We have requested the following dates for Exams to take place at the Studios, and will also be arranging additional coaching sessions beforehand. You should have already received a letter and reply slip if your child is ready to be entered for exams, but we need to know availability ASAP.
Modern & Tap: Sunday 4th & 18th November (Alternative dates 11th & 25th November),
Ballet: Sunday 2nd December (alternative date 9th December)
The Sunday before the confirmed date will be Mock examinations.
Summer Holiday Coaching
These sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday 24th July until Thursday 30th August except Carnival week (13-18 August). £6 per hour payable on attendance please
Grade 5 Ballet
Grade 3 Tap
Grade 4 Modern
Grade 5 Modern
Grade 3 Ballet
Grade 4 Ballet
Grade 1 Modern
Grade 2 Modern
Grade 1 Tap
Grade 6 Modern
Grade 1 Ballet
Extra Coaching from September
From week commencing 3rd September till exams taken (excluding half term) we will be holding additional exam coaching at the following times. £6 per hour
Although normal classes stop during the school holidays, PALS will continue as usual and we have Workshop running throughout… and there’s Carnival Week too of course!
Short-Break Workshops for children with additional needs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9.30am-2.30pm); and our regular Workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays (10am-3pm). See the images below for more details.
Carnival Week is 13-18 August, and we won’t be running the workshops days this week.
Louisa, our Senior Singing Teacher is also holding an Open Day at the Studios with Essex Vocal Coaching on Friday 3 August:
As you may have already seen, Essex County Council has decided to undertake roadworks along Brook Road. What they forgot to tell anyone though, is that they will actually be closing the road completely overnight (from 7pm) for two weeks, starting Monday 30th April.
Obviously this will have significant impact on many of the businesses in the road, including us, and means Penni is having to re-jig classes a bit!
Tuesday nights it only affects Grade 5 Ballet pick up. We suggest you park in one of the side roads (Wyburns Ave or Woodlands Close) and walk through the alley to us. These two roads are just off Daws Heath Road.
Wednesday and Thursday classes will finish by 6.30pm to allow everyone time to get out before they shut the road.
Classes that would usually take place after 6.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday will be moved to Saturday afternoon,
so Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd moves to Saturday 5th; Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th, as below:
3.15-4.15pm – Senior Dance (Call 1 & 2)
4.15-5.15pm – Senior Street and Junior Drama
5.15-6.15pm – Senior Drama
We realise this is as frustrating for you as it is for us, but this is the best way we can find to ensure everyone gets their classes.
As far as we know, this will only be for two weeks, but if we hear otherwise we will, of course, keep you informed.
Tomorrow is a Dress Rehearsal at the Studios – please bring all the costumes that you already have. We know there may be a few odd things outstanding, and that’s partly why the dress rehearsal is earlier than usual this year.
Next Friday, 12 January, is a full run-through at the Studios. We’ll be running this as close to possible as to how it will be at the Theatre. Costumes will not be needed for this, but also please note that parents will not be able to wait in reception during this time.
Performers will need a drink and snacks (or packed lunch) for these, and also the days at the Theatre but please remember the following:
no food that could stain either their costumes or their faces (eg chocolate, wotsits);
no chewing gum or dark-coloured drinks (eg coke, blackcurrant);
NO NUTS – we have children with severe nut allergies. This includes peanut butter.
Please ensure that they have plenty of water!
At the Theatre next weekend, all children should be dropped off and collected from the Stage Door at the rear of the building, where they will be signed in and out by Pat Mitchell. Any medications that they need MUST also be checked in with Pat and not left in their bags (or boxes – a plastic box is ideal for keeping their costumes in).
Some of the performers spend more time than others backstage in the dressing rooms. They may want to bring a book, cards, or colouring to help fill the time – but please send pencils rather than felt pens… and certainly not Sharpie markers (we’d like to give you all back your costume deposits and not have to keep it for ink and food stains)!
Children should arrive at the Theatre with their hair and makeup already done. No earrings or nail varnish please (plaster over earrings if they cannot be removed). We’d prefer it if they did not bring phones/tablets etc as we cannot be responsible for gadgets as well as children, props and costumes. If they do bring them it is at their own risk. We’re going to be reminding them about the appropriate use of photographs and would prefer that none are taken backstage, but at the very least we must insist that they are not shared on social media without the express permission of all the children’s parents.
There will be a strict no photo/video rule for the audience. We’ll be taking some photos at the dress rehearsals, and Saturdays performances will be recorded for an official DVD. We have children in the Show who are not allowed to be in any photos for a variety of reasons, so we do have to be quite strict about this.
We also have to be strict with backstage access. No one will be allowed backstage unless they are on the official helpers list (similarly, no parents will be allowed to stay at the Studios on Friday unless expressly asked to), and no children will be allowed out between performances other than for the lunch break on Saturday (12.30-2.30pm) when everyone must leave the Theatre.
Oh, one more thing we have to insist on…. ENJOY THE SHOW!