Autumn term newsletter 2019

We hope all students have had a restful and fun summer holiday, and are ready and raring to go for the term ahead!

Kit collection and open day

Our kit collection afternoon and open day is on Friday 6th September. Please attend between the hours of 14.30-18.00 to be fitted for any new shoes/leotards required for the year ahead – this will help cut down on the amount of time spent in class trying on multiple pairs of shoes when we start back! We will be available to discuss any new classes or opportunities for your child over the next year.


Students from Grade 1-Intermediate have been working hard during the summer to learn the set routine to join dance schools across the UK in their World Record attempt for the most tap dancers performing the same routine simultaneously. Rehearsals will continue this term on a Sunday morning so if any other students are keen to join in please let me know and I can arrange some catch-up lessons!

Summer holiday classes

We have had a fantastic programme of classes running during our summer break, well done to those students who tried new and exciting genres and we hope that you got a lot out of the free work lessons on offer. It is always important to try and expose yourself to new teachers and styles of dance to ensure you are a well-rounded and flexible dancer. We are looking forward to our summer workshop next week


The following classes are working towards exams this Christmas, if your child’s class or age group is not listed below then they will be considered for either this summer or next, depending on experience/technique/readiness for the exam, and how they progress through learning and practising their syllabus work. Please remember that exams are not compulsory, so if your child’s class or age group is listed below and your son/daughter has concerns, please drop me an email to discuss. All students go into their exam in groups of 2-4, and I am not permitted to go in with them, so a thorough and in-depth knowledge of their classwork is required, as well as being able to perform correct technique, and use their faces appropriately for the genre and their age group.

Primary ballet Aurora, Lottie, Francesca, Orla, Evie, Alana, Beatrice, Beatrix, Harlow, Lilac, Lily, Aimee, Jennifer
Grade 2 ballet Ruby, Amelia
Grade 3 ballet Georgina, Tilly, Izabel, Jemima
Grade 5 ballet Lani, Rochelle, Ellie-Mae
Grade 3 tap Bruna, Amelie, Sian, Grace
Grade 4 tap Hannah, Georgina
Intermediate tap Elisha, Ingrid, Imogen, Ivy, Ellie
Grade 4 modern Georgina, Meave, Jemima
Intermediate modern Imogen, Abigail T, Nicole, Ivy, Ellie

Weekend classes

Due to upcoming competitions and our Christmas exams, plus rehearsing for the Tapathon, the following practises will be running at the weekends:

Sunday 29th Sept Sunday 6th Oct Sunday 13th Oct Sunday 20th Oct

Tapathon – simplified


Tapathon – simplified


Tapathon – simplified


Tapathon – simplified


Tapathon – advanced


Tapathon – advanced


Tapathon – advanced


Tapathon – advanced


Grade 4 modern


Grade 3 ballet


Grade 3 tap


Intermediate tap


Grade 3 ballet


Intermediate tap


Grade 4 modern


Grade 3 tap

Any Southampton/Jersey routine rehearsals will be arranged separately.

Braiding workshop

I am looking at arranging a french braiding workshop for ADTA parents on one Saturday afternoon from 1pm during October, with Braided in Guernsey. If this is something you would be interested in attending to help with doing your child’s hair for Festivals, exams, and every day styles, please let me know and I will book one!

Mini pirouette surgery

For this term only we will be running Pirouette Surgery classes for ages 6-12 on a Friday from 4.45-5.30, free of charge, on the below dates. Any students wishing to improve their pirouette and turn technique are welcome!

20th Sept, 4th Oct, 18th Oct, 8th Nov, 22nd Nov, 6th Dec.

Orca Trust

My Under 9 modern group Stray Cat Strut and Under 20 modern group To This Day from the recent dance festival have been invited to perform at a variety show fundraiser for the Orca Trust (a local charity providing funding for local children in the performing arts) on Saturday 28th September at Beau Sejour. I’m sure they would appreciate any support you can give by coming to watch them!

Rehearsals for these two groups to re-space due to missing members will take place at the studio on the following days:

Sunday 15th & 22nd September 10.00-11.00 Stray Cat Strut
11.00-12.00 To This Day

Saturday 28th September 12.00-12.45 Stray Cat Strut & To This Day

We are thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead, and we hope you are too!

Rhianna & Miffy

Tapathon 2019!

Thank you to those of you who have registered an interest in taking part in the Tapathon this November.

Having reviewed the routine I think all students in Grade 2 upwards should be fine to learn the full routine, and any students in Grade 1 or Primary/adult tappers wishing to take part should contact me and I will arrange lessons in the simplified routine, or if any Grade 2+ students are having problems with the harder routine I’m happy to switch them to the simplified one!

Below are the rehearsals over the summer:

Monday 12th August 17.30-18.30
Monday 19th August 17.30-18.30
Friday 30th August 13.15-14.00

Further rehearsals will take place on Sunday mornings when we start back in September.

On the day the routine will be danced twice through, funds are raised for Children in Need through purchasing a t-shirt to be worn on the day (and that can be worn in class afterwards).


Class uniform

This is a gentle reminder that only academy t-shirts and hoodies, black/pink cross-over cardigans, plain black t-shirts, or Tapathon t-shirts are appropriate to wear in class over the top of dance wear.

School concerts 2019

Thank you to everyone that supported our school by attending our concerts 2019, I hope you have throughly enjoyed watching the sheer level of talent that our school has!

In the front of our programme I mentioned most of this year’s goings on and achevements, but I also need to mention the Guernsey festival of dance that dancers in Year 1 upwards participated in.

We achieved 2 trophies, one to Ewan Mauger for the most promising competitor 13 & under 20 years, selected by the adjudicator, and the other to Jemima Vhadra for Classical Greek under 13yrs.

We also achieved 5 first places, 10 second places, 13 third places, and 7 fourth places, just one mark behind placing. The standard of dance is ever increasing in Guernsey, and I am very pleased to say that we are keeping up with the crowd.

I have a few additional thank yous to make:

Staff at the performing arts centre, Sam & Russ on lighting

Olly Tracey and Kit Gillson filming all three concerts

Our student helpers in Pre-school & Reception ballet, and Under 9 ballet B – Joni-May and Abigail

All chaperones over the past 3 performances for exceptional hard work and a very slick running of the running order – no matter how quick the changes!

My senior dancers who have been so helpful with my little dancers, helping take them to and from the stage and give them plenty of pep talks!

Thank you Robyn, Ingrid, Sue, Abigail and Miffy for music operating, and Abigail again for taking beautiful photos from side of stage.

I had a much larger costume team this time around, so thank you to Jo, Niki, Davinia and Charlotte for all their help on sourcing, sizing, ordering costumes, not to mention helping come up with themes in the first place, looking at shoes, accessories, props… the list truly is endless.

I know he’s not here, but thank you to James and his brother Chris for lugging the props from the studio to Beau Sejour, Beau Sejour to the studio, the studio to here, and in advance for taking all of them back to the studio again when we’re done!

And finally to Miss Miffy – for amazing choreography and concepts, for all of your hard work supporting and training our dancers, and for supporting me through my most challenging Festival season yet. We are all incredibly grateful for your time, attention to detail, and the passion you bring to your classes.

Our last section of my little speech before I release you all is our little award ceremony.

Miss Miffy and I have been deep in discussion, and these awards are given irrespective of placings or awards at the Dance Festival. They are awarded to children that have stood out to us over the past year for their hard work and determination to reach their goals and personal achievements.

My mini award this year is shared between Chloe Ferbrache & Ruby Le Poidevin.

My Junior award is also shared between Joni-May Lowe, Amelie Sheridan and Grace Purvis.

My senior award is also, you guessed it, shared, between Lani Girard and Elisha Horsepool.

I would also like to bring forwards a few people for mentions:

Lyra Jordan, Tallulah Hutchison, Jemima Vhadra, Abigail Peek and Nicole Hubert.

Finally, we have some students that have just danced their last concerts with the Academy. These students have been with the school for years, some since they were tiny and others joined in recent years. Either way, their presence will be sorely missed, and we know you will go on to achieve great things. Thank you to Ewan, Emma, Georgia, Amy, Ivy, Ingrid, Ellie, Imogen and Abigail T for all of your hard work over the years that I have had the pleasure of teaching you for.

Guernsey Festival of Dance 2019


After an amazing week at the Guernsey Festival of Dance, we are so proud to be able to report the following placings and trophies!


Ewan Mauger – Joanne Fletcher Cup for most promising competitor 13 & under 20

Jemima Vhadra – Joyce Down Trophy for Classical Greek under 13yrs


Scarlett Mauger & Ewan Mauger Greek duet

Jake Taylor & Jemima Vhadra Modern duet

Ewan Mauger Character E

Lily Wyatt-Nicolle Greek D

Jemima Vhadra Greek C


Under 20 Modern To This Day

Beatrice Forget Pre-Primary class

Ruby Le Poidevin & Chloe Ferbrache Greek duet

Elisha Horsepool & Ewan Mauger Tap duet

Ivy Botzenhardt Song & Dance E

Tallulah Hutchison Primary class

Lily Wyatt-Nicolle Character D

Ewan Mauger Modern E

Lily Wyatt-Nicolle, Ellie-Mae Le Tissier, Scarlett Mauger Greek trio

Felicity Febrache National A


Under 9 ballet Christmas at The North Pole

Under 9 modern Stray Cat Strut

Under 20 Greek Game of Thrones

Under 20 tap Both Reached for The Gun

Elisha Horsepool Tap E

Cai Hoyte Modern B

Jake Taylor Modern B

Elisha Horsepool Character E

Jemima Vhadra Character C

Scarlett Mauger Character D

Lani Girard Greek D

Felicity Ferbrache Greek A

Amelie Sheridan Greek B


Under 9 Modern Toot Sweets

Under 13 Greek Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Ewan Mauger Tap E

Felicity Ferbrache Ballet A

Taya Smit Modern A

Chloe Ferbrache Primary class

Jake Taylor Greek B


There were many, many other achievements not noted above, whether it was doing their first ever solo, their first time on stage, a breakthrough with performance, or simply nailing a dance that they had previously struggled with, we are so so proud of every single dancer.