This week we have heard some wonderful news from our ex-student who is currently in full-time ballet training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
She has successfully auditioned for English National Ballet's Nutcracker, which is to be performed at the London Coliseum and Southampton Mayflower this Christmas.
She is so excited to part of this professional production, performing alongside the English National Ballet Philharmonic orchestra.
It was lovely too for her to come and visit us this half term to say hello.
Special congratulations to our 1st prize winner as it was her first dance competition.
Above are more photographs of the day
(photos courtesy of Kerry and Steve Tolcher Photography)
This summer, our students travelled all over the world. Many students returned home to visit families in countries such as China, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Thailand and Malaysia, and took holidays in the UK, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, France, Majorca etc.
This year, we decided to hold our first ever dance photography competition. The response and standard was outstanding, with some very creative entires coming from all corners of the world!
Here is our winner and runner up:
Thank you to everyone who entered – we look forward to next year's entries!
This week, we had our first Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans® classes. They all did so well, and we're looking forward to next week!
We are currently the only school offering Silver Swans® ballet classes for the over 55s in Lancashire, with an RAD officially licensed Silver Swans® teacher.
For further information about our Silver Swans® classes, please visit Silver Swans®
This week we said a very sad farewell to an exceptionally gifted young student as she embarks on her new adventures in full-time training at ballet school (Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Hertfordshire). Her training will include academics alongside intense classical ballet studies.
Above are two photos: on the left, this was her very first theatrical Rainbow Tap exam preview with us (shortly after starting as a complete beginner, aged five). On the right, aged eleven, she shows what a beautiful dancer she has become.
We have seen her talent grow over the years, and can't wait to see what the future holds for her. We wish her well, and hope all her dreams come true.
We are very proud to announce that Miss Johanna has just received the wonderful news that she has been awarded her Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Imperial Classical Ballet.
It was a tough two-and-a-half-hour examination with an international senior examiner. Thank you to four of our grade five students who danced so beautifully under the tuition of Miss Johanna for a small section of this exam.
Congratulations to one of our twelve-year-old students who has just been offered a second year training as a Junior Associate with Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet and Tap.
We are very proud of all your hard work, which has also been commented on by your teachers at MDDC.
Congratulations to our students who recently took NATD Tap and Theatrical examinations.
All students passed, with everyone gaining a distinction. The highest mark of the session was 92/100, which was achieved by five students.
This summer's results mean that we have now had five whole years of both graded and vocational examination entries where every student has achieved a Distinction (80 marks or above). Exams have been taken in ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, NATD Tap and Theatrical and RAD Ballet.
Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work.