THE HAMMOND SCHOOL, CHESTER
The Hammond is the leading provider of Performing Arts education in the North West.
Mia Bennett has successfully auditioned for full time training at the Hammond School and will
commence her training with the school in September 2016. Mia will be greatly missed
from our dance family, but such an amazing opportunity for a budding dancer with huge potential.
Penny's Dance Academy was opened in January 2011, and re branded in January 2016 as Oak Tree Dance Studio to coincide with the move to a permanent residence offering fully equipped dance studios at Oak Tree Barn, Blore Heath, Market Drayton.
ELMHURST BALLET SCHOOL, BIRMINGHAM
Elmhurst is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education
of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and
creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world
Isabel F & Yoshe B have been offered a full time place at this amazing
school and will start their training this September 2017. Izzy will be going into
year 10, and Yoshe into year 7. They have both worked incredibly hard to get
one of these incredibly limited places, and deserve every success. We will miss
you both very much, but you deserve to follow and live the dream!
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME
The Associate Programme nurtures young, talented students between the ages of eight and 15 in pursuit of excellence in pre-vocational classical ballet training. The course is designed to augment an individual’s current training while introducing them to The Royal Ballet School’s System of Training, alongside other gifted children who aspire to a career in dance. Pupils continue to study with their regular dance teacher in addition to their Associate classes. Associates sometimes have the opportunity to perform with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other ballet companies and many have progressed through the School and into the Royal Ballet Companies. Successful applicants for Mid and Senior Associates are offered an initial year’s course beginning in September and are appraised annually as to their suitability for further training.
Associate classes run throughout the UK academic year, usually from September to July.
- Classical ballet based on The Royal Ballet School’s System of Training
- National dance, historical dance, natural movement and pointe work as appropriate to the students’ age and development
- Exercise programmes devised and developed by the School’s physiotherapist
JUNIOR ASSOCIATES :
Freddy N - 2014-2015.
Phoebe H - 2016-2018.
Elizabeth B - 2017-2018.
Rachael G - 2017-2018.
MID ASSOCIATES :
Isabel F - 2014-2016 (Isabel was awarded a Senior Associate place in 2017, however furthered her training full time at Elmhurst Ballet School)
ELMHURST ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME
Elmhurst's Associate programme offers Saturday or Sunday classes for children aged 8+ in Birmingham, Manchester, Sunderland and Plymouth. These classes are designed to give children with a love of dance an opportunity to learn from teachers experienced in the Elmhurst style.
Freddy N - 2015-2018.
Yoshe B - 2015-2017.
Isabel F - 2016-2017.
Jenny U - 2016-2017.
BBO BALLET SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
For over 50 years, the highly prestigious BBO Scholars schemes have offered many talented BBO students the opportunity to receive outstanding extra training. All Scholars will receive first class tuition from some of the most respected teachers in the country. The distinguished professionals that make up the faculty for all our schemes have been carefully selected due to their proven expertise and ability to inspire students. These experienced and dedicated teachers work hard with our Scholars at improving both their technique and performance skills. The specialised training that our Scholars received has enable many of them to gain places at many of the UK's finest vocational dance schools, leading to careers as professional dancers.
JUNIOR BALLET SCHOLARS
Isabel F - Junior Ballet Scholar - 2013-2015
Jenny U - Junior Ballet Scholar - 2014-2016.
Phoebe H - Junior Ballet Scholar - 2017-2018.
MID BALLET SCHOLARS
Isabel F - Mid Ballet Scholar - 2015-2017.
Jenny U - Mid Ballet Scholar - 2016-2017.
"Midlands Independent Dance Associate Scheme exists to provide an opportunity for talented young dancers augment their existing training and to enhance their performance by taking additional classes delivered by experts in physical conditioning, classical ballet technique, dance skills and artistry"
The MIDAS training approach is centred around a 'golden triangle'. We believe that exceptional dancers have three facets, and that training should be equally divided between these.
- Traditional dance training has tended to focus primarily on developing/maintaining technique (skill), then artistry, and more often than not, less time is spent developing facets like muscular power, aerobic fitness, muscular endurance and flexibility.
- Wonderful artistry and precise technique both suffer if the dancer does not have the physical fitness required to perform.
- However, dancers cannot be trained in the same way as athletes because, regardless of how fit a dancer is, or how good their technique, the ultimate goal is an artistic performance.
Isabel F - 2014-2016.
Jenny U - 2015-2017.
Sam G - 2015-2017.
Freddy N - 2015-2018.
Louisa U - 2015-2017.
Ashleigh B - 2017-2018.
THE POINTE - CENTRE POINTE
The Pointe Youth Dance Company - The first Classical / Contemporary Youth Dance Company Based in the North West for dancers aged 14 to 21 Years.
The Pointe is the first Youth Dance Company that aims to focus on the technical aspects of Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance whist developing skills in choreography and improvisation. It is open to all dancers from diverse backgrounds, aged 14 to 21 years with experience in classical or contemporary dance, or with creative flair.
Isabel F - 2016-2017
Freddy N - 2017-2018
MIDLAND JAZZ ASSOCIATES
Midlands Jazz associates are based in Stoke-on-Trent, offering extremely intense training in Jazz, Commercial and Conditioning. Entry is by auditionin only and classes are held once a month.
Edie N - 2016-2017
Adelaide H - 2016-2017
Emillie H - 2016-2018
Lily-Rose M - 2016-2018
Freddy N - 2016 - 2018
PRISMATIC DANCE COMPANY
Prismatic dance is a contemporary dance company. It allows young dancers to perform through associate classes to produce professional dance shows. Classes are held twice a month in Stoke-on-Trent, entry by audition only.
Lily-Rose M - 2016-2017
Adelaide H - 2016-2018
Entry is by audition only. Students will study Ballet, Street, Contemporary, Creative and Jazz & Musical Theatre.
Mia B - 2015-2016
DANCE OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD
Lily-Rose M will be representing England in LA, America in 2019. During her time there she will participate in 3 days of intesive workshops with master teachers, perform at Disneyland California and at International Performance Board. Lily-Rose will be competing against dance teams from 27 different countries. Training for this involves 18 months of intese weekly class in Bolton and a strict daily exercise program.
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S PERFORMANCE PROJECTS :
Ballet students of all ages and abilities from across the Midlands were invited to audition for a role in BRB's Performance Projects, an exciting large-scale performance project culminating in a performance at Birmingham Hippodrome, alongside some of the Company dancers. A cast of 65 ballet students have the opportunity to train at Birmingham Royal Ballet’s studios for 13 weekly sessions and six intensive rehearsal days. This is a fantastic opportunity to create some lifelong memories, gain an insight into the workings of a professional ballet company and to perform to an audience.
CINDERELLA DREAMS - FEBRUARY 2017
SLEEPING BEAUTY - FEBRUARY 2018
ENGLISH YOUTH BALLET
Now in its 20th year The English Youth Ballet (EYB) has built into a highly successful youth dance company. The demand for places is expressed by the hundreds of young dancers who audition annually. Many of our students go on to vocational training having gained enormous confidence, invaluable performing experience and great pleasure from their involvement with EYB. English Youth Ballet gives young dancers a unique opportunity to experience what life in a professional ballet company is really like. It is an exciting journey from acceptance at the audition, to classes, challenging choreography, tough rehearsals and enjoyable performances in the theatre, which mirrors exactly what a dancer in a professional company experiences. The production of costumes, sets, lighting and stage management is fully professional. English Youth Ballet creates a traditional ballet production that is especially choreographed around the talents of the cast. Parents, Theatre Managers and Reviewers are incredulous that the performances are of such a high standard and are created within such a short period of time.
SWAN LAKE - THEATRE SEVERN, 2015
In July 2013, we performed 'Decades of Dance' at the Festival Drayton Centre, with 3 sellout performances!
In November 2015, we participated in 'Dance Fest' as part of the Arts Festival in Market Drayton.
I WANNA DANCE FOREVER!
Oak Tree Dance Studio's inaugural production 'I Wanna Dance Forever!' took to the stage at The Festival Drayton Centre for 2 days of performances that showed all the dancers talents and left very few dry eyes in the house.
65 students aged 2.5-13 leapt, pirouetted, and tapped their way through routines choreographed by Oak Tree Teachers; 2 of the dances were a result of an in house choreography competition, which gave the students the chance to develop their creative flair. In contrast to the classical dance styles of ballet and tap, contemporary and commercial genres were also showcased thanks to their increased popularity at the studio.
None of the shows would have been able to go ahead without the unwavering support of all parents. Scores of dancers directed perfectly, frantic quick changes made easy, and hair well and truly sprayed solid! We are very much a family at Oak Tree and I am so pleased Miss Zoe and I can share these wonderful experiences with such amazing, selfless people.