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.

Miss Dance 2017 – Alex Qualifies

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A huge well done to our fabulous Alexandra O’Brien who has qualified for the IDTA’s prestigious Miss Dance of Great Britain 2017!

This will be Alex’s second time competing on the huge stage at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, this year with a new routine, Crunchy Granola.

Alex has been offered a place at Urdang Academy, and we can’t wait to cheer her on alongside Rebecca, Bree and Jack in June. Congratulations gorgeous girl!

 

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.

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.

Happy 18th Birthday Bree!

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The first of our Senior girls is stepping into the world of legal drinking today as our lovely Bree Ella Quinton turns 18.

dsc_0028Bree 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.

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Some familiar faces here… Bree Back Row Centre

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.

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History repeats itself – Bree’s first competition trio, Sunny Side of the Street… coincidentally her mum’s first trio too.

By June 2017, Bree will also have had the honour and achievement of competing in Miss Dance of Great Britain three times. We will be delighted to support her and Jack there next June. 

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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.

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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.

Danum White Rose Championships

On Friday 28th October some of our pupils represented the school at Danum White Rose Championships. After successfully making it through to the semi-finals the previous day, the following pupils performed fantastically:

Bree Quinton made it through to the finals of Senior Ballet and was awarded a fantastic 5th place and also performed in the semi-finals of Senior Song & Dance.

Aliyah Xaba also made it through to the finals of Junior Modern taking 6th place.

Maisie Ganley won places in the semi-finals in three categories; Junior Song & Dance, Tap, and Ballet.

Jack Skelton was a semi-finalist in Senior Tap at Danum and also represented the school earlier in the week at the West Ridings Championship, taking 5th place in Senior Tap.

Congratulations to all our pupils who competed in this hotly contested championship – we’re very proud of all of you!

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Danum Finalists Bree & Aliyah

Halloween & Bonfire Night

Well there’s no stopping our fabulous fundraising committee at the minute, with two very exciting events coming up to celebrate the autumn season!

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The first will be taking place this Sunday 30th October between 2-4pm at Malin Bridge Sports and Social Club. Fancy dress will be optional for our scary Halloween party! There’ll be buns on sale and you can bring your carved pumpkins with LED lights so we can get cosy and spooky.

Tickets are £3 per child or £5 for 2 siblings, and adults don’t need a ticket. You can get your ticket at class from one of the fundraising team (Gemma or Charise) and if you’re not sure who to ask, just ask a member of staff and they’ll direct you to the right person! Tickets will also be available to buy on the day.

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Moving swiftly on from the ghoulish season we spark and crackle over to Bonfire Night! 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.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at these events as they are always successful and are 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.