Berry Talented Dancers & A Modern Champ

As always, we were incredibly proud of our Berry Babes who danced in the International Dance Teachers Association’s Theatre Dance Awards at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester last weekend. To be nominated to dance in the scholarships is huge achievement in itself, and pupils who demonstrate excellence in their grade exams are invited to dance in this prestigious annual event.

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Rebecca, Bree, Bridie, Alexandra, Jack, Charlotte & Eve

Our young dancers were nominated for the following grade exams:

Grade 4 Modern Jazz – Jack Skelton, Eve Wainwright

Grade 5 Tap – Jack Skelton

Grade 5 Theatre Craft – Eve Wainwright

Intermediate Tap – Rebecca Hanneman, Bree Quinton, Charlotte Stones & Bridie Thorpe

Advanced 1 Modern – Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Bree Quinton, Charlotte Stones & Bridie Thorpe

We were delighted to see our students perform as marvelously as ever with, of course, lots of support from their number 1 fans, Team Berry! Congratulations to all of our pupils who performed, particularly Rebecca Hanneman & Bridie Thorpe, who were awarded Special Commendations in the Tap Performers category.

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Rebecca & Bridie with their Tap certificates

The highlight of our weekend (and quite probably the month, at least) was the Modern Jazz Performers category. You can imagine our delight when our very own Bree Quinton was announced as winner!! Cheers and screams all round from Team Berry. A massive well done to Bree and her teachers & family, particularly mum and former pupil Stacy – a hard-earned victory.

Of a possible 6000 pupils across the IDTA network, 300 are nominated to dance in the scholarships. The standard is incredibly high, and our girls & boy lived up to that. Well done to all of you, not to mention your teachers for their hard work! Thanks to the mums, dads, nans, aunties, siblings, cousins, friends (etc.!) who continue to support the children and the school in every new exciting chapter.

Class Timetable January 2016

We’re looking forward to getting back into the swing of things tomorrow, Monday 4th January, and would like to let you know that some class times have changed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via Facebook ( or email at

Please note that all private lessons are not running the first week back, and will begin week commencing 11th January.

Saturday Timetable – First Class Back 9th January 2016

10.00-10.30 Juveniles Prep Theatre Craft Primary Theatre Craft
10.30-11.00 Prep Tap Primary Tap
11.00-11.30 Grade 1 Ballet Prep Ballet Primary Ballet
11.30-12.00 Grade 1 Modern Prep Modern Primary Modern
12.00-12.30 Stretch
12.30-1.15 Grade 1 Theatre Craft Grade 2 Theatre Craft Grade 3 Theatre Craft
1.15-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.15 Grade 1 Tap Grade 2 Tap Grade 3 Tap
2.15-3.15 Grade 4 Theatre Craft Intermediate Theatre Craft Advanced 1 Modern
3.15-4.00   Intermediate Tap Advanced 1 Tap

Monday Timetable – First Class Back 4th January 2016

4.30-5.15 Grade 2 Ballet Grade 3 Modern
5.15-6.00 Grade 4 Ballet Boys Grade 2 Modern
6.00-7.00 Grade 4 Ballet Pointe Grade 5 Modern
7.00-7.45 Stamina
7.45-8.30 Intermediate Ballet Advanced 1 Theatre Craft
8.30-8.45 Joint Pointe Pre-Associate Theatre Craft Part 2
8.45-9.30 Advanced 1 Ballet  

Monday Timetable Autumn 2015

Please see our new timetables for Monday below. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Berry on 0114 246 6126.

4.30-5.15 Grade 2 Ballet Grade 3 Modern
5.15-6.00 Grade 3 Ballet Grade 4 Modern – boys
6.00-6.45 Boys Ballet Grade 5 Modern
6.45-7.45 Inter Ballet with Pointe Advanced 1 Theatre Craft
7.45-8.30 Stretch Class
8.30-9.30 Advanced 1 Ballet with Pointe Pre-Associate Theatre Craft Part 2

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Saturday Timetable Autumn 2015

Please find below our timetable for Saturday class. Term commences 5th September at St Thomas More Community Centre.

If you would like to begin dancing with us for the first time, please call Mrs Berry to arrange on 0114 246 6126. We will be delighted to welcome new pupils.

For any clarifications or questions, please contact Mrs Berry on the number above.


10.00-10.30 Juveniles Preparatory Theatre Craft Primary Theatre Craft
10.30-11.00 Preparatory Tap Primary Tap
11.00-11.30 Grade 1 Ballet Preparatory Ballet Primary Ballet
11.30-12.00 Grade 1 Modern Preparatory Modern Primary Modern
12.00-12.30 Stretch Junior Stretch Inter Stretch Boys
12.30-1.15 Grade 1 Theatre Craft Grade 2 Theatre Craft Grade 3 Theatre Craft Grade 4 Theatre Craft


1.30-2.15 Grade 1 Tap Grade 2 Tap Grade 3 Tap Pre-Associate Theatre Craft
2.15-3.15 Grade 2 Modern Grade 5 Tap Advanced 1 Modern
3.15-4.15 Inter Theatre Craft Advanced 1 Tap

All Good Things – Dates For Your Diary

We’re delighted to announce that our school production:

All Good Things

Will take place next summer at the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield. All our pupils get the chance to dance on a full-sized stage right in the city centre in front of hundreds of people every night. There will be four performances and children dancing in the show will be required in the evenings of the whole show week to attend technical and dress rehearsals. The details of these will be released nearer the time.

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Please make a note of these dates in your diary:

Tuesday 12 July 2016 – Technical Rehearsal

Wednesday 13 July 2016 – Dress Rehearsal

Thursday 14 July 2016 – Evening Performance

Friday 15 July 2016 – Evening Performance

Saturday 16 July 2016 – Matinee Performance & Evening Performance

There will also be full-class rehearsals that take place at St Thomas More Community Centre on the following dates:

Thursday 30 June 2016

Saturday 2 July 2016

Details regarding tickets and costumes will be released in due course.


A pirouette down memory lane…

This year’s show theme is a special one, as it celebrates the very best of Berry. As we sashay towards our 35th birthday as a school, we continue to enjoy a long history of achievement and friendship. As the daughters of our first ever pupils learn their shuffle hops, nieces, brothers, twins, grandchildren of our community come together to make a school that is incredibly special. Expect to see old favourites and new showstoppers, danced by our pupils as only they know how, with stretched feet and a foot-long smile!

We now begin the difficult task of narrowing down a shortlist of crowd-pleasers, and we look forward to seeing you in July 2016.

Golds at Goldthorpe

Our Berry Babes took so many medals at this festival that we can’t report on all of them, so here are some of the highlights!

Our pupils took the  Dearne Valley Dance Festival by storm, with the Xaba sisters swiping the first two golds of the festival (all before 9am, their tired mum might add)! Laylah and Aliyah both won their Modern categories, with Leila Steer taking fourth place.

Well done to our youngest ballerinas Laylah, Abigail Bridger, Gracie Howsham, and Niamh Thompson who danced beautifully according to Miss Marie, with Niamh and Laylah tying for fourth place. In the Junior Cabaret Trio section, Megan Bridger, Aliyah, and Evie Wright performed their Tap dance, Positivity, for the first time and took second place. Meanwhile, Isabel Adshead, Abi and Laylah danced all the way down the yellow brick road to third place.

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Congratulations to our Berry Babes in C Modern who took first, second and fourth place! Respectively, the medals went to Eleanor Jackson, Lilli Walker and Isobel Moseley. In C Tap Maddison Buckley took gold while Maisie Ganley took bronze. In the Intermediate National section we were thrilled to see Eleanor take another gold while Megan Moore and Courtney Smith were placed third and fourth respectively. Sticking to Nationals, Leila Steer came first in her age-group with Megan Bridger and Grace Mitchell also taking third and fourth place respectively.

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Jodie and Ewan


We saw Kayla Barnes as Jack Frost and Alana with her Decorator’s Dilemma in the Inter Character section, with them taking second and fourth place respectively. The Steer sisters got their fair share of medals too: Leila won third place for her Ballet and Jodie took fourth place with her Greek dance, Autumn to Spring.

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On gold and silver in their National category was Isabel Adshead and Abigail Bridger! Well done girls. Liberty Shepherd won her Character section and Alexandra O’Brien also placed third. The lovely Trolley Song group performance got a silver medal in the Intermediate Troupe category, and following on shortly from that our bendy wendys Rebecca Hanneman and Emily Gay won first and third place in the Senior Acro section.

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Eva, Eleanor, Maddie, Kayla and (cheeky) Coen

In their different National sections, Evie Wright took second place and Aliyah Xaba came fourth. In E National, Bridie Thorpe also took a silver medal, while Alex O’Brien and Charlotte Stones tied for fourth place. Charlotte and Bree Quinton won first place with their Song and Dance duet while Alex and Rebecca Hanneman took fourth place.

Megan and her gold medal


Congratulations to Abigail Bridger on her silver Modern medal, and in that same section Isobel Adshead and Niamh Thompson tied for fourth place – Niamh also won fourth place for her Character! It was silver medals all over the place for Leila Steer with her Tap and Coen Quinton with his Song and Dance. Big sister Bree Quinton took second place with her Character.

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Leila, Aliyah, Coen & Neve

One of the highlights of the festival was our sweeping the medal board in the E and F Ballet sections. An extremely proud Miss Lucie was thrilled to see Liberty Shepherd step forward to receive gold, Emily Gay taking silver, Charlotte winning bronze and Alex taking fourth place in the E age-group, and then to Bree and Rebecca carving up gold and silver between them in the F age-group! Well done girls.

We like the look of this line-up!
We like the look of this line-up!

In E Song and Dance, we were delighted to see Charlotte Stones perform her way to first place. Not one to be left out, Megan Moore also won her Modern section! Aliyah Xaba took fourth place with her Character while Grace Mitchell stormed her way to gold in the same section – well done to you two! Grace also received fourth place for her Ballet while Alana O’Connor took a bronze medal for hers.

Grace and Megan


Maisie Ganley and Megan Thorpe took care of gold and silver in their National section while first, second and fourth went to Bree Quinton, Isabelle Sykes and Rebecca Hanneman respectively for their Song and Dance category. Well done to Maddie Dunn who took fourth place with her Character, A Girl in Every Port.

Some very happy medalists - ballerinas Liberty & Emily
Some very happy medalists – ballerinas Liberty & Emily

Some extremely high marks were achieved in the Senior Duets section, with Rebecca and Bree attaining a score of 90. The girls won the section and Alex and Bridie came in fourth out of a group of 32 entries – an impressive result! In another big section, Alex won gold with Bridie and Charlotte Stones on fourth places respectively for their Modern solos.

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Rebecca and Bree

Congratulations to one of our newer pupils, Connor Povey, who tapped his way to the podium and claimed first place! There were a few Berry Babes dancing for the first time at this festival, and they all did marvellously! Hannah Braithwaite (whose mum many former pupils will know as Lindsay Hardman) took third place in Baby Classical while Coen Quinton took fourth place. A big well done to Missy Thorpe, Briony Plightling, Hebe-Rose Burton and Alycia and Bradley Mayfield who performed for the first time at their very first dance competition! We were all very proud of you.

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Proud Miss Rachel & Hebe-Rose

Another highlight of the festival was the E Tap section… there were many strong competitors in this category, many of them our own pupils, and you can imagine our delight when the very popular Mr Jack Skelton danced out of his skin to a well-deserved first place. The biggest cheers were from his friends up on stage with him, and when Charlotte was awarded second place, the first thing she did was walk up to Jack and congratulate him. We were proud of Jack and proud of our Team Berry spirit.

We say this at the end of every Comp Report, but the success of our pupils could not happen without the hard work of our staff and the unfailing support from mums, dads, nans and granddads. Well done to our pupils for continuing to do their best, and thank you to that backstage team who make it all possible. We can’t wait to see what we’ll do at Two Counties… see you then!

Trophy Girls