On Tuesday 12th June, a group of our Silver Swans® went to watch Swan Lake at The Rock cinema in Bury. This was a streamed viewing of the Royal Ballet's new production of Swan Lake, live from the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, London.
Not only were our Silver Swans® watching the production at Vue Cinema, Bury, but our Silver Swans were also watching the live stream in Stockport and on holiday in Torbay and Dartmouth!
It was a wonderful production with such beautiful dancing – a great evening was had by all.
The 4th-10th June was World Heart Rhythm Week, founded by Arrhythmia Alliance, STARS and Atrial Fibrillation Association.
Silver Swans® Bury classes participated in World Heart Rhythm Week by taking the Pulse Check Challenge. All Silver Swans® took a simple pulse check at the start of all classes during this week to raise awareness.
One of our nine-year-old Junior students enjoyed a fantastic day, with six hours of ballet training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire.
She attended their Junior Ballet Intensive Day and was taught by Adam Cooper (ex-Royal Ballet), Sarah Wildor (ex-Royal Ballet), and Claire Wilders (ex-West-End)
They will both continue to train at our school alongside classes in their associate programmes.
In the finals, students then had to perform once again to the panel of judges. The adjudicators were William Glassman (Artistic Director of Ballet Central), Brenda Garratt-Glassman (Dance Theatre of Harlem), and Lai-Sheung Chan (Hong Kong Ballet).
In our very first year of entering the Senior Awards, we were delighted to announce that both our students received awards. They were:
- Class Commendation (one of only two awarded)
- The Joan Watts Cup for Musicality
After winning these titles, both students are now Imperial Ballet Scholars for the forthcoming year.
Photo credit: James Hudson
ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Senior Awards - Finals
We were delighted to be contacted by the BBC and Mercury Press as they wished to run stories on our Silver Swans® ballet classes in Bury.
Last Tuesday we were visited at 7am by BBC Radio Manchester's roving reporter, Inzy Rashid, to appear on Chelsea Norris' Breakfast show. We were featured in four segments of the show, which you can hear at 10:50, 1:17:16, 1:54:00 and 2:15:57: BBC Radio Manchester
We were later joined by Peter Marshall from BBC North West Tonight for our Silver Swans® ballet class. This was shown in the 1.30pm lunchtime bulletin and also the 6.30pm evening news. A social media video has since been created, which is available to watch here on BBC North West Facebook.
After a short break, we were then joined by a Mercury Press photographer, James, who ran a photo shoot of our Silver Swans® in action. The following day we were visited by Mercury Press again as they filmed a short video, which can be viewed on YouTube. The story and photos are currently in The Times and the Daily Express.
A reporter from the Newsquest North West also visited us, and interviewed several of our Silver Swans®. Our story has featured in the Bury Times and also the Bolton News, both featuring a front page picture.
From September, he will board at the school and intensively study ballet alongside his academic studies in Year Seven.
However, not only was he accepted at Elmhurst, but he was also given the following offers too, making it a very difficult decision for him:
Elmhurst School for Ballet - place offered + scholarship
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts - place offered + scholarship
Royal Ballet School - reserve place
Congratulations to students who took ISTD Imperial Ballet exams this Easter – a fantastic set of exam results.
100% Distinctions were achieved – numerous students gained marks of 90/100 and above, and the highest mark was 94/100.