It was an honour for our school to appear as Day 4 in the Royal Academy of Dance's RADvent calendar on Facebook. The RAD have also created a news article on their website about our filming with Dame Darcey Bussell for her latest BBC documentary: Royal Academy of Dance News
We were thrilled to be featured in the Royal Academy of Dance's December e-newsletter sent to their teachers and members throughout the world.
On Thursday 6th December, we are on the front page, and also page 3 of the Bury Times.
On Saturday 1st December our Silver Swans class was featured as part of BBC Two's new documentary, Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness.
You can watch it back here on BBC iPlayer: Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness
We have also added a special page to our school website with behind-the-scenes photos from the day: Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness documentary
One student, currently studying on the Classical Ballet course at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, is to appear in English National Ballet's production of Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. It is the second year that she has been cast in this production.
The other student, currently studying in his first year at Elmhurst Ballet School, has been cast in Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is the second year that he has been cast in this production – last year, he successfully auditioned for this production while still a pupil at our school.
On Sunday 25th November we welcomed Michael Berkin from Professional Dance Experience to our school. Students who attended the workshop experienced a ballet class and were taught repertoire from the ballet, Sleeping Beauty.
Michael Berkin gave three workshops throughout the afternoon. He gave a very technical and inspirational ballet class, which culminated with a short demonstration for parents at the end of each class.
The children all worked very hard in the workshops and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy at the Royal Ballet School after having trained there for eight years. Michael then went on to a professional career, dancing with companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has also toured throughout China, New Zealand, Thailand, UK and Republic of Ireland.
Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness
Saturday 1st December