Miss Dance 2017 – Charlotte Qualifies

DSC_0928 (2)-001Congrats, congrats and more congrats to our lovely Charlotte Stones who last week qualified for Miss Dance of Great Britain 2017, the International Dance Teachers’ Association‘s annual competition, bringing 55 of the best dancers in the country together in a celebration of all things glitz, glam and stretched feet!

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Charlotte has again qualified with her Tap number, Little Lautette, a charming dance delivered in a sea of orange and pink sequins, making this her second time appearing on Blackpool’s Winter Gardens stage.

We can’t wait to cheer her on as she joins Rebecca, Alex, Bree & Jack (Dance Master) representing our Sheffield dance school in June. Well done Charlotte!

Matt Flies to Agrabah

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We’re thrilled to say that former pupil Matthew Croke has landed the lead role in Disney Theatrical Production‘s Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End!

Matt will join the current cast and star as Aladdin himself opposite former Sugababe Jade Ewan as Jasmine and Trevor Dion Thomas playing the Genie. This immensely popular magical musical opened last June 2016 and Matthew will take on the role on 5th June.

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In addition to his professional musical theatre career, Matt has been a part-time teacher at the Berry Academy of Dance, bringing new skills, choreography, and his experience to benefit our pupils. We couldn’t be prouder of his achievements and we cannot wait to see him taking up his harem trousers and magic carpet very soon!

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

To read more about the cast changes afoot at Aladdin, please click here.

Bugsy Malone

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Congratulations are in order for our pupils who have won parts in Bradfield School‘s production of Bugsy Malone!

Well done to Lucy Holcroft, Eleanor Jackson and Renée Warren who will be performing in April, we’re always glad to hear of what you get up to outside of class! Eleanor will be playing Bugsy’s romantic interest, Blousey, while Lucy will be playing the part of Fizzy.

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.

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.

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!

High School Musical

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Congratulation are in order for our pupils performing in Ecclesfield School‘s production of High School Musical!

We’re delighted that our pupil Jack Skelton will be taking the lead role of Troy Bolton, while Ewan Revill will be part of the basketball team, and Kayla Barnes, Fay Blockley, Maddie Dunn, Conner Povey and Megan Thorpe will be part of the key dance troupe.

Well done all of you, we can’t wait to come and watch!

Jack and the Beanstalk 2016

2016-09-27-jack-and-beanstalkThe month of December will be pantomime-central for our Berry Babes, and we’re delighted that two more pupils have been cast in local festive productions. Our Sheffield dance school is spreading its wings in South Yorkshire towards Doncaster!

Congratulations to Kayla Barnes and Millie Boynton for earning their places in Cast Theatre‘s Christmas pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk! The show will be on in Doncaster from 2-31 December, tickets are already on sale so make sure you get yours here.

Our tally of Berry Boys & Girls in local pantomimes is ever rising, and we look forward to seeing what Kayla, Millie & Doncaster pantomime have to offer!

Annie Get Your Gun

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We’re very much looking forward to a familiar face returning to Sheffield this Christmas, and that’s our own former pupil Matthew Croke!

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Matt returns to lead a class

Matt has secured his place in Sheffield Theatres‘ Christmas musical, Annie Get Your Gun, which will be performed on the Crucible stage 9 December 2016-14 January 2017. Rehearsals begin in the autumn and in the meantime Matt has been finishing up his run as the lead in Singin’ in the Rain.

Make sure you get your tickets!

To find out more about Matthew, please click here.

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Former Pupil Matt Croke appearing as Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain.

 

Getting the Grade – Teaching Success

Congratulations are in order for our very own Miss Marie Horner who has added to her score of teaching qualifications!

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Marie with some pupils at our school production

Marie has recently completed module 1 of her Licentiate Tap qualification and not only has she completed it, but achieved a Distinction. Not to mention accomplishing all this during our ever busy and demanding school production earlier this year!

Well done Marie, and best of luck for the next steps.

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