Ahead of our end of term ❄️ I thought I’d send a quick email with a few diary dates for you all.
Our whole school watching week will be taking place from Monday 5th-Sunday 11th December (this does not include solo/duet slots). Parents are welcome to come in and watch all their children have been learning this term. Please note that due to the larger than average class sizes, our Saturday Under 9 ballet and Wednesday Under 13 ballet only has space for one parent per child to attend. We are very sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.
Our term will officially end on Sunday 11th December with the exception of Monday 12th December where the cancelled Monday classes due to the Queen’s funeral will take place as follows:
3.45-4.30 Under 9 tap (as normal)
4.30-5.15 Under 9 modern (as normal)
5.15-6.00 Final open solo/duet drop in of the year. Recommended for any students of any age to drop in and rehearse their dances in a larger space before the Christmas break.
6.00-6.45 Under 13 modern B (as normal)
6.45-7.30 Under 13 tap (both swimmers & lifeguards combined)
We have two fabulous Christmas themed events planned, our Mini Christmas Camp on Tuesday 12th December for ages 3-7 between 4.00-6.00pm, and our school Christmas party on Friday 16th December between 4.00-5.30pm – all are welcome to both! If you’d like to attend either of these please message me and let me know.
We will return in the New Year on Saturday 7th January.
On Sunday 15th January there will be a solo/duet dress rehearsal at the studio between 1.00-3.00pm. This is compulsory for all students dancing a solo/duet at dance festival. You do not need to attend the solo rehearsal day unless you would like to come along and watch to support of dancers.
On Sunday 22nd January there will be a groups rehearsal for all dance festival groups at Beau Sejour between 8.30-10.00am. This is compulsory for all students dancing in one or more festival groups. You will not be required for the entire group rehearsal session, each group will be needed for approximately 30mins in total, but I do recommend arriving a little early/late so that your child can watch other groups rehearsing on stage. A running order and more information regarding this will be sent out over the next week.
Between Monday 23rd-Sunday 29th January there will be no classes running at the studio. This is because Miss Steffi and I will be at the theatre from approximately 8.30am-9pm most days and will be looking forward to our Sunday off! All dancers taking part should have been sent a running order for the week/had the information posted in the WhatsApp groups.
All classes will be back to the studio as normal between 30th Jan-11th Feb, though the timetable may be slightly altered as soloists/duets will not need individual rehearsal slots anymore. Where possible, we will create larger solo drop-in slots each day to maintain routines ready for our school concerts.
Our school concerts will be taking place on 11th and 12th February at the Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre. All groups, solos & duets from the dance festival will perform at least once over this weekend, along with Pre-school & Reception ballet, Mini, Junior & Senior Acro, Contemporary, and Introduction to Tap & Modern (though these classes will have already received information regarding this). Unfortunately, there are not enough dancers in the Friday ballet technique class 4.00-4.30 to put together a routine for this.
We will then break up for February half term and go back to a more normal timetable!
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I hope this information answers a few questions some of you may have, I am at this time still awaiting further information re dance festival tickets and more specific performance times, but I hope to have these answers for you by watching week if not beforehand. Tickets for our school concerts will go on sale in the New Year when I have worked out a running order which is no mean feat when you have dancers dancing between 2-9 dances in some cases!
I hate to keep messaging about this, but there are still a considerable number of costume invoices, as well as term fees outstanding. I know it is a difficult time of year to receive invoices, however the costumes have all been paid for out of pocket. To ensure I can cover the other overheads of running a dance school, as well as ordering final accessories, I need these to be settled before the end of term (unless by prior arrangement).
I look forward to seeing many of you at the studio during our watching week!