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MARCH 2021 Newsletter

ONE YEAR OF ZOOM CLASSES

The whole team would like to thank you all for being part of our Danceforce family and a warm welcome to our new families, we can't wait to get to know you all!

It wasn’t until I started writing this newsletter that I realised how many events we have had running since last March!

Our first WOW WEEK in May had over 40 students (and parents) joining the Jive Live with Miss Christina & Miss Heather. Jive dancing and body conditioning every morning for the half term week.

We have joined with other dance schools for workshops in jazz, street dance, tap, lyrical and contemporary, not to mention Frozen & Peppa Pig! Our older students danced with Miss Cindy for Edward Scissorhands and Nutcracker workshops

Miss Carol has introduced a complimentary TAP BURST on Wednesday evenings for Gr 1 & 2 ballet students to introduce them to tap dancing.

In February we have had Stretch & Strength with Samuel and just recently 20 students attended a Virtual Animal Encounter.

Upcoming events are a Matilda Workshop with Mike Denman on Saturday (Grade 2 upwards) and a Performing Arts Mental Health workshop (12 years plus) with the amazing Headstrong company on 28th March. Please contact the office to book your place on these.

EXAM SUCCESSES

82% of our March 2020 exam students gained a Distinction and 2 of our seniors took the challenging Intermediate ballet exam at RAD HQ in Battersea. Our online classes succeeded in fulfilling their training as they passed with flying colours!

This term we have continued with exam coaching as planned and are holding teacher assessments instead of the formal exams. We wanted our students to have gained the same level of expertise in technique, performance and style as they would need to successfully pass a face to face exam. I am so pleased to say that “We did it!” and I was delighted with the outcome. We are looking forward to our ballet assessments at the end of this term.

Zoom is different and it’s challenging, but the teachers and the students have adapted and shown that we don’t need to lower the high standards of our classes and we can keep progressing and learn new skills.

SCHOOL AWARDS

Weekly SPARKLE CARDS . Early Years progress CERTIFICATES. STAR OF THE TERM medals

NEW this term - Early Years DANCER OF THE WEEK (parents need to submit a short video of photo)

NEW this term – ATTENDANCE AWARD for 100% attendance, with a special group prize if the whole class has 100% attendance!

Danceforce SPLITS CLUB for any student who can do the splits all 3 ways

EVENTS

The Father’s Day video was my ultimate favourite event of the year! Showing families getting together and dancing with their children was beautiful and of course very entertaining!

We had our first online dance show “We are Family” for all of our students from Happy Toes to Adult classes. Each class performed 8 counts to create a lovely record to look back on for years to come.

Here are some photos of our smaller events - World Ballet Day, Christmas Bun Competition, Lockdown Photo Competition, Saturday parent strength challenge and bring a Teddy week.

CHARITY EVENTS

We have raised an amazing £1237 from our Pyjama Week for Children in Need and Elf Week for Alzheimers. Following on from this success we plan to hold a charity week at the end of each term. This term we will be raising money for Kingston Hospital and the Easter dress up week for this will be 22 – 27th March.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We still have spaces left in some classes perfect for our littlest dancers - please spread the word if you know any budding baby ballerinas or tiny tappers!

AGE 18 MONTHS - 3 YEARS & 3 - 4 YEARS

Happy Toes & Nursery Ballet - Let your child experience our magical dance programme to journey into the world of dance, mime, rhythm, musicality, storytelling and creativity. Your child will jump, skip, swirl, galop, bop and float through a structured 30 minutes of movement and imagery. Miss LOUISE & MISS CHRISTINA will nurture and encourage your little dancer to be inquisitive and confident through dance. Classes are Wednesday & Thursday mornings and Friday 3.45pm.

AGE 4 - 7 YEARS

Pre Primary tap and Primary Modern - These fun and funky little classes introduces your child to the energetic and current modern and tap dance styles. Your child will enjoy 30 minutes of each genre, using their creativity and expressive personalities to hide from the creatures in the pond, blow fairy dust to the fairies, catch secrets and explore the sounds their feet can make using age-appropriate dance movements and skilful teaching. Your child will be working towards taking their first little exam in modern. Classes are Saturdays (9am & 9.30am)

Reception ballet / Pre Primary Ballet / Primary Ballet - In these exciting and progressive classes, your child will be strengthening their coordination, technique and performance but still through a magical setting. They will be working towards taking their first ballet exam. These classes are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

We nurture your child through this wonderful and positive examination process. They will experience a hugely supportive programme designed to be completely stress-free while teaching them to become dedicated and motivated. High standards are achieved through good quality teaching from your experienced Danceforce teachers. We build your child’s confidence so they will excel, reaching their maximum personal potential.

STAFF NEWS

Miss Jacqueline now teaches for us on Mondays and is the newest member of our team. She has done so well having joined us whilst we are on zoom, building up such a good rapport with her students and she can’t wait to meet everyone face to face!

Look at this beautiful student journey through the school can you see where you are on your journey?

THANK YOU

Lastly, we just want to say a very big thank you to all of our families for continuing to support us, we appreciate it so very much. Here's to a wonderful year ahead - full of lots of dancing, friendships and fun!

Video Snippets

Dads of Danceforce 2020

Lockdown Summer Show 2020