In the last four years, we have had seven of our students accepted on to this prestigious programme.
We were also involved in Manchester's first Festival of Ageing at Manchester Library, Bury Millgate and The Midland Hotel, and The Royal Voluntary Service's 'First Time for Everything', sponsored by Prudential.
Our Silver Swans have appeared in Matthew's Bourne's New Adventures 'Cinderella: A Museum Project' at the Imperial War Museum North, and balletLORENT's Rumplestiltskin at The Lowry.
We've enjoyed a Christmas party, a summer party, trips to the cinema, trips to the theatre and many ladies meet up outside of classes for lunch and coffee!
We look forward to returning to Silver Swans® classes next week and warmly welcome our new Silver Swans® joining us.
Today we said a very sad farewell to a gifted young student as he begins full-time ballet training at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. His training will include academics alongside intense classical ballet training. Elmhurst Ballet School is in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
He only began dancing two and a half years ago, and his progression in this time has been astounding. He is such a determined and driven young dancer and we're sure he has a very bright future ahead. In this short amount of time he has achieved so much – successfully auditioning and performing in Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall, successfully auditioning as an Elmhurst Ballet School Junior Associate for two years, winning awards at the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Junior and Senior Awards in 2017 and 2018, being awarded the title of an ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Scholar for 2018, progressing from a beginner to Grade 5 ballet and gaining a Distinction for all his ballet exams (marks ranging from 91/100 to 98/100 for all ballet exams), and modelling for the Dancewear Central 2018/19 catalogue.
Above are two photos: on the left, this was only a few weeks after starting dance classes back in 2016. On the right, aged eleven in his final class before going to full-time ballet school, showing what a talented and mature dancer he has become.
He has been an absolute pleasure to teach and we hope all his dreams come true.
We recently raised £218.63 for Greenmount Wild Bird Hospital. The funds were raised from uniform sales in the children's school, and a large raffle at the Silver Swans® summer party.
We were thrilled to be able to purchase a large heated hospital cage for GWBH, and provide a small donation.
The hospital does such great work helping sick and injured birds, and often struggles for funds and equipment, so we were delighted to be able to help once again.