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Spring 2018

 

WELCOME


A warm welcome back and a Happy New Year to all our pupils and parents, and a sincere thank you to everyone who continues to support Danceforce in every way. 2017 was a very exciting year for us, full of celebrations for my 20th anniversary as Principal, with a fantastic Little Movers display in July and outstanding exam results year-round.

This July we will be holding another Little Movers display to continue showcasing all our little dancers' talents!

The staff have been busy topping up their CPD skills with various professional courses, to ensure that we are up to speed with the latest policies for safe dance practises and will continue to gain outstanding results and remain the leading dance school in this area.

It has been fantastic to see Miss Korina and Miss Maxine settle into teaching at Danceforce; this is now their second term.

Danceforce is busier than ever and we have had a count up and discovered that we are now offering 72 classes on our timetable!

As some of you might have noticed we are re-launching the pre school classes as Happy Toes - but don't worrythere's no change to Miss Louise's fantastic classes.

 

NEW HIP HOP CLASS

Following on from the success of our 4 -7 yer old class, we have opened up a new class for 8 - 11year olds

4 - 7 year olds Thursdays 4.00 - 4.30pm

48 - 11 year olds Thursdays 4.30 - 5.00pm

Great for boys and girls


New Class!


Tappie Toes

A fun and innovative introduction to tap & modern dance for 2.5 - 4 year olds!
Wednesdays 10.20-10.40am Swinnerton Hall, Gibbon Rd
Thursdays 10.55- 11.15am Twickenham United Reformed Church


EXAMS

We have had two very good days of examsin December. Fabulous resulst all round!

In the RAD Ballet exams, out of 24 children entered, they received 7 distinctions, 4 merits and 13 class awards.

In the ISTD modern and tap exams, out of 21 candidates, 16 distinctions and 5 merits were gained.

Congratulations are also in order for our drama students who achieved outstanding results for their LAMDA exams in December with 100% pass rate and 9 out of 17 students receiving a distinction.

 


ASSISTING

Our senior girls have the opportunity to assist our busy Saturday classes. If you would like to be part of the assistant team, please let us know, as it gives invaluable hands on experience with children and teaching and can be used for Duke of Edinburgh volunteer work.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


SPRING TERM
Monday January 8th – Saturday 24th March

HALF TERM
Monday Feb 12th – Sunday Feb 18th inc

PARENT WATCHING CLASSES
w/c Monday 12th March



MONDAY’S VOCATIONAL BALLET


Pre-vocational: 5.15-6.15pm
Intermediate Foundation: 6.15-7.15pm

intermediate 7.45 - 8.45pm
We are so lucky that Miss Heather specialises in progressive ballet technique.
This is being included in both the Pre Vocational Ballet and RAD Vocational Ballet. This is a fantastic way for students to build up their strength in class, and allows the students to progress through the stages of vocational ballet.

DRAMA

with David Lawson Lean on Mondays
3.45 - 4.15pm 4 - 7 year olds
4.15 - 5.00pm 8 - 9 year olds

5.00 - 5.45pm 10years +

ADULT CLASSES


Adult Classes on Mondays Kingston Methodist Church

Adult Jazz

7.15 - 8.00pm
Intermediate Adult Tap
8.00 - 8.45pm
Intermediate Adult Ballet
8.45 - 9.30pm

BEGINNERS Adult classes Swinnerton Hall
Beginners Adult Tap

Wednesdays 8.15 - 9.00pm
Beginners Adult Ballet
Thursdays 8.15 - 9.00pm

They are a great way to tone up!

SATURDAY JAZZ CLASSES
with Miss Korina
For 11 -18 years Teen Beginners, Bronze, Silver and Gold Jazz

UNIFORM SALES

Saturdays

John Hunt Room of Swinnerton Hall, Gibbon Rd.


Uniform fittings must be made by appointment.
Email the office to arrange yours now!

 


 

Class Payments

Invoices for the Spring term 2018 will be emailed outsoon after text editthe half term break and the payment deadline shown on the email. Staggered payments are acceptable for multiple classes.
Late payments will incur a 10% surcharge and students will not be admitted to classes until the invoice has been paid.


Please note that your child’s class times are always on the invoice. If an exam is being taken this term, the new class time will be shown on the invoice.


Younger siblings receive a 5% sibling discount.
From Grade 2 modern / Grade 2 Tap, modern and tap classes are billed as two separate classes.

Changes to Classes

If you wish to make any changes to your child's classes – changing the day of the lesson or withdrawing from a class altogether, it is imperative that you inform the office in writing. Without a written request we are unable to process changes and you will be invoiced accordingly.

Students are automatically re-enrolled from term to term and in accordance with the joining registration document, we require a half term's notice of stopping a class.

Uniform

Uniform must be worn for class, if children are cold, a tight fitting crossover can be purchased or a Danceforce tracksuit.
Hair must be tied back in a bun or an appropriate alternative.
In the interests of health and safety and safe dance practise, jewellery must not be worn, unless for religious or cultural reasons.

Watching Days

Organised towards the end of term at the discretion of the teacher.

Private Lessons

Private lessons offer an opportunity for one-to-one coaching on syllabus or non-syllabus work. The sessions can assist with preparation for examinations, studying a new syllabus and strengthening technique and performance skills. For more information please contact Carol.

 


 

RAD News

RAD membership is open to students who have successfully passed Grade 6 upwards. As a member you will benefit from regular information about the RAD and the dance world, discounts on Vocational Graded exams and discounted RADE merchandise.

UCAS Points, ISTD & RAD

Candidates who have achieved a Pass or higher at Grades 6-8, Intermediate or Advanced Foundation can use their exam result as contributing towards their UCAS points tariff when applying to a university or Higher Education institution in the UK.

These tariff points can be used for applications from 2012 onwards. For further details visit the UCAS website.

 


 

Parking & Changing Areas

PARKING AT SWINNERTON HALL
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE. DO NOT WAIT IN RESIDENT PARKING BAYS WHILST YOUR CHILD IS IN CLASS & PARK ON BURTON RD.
CHANGING AREAS


Changing areas are very limited. Please arrive ready changed where possible. To maximise class times please can you change from your outdoor shoes to your dance shoes in the lobby before class.
Use the toilets / kitchen to change in. There must be no changing in the lobby outside the John Hunt Room, as it is part of the church, arrive ready dressed for class or use the Swinnerton Hall toilets.



Security


Thankyou to parents and guardians for following our new instructions on picking up children and dropping off.
I would like parents to come into the building to collect their children/ teenagers, I don't want any Danceforce pupils waiting on the road to be collected. 
I know that some senior students make their own way home, I would rather they were picked up by parents, but if they do need to make their own way home, please have a safety talk with them and make sure they are dressed properly.
After class, Infant/Junior Children should wait in the hall with the teacher, senior school children must wait in the lobby where the teacher can see them.
Danceforce pupils should not be leaving classes in just their leotard & tights.
I would ask parents to take this opportunity to remind their children how to stay safe and not to speak with strangers. Most importantly you must always come into the hall area to make sure that classes are on  - DO NOT DROP THEM OFF AND DRIVE OFF. 


Please always shut the main front doors.

 


 

FACEBOOK

We are on Facebook!
We will be posting updates and news flashes on our page eg closures due to bad weather.
To join our group, search for ‘Danceforce School of Dancing’ in the Facebook search bar and ‘LIKE’ our page. See you there!

 

DanceForce tracksuits

Danceforce Tracksuits
Perfect for wearing to and from dancing to keep you warm. You may also wear them for any stretching classes and Danceforce performances.

Emma Hodgson
Emma attended Danceforce for 15 years, successfully juggling dance training and school. Emma not only achieved top A level grades to go to Oxford University but also gained 90 marks for her Grade 8 ballet exam and 90 marks for Intermediate Tap. Well done Emma!