IDTA Tap Champ & All The Rest!

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Well our Berry Babes never fail to impress us and make us silly with pride. Our Sheffield dance school had 10 pupils nominated to perform at the IDTA Theatre Dance Awards in Manchester last weekend for their storming performances in their grade exams.

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To be invited to dance at this prestigious event is an achievement in itself, and we were thrilled to have the following pupils be nominated for these grades:

Advanced 2 Modern – Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Charlotte Stones, Bridie Thorpe
Advanced 1 Theatre Craft – Rebecca Hanneman, Alexandra O’Brien, Bree Quinton, Charlotte Stones, Bridie Thorpe
Advanced 1 Ballet – Bree Quinton
Intermediate Theatre Craft – Eve Wainwright
Grade 5 Modern Jazz – Ewan Revill, Liberty Shepherd, Jack Skelton, Eve Wainwright
Grade 5 Tap – Jack Skelton
Grade 4 Theatre Craft – Ewan Revill, Gabriel Sharrock, Jack Skelton

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Our pupils worked very hard and danced their socks off, with Liberty and Eve making it to be Modern Jazz Grades finalists and Jack taking his place in the Theatre Craft Grades finals.

We were also delighted to see Rebecca and Bridie being recalled to dance in the Modern Jazz Performers finals, with Bridie earning a Special Commendation. Bree made it to the Theatre Craft Performers final and also earned a Special Commendation.

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Our very own Mr Tap himself: Jack Skelton, IDTA Tap Grades Winner 2017

However, the icing on the cake for a fabulous weekend has got to be our very own Jack Skelton, who stormed to victory in the Tap Grades category! Jack is our third overall winner at the IDTA Theatre Awards, following Charlotte Stones in the Tap Grades of 2014 and Bree Quinton in the Modern Jazz Performers of 2016.

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Mrs B with the school’s IDTA winners; Jack, Charlotte & Bree

This is an absolutely huge achievement and very well deserved. Jack’s year can only get better as his performing and dance skills will take him on to Dance Master UK 2017, the lead part of Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain at the City Hall in May and the lead of Troy Bolton in Ecclesfield’s production of High School Musical.

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Jack and some very proud teachers: Miss Lois, Miss Rebecca & Miss Marie

We are immensely proud of all our pupils who represented the school and we congratulate them on a successful weekend.

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.

Once Upon A Time 2017

 

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We’re thrilled that two of our pupils will be appearing in Worksop Light Operatic Society’s Christmas pantomime, Once Upon A Time, this January! Well done to Kodi and Callie Cunningham for winning places in what is sure to be a magical Christmas treat!

Kodi will be playing the Genie while Callie will be a dancer. The show will take place from the 11-15 January 2017 at the Acorn Theatre, Worksop.

This takes our current tally of children performing in local pantomimes to 27, and we couldn’t be prouder!

Tickets will be available soon and updates can be found on the Society’s Facebook page, please click here. There will be group booking rates on offer.

Class of 2015/16

Today marks new beginnings for some of our lovely class of 2015/6.

Eve Wilson will go back to Newcastle University where she will start her second year studying Food Nutrition and Marketing. Elle Longden-Lyons who is currently a trainee teacher with us now and has been attending the school since the ripe age of 2 years old is planning her next dance qualifications and steps towards a possible summer in Camp America.DSC_0145

While Isabelle commences her Musical Theatre degree at the University of Chichester, Sheffield Hallam will be receiving two lovely young ladies into their degree programmes: Molly Barrowclough and Megan Clixby, both trainee teachers of ours, will be making a start on their freshers’ week today. Molly will be studying Early Years with QTS and Megan will be studying Adult Nursing.

These girls have been with us a long time and we’ve got rather attached to them! We hope all your paths lead you to success, and we will be following your progress with great interest. We’re very proud of all of you, and wish you all the best. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Snow White 2016

Congratulations to the pupils selected for Shone Productions‘ Christmas pantomime at Rotherham Civic Theatre! Well done to all our pupils who auditioned today.

The team who will be part of the Snow White cast this Christmas is: Isabel Adshead, Hêlin Arslan, Abigail Bridger, Megan Bridger, Grace Mitchell, Niamh Thompson, Evie Wright and Laylah Xaba.

We’re very much looking forward to watching the girls in action!

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Famous Five!

Wow wow wow – Miss Charlotte Stones… what a star. A huge congratulations to our lovely and extremely talented Charlotte who has tonight secured her place in the International Dance Teachers’ Association’s Miss Dance of Great Britain 2016.

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Performing her tap solo in a heat in Hartlepool tonight, our very own Miss Stones earned her place in this prestigious and hotly contested competition. Charlotte has a particular talent for tap, and in 2014 won the IDTA’s Tap Exam Grade Scholarship.

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This now takes our Miss Dance ladies up to a grand total of 5/5 – a turnout for the books! The girls will take part in the national competition on 12 June later this year, and will get to perform on Blackpool’s great Winter Gardens stage.

Goldthorpe Week 2

Another fabulous weekend in Dearne Valley – well done to all pupils who performed and of course to their fantastic teachers and supportive mums and families. Here are a few of our highlights:

United Nations
Berry Babes did very well in their National sections this weekend; We had a lovely 1st, 2nd and 4th in C National for Leila Steer, Aliyah Xaba and Eva Cadet, while our seniors swept gold, silver and bronze for Bree Quinton, Rebecca Hanneman and Bridie Thorpe.

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Making a Song & Dance about it…
Congratulations to Eva and Aliyah for taking first and second place in their Song & Dance category. Also showing off their lungs in different age groups were Neve Francis and Maisie Ganley, who took home gold medals for their efforts! Charlotte Stones, Rebecca, Bree and Alexandra O’Brien took home 2nd, 3rd and joint 4th for their performances.

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All That Modern Jazz
Our E pupils took their fair share of medals home with Eve Wainwright, Emily Gay, Liberty Shepherd and Jack Skelton winning 1st, 2nd and joint 4th. There were lots of prizes in other age groups as Lilli Walker and Maisie took home a gold each, while Gabriel Sharrock and Megan Thorpe received 3rd and 4th.  Well done to Alycia Mayfield for achieving 2nd place in her section.

It Takes Two…
Our Juniors did very well with their Modern Duets, Fred & Barney (a.k.a Megan Bridger and Evie Wright) were placed 2nd, while our Aladdin team (Isabel Adshead and Abigail Bridger) tied for 3rd place with Lazytown (Isabel & Laylah Xaba), and the lovely Coen Quinton and Neve rounded it off with 4th place.

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Ballerina Girls
Well done to Isobel Moseley and Lilli for taking gold and bronze with their Ballet routines.

In Character
Our Inters did very well this time round, with 1st, 2nd and 4th being awarded to Eleanor Jackson, Eva and Megan. A big well done to Coen for taking 2nd place in his category!

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Tapping Away
Channelling their inner Freds & Gingers, we saw Charlotte, Rebecca and Bridie receive 1st, 2nd and 4th while Jack received 2nd for his section.

Three Musketeers
Sometimes you need triple trouble. Well done to our Junior Modern trios, Megan, Niamh Thompson and Evie took gold medals, while Abigail, Niamh and Laylah took a silver medal home with them.

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Baby Steps
Holding up the adorable end of the dancing school were our youngest performers. They danced very well and we were so proud! Well done to Maisie Berry for taking part in her first ever dance competition… we’re sure Nana was impressed. Another well done to Hannah Braithwaite and Hebe-Rose Burton who took home 3rd place in Modern, not forgetting little sister Abi Braithwaite, who wasn’t left out – she took 4th place.2016.03.17 Goldthorpe 02 Baby Modern

Teamwork makes the dream work
Our comp highlight this year have got to be the following. Following a win from the Inter troupes last week, our Seniors made sure they rounded off the festival in style! Performing in rather diminished numbers due to a little asthma attack, our Berry Babes not only achieved 4th place with Jai Ho, but won this main event with their fantastic performance of Too Darn Hot. Well done everyone.

And the winner is…
No trophy ceremony is complete without some Berry School representation! Congratulations to Bree Quinton for Most Outstanding Performance and to Ewan Revill for taking home Most Promising Boy. The cherry on top of our weekend however was the very talented Miss Emily Gay, who won the festival’s Senior Bursary prize! Very well done.

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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!

Go Bradley!

Keep bradleyyour eyes peeled for our star in the making, Bradley Mayfield, who has been chosen to play the role of Michael in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End!

Bradley joined us just a year ago and has been working very hard on his singing, dancing & acting skills ever since. He began training for the role of Michael earlier this year, and will be making his debut as Billy’s best friend Michael tonight.

We’re so proud Bradley, congratulations. Break a leg!

Tap Stars

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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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