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!

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.

Dance Wear

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For girls, we recommend leggings/tights and a leotard. For boys, cycle shorts/leggings and a t-shirt.

If you are a new starter with us, there is no rush to buy leotards or dance shoes. However, if you have been attending class for 3/4 weeks or more, your child will need a pair of ballet shoes and a pair of tap shoes.

Dancewear and shoes can be found at both dance stores and online shops. Locally, there are the following shops:

High Green Gymnastics – Paces Centre, High Green
Arabesque – Woodseats
Dance Ability – Rotherham

Online, Dance Direct has a wide selection on offer. We would however recommend getting shoes fitted in person (at least for the first time) because all shoes differ according to brand.

Alternatively, at class we have some second hand shoes available at a very reduced price. Please see one of us for further details.

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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.

All Good Things: Ticket Information

We’re very much looking forward to our school production in July, All Good Things, which will be a celebration of the very best of Berry School!

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Tickets will be on sale to school pupils 1st May. General sale will begin 19th May.

Tickets can only be purchased via the official forms distributed by Mrs Berry and will only be reserved when the money is paid in full.

Price:
£12 adult ticket
£9 concession

Please note there are no concession tickets for the Saturday evening performance.

For show dates and further information, please click here: All Good Things.
To sponsor a page in our programme, please click here: Programme Sponsorship
And finally, to see how we’ve been getting on with our rehearsals, please click here: Show Gallery.

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.

Class Timetable – Summer 2016

For our Saturday class our timetable will now be operating based on show dances. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via our Facebook page or by contacting Mrs Berry directly.

Please note there are some exam classes scheduled.

10.00-10.30 Juveniles – Mickey Mouse Club House Theatre Craft – We Belong Together
10.30-11.00 Grade 1 Tap – as arranged by Mrs Berry
11.00-11.30 Ladybird Ballet Butterfly Ballet
11.30-12.00 Modern – Join the Circus Modern – Come Follow the Band Grade 3 Theatre Craft – exam class
12.00-12.30 Stretch
12.30-1.15 Theatre Craft – You’ve Got a Friend in Me Theatre Craft – Glenn Miller Grade 4 Theatre Craft – Exam Class
1.15-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.15 Tap – Positoovity Blue Skies
2.15-3.15 The Hunt – Senior Hunters Only
3.15-4.15 Tap – Anything Goes

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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