Three students had a fantastic time attending summer schools this year:
Two students attended a week-long international residential classical ballet summer course. Daily classes were taught by Shannon Parker, Peter Parker (pictured), Errol Pickford and Olivia Pickford. The girls were particularly excited to be taught by Shannon and Peter after their great success on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year. The girls had daily classes in ballet, contemporary, repertoire, and workshops/masterclasses in Pas de Deux and commercial. The course culminated in an afternoon's performance.
Another student attended Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre's junior summer school. In the week-long course, she had daily classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Drama and Musical Theatre, with a performance on the final day.
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.
On Monday 30th November, one of our eleven-year-old students had a great experience attending a three-hour jazz technique workshop with Rebecca Davies and Lucy Ellis.
Rebecca, from Melbourne, Australia, has taught at the famous Abby Lee Dance Company and the students of the hit TV show 'Dance Moms'. Rebecca's students have also been featured in the TV series Dance Academy, and worked in productions with Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada as well as countless stage and television appearances.
We are very privileged to have had such an incredible opportunity whilst Rebecca and Lucy are in the UK.