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Happy New Year (01/01/2019)

Hi All

I hope that you have all enjoyed the Christmas holidays and I wish you well for the New Year 2019.

I am expecting to have certificates from the June session very soon. I am not the only teacher waiting!

Our target date for quick results for the December session should be around the 9th January. The next ballet exam session has been confirmed for 10th March. Unfortunately, I cannot get a modern and tap date till the summer. So I am trying for after the show.

Thank you all for your support for fundraising for costumes etc we are getting there, but still some way to go. I will be issuing show consent forms also this term. And for anyone who missed the loop, our show is at the Victoria Theatre on the 15th June (dress rehearsal 14th June... my birthday!)

Anyone who is willing to help in anyway please come forward ,i.e. chaperones (must have current license), sewers, runners. I will need a list of all students school details and Local authority, as well as current address and DOBs for their performing licenses. Please can parents bring these details in an envelope clearly marked with name of student. Also in a separate envelope can you include your child's hip, waist, chest and girth measurements. There will be a small hire fee for the costumes to cover wear and tear and laundering after.

We will also be starting some Sunday rehearsals in due course, so commitment is paramount! More about that later.

Meanwhile, Miss Emma and myself look forward to teaching you all and seeing you improve.

Kind Regards


Show Rehearsal dates (01/01/2017)

On 3rd, 10th and 17th January:
Tuesday rehearsals at Holywell Green, Nutcracker 17:00- 18:30
Inter / Advanced work to follow

on 4th, 11th and 18th January:
Wednesday rehearsals at Holywell Green, ShowBiz 17;00 - 18:30
Inter / Advanced work to follow


Saturday 7th January rehearsals at Watt Studios 13:30 - 16:00 (Full Show)
Please note Saturday morning classes at Holywell green run as usual.

Saturday 14th January rehearsals at St Phillips 10:00 - 13:00
Saturday afternoon classes run as usual at Watt Studio

Friday 20th January Dress Rehearsal at St Phillips, starts 18:00 prompt.

Saturday 21st January - Show at St Phillips.

Sunday 22nd January - Tapathon at North Bridge

welcome back (22/08/2016)

Welcome back to Autumn Term 2016. This term is show term! We have had an excellent year of results in both graded and vocational exams in ballet, tap and modern. Classes at both Holywell Green and Brighouse continue to grow, so we have added new classes on Thursday afternoon and evenings to help accommodate this.

You will all be pleased to know that Miss Rebecca will be back from from maternity leave this term. We will all give her a warm welcome back on her return.

We would like to congaratulate our RAD scholarship student, Ava who has been given a second year at RAD York. We are also pleased that two of our advanced students will be taking places on the senior associate scheme with the Professional Dance Experience. We also have the Professional Dance Experience coming to us in October to do a 'Nutcracker' workshop with the students.

Flood Relief (15/02/2016)

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in the fundraising afternoon for the Calderdale flood relief fund. In total We raised an amazing £935.30.

Looking Forward to 2016 (29/12/2015)

The school reopens in the New Year on Tuesday 5th January 2016. This half term is 6 weeks.

In January we have two events. The first being a Dancethon to raise money for the Calderdale flood fund. The second is the Annual Roy Castle Tapathon, which we we take part in every year. In addition we will be holiong Modern and Tap exams this term.

Another exciting piece of news is the launch of our satellite school in Brighouse at the Watt Studio's on Mill Lane in Brighouse. On 3rd January there is an opportunity to meet and sign up for classes in Brighouse. We will be offering Ballet, Tap and Modern classes on Saturday afternoons to begin with. There will also be Melody Movement pre-school classes which will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am.

Welcome back (02/09/2015)

Welcome back everyone. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break. This term we look forward to more exams and preparing for the Roy Castle Tapathon.

Exams (2015)

I am pleased to say that so far in 2015 we have had RAD balet, ISTD tap and ISTD modern exams and we have had very successful results. Miss Rebecca also entered her first session of RAD ballet exams with students achieving merits and distinctions,


This past 12 months Miss Gail has been invited to adjudicate in several dance competitions. This role is now a reqular event.

Miss Rebecca has now qualified (28/10/2014)

Miss Rebecca fully qualified as an R.A.D. teacher and is now teching within the school.


Our show 'Seasons & take Me To The Movies' was a great success. Students [played to packed audiences on each of the performances. Well done to everyone was so proud.

Welcome Back (03/09/2013)

Welcome back to our Autumn term 2013. I hope that you have had a well earned rest over the holidays!!

The news this term is that I have now acquired a brand new, top of the range Harlequin Cascade dance floor, donated to the school by Simon Jones. These Floors are used by Ballet companies, in the West End and by River Dance.....and we are very lucky to have one. Only dance shoes are allowed on it so no outdoor footwear please.

This term some students will be working towards exams in ballet, and the possibity of a Christmas recital for the Holywell Green Community Group, in order for the group to be able to buy the Holywell Inn and make it the hub of the local community. Fund raising ideas would be welcome.

This half term is 8 weeks up to the October half term, and most of the times are remaining the same. For those children being entered for exams, some extra coaching will be necessary for a few weeks prior to the date(when I have the date). Extra coaching helps to promote confidence before an exam and these lesson are undretaken without parents watching so that the children are comfortable with the process.

Finally, Rebecca Mallinson has now completed her Intensive Study Period with the examiner Lynne Croome and she will start her practical class teaching this term under supervision. Rebecca will be assessed periodically by an external lecturer, and therefore, we may require some students to particpate in specially arranged assessment classes. I must point out that the students are not examined in these classes.

Student teacher (16/08/2013)

Student teacher Rebecca Mallinson who has already begun her Certificate in Ballet teaching, under the RAD, has now begun her intensive study period at Harrogate with an RAD examiner. Rebbecca has been working hard throughout with all the theory work. She will be embarking on the practical teaching side over the coming term with continuous assessment from an external adjudicator. I'm sure all her hard work will stand her in good stead.

Leah does us proud (12/07/2013)

I am pleased that one of of my former Tap student Leah, was scouted for TapAttack, northern region. She will be performing with them over the Summer season. Leah was also awarded top student at Preston Dance College. She now enters her final year of teacher qualifications.

Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood pantomime (02/03/2013)

During February half term we took part in the Clifties pantomime in Huddersfield. All the students were a credit to the school including the Melody Bear students who stole the show during the Saturday matinee performance.

Roy Castle tapathon (29/01/2013)

Earlier this month Dance Arena teamed up with the West Yorkshire Dance Academy from Keithley to participate in the Roy Castle Tapathon at the North Bridge Leisure centre. We are please to say that we raised over £200 for the charity. Well done to everyone it was a wonderful display.

Autumn Term Update (17/10/2012)

There is a definite “buzz” around the school this term which is great to see as all the students are working so hard. Congratulations go to Abi Wood and Hannah Boyle for passing their ISTD Intermediate Tap with great results. This means they have both now moved up into the Advanced 1 Tap class. We will also be holding some ISTD exams in both Tap and Modern later this term. During the first half term we have had an influx of new students into the Melody Bear pre School classes while a group has progressed up to the RAD Pre Primary Ballet class in the main school. Well Done! I know everyone will make them feel welcome if they see them around the school.



A few weeks ago we had a professional contemporary workshop for some of our senior students run by Gavin Tsang – Finalist from ‘So you think you can dance’. Gavin’s credits include touring in ‘Miss Saigon’ and also performed in ‘The King and I’ at the ‘Royal Albert Hall’. The students thoroughly enjoyed the master class and all left feeling inspired. Gavin was also very complimentary of the student’s standard. Don’t worry if you missed the workshop we will definitely be asking Gavin back in the future.

Once again we have been invited to dance in the ‘Clifties’ Pantomime, which this time will be Robin Hood and Babes in the wood. We are delighted that one of our own students, Catriona Keller has got a major role as Maid Marion. The panto takes place during Feb 2013 and we are all looking forward to it. Watch this space for further info.

Welcome Back (30/08/2012)

I would like to welcome you all back to our new term, which commences on Tuesday 4th September. To all who entered exams prior to the summer holidays, I would like to congratualte you all on you fantastic Merits! Keep up the good work and keep the standard lifting.

This term we are looking forward to further modern and tap exams and I am sure you will all do well. I hope to get a date for the exams for November. The exams will be held at our own school.

I would also like to congratulate Advanced Ballet student Rebecca Mallinson for being accepted for the Royal Academy of Dance Distance Teacher training programme with myself as a Mentor. This programme will commence in January 2013. Students will be required to assist in mock classes as part of Rebecca’s assesment. As part of the this, Rececca and myself will be assessed by an examiner. Therefore, it is essentail that all uniform and grooming requiements for classes should be adhered to.

I hope that you will all look forward to being a part of this.

Northern Youth Tap Company (10/04/2012)

Congratulations to former tap student Leah Wise who has gained a place in the Northern Youth Tap Company. Leah from the West Yorkshire Dance Academy, Keithley was taught Tap by Gail. She is now a full time student studying dance at Preston College.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from everyone at Dance Arena (01/01/2012)

Following the success of our Summer show at St.Philips, we have all enjoyed watching the DVD. We are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Pied Piper pantomime at St. Philips, which takes place during February half term 2012 (add it to you diaries as it will be one not to miss).

Also in 2012 we will be having R.A.D. Ballet and I.S.T.D. Tap and Modern exams. This term we also hope to be introducing LAMDA drama exams, please contact me if you are interested.

Zumba Fitness®classes have proved extremely popular and continue to grow. We also welcome our new Pre-Primaryies that have moved up from the Melody Bear Classes, they have a fun filled term ahead! Our younger Melody Movement tots enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa's Christmas Fairies, Abbey Christmas and Fairies Snowbell and Snowflake!

Zumba Fitness® Now at Dance Arena (27/09/2011)

Both Principal Gail Marsden and Dance Coach Elisha Rios have gained their Zumba Fitness® instructor status. The first classes will be run at the United Reformed Church in Hollywell green on Wednesday's at 7.30pm and on Saturdays at 3.00pm from September 28th. We hope to see you all there to enjoy the party.

New Melody Bear classes at Active Bodies Play Gym in Huddersfield (14/08/2011)

We are please to announce that from Wednesday 14th September we will be running Melody Bear class at Active Bodies Play Gym, Unit 4, Chapel Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3EU on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am and Little bear Feet classes at 11;00am. Please contact us if you require additional information.

Dance Arena Show (20/07/2011)


Thanks to all for a fab show, and all the lovely comments on the professionalism.

Congratulations to Greta Wilding who has been accepted by the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SCREEN ACTING. There were only 14 places up for grabs! We wish Greta well for the future and are sure she will be back to tell us all about it. We are also pleased that this month our very own drama teacher, Dermot Daley has been on the small screen in Channel 4's Sirens and ITV's Coronation Street.

Dance Arena Show (21/06/2011)

As the show is drawing nearer I would like to have a rehearsal schedule through the weeks classes and some Saturdays leading up to the show. I don't really want to encroach on Sunday family time too much, so it would be helpful if your child could attend all or as many rehearsals as possible. The only Sunday scheduled so far is the 3rd July at the St. Philips venue. I hope to commence dress rehearsal at 2pm. Children will need to be there an hour beforehand.

Please try to book your tickets ASAP as there is so much to do. You should have recieved booking forms in class or by email. Please let me know if you havent.

Starting Tuesday 21st June, 28th June and 5th July:
4:30pm Ballet rehearsal
5:15pm Tap rehearsal 42nd Street, 1920's Greta and Cath
6:00pm 1960's Beatles
6:45pm 1950's Rock N Roll
7:00pm Irish Tap Grade 3's, Inters, Advanced
7:30pm Inter Ballet exam practice

Wednesday 22nd June, 29th June and 6th July:
5:00pm Musical Theatre rehearsal 1930's and 40's
5:45pm Ballet rehearsal
6:15pm Irish Tap, 42nd Street, Beatles and Rock N Roll
7:00pm Grade 7 Ballet exam practice

Saturday 18th June:
2:00pm Ballet rehearsal / Street
2:30pm tap
3:00pm Layla and Ben
3:45pm Grade 7 exam practice

Saturday 2nd July:
2:00pm Ballet / Street
2:30pm All Taps
3:00 All Moderns

SUNDAY 3RD JULY - Dress Rehearsal at St. Philips.

Dance Arena Show (07/03/2011)

I have booked the date for our show for Saturday 9th July at St Philip’s Community Centre. This will be an late afternoon/early evening performance due to the number of pre-school and Reception age children taking part. The start time will probably be around 6pm.

Our theme is a Century of Entertainment, and this will give the students the opportunity to show a variety of dance and singing styles (both new and old trends). I hope you will enjoy! We will also have a Sunday rehearsal date at St Philip’s on the 3rd July. From talking to the students they seem excited about the show and I have tried to make the date as late as possible for the GCSE/A level students.

We will be having a fundraising Easter Disco at the School in order to cover costs of hiring the venue, costumes, lights, props etc. Louise Keller and Victoria Porritt will be helping to organise this event. We will include an Easter Bonnet competition for the younger children and an Egg decorating competition for the older students. We will be having a Bring and Share Buffet. The tickets will be a £5 family ticket. For any other fundraising ideas please let me know. We are also looking for raffle prize donations.

I would like to be able to make a donation to the HRI and CRH Intensive Care Units.

New Melody Bear classes at Upsy Daisys in Mytholmroyd (06/03/2011)

We are please to announce that we will now be running a Melody Bear class at Upsy Daisys Play Centre in Mytholmroyd on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am. These classes also include a free play in the centre afterwards. Please contact us if you require additional information.

New Street Dance Classes (05/03/2011)

The new Street Dance Classes are now up and running and all ages are welcome. Please see the class information on the website or contact us for details.

Melody Movement First Ballet at Kidzville (03/03/2011)

We will be starting a new Melody Movement First Ballet class at Kidzville, Greetland from Monday 14th March 2011. The classes start at 10:00am and include a free play in the soft play gym afterwards. Please contact us or Kidzville for further information

New Adult Classes (01/03/2011)

We have now added Adult Tap and Adult Dancercise classes to the schedule. If you are interested please see the information on the classes page or contact us for more details.

Term Dates (16/02/2011)

Next term resumes on Saturday 26th February due to the new classes on Saturdays. We break up for Easter on Wednesday 13th April. It is a 7 week half term. Some of our older students might be interested in our new Street Classes and Singing that will take place on Saturday afternoons. Adult classes in dancercise are also coming soon mid-week!

New Melody Bear classes at Kidzville (01/01/2011)

Due to popular demand we have now started another Melody Bear Pre-School movement class at Kidzville soft play centre in West Vale. The class is on Thursdays at 13:30pm. The classes are still only £3.00 per session and include a free play in the soft play gym after the class. These classes are great value so pop along. You don't have to book in advance and to give flexibility we have made them 'pay as you come' so you don't have to pay for weeks you can't make it.


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