th place in Senior Tap.

Congratulations to all our pupils who competed in this hotly contested championship – we’re very proud of all of you!

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Danum Finalists Bree & Aliyah

Halloween & Bonfire Night

Well there’s no stopping our fabulous fundraising committee at the minute, with two very exciting events coming up to celebrate the autumn season!

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The first will be taking place this Sunday 30th October between 2-4pm at Malin Bridge Sports and Social Club. Fancy dress will be optional for our scary Halloween party! There’ll be buns on sale and you can bring your carved pumpkins with LED lights so we can get cosy and spooky.

Tickets are £3 per child or £5 for 2 siblings, and adults don’t need a ticket. You can get your ticket at class from one of the fundraising team (Gemma or Charise) and if you’re not sure who to ask, just ask a member of staff and they’ll direct you to the right person! Tickets will also be available to buy on the day.

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Moving swiftly on from the ghoulish season we spark and crackle over to Bonfire Night! Once again the lovely Jackson family will be opening up their Greenhead House farm in Oughtibridge on Saturday 5th November, gates are open at 6pm and we’ll be lighting the bonfire at 6.30.

Ever the popular event, these tickets need to be purchased in advance as they cover a burger (veggie option available) and a tea or coffee. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for a family ticket. We will also be selling luxury items (i.e. boozy!) hot chocolate, buns and bonfire lollies.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at these events as they are always successful and are a great opportunity to bond with the Berry dance family!

We’d like to thank the fundraising committee, the Jackson family and everyone who helps contribute to organise and pull off these fantastic events for us all.

Miss Dance & Dance Master 2017 – Here We Come!

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A huge congratulations are in order for our extremely talented and hardworking Bree Quinton and Jack Skelton who yesterday secured their places in the IDTA’s prestigious national competition, Miss Dance and Dance Master!

At their Orpington heat, Bree & Jack impressed the adjudicator enough that it was a clean Berry Academy of Dance sweep for both Miss Dance and Dance Master. This will be Bree’s third time competing in Miss Dance, where this year she made it to the semi-finals with I Dreamed A Dream. Bree is currently the IDTA’s Modern Jazz Performer of 2016.

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15 year old Jack will be making his first appearance at Dance Master next year with his fantastic tap routine as a cheeky porter. Jack recently took the lead part in Ecclesfield School’s production of High School Musical as Troy Bolton, and he also made it to the East Coast Tap Championships semi-finals earlier this year.

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We must also congratulate our Rebecca Hanneman for taking runner-up in her heat this weekend, and wish all the best to Becky, Bridie, Alexandra, Charlotte & Eve as we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before they make it through to Miss Dance of Great Britain 2017.

Congratulations Jack & Bree, we can’t wait to cheer you on!

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.