Congrats, 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!
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!
The first of our Senior girls is stepping into the world of legal drinking today as our lovely Bree Ella Quinton turns 18.
Bree 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Well, not one to be outdone, our very own Miss Alexandra O’Brien took today’s Miss Dance heat by storm! A huge congratulations to Alex on securing her place in Miss Dance of Great Britain2016.
So, let’s count it up: Rebecca Hanneman, Bree Quinton, Bridie Thorpe & now Alex! We didn’t think it possible to top our excitement from last year when we had 3 of our pupils in this prestigious competition, but here we are: the Fantastic Four.
Miss Dance takes place in June at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Blackpool, and is a national competition hosted by the International Dance Teachers’ Association, whose syllabus we follow. After competing in heats across the country, 50 young dancers are brought together on this immense stage to perform in front of a whopping 3,500 people.
Get your sandwiches packed and your best cheering voices warmed up because this year’s Miss Dance is going to be pretty special! 4 down, 1 to go, can we make it the Famous Five? No pressure Charlotte!
We’re gonna need a bigger coach! A massive congratulations to the lovely Miss Bree Quinton for securing her place in the Grand Final of Miss Dance 2016 at a heat last night. Well done too to our Miss Bridie Thorpe who took the place of runner-up… it surely can’t be long now.
Alongside Rebecca, both girls performed at Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens earlier this year at Miss Dance 2015, a day that the whole dancing family will never forget. We now have two more young ladies competing for their place, so now we begin the countdown to making our Fabulous Five.
Best of luck to Bridie, Alex & Charlotte in the coming heats, and another very heartfelt well done to Bree.
Book the coaches, start on that packed lunch, because we’re off to Blackpool again next June! A huge congratulations to our very own Miss Rebecca Hanneman who performed her heart out in Loughborough to secure a place in the Grand Final of Miss Dance 2016.
After doing us tremendously proud this year (along with Misses Bridie and Bree of course), Becky has been back competing for a place in this prestigious competition, and we’re so looking forward to cheering her on once more. Well done!
I went to Mrs Berry’s for 13 years and my favourite classes were Gymnastics and Modern Jazz. Before I left I reached the final of the very prestigious Miss Dance competition. It was a brilliant experience in which I performed my favourite dance of all time. I did all the competitions!
I left Mrs Berry’s age 18 to go to Phil Winston’s Dance College in Blackpool where I completed a three-year course. After leaving there I came to Tenerife to dance in various shows touring hotels. I’m still here 10 years later! I’m now performing in a show called The Sound of Musicals. My own daughter Kaci has started dancing.
I had the best years at this dancing school and without Mrs Berry I would not be where I am today.
Congratulations are in order for two of our many fantastic Berry Babes who have secured places into the Grand Final of the IDTA’s Miss Dance of Great Britain award, held annually in Blackpool. Rebecca Hanneman won her heat in October 2014, and last night, Bree Quinton also danced her way to the final of a very prestigious dance competition.
Another of our Berry Babes, Bridie Thorpe, has also been performing her heart out at heats, taking runner-up only last week, so we think it will only be a matter of time before she makes it the magic trio! Three is Mrs Berry’s lucky number… so no pressure Bridie!
Miss Dance takes place in June at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, and many of the pupils, staff and parents attend every year on a big Berry school coach and enjoy fish and chips in between the fantastic showcase of dancing. In the past we have had many pupils performing at this competition, with Miss Rebecca taking third place, and our former pupils Matt Croke and Devon McKenzie-Smith taking third place in their own Dance Master competitions.