At the beginning of April, bbodance hosted a four day event of Student Masterclasses and Continuing Professional Development activities for members from Junior Students through to Senior Examiners.

 

Dance Days 2016 saw record breaking numbers for our CPD sessions, giving our teachers the opportunity to take part in Pilates classes, observe a BalletBoyz workshop and review the bbodance Ballet Syllabus from the NEW Introduction to Ballet to Grade 8. The new Musical Theatre was also launched with an introduction talk from Tom Linecar-Boulton. If you missed this session, you can find out more here.

“Excellent all round event at fantastic facilities” – Teacher at CPD Sessions

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Younger students took part in Junior Dance Days this year which featured classes in Classical Ballet, Character, Jazz, Creative Dance and Musical Theatre. Parents received a tour of the beautiful venue, Elmhurst School for Dance, and the students all had a fantastic time.

Junior Dance Day Award awarded to a promising Junior Dancer – Daisy Tao

(this award carries a free place to Dance Days 2017)

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At Senior Dance Days this year we were excited to introduce Contemporary sessions to our programme for the first time. Our fantastic faculty gave the students a taster of the technique, performance quality and enjoyment needed to succeed in the dance industry.

At the end of the three days the student presented a fantastic selection of routines, ranging across all genres. Students, Teachers and audience members were treated to a beautiful performance of the White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, danced by Delia Matthews and Brandon Lawrence from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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The awards were presented by Michael Nunn OBE, William Trevitt OBE and Andrew Monaghan, an ex-BBO student from Elaine Ferry’s school, Three Spires Dance School. Congratulations to all Award Winners.

Senior Award 2016  awarded to a promising Senior Dancer – Grace Walton

(this award carries a free place to Dance Days 2017)

The Espinosa Cup awarded for all round - Rebecca Stevenson

The Christina Hughes Cup awarded for artistic interpretation - Yvette Levine

The Ruth Berney Cup awarded for strong technique - Esme Rivett

The Maud Anderton Cup awarded to a student of particular talent - Jasmine Jules Andrews

The Margaret Whitton Memorial Cup awarded for versatility - Emily Pepper

The Hilda Tappenden Cup awarded for the most improved student - Nicholas Cain

The Peggy Wilson Cup awarded for musicality - Emma Jackson

 

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Many thanks to everyone who made the event possible -  Elmhurst School for Dance, the exceptional Faculty and Musicians, our dedicated Housemothers and of course, all of our members and attendees.

We are constantly working to improve our events and what we offer our members, so if you have any comments or suggestions then please do not hesitate to contact us.