Spring/Summer term 2021 newsletter

Thank you for your patience while we finalised our timetable this week ready for being back at the studio from Monday 22nd March!

First of all I’d like to say thank you for all of your support throughout our second lockdown. Although not everyone elected to take Zoom classes this time, it’s been great to see some of our students weekly throughout this time.

New classes

We are excited to launch the following new additions to our timetable once we have made it past our concerts. Following their success at festival, past students Jessica Quittenden and Kirsty Dempster will be joining our teaching team!

Jessica Quittenden will be running beginner’s irish dance classes, as well as more advanced classes for students who have already been studying the genre for some time.

Kirsty Dempster will be starting singing workshops on a half termly basis, offering both group and individual sessions to our students.

If you would like to register your interest with either of the above classes then don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Second-hand dancewear sale and fee payment

I know that many families have struggled again during this lockdown, so I hope to be able to hold another second-hand dancewear sale during the summer term at the studio to help any students who may need new dancewear but are unable to pay full price for items. If you are interested in helping with this then please let me know – either senior students and/or parental help would be greatly appreciated. If you also know that you may need more time to pay any fees then again, please do contact me in the first instance to see what we can do.

Timetable

To this email I have attached our timetable which will be in place between now and when we are able to run our concerts at the Performing Arts Centre (though if they are not able to accommodate us I will be contacting Beau Sejour), and until we have confirmation from the festival committee as to whether the final day of festival will definitely be going ahead or not.

During the classes that were focussed on Festival work last term we will be doing a mixture of syllabus/non-syllabus work and recapping our festival dances ready for the concert performances, so we won’t be solely working on the group dances any more to keep interest and technique development going.

Students who had solos/duets/trios and were able to perform them in the Festival prior to the cancellation will rehearse in group solo slots to refresh their routines. We have roughly grouped students in group slots (as you’ll see on the timetable) however if you want to/need to move your child into a different refresh slot then please let me know your preferred time/day. Miss Miffy will be in contact regarding weekend slots for any dancers not listed on the attached weekday timetable, as all rehearsals will be taking place at the studio.

There are also several non festival work classes that I’d like to draw your attention to, as frequently after festival/concert students would like to pick up/drop genres and we’ve tried to accommodate this across all genres:

Introduction to tap & modern
Tuesday 3.45-4.30. Suitable for Reception & Year 1 age students not involved in Under 9 Tap & Modern

Beginner’s Tap.
Tuesday 4.30-5.00. Suitable for Year 2+ aged students who would like to learn tap

Beginner’s Greek.
Wednesday 5.45-6.15. Suitable for the younger members of Pompeii Under 20 greek group, and any students aged Year 1+ who would like to learn Classical Greek.

Ballet 
Friday 4.00-4.30. Suitable for Year 2+ who would like to learn ballet/students usually studying at Grade 1 level.

AcroDance
Saturday 12.00-12.45. Suitable for Year 1+ learning acro from beginner level (ie no previous gymnastic background).

For modern/higher level ballet or AcroDance please contact me or Miss Miffy directly to see which class/grade might be best for you.

I’d also like to remind everyone that primary school age students pay for 3 genres and receive their 4th (or 5th!) for free, and secondary school age students pay for 4 genres, and receive different percentages off any subsequent genres. Students attending ballet classes are also encourage to where possible attend a second ballet class during the week.

Graded exams

During the week we have also added syllabus classes mainly for senior dancers wishing to fit in an exam before they leave the island for university/higher education.

After last year’s lockdown, Festival preparation, and now the current lockdown, our work on Grades and exams has been significantly disrupted across the board, hence our temporary departure from exam work. The syllabus will form a basis and framework for our classes, and we will slot in set work where possible/helpful in our lesson plans. I am hoping to be able to arrange a remote exam session during the summer term for senior dancers wishing to take exams as mentioned above, but it is likely that Miss Miffy and I will look at the rest of our school for exams on a case-by-case basis rather than entering whole classes into an exam as we did previously.

This does not mean that we will be holding students back (we never do this anyway in cases that students opt out of exams/are not available for exams) but we may move students up to the next grade without an exam being sat, or aim to develop students technique and strength in a more general way to prepare and ready them for the next level/grade.

Belongings at Beau Sejour

As we are heading into Stage 3 on Monday we are finally allowed to collect our belongings from the David Ferguson Hall at Beau Sejour! I will be going around 1pm on Monday to collect everything from the changing rooms and will bring to the studio for collection during the week, whenever you will be coming in with your children. I hope everyone can remember what they left there, apparently no perishables have been binned so I’m sure it’ll smell fragrant in the hall!

Bring a friend

After our concerts have taken place we will be once again introducing our “Bring A Friend” offer we had in place a few years ago. Under this offer, if you recommend our dance school to a friend and they sign their child off, you will both receive £15 off your term fees as long as both students/families dance at our school. Please get recommending!

Once again, all of your support really is hugely appreciated. 

Thank you,

Rhianna King
Principal, ISTD, FD
07781414940

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.

Tapathon

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

Exams

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
10.00-10.30

Tapathon – simplified

10.00-10.30

Tapathon – simplified

10.00-10.30

Tapathon – simplified

10.00-10.30

Tapathon – simplified

10.30-11.00

Tapathon – advanced

10.30-11.00

Tapathon – advanced

10.30-11.00

Tapathon – advanced

10.30-11.00

Tapathon – advanced

11.00-11.45

Grade 4 modern

11.00-11.45

Grade 3 ballet

11.00-11.45

Grade 3 tap

11.00-11.45

Intermediate tap

11.45-12.30

Grade 3 ballet

11.45-12.30

Intermediate tap

11.45-12.30

Grade 4 modern

11.45-12.30

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
enquiries@thedanceacademy.org

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!

Trophies

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

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

1st

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

2nd

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

3rd

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

4th 

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.