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.

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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
1.15-1.30

Lunch

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

Tap Stars

Tap Attack

Congratulations are in order for our pupils Jack Skelton and Charlotte Stones who have two sets of very different and very good news. Both of them successfully auditioned for Tap Attack, a tap performance and workshop company with the likes of West End favourite Graeme Henderson on the bill! Having attended their workshops, Charlotte and Jack were invited to audition for the performance company – and we are very proud to say they got in!

In addition to this, Jack was also nominated to dance in the IDTA Scholarships 2016 for his outstanding performance in his Grade 4 Tap exam. Charlotte on the other hand has also discovered that she has been chosen for the role of Head Girl at Stocksbridge High School in the coming year.

Well done to both of you, keep up the good work!

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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.

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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.

Devon McKenzie-Smith

Devon

Devon started at Mrs Berry’s when he was 12 when he and Matt came from the Maureen Law School of Dance. During his time with us he was nominated for the IDTA Scholarships many times and won special commendations in 2003/4 for Grade 5 Tap and Theatre Craft. He was also the winner of the Ken Dodd Tap Award.

In 2006, at the age of 16, he came third in Dance Master UK, performing at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Later that year he went on to study for his National Diploma in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts College. While there both he and Matt competed in a tap competition held at the college, and Matt, feeling generous, used one of his old routines and choreographed a new one for Devon… he regretted it in the end because Devon ended up beating him with it!

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After graduating in 2009 he went on tour to Germany with the musical Hairspray for two years, managing to resist the urge to learn any German while he was there. He performed in Aladdin at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton in 2011.

In 2012 Devon taught classes and workshops in London and performed in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

Since then he has played a Shark on the national UK tour of West Side Story which began in Liverpool in 2013 and ended in summer 2014. In his spare time he has come back to Sheffield to teach our pupils exciting new routines and give them insight into the life of a professional dancer.

Devon was very excited to be joining the cast of Memphis, a new musical which arrived in London’s West End in October 2014. The starring role is taken by Beverley Knight, and the production won Best New Musical at the What’s On Stage Awards.