We just can’t believe the first term of 2016 is already dead and gone. The time has flown past and as usual, there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.
Most of the first term went by in a blur as we pushed for the ballet girls to learn all their work in preparation for the May Exams. They took in a lot and did extremely well with the short time they had, but we will need to do some serious polishing during the new term.
The modern and hip hop exams are only at the end of the year, so we have more time there, but we still have a lot of work to cover.
We are getting 12 new grades of hip hop work taught to us during the April Holidays, so we are looking forward to something fresh and exciting to teach next term. The hip hoppers have been doing mostly open work this term and preparing for the concert on the 30th of November, so it is not a last minute rush after their exams.
Here are some pics taken during the last week of term of some of the Lorraine classes, when our theme was ‘Something Pink.’ The Jeffrey’s
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This is just to let you all know that there is a new shop called Beryl Petzer Dance Company that has just opened in Port Elizabeth.
This is another great option if you can’t get to the other sources.
They supply all dance attire at the best prices in town. This includes tap, ballet, ballroom, hip hop and modern.
They are at 100 Main Road Walmer and are open Monday to Friday from 09H00 to 16H00 and Saturdays from 09H00 to 12H00.
You can call them at 082 820 2707
We have just had a hectic weekend with both our RAD Character Work Course, which was run by Rene Callis and our annual youth ballet.
The course went into greater depth on what teachers need to know when teaching the RAD National Syllabus, and we all felt we learn’t a lot over these last few days.
We would also like to congratulate Isabella Morrison, Ashleigh Maling Nel and Casey McLean for dancing so well and making us proud at all four performances of the Friendly City Youth Ballet on Saturday and Sunday. Well done and welcome to Jessica Barnard who is a new addition to our studio. Thank you to the Moms who helped behind the scenes and from our studio Gillian Morrison who was an absolute star.
The girls were kept busy with rehearsals for a lot of the holidays, and then from Thursday last week when Cape Town City Ballet and producer Robin van Wyk arrived, they had to be at the Savoy Theatre almost full time.
I took a picture of them keeping themselves well entertained during the long waits in the dressing rooms with various made up games.
They were in Awe of the Cape Town City dancers and it was a wonderful experience for them to work with a professional company. Ashleigh managed to get a pic with beautiful ballerina Laura Bosenburg. It was also wonderful to see that some of the principle dancers grew up in Port Elizabeth.
After the final performance on Sunday, the dancers were all invited to an after party and they had loads of fun running around getting their programs signed by all the stars in the show.
All the girls had an absolute ball and we hope to see more of our little ones dancing next time.
Please note that the Studio will close on Friday the 26th of July after classes and reopen on Monday the 20th of July, when the schools go back.
We hope you will all have a wonderful break. But remember to practice those festival solo’s.
This November we were privileged to have examiner Lynne Cussack come and examine our pupils. She proved very popular with our pupils especially the hip hoppers. Well done to Elandri Venter who got the highest modern mark – honors with distinction.
Da Bomb awards for hip hop went to Karla Strydom, Zanri Black, Jordan Rabbolini, Ashleigh Maling Nel, Desmare de Lange, Hayley van Niekerk, Jean Oosthuizen and Armand Badenhorst.
Best of Luck to all our dancers.
As always we are proud of all our dancers who worked so hard for the May Exams.
A special congrats to the following girls who obtained distinctions:
Emma van der Westhuizen
Catelynne van Rhyn
Ashleigh Maling Nel
Lize van Staden
Karleigh du Preez
and last but not least Caitlyn Burton who scored 95% for her Grade 3 Exam.
A Big Well Done to Kirstie Muller, Valmarie van Zyl and Adriane Bestic who received A+, A and A+ respectively for their Graduate 4 Medal Tests this morning.