Well 2013 has certainly been an eventful one being jam packed with events and opportunities! The beginning of 2013 began with a bit of disruption due to the snow but once we were back on track we had loads of new classes added to the timetable and we began our skill building term!
Hen parties were popular this year and we had people bopping to the Fame kids, Abba and Michael Jackson to name a few! Birthday parties were also popular and One Direction made an occurrence throughout the year!!
Big shout out to the family who created the fantastic slanteddance cake for Lauren ‘s birthday party, it was her class uniform colour and had our logo on it!
This year we have been motivated to encourage and inspire primary schools to teach dance in their schools and so we launched our qualification, Dance in Education level 3 accredited by OCNER. Since March we have had 2 cohorts and are looking forward to next year, as we will be running another 4 courses as well as it becoming a national qualification! Alongside this, we saw the launch of our new resource pack for schools ‘Maximising Dance in your School’ which is now going out to schools across the world as well as a heavily pregnant Bryony being filmed by the Norfolk County Council on delivering high quality dance within schools!
As usual we had a busy summer rehearsing for our June shows, Lord Mayors Main Stage, The Norfolk Show and running slantedarts Summer school. The June shows welcomed new groups to our community and as always was a great success. All our outdoor performances had great weather so we got to perform lots of times and got rave reviews from our audiences and bookers. The summer term also brought us lots of additions to the slanteddance community including lots of new little brothers and sisters being born and director, Bryony’s little one!
Summer school was great fun as always exploring performing and art on a range of topics including pirates and ghosts!
September saw the beginning of two more slantedarts groups; Drama at Bignold Primary and Creative Performance on a Saturday morning. These classes are an opportunity for the children to express their creative ideas through songwriting, choreography and drama. The drama group worked alongside our tutors to create their own original story about Christmas and they performed this in our end of year show. The slantedarts creative performance group developed a piece based around colours and emotions. This song took nearly the whole term to create as they juts kept running with it. The end product was a fantastic 8.5 minute song and dance which explored a range of musical influences. For many of them, this was their first ever performance and we were so proud of them. Now both groups have done their first piece we know that their creative ideas will be even bigger and better next term, I can’t wait to see what they create!
Our end of term shows were held in December and showcased all the young talent we are honored to teach. We welcomed more new groups and parents and sold out both OPEN Youth venue and the Platform Theatre, City College Norwich!
Other opportunities this year have been; auditions for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Snow White at the Sheringham Little Theatre and A Christmas Carol with the Northern Ballet Theatre, slanteddance’s new street and break dancing scholars programme and our peer mentor scheme for members of our classes to assist and inspire the younger children.
2014 brings even more classes to help you keep to your New Year’s resolutions including our brand new adult choir and kids singing group with leading vocal coach Mark Read. Already we have been booked to perform at the Lord Mayors Main Stage and I’m sure our new singing groups will make an appearance…. flash mob anyone?!!
We also excited to launch our street examinations (optional) starting in January, email us firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information!
Our ‘Bring a buddy’ scheme begins in January.
If you have a friend you would like to bring, fill in a card to claim your discount!
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