We wish to congratulate two of our eight-year-old students who, on their first ever audition, have been accepted as Junior Associates at Elmhurst School for Ballet.
Elmhurst School for Ballet, in Birmingham (in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet) is one of the top ballet schools in the country. Each year, thousands of children from all across the country audition for places on this scheme.
This means that, in the last three years, we have had five of our students accepted on to this prestigious programme.
They will both continue to train with us alongside their classes in the Manchester region of the Elmhurst Associate programme.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce the wonderful news that one of our eleven-year-old students is able to follow her dreams. After two rigorous auditions, and a nail-biting wait, we are delighted to announce that she has just accepted a full-time place at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, (formerly Arts Educational) in Hertfordshire, with a scholarship.
She will begin there in September 2017, and will study specialist vocational dance training alongside her academic subjects.
The school has produced some of the top names in film, TV and show business, including Dame Julie Andrews, Daisy Ridley, Jane Seymour OBE, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lily James and Sarah Brightman.
Musicals (both West End and touring productions) are filled with their alumni, and students have gone on to illustrious careers joining companies such as The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet and English National Ballet.
We will be so sad for her to leave (especially, after having taught her from the age of five, as an absolute beginner). However, she has always had a very special gift, which has been apparent since her very first lesson, and we are delighted that she is going to one of the top performing arts schools in the country.
Congratulations to one of our students who has just accepted her place on the Moorland International Ballet Academy's Intermediate Enhancement Programme.
She was also offered a place to attend the ballet school as a full-time residential student in September, but chose the associate programme which means she will continue to train with us alongside these associate classes.
The associate enhancement programme is run in conjunction with the Vocational Ballet Programme at Moorland School.
One of our students has successfully auditioned for a place as a Junior Associate at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre.
Aged 11, she only started Ballet, Tap and Modern just over a year ago. She has worked incredibly hard and has also taken numerous exams (achieving high Distinctions in them all!) in the short time she has been dancing with us.
Her audition was a full afternoon of Ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theatre/Drama classes.
As a Junior Associate, she will continue her core training with us, but will attend JA classes on Sundays, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Drama and Musical Theatre,
Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre is a highly-regarded full-time dance college (16+) that trains students in preparation for a career in Jazz/Musical Theatre. Past students have worked to great acclaim – credits including West End productions such as in Cats, Grease, West Side Story, Chicago, Miss Saigon, The King and I.
We have now been successfully training students in Bury for the last 38 years.
Besides all these many years of experience, we have a list of success stories that grows each year!
Congratulations to one of our Junior students, who reached the finals of the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Junior Awards 2015. The competition was held in Radlett, Hertfordshire, on stage in The Radlett Centre theatre on Sunday 25th October, in front of a panel of adjudicators.
There were 90 competitors in the class from all across the UK, with only 27 reaching the finals.
Three of our students had a fantastic time this morning participating in a workshop by Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Lowry, Salford, based on their latest touring production of Swan Lake - the teacher was Andrea Tredinnick (ex-Royal Ballet School and ex-Birmingham Royal Ballet for twenty four years, eighteen of which as a first soloist)
The morning started with a ballet class, and later on, the girls learnt a section from Swan Lake, before performing it for parents.
All the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves!