We will be running a summer Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exam session. Children from Pre Primary, Primary and Grade 2 at Bletchingley and Primary and some Grade 1s at Woldingham will be invited to take part (if they meet the required age). I will then run a winter session for Woldingham Pre Primarys and Grade 2s and any Grade 3s in Bletchingley, plus any who weren't ready or old enough in the summer. It is not a requirement to take part however.
I am waiting to hear back from the RAD re the provisional date but have requested it be on a Saturday/Sunday in late June or early July. The session will take place at Woldingham Village Hall.
I would like to invite those wishing to take part in exams to attend a second class, particularly Grades 1 upwards. You are welcome to drop into the classes at the alternative branch and pay by class (please see the timetable here). As there isn't a Grade 1 group currently at Bletchingley, I will add on some classes at Woldingham to act as extra coaching. I would suggest attending 3 - 4 extra classes in order to prepare the children appropriately so they are confident with the syllabus. We will also be able to create practice CDs for them to use at home. I am going to try to organise a day of mock exams to give them all a practice run. This will all be detailed in a separate email to come.
Following on from last year's workshops, I am pleased to announce that we are going to run a 3 day summer school in Woldingham Tuesday 29th August-Thursday 31st August. Children from 4 years upwards from both branches are invited to take part, but if you have a 3 year old who you think would be able to attend please contact me too. It is set to be an exciting few days with dancing, crafts and a show! More details are to follow but please do let me know if you are interested as places will be restricted.
I would like to welcome a new member of the East Surrey team, Miss Bethany Swales. Miss Bethany is another fantastic graduate of the RAD with their BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and Licentiate Award with experience teaching Ballet, Tap and Modern. She will take over the classes at Bletchingley from April, as we unfortunately have to say goodbye to Miss Amy who is extending her hours within a London based school. We wish her all the best and thank her for two brilliant terms! Miss Bethany will be coming for two weeks at the end of this term to meet the children and yourselves.
Please also note that another teacher Miss Ffion Rees from the RAD will be coming to take Miss Jessica's classes this Saturday (25th February), whilst she is involved in a show.
I hope to get some of our dancers performing in local fairs this summer too which I think will be a lovely opportunity. Details to follow soon.
Once the two exam sessions are completed, we will begin working towards our very exciting biannual show, which, for the first time, will merge the two schools in a spectacular event! Dates tbc.
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