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Kelvedon Dance Studio Newsletter 2017

Another year has once again flown by which gives us a chance to reflect on the past twelve months' activities, as our dance school year draws to a close.

During the Summer holidays of 2016, we held dance classes on alternate weeks in which we had a Ballet and Stretch class, Tap, and FitSteps class on Tuesday nights. Miss Andrea also held a Ballet class on Wednesday evenings, for the Adult ballet and older students. It was so nice to be able to see all who came and to keep up our technique, flexibility and fitness levels. We do miss seeing our students during the six weeks’ holidays and we always feel good after a bit of dancing!

When we returned in September, exam classes started in preparation for our Modern, Jazz and Tap exams in November. We also had some new students join us which was great, we welcome you to our school and hope that you have enjoyed all of your classes and events so far!

During October half term, I had a wonderful Wedding and following that a superb Honeymoon, in Cape Verde. Thank you to Miss Andrea and Miss Ruth for enabling me to have a couple of weeks off and for covering my classes.

Upon my return, we had a very successful exam session, on 18th November - well done to all the students, we are very proud of you, as always!

On Sunday 20th November, we took part in the Tapathon event for Children In Need. It was good fun dancing the routine all together in order to try and beat a Guinness world record. Everybody contributed a little something towards the food and we all enjoyed that afterwards too! In total, 7,484 tappers danced the routine across the country. We only just missed breaking last years record, but we did help to raise in excess of £38,000 for Children In Need. Kelvedon Dance Studio alone raised £460 through taking part and donations which is amazing. It’s a wonderful feeling to help such a worthy cause - please do try and get involved this year, on Sunday 19th November. Details will be up on the noticeboard, in due course.

In January, Miss Andrea took Gemma Delgaty and Emma Allars to ISTD headquarters for London Ballet group. The girls took part in a pirouette masterclass which I’m sure they both enjoyed and definitely benefitted from. Thank you to the girls for being a wonderful example of KDS work.

On 12th February, several students, teachers and adult students worked hard and took part in a Fitness/Danceathon event to raise funds for Debbie whose daughter, Jess, is a dear adult student of ours. Jess is raising as many funds as possible to pay for treatment for her Mum Debbie who is sadly battling cancer. We took the opportunity to arrange a Day of Dance / Fitness enabling students to try different genres and styles. Several instructors and teachers gave up their time to give us some brilliant classes in which to partake. That day we raised almost £500 for Debbie which we are incredibly proud erof. If you couldn’t make it and would like to donate, it would be most appreciated. www.gofundme.com/debbies-fight-against-cancer

March was a busy month for KDS. We had another successful examination day - Well done again to all the students for their hard work and well deserved achievements, Miss Hannah and Miss Andrea spectated the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Awards in Crawley - a wonderful and inspiring day, "Move It" dance exhibition was on in London, which several of our students attended and thoroughly enjoyed. The exibition offered lots of classes, performances, interviews and shopping opportunities, as well as information about further training - well worth a visit!

We were also inspired by the Essex heats of the Modern Theatre Awards in April. It is so valuable for all of us to watch shows and competitions to remind ourselves what our training and hard work is all about. Take every opportunity you can to be inspired, particularly by Musicals and Ballets. It’s a wonderful and exciting day out, but also enhances your training to see it up there on the stage! Don’t forget, the Royal Ballet often broadcast their performances live across the UK in the local cinema - not to be missed! We would like to arrange another trip to see a show very soon.

The teachers enjoyed watching Aimee Dixon and Emma Allars in the Colchester Institute College show on 11th May. Well done girls, you worked very hard and we are proud of you. It’s great to see what you do at College.

Next we had Skip's (John Papworth’s) celebration show on 24th and 25th June. KDS performed four dances and took part in Finale, at two shows. Lots of hard work and commitment went into the shows and we thank the students for their efforts and participation. Skip deserved a wonderful show to thank him for all that he has done in Kelvedon throughout his life. We helped to capture some of his memories of being in the Army, a Painter and Decorator, a Lollipop Man and a Chimney sweep. Well done to the students, I’m sure Skip is incredibly grateful for your contribution to the show.

The following weekend we held our Choreographic Competition. It’s always exciting for us, as teachers, because we have a wonderful surprise to look forward to, seeing what the students have produced. A massive well done to all who took part. Of course, we can appreciate the work that goes into creating your dances, organising your costumes, props, music and lighting. Well done also to everyone who danced in the showcase numbers, we hope your family and friends all enjoyed the show. Let’s see if even more of our students can be brave and get involved next time! It really is an opportunity to showcase your talent and even show us something different if you like.

This brings me on to mention that some of our students have been working hard outside of classes at KDS; Gemma Delgaty has sucessfully auditioned for a place with the Center of Advanced Training where upon, in September, she will attend Ballet and Contemporary classes in conjunction with her training at KDS, Charlotte Cressall, a past student who we have had the pleasure of seeing back in classes this past year, has successfully landed herself the part of ‘The Fairy Godmother’ on board the Disney Cruise ship - what a wonderful and exciting opportunity! We really hope she enjoys her adventure and we look forward to seeing her to hear all about it, in the not so distant future.

The end of term is a sad time as we say farewell to some of our students. Emma Allars will be leaving us to study for a Dance Degree at De Montfort University, Leicester. We wish her the best of luck and hope that she will come back and see us soon! We also wish Aimee Dixon every sucess in her working life, as she has now completed her studies at dance college. We know you will both do very well and work hard and thank you for being such wonderful students for all these years. Thank you also to your families for all their involvement and energy in the dance school, we really do appreciate their help.

All that’s left to do is to wish you a wonderful and restful Summer break. We very much look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for another exciting year at KDS in September!

Remember to regularly check our website, www.kelvedondancestudio.co.uk and Facebook pages for updates and information.

Miss Andrea, Miss Hannah and Miss Ruth

  • Kelvedon Dance Studio Newsletter 2013

    Yet another year, it’s quite a challenge to write the newsletter when it is dull and chilly, knowing that we expect hot sunny days, preparing for our forthcoming summer excursions. However, let us reflect back over the last twelve months at Kelvedon Dance Studio.

    September saw the beginning of the preparation for the Modern, Tap and Jazz examinations, which were held in November. I am delighted that all the candidates achieved good results and are now busy studying the next level. A Ballet session was held in March, with the students achieving a fantastic set of results and we are currently working towards the June and July, Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz Examinations. Although not everybody wishes to follow the examination path, it is a good, enjoyable challenge and helps to maintain a high standard within the school, albeit hard work. Now that the I.S.T.D dance qualifications are recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (Q.C.A), students are able to enter their vocational grades when completing their University UCAS applications – what a bonus!

    We were invited to perform for the residents at St Dominic’s Residential Care Home and took a selection of students who had recently taken their various examinations. It proved to be such a successful afternoon, with such wonderful feedback that we agreed to return after the choreographic competition with another cross section of our work. I think the students like to go for the scrumptious supply of cakes and drink supplied afterwards, as well as the opportunity to perform for the residence.

    During the winter months, behind the scenes, some of the students were busy preparing for the Choreographic Competition for March, although as usual some students were last minute dot com. After the Christmas break we started the Show Case numbers to support the choreographic competition, this is always a challenge, but great fun for the various levels of classes / genre chosen to perform. It also means, out with the sewing machine and a little plea with Janet Andrews from the U.R.C to come to my aid with her brilliant sewing skills. But I must say, although it’s hard work, we always enjoy ourselves. The competition is a good way for everybody from grade1 upwards to get involved with the school activities and this year was no exception, the event was well supported. The judging of the competition took place in the afternoon by guest adjudicator Patsy Urguhart a former professional dancer and choreographer, followed by the evening performance. Tony Allars produced a wonderful DVD of this event and a donation was kindly presented to the URC for all their continual support for KDS, which will go towards the redecoration and ideally we would like to raise further funds to go towards a new dance floor for the 1st floor studio.

    We had a stall at the May Fayre this year, which was held at Feering Community Centre, This proved to be a lovely afternoon and a good opportunity to catch up with past / present pupils and parents alike. The ideal was to generally raise awareness of K.D.S and to do our bit for the community by manning a stall for the organizers. It was nice to see the enthusiasm for the Tap dancing as many youngsters demonstrated their close work tap skills on the tap mat along side Miss Hannah and Miss Ruth, to an ever changing group of spectators. What fun! We hope to see many of you there again next year!

    After the May half term, Miss Ruth organised a trip to Braintree Cineworld for a group of students and parents to see a performance of Swan Lake in 3D streamed Live from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg Russia. By all accounts it was a brilliant evening and it was great to hear the feedback, especially from those who had not seen a ballet production before. It would be nice if we could have the opportunity to do this more often, so watch this space.

    Currently, we are working on a Day of Dance for the summer holiday; this will be open to students Grade 1 and above, please check the notice board for further information, alternatively contact on Miss Hannah on 07952297859 or myself on 01376 571718. This is a fantastic chance to experience different styles of dance and meet up with your dancing friends during the holiday period.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continual support and wish the students who are leaving to pursue their chosen career path / university every success, it seems that we will be saying good bye to many.

    Good news! Charlotte Mackintosh who left last year to do a foundation course at Italia Conti has been offered a full time placement. She has also been accepted into Tiffany’s Stage Academy – well done to Charlotte. What a choice!

    Finally, you are probably wondering what happened to the website development, especially as Brett Meadows returned to the school in December for further photo shoot.

    This year sees the 50th Anniversary of the Dancing School in Kelvedon, therefore we decided to hold fire and launch the website in September to coincide with a Celebration Evening. We would like to invite past and present students to the Kelvedon United Reformed Church on Saturday 14th September to help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary and the official launch of the new website.

    Wishing you a good summer’s break and please remember to tell your friends about ‘Kelvedon Dance studio’.

  • Kelvedon Dance Studio Newsletter 2014

    There I was thinking that we had a quiet year, but on reflection this was not the case. The Autumn term commenced with the 50th Celebration of Kelvedon Dance Studio and the launch of our website (www.kelvedondancestudio.co.uk); it was fantastic to see so many past and present students and parents attend this event. If you have not already looked at the website, please make a special effort- your comments would be very much appreciated.

    Many of the Grade five modern students were working towards Miss Hannah’s Final Teaching Assessment which took place in November at the Penny Meeking’s Dance College Royston. After all their hard work, we took the students for a little indulgence before the journey home, thank you to all those who were involved - Miss Hannah is very, very grateful and couldn’t have hoped for better from the students. The great news is Miss Hannah gained her F.T.A with flying colours; we extend our congratulations to her.

    In the meantime, Miss Ruth was working with the Silver Jazz class developing a 1920s routine for Headway’s Great Gatsby Charity Ball. This took place on the 15th November at the Fennes Estate, Braintree and the charity raised Ten Thousand Pounds towards caring for people with brain injuries and their families. Alongside this, we developed two further numbers with the Bronze and Gold jazz classes in order that they could all perform at the Kelvedon Community Association Christmas ball at Feering community centre, all very exciting.

    As usual, we had an examination session prior to Christmas and the results were excellent, with all candidates gaining either a merit or distinction; well done to all those students for working so hard.

    After my visit to the Royston Dance College, I was on a mission; it had always been my desire to have a professional dance floor in our top studio. I mentioned this fact to several of the parents one Saturday and by the end of that afternoon they had the brain wave for a Christmas Fayre having already procured many sponsors and raffle prizes, so we were now fundraising in earnest and the seeds had been sown, so to speak.

    Over the last six months, we have held many events to boost the fund. The film nights have proved very successful and have been great fun, the hot chocolate and popcorn went down a treat! This is something we wish to continue because all the films shown are dance related this helps to broaden our students’ dance knowledge and enthusiasm for different styles.

    The URC held a Pop Quiz at the Labour club and are in the process of organizing future events. Next on the agenda is another Pop Quiz- Saturday 14th September followed by a music evening to be held on the 18th October.

    People have been incredibly generous; we have received many donations and were fortunate to obtain several grants. So far, we have raised close to Six Thousand Pounds, our target was Six Thousand Five Hundred.

    The good news is that we were given the go ahead for the improvements and in the Easter holidays the upper room at the URC was redecorated, and the new floor was finally laid during the May half term. Absolutely brilliant! It is such a joy to work on the new floor and all the students are reaping the benefits.

    My sincere thanks to everyone for their continual support and particularly to those parents who sparked off the original fundraising event; it just shows what we can achieve by all pulling together and in a relatively short period of time.

    After Christmas three of our students were busy working with Miss Hannah and Miss Ruth in preparation for their Tap Attack auditions, what a wonderful experience, well done girls

    Once again, we attended the May Fayre and not only did we have a stall, we actually gave a short display for people’s entertainment. I am glad to say that the weather was kind, well done to all our students that performed.

    Miss Keeley gave birth to a baby boy on the 11th May weighing 6lbs 5oz; they have named him Albert. You may have already had a glimpse of him if you attended the Choreographic competition.

    Ballet, Tap & Jazz examinations took place at the end of May and I am able to report that all the students gained either a Merit or Distinction for their examinations – |Well done to you all.

    The Choreographic Competition was the final highlight for the year; this event took place last weekend at the Institute. The criteria for the competition was “Decades” and the students were asked to choreograph their numbers based on music from the 1920’s – 1990’s. Our congratulations to all the students that participated in the actual competition and to those who performed in our showcase numbers, perhaps next year, more students will feel brave enough to participate in the competition. It’s a wonderful chance to work together and I know the students have a great time preparing their dances, not forgetting the props and costumes etc.

    We would like to wish the students that are leaving for University all the very best, and too remind them that they are always welcome to visit for a class or two, during their long breaks.

    We wish all the students good luck with their Tap examinations next week at Dovercourt.

    Finally have a restful and enjoyable summer break, with our love

    Miss Andrea, Miss Hannah, Miss Keeley & Miss Ruth



    Just a reminder that we are organizing a day of dance / workshop Wednesday 20th August at the URC, this event is open to all students Grade 1 and above, past and present students welcome. You may also wish to invite a friend that dances at a different venue. Please contact me if you are interested (booking forms are on the notice board).

  • Pupils Of KDS Successful At Auditions With The English Youth Ballet

    Recently, two of the school's students, Emma Allars (16) and Chloe Bain (15) successfully auditioned for the English Youth Ballet (EYB). The EYB provide dancers, between the ages of 8 - 18 years, the chance to perform full length classical ballets, on professional stages, across England, Scotland and Wales.

    Following the Auditions that were held in February, Emma and Chloe have become 2 of just 100 young dancers chosen, from the large number that auditioned across the whole country, to join the English Youth Ballet this year to perform in their production of Coppelia, at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on 21st & 22nd August 2015.

    Andrea and the teachers at Kelvedon Dance Studio are immensely proud of the two girls and they hope that Emma and Chloe enjoy every moment of working with the English Youth Ballet. They are sure to be in the audience, cheering the girls on, when they perform in August!



    When asked how they felt the two girls had plenty to tell, but the following were amongst their most poignant memories:

    "I remember feeling so overwhelmed on the way home from the audition; it was the best feeling ever!" - Chloe Bain

    “I was so shocked to hear that I had got through the audition; I had butterflies in my tummy for days afterwards!” - Emma Allars

  • KDS Newsletter 2015

    Another year on!

    It has been an interesting and rewarding year.

    In the autumn term, we held Modern, Tap and Jazz examinations at grade and major levels. I am delighted to be able to report that 75 % of our students gained a distinction and the remainder obtained merit. Well done to everyone!

    Just before Christmas, we arranged a coach trip to London to see the Snowman. This was well supported and enjoyed by our students and those from the Tiptree School who shared our coach.

    Once again, we organized a Christmas Fayre in conjunction with the United Reformed Church. It is always rewarding to see everyone coming together and enjoying the ambience of the seasonal festivities. As well as the various stalls and crafts for the children, it gives some of the students a chance to perform in the church, which is always well received by the audience. Also the refreshments / cake stall always goes down a treat. We must extend our thanks to Tanya Allars, Louise Dixon, Shirley Lustig (parents / grandparent of KDS students) and Janet & Trevor Andrews and Lynn & Jim Hyde (from the church) for helping to organize and or run this event. Also we must thank Ken Thom the URC Minister who is always up for the challenge of judging any competitions that involve the children. The funds raised from this event are to go towards the restoration / replacement of the church windows, which I understand will be taking place in the summer holidays.

    During the course of the year, David Irwin from the URC arranged a quiz night and various music nights including the “Pros and Cons” at the Labour club. These events were in aid of sponsoring both KDS and the URC. If you haven’t been tempted, we have another music night on Saturday 7th November, if you enjoy 50’s 60’s & 70’s music it is worth getting tickets and letting your hair down! Please keep an eye on the notice board for further information.

    Over the last couple of years, we have introduced “Movie Nights”. It gives a chance for the students and parents if they so wish to join together and watch a dance related film. This makes for a nice cosy afternoon / early evening of entertainment especially in the winter months. The hot chocolate and pop corn is always very popular. Keep an eye out for the next movie night which will be advertised on our notice board.

    We had another session of examinations in March for Ballet and Jazz, followed by Tap and Modern in June. Our congratulations to all our students for working so hard in order to achieve the high standard required to gain such wonderful results. The final ballet examinations will take place at the Pas de Deux studio in Dovercourt towards the end of July.

    Prior to Easter, we had open auditions / workshops for the development of the events team “KDS Performers”. Sixteen students were chosen to represent KDS and they have been busy practising every Saturday afternoon since the beginning of May. By the time you read this newsletter, you may have seen the “KDS Performers” at the following events: - The Catholic Church fete, The Scouts Carnival, The Messing School fete and the final performance of the academic year will be at the Kelvedon Music Festival on Saturday 18th July. I must thank Miss Hannah and Miss Ruth for giving up their time to enable the students to have this opportunity and also all the participating students for working so hard. I hope that everyone has enjoyed the various events. If you didn’t audition this year, why not put yourself forward next time round?

    KDS ran a stall at the Feering May Fayre, giving us an opportunity to be seen in the Community and support the organizers by running The Hoopla for them. Not only did we have a number of our students visit the stall, but they also chose to demonstrate their tap skills with Miss Hannah. What an Advert! We were invited, at short notice, to perform at Layer Marney Towers on the Whitsun Bank holiday weekend, for their first ever “Day of Dance”. As well as our students the program included the 6th Form Students from Colchester, a group of Belly Dancers, traditional Maypole and Tudor dancing. As time for preparation was limited, we chose to perform a selection of our examination work from the Classical Ballet, Modern & Jazz genre. Thank you to everyone for giving up their time. What a privilege to be invited to such a truly beautiful venue!

    We like to dance for the residents of St Dominic’s Residential Care home every year. This year we visited with a selection of our work in January following the Christmas Fayre display and the “KDS Performers” will also be dancing for the residents on Saturday 4th July. St Dominic’s are always very grateful when we are able to visit.

    Emma Allars and Chloe Bain auditioned for The English Youth Ballet. We are very proud to announce that they were both chosen to perform in the production of Coppelia at the Cliffs Pavilion Southend on Friday and Saturday 21st / 22nd of August. Please join us in the audience to support the girls.

    Behind the scenes, we have been busy organizing the forthcoming show, which is to take place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th February at Colchester Institute. This is a chance for all our students, Primary and above, to perform on stage and to show off their skills. Performing at the Institute is a new venture, with a much bigger stage than at the local Kelvedon Institute or Witham Public Hall thus allowing more scope whilst choreographing numbers. We will also have an increased seating capacity, therefore please encourage friends and family to come and support this event. Just a reminder, if anyone wishes to choreograph a number based on the theme for the show, we will be holding auditions on Saturday 12th September at 3:15 pm. All successful entries will be included in the show. We try to encourage all the students to get involved in the finale, as it is a wonderful chance for all of them to work together as a team. Finale rehearsals will commence on a Saturday afternoon from 14th November onwards at 3:15 – 4:15pm. I realize this may not be easy for everyone, but it is only for a limited period and it will be worth all the hard work and extra effort come the final night of the show! We would welcome volunteers to help i.e. making costumes, printing programmes, transport etc if you feel able to do so in any way, please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

    Those children, who are not old enough to be involved in this show, will get their chance in due course.

    Please get in the habit of checking the notice board regularly as all information / requirement will be posted on the board, not only for the show but general information too.

    Finally, may we take this opportunity to wish you a restful summer break, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us; otherwise we look forward to seeing you all in September.

    Miss Andrea, Miss Hannah & Miss Ruth

  • Kelvedon Dance Studio Newsletter 2016

    During the summer of 2015, two of our students, Emma Allars and Chloe Bain were very busy rehearsing with the English Youth Ballet for the production of Coppelia which was staged at the Cliffs Pavilion Southend, 21st / 22nd August. Our congratulations go out to the girls on their success, it was clearly demonstrated through their performance that they immensely enjoyed the opportunity to be able to perform with the Company and I am sure that the experience will help them develop their careers.

    During the break from actively teaching classes, we were planning the forthcoming show from Dusk ‘til Dawn, searching for music and ideas to stage the production, many hours spent on Youtube and countless phone calls to one another saying “ listen to this” or “have you heard the following“. By the time we all returned for the autumn term the rudiments of the show were in place and we were very eager to commence teaching the various numbers. For the next few months we were consumed with the show preparations and making costumes and props etc. It was wonderful to have Miss Keeley back onboard to choreograph the prize winner’s number.

    Just a few weeks into term time, we held auditions for any students wishing to enter a choreographic piece, albeit a solo, duet or group with a view of the dance becoming a show number. We would like to commend everyone who took part, each year the ideas grow and develop raising the standard and making the final choice very difficult. Watch out for the next choreographic competition, which will be announced shortly. We would like to see some newcomers to the event. Be brave and give it a go! All the children need is a little of extra encouragement from Mum & Dad.

    In spite of all the show preparations, Miss Hannah was also able to prepare Katherine Hinchcliffe for her Advanced 1 tap which she took at Headquarters on the 30th October. Our congratulations go to Katherine and we would like to wish her well in her chosen career as she has just finished her University degree course. It is very rewarding when you teach the students from a tender age and watch them grow up and blossom. Where have those sixteen years gone?

    On the 15th November, some of the Adult taps and a number of our students took part in the Tapathon raising £ 252.00 for ‘Children in need’ - well done! Perhaps you would like to be involved this year. Keep an eye on the notice board for further details.

    After the Christmas break, there was no let up, the final stage rehearsals and the full dress rehearsal took place at Colchester Institute and suddenly it was show night, wow! We sincerely hope that you all enjoyed the event. Thank you for your continual support and lovely comments. The children / students were buzzing. Some of us were fortunate to see the preview of the DVD at the movie night held on the 5th March.

    Earlier in the year, Katherine Hayhoe successfully auditioned with Chelmsford Ballet Company and after a period of Sunday classes and rehearsals, she was in the Company’s production of Sleeping Beauty at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford during March. We thoroughly enjoyed the production and feel it is advantageous for the students wishing to pursue a career in the world of dance.

    It has been one event after another; Esme Bennett played the role of Dorothy in the wizard of Oz at Honywood School, on the 30th March. Congratulations to Esme on her achievement and performance.

    Saturday 23rd April saw KDS back at Honywood School. This time we were invited to perform at the All Stars Show, which was a fundraising event for St Peters School Coggeshall. Congratulations to all our performers, we received lovely feedback from the organisers.

    Next on KDS agenda was to support our students, Katherine Hayhoe, Emma Allars, Chloe Bain and Aimee Dixon who attend Colchester Institute. Congratulations to the girls for all their hard work, it was nice to see the dance show and their achievement.

    We were invited to take part in the North East Essex Dance Festival which took place at the Alec Hunter School Braintree during the summer half term. It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Ellie Gee was placed first and Emily De Silva joint second in the Junior Improvisation section. Esme Bennett gained second place in the Senior Improvisation section and Gemma Delgaty and Sandra Maduoma joint third, Sandra also gained second place for her modern solo. CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!

    Since our show, we have been busy preparing for the Modern Examinations which took place on the 27th May and the Ballet Examinations 24th June. Our congratulations to the students; remember all the hard work pays off and these qualifications are recognised when the students are preparing their UCAS forms for entry into university.

    Along side the examination work, we have been preparing for various events; we danced at Layer Marney Towers, Spring bank holiday weekend, a lovely venue to perform at and an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful surroundings. In fact before we left, KDS were invited to perform again in 2017.

    Once again, we performed at the Kelvedon & Feering Scout Carnival 11th June; I am glad to say that the rain held off, we have also been invited back next year. Next on the events list was the Parish Church fete on Saturday 2nd July, another very enjoyable afternoon. By the time you read this news letter, we will have only one more event to do and that is the Kelvedon Music Festival Saturday 16th July. Please come and support our team of dancers, we will be performing at 12:15 straight after St Mary’s School choir. Lets hope that it is a beautiful sunny day.

    Finally, we would like to wish Esme Sensibar, the very best of luck as she is preparing to start University life at De Montfort, which is based in Leicester. Yet another student, which we have taught since a youngster, KDS is just like one big happy family.

    We have just been to Karen Wiggins’ wedding reception, only to find at least twelve of our Ex students in attendance, a real family get together. Karen looked very relaxed and radiant. You may have seen Karen at our show in February, not only did she watch the show but as usual she helped back stage. It is apparent that the children love her presence and her ability to amuse them and keep them occupied behind the scenes. Although Karen is currently living in Germany, when she returns to the family home, she always pops in for Fit steps and adult ballet.

    Next is Miss Hannah’s wedding, during the October half term, how exciting!

    This only leaves us to wish you a restful summer break! We look forward to seeing you all refreshed in September in readiness for another exciting year with KDS, remember to visit our website at www.kelvedondancestudio.co.uk

    Miss Andrea, Miss Hannah & Miss Ruth

  • KDS Newsletter 2017

    Another year has once again flown by which gives us a chance to reflect on the past twelve months' activities, as our dance school year draws to a close.

    During the Summer holidays of 2016, we held dance classes on alternate weeks in which we had a Ballet and Stretch class, Tap, and FitSteps class on Tuesday nights. Miss Andrea also held a Ballet class on Wednesday evenings, for the Adult ballet and older students. It was so nice to be able to see all who came and to keep up our technique, flexibility and fitness levels. We do miss seeing our students during the six weeks’ holidays and we always feel good after a bit of dancing!

    When we returned in September, exam classes started in preparation for our Modern, Jazz and Tap exams in November. We also had some new students join us which was great, we welcome you to our school and hope that you have enjoyed all of your classes and events so far!

    During October half term, I had a wonderful Wedding and following that a superb Honeymoon, in Cape Verde. Thank you to Miss Andrea and Miss Ruth for enabling me to have a couple of weeks off and for covering my classes.

    Upon my return, we had a very successful exam session, on 18th November - well done to all the students, we are very proud of you, as always!

    On Sunday 20th November, we took part in the Tapathon event for Children In Need. It was good fun dancing the routine all together in order to try and beat a Guinness world record. Everybody contributed a little something towards the food and we all enjoyed that afterwards too! In total, 7,484 tappers danced the routine across the country. We only just missed breaking last years record, but we did help to raise in excess of £38,000 for Children In Need. Kelvedon Dance Studio alone raised £460 through taking part and donations which is amazing. It’s a wonderful feeling to help such a worthy cause - please do try and get involved this year, on Sunday 19th November. Details will be up on the noticeboard, in due course.

    In January, Miss Andrea took Gemma Delgaty and Emma Allars to ISTD headquarters for London Ballet group. The girls took part in a pirouette masterclass which I’m sure they both enjoyed and definitely benefitted from. Thank you to the girls for being a wonderful example of KDS work.

    On 12th February, several students, teachers and adult students worked hard and took part in a Fitness/Danceathon event to raise funds for Debbie whose daughter, Jess, is a dear adult student of ours. Jess is raising as many funds as possible to pay for treatment for her Mum Debbie who is sadly battling cancer. We took the opportunity to arrange a Day of Dance / Fitness enabling students to try different genres and styles. Several instructors and teachers gave up their time to give us some brilliant classes in which to partake. That day we raised almost £500 for Debbie which we are incredibly proud erof. If you couldn’t make it and would like to donate, it would be most appreciated. www.gofundme.com/debbies-fight-against-cancer

    March was a busy month for KDS. We had another successful examination day - Well done again to all the students for their hard work and well deserved achievements, Miss Hannah and Miss Andrea spectated the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Awards in Crawley - a wonderful and inspiring day, "Move It" dance exhibition was on in London, which several of our students attended and thoroughly enjoyed. The exibition offered lots of classes, performances, interviews and shopping opportunities, as well as information about further training - well worth a visit!

    We were also inspired by the Essex heats of the Modern Theatre Awards in April. It is so valuable for all of us to watch shows and competitions to remind ourselves what our training and hard work is all about. Take every opportunity you can to be inspired, particularly by Musicals and Ballets. It’s a wonderful and exciting day out, but also enhances your training to see it up there on the stage! Don’t forget, the Royal Ballet often broadcast their performances live across the UK in the local cinema - not to be missed! We would like to arrange another trip to see a show very soon.

    The teachers enjoyed watching Aimee Dixon and Emma Allars in the Colchester Institute College show on 11th May. Well done girls, you worked very hard and we are proud of you. It’s great to see what you do at College.

    Next we had Skip's (John Papworth’s) celebration show on 24th and 25th June. KDS performed four dances and took part in Finale, at two shows. Lots of hard work and commitment went into the shows and we thank the students for their efforts and participation. Skip deserved a wonderful show to thank him for all that he has done in Kelvedon throughout his life. We helped to capture some of his memories of being in the Army, a Painter and Decorator, a Lollipop Man and a Chimney sweep. Well done to the students, I’m sure Skip is incredibly grateful for your contribution to the show.

    The following weekend we held our Choreographic Competition. It’s always exciting for us, as teachers, because we have a wonderful surprise to look forward to, seeing what the students have produced. A massive well done to all who took part. Of course, we can appreciate the work that goes into creating your dances, organising your costumes, props, music and lighting. Well done also to everyone who danced in the showcase numbers, we hope your family and friends all enjoyed the show. Let’s see if even more of our students can be brave and get involved next time! It really is an opportunity to showcase your talent and even show us something different if you like.

    This brings me on to mention that some of our students have been working hard outside of classes at KDS; Gemma Delgaty has sucessfully auditioned for a place with the Center of Advanced Training where upon, in September, she will attend Ballet and Contemporary classes in conjunction with her training at KDS, Charlotte Cressall, a past student who we have had the pleasure of seeing back in classes this past year, has successfully landed herself the part of ‘The Fairy Godmother’ on board the Disney Cruise ship - what a wonderful and exciting opportunity! We really hope she enjoys her adventure and we look forward to seeing her to hear all about it, in the not so distant future.

    The end of term is a sad time as we say farewell to some of our students. Emma Allars will be leaving us to study for a Dance Degree at De Montfort University, Leicester. We wish her the best of luck and hope that she will come back and see us soon! We also wish Aimee Dixon every sucess in her working life, as she has now completed her studies at dance college. We know you will both do very well and work hard and thank you for being such wonderful students for all these years. Thank you also to your families for all their involvement and energy in the dance school, we really do appreciate their help.

    All that’s left to do is to wish you a wonderful and restful Summer break. We very much look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for another exciting year at KDS in September!

    Remember to regularly check our website, www.kelvedondancestudio.co.uk and Facebook pages for updates and information.

    Miss Andrea, Miss Hannah and Miss Ruth