September saw a busy start to the new term with plenty of new faces joining our dance family at Dance with Dash. The children have adapted to the 2 meter distancing rules so very well and I am super proud of them. Thank you all for being so supportive and adaptable to all our new rules. I must say I do miss all of those scrummy cuddles I used to get though.
For the senior ballet girls they now have a dedicated 30 minute pointe class and they have progressed so much over the 7 weeks.
The younger ones have also thoroughly enjoyed getting back to dance with Melody Bear and gaining those sparkly medals.
Then just as we are ready to return from a half term break, Sadly Boris Johnson announced a 2nd 4 week National lockdown due to Covid 19. So very sad for us to close our doors again after such a successful 7 weeks.
We did however dance on and took part in the annual Tapathon arranged by The Performers Project.
This year however 22 of us danced at home, joining virtually to dance together with our Tapathon family nationwide to yet again raise money for Children in need. I will update you on how many took part across the nation and how much we raised very soon.
Now heading into December I am very excited to say we will be returning home to The Townsend hall from Thursday 3rd December for classes for under 18s. Sadly no Adult Ballet or Tap, but I hope to see you very soon.
Can’t wait to see you all !
As of 26th July dance schools have had the green light to re open from the government. Of course there are a list of guidelines to follow to ensure we all remain safe and we do everything we can to keep this virus as bay. Hence it took until August for me to consider reopening. The safety of my students remains my priority.
After a couple of week of reading and planning, last week on the 4th August we re opened to new socially distanced classes in the very spacial and well ventilated large hall. It was so wonderful to dance again with so many of you, and hear all about what you have been up to. I couldn’t believe how tall some of you had grown. I really had missed you and it was a delight to see so many happy, smiling faces.
I am now working on the September timetable, to ensure we can continue to work within guidelines to allow us to dance and most importantly do this in a safe manor. I expect more regulations in the coming weeks, and thank you for your patience in advance. It is most important that we continue to dance in small consistent groups maintaining social distancing which means I may need to tweak our timetable to allow for cleaning, moving some students in to other groups. We also have some new exciting admin software which means we can move further forward in being paper free. This is now particularly important as i cannot allow parents inside the venue currently to meet my venue numbers and due to track and trace. All of our policies will now be uploaded onto the website as they are re done so please check out for these. It is my new continual class to keep updating them.
Do check your junk email in case you have missed my invite fore this.
I have yet to re start pre school classes but hope to do this come September, so watch this space and book in ready. Spaces will be very limited as I need to count both adults, students and even any baby siblings into my allowed numbers for class. Its not an easy process for this age group.
I still have a few spaces left on our summer days if you fancy joining us.
I look forward to seeing many of you again tomorrow
Wednesday 17th March saw us close our doors to classes suddenly due to government guidelines regarding the spread of the virus Covid-19. Up until this point, extra precautions had been put into place to avoid the spread of the virus within our classes. A a no touch policy was put into place within class and each and every person entering our room was asked to wash their hands before and after class. As always a high level of cleanliness was adhered to for all our props. Sadly however it was impossible to remain open and keep all of our dance family safe, and Dance with Dash closed its doors to classes.
This has to be one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as a dance teacher and many tears were shed. I had so much planned for this term. Many would be taking dance exams, watching week, bbodance days for both students and myself. I really was looking forward to returning to Elmhusrt Ballet School for this event; updating my Tap and Modern skills, learning some new vocational grades. then an end of year sharing to celebrate everything we have learned and enjoyed over the years. It was however not to be.
We will however return to classes and celebrate being back dancing together. Its only been 18 months since I returned from 6 months off for maternity, and in that time we have had 2 lots of fantastic exam results, a wonderful show, many fun dance workshops, lots of fun and learning at bbodance days, one of our students performing with English Youth Ballet and successfully auditioning to perform with them again. Then we also smashed that Tapathon record.
Currently I am at home focusing on my family and ensuring that my 3 young boys feel happy, loved and slightly educated, but I am preparing and am ready to throw myself back into dance life just as soon as I am given the go ahead to open those doors. I am missing all my dance family dearly, all those smiling faces, the giggles, the sound of tap shoes and the hustle and bustle. I cannot wait to hear all about what you have been up to, and to see how much you have grown. In the meantime, stay safe, keep well and stay in touch. I am here and I love seeing everything you have been up to. Follow Dance with Dash on Instagram and Facebook to keep in touch. Join our Facebook group for Jill Bridger’s free Melody bear online classes and activities and for links to online classes you may enjoy.
See you soon
Wow! How time flies. It only seems like yesterday since I was wishing you all a Merry Christmas. I trust you all have had a lovely festive season and are looking forward to getting back into some kind of routine again.
I have had a wonderful time at home with my family enjoying lots of games, visiting, carol service’s, nativities, present opening and its been a great time to rest, recuperate and of course plan for the new term. Also 2 great Christmas workshops. One with Melody bear where we tip toed across the roof tops, jumped down chimneys, galloped like reindeer, made reindeer food and ate many biscuits. The 2nd was with the senior tappers where we spent 2 hours creating a super fast routine to ‘step in time’ from Mary Poppins. We didn’t quite finish the routine but had lots of fun and burn’t off a lot of energy. Sadly we were all so busy i didn’t take a single photo.
We have a busy term ahead of us with a spring exam session planned and beginning to make plans for our summer show in July. Also watch out for some rather exciting workshops coming up for February half term.
Classes Start back this coming Monday 7th January and I very much look forward to seeing you all and hearing about your Christmas break adventures and to wish you a Happy New Year.
First, apologies for not posting for such a long time. I honestly forgot that this part of my website existed. Whoops!
Its certainly been a busy 12 weeks since I returned to work in September. I can’t say its been easy getting a work life balance after 6 months of being a full time mummy to my now 3 boys, but it has been absolutely wonderful to get back to my dance school and teaching all of you. Seeing lots of returning faces and many new ones has been very heart warming. Baby Albert has also thoroughly enjoyed meeting and having cuddles with the dance school family.
November 18th was this years Children in Need Tapathon day with 34 tappers from Dance with Dash taking part and 7,494 as a whole taking part in this nationwide event. A truly staggering amount of 36,700 pounds for Children in Need was raised with a further 137 pounds and 52 pence raised on the day through our refreshments stall. We all worked so hard for this event and I for one really hoped that we may just break that world record this year. Sadly however we were 102 people short of the record. On the bright side, it does mean I will be re registering again for the 2019 event and we can all have great fun learning and accomplishing a new routine. With 102 new faces joining us!
This term ends on Saturday 15th December for our Christmas break. Please do come in to classes this week and see how your children have progressed over the last term. There really has been a lot of hard work going on and i will be applying for a spring exam session. Sadly no Christmas show. It was just a little to much to pull off after 6 months of no classes and so many new faces, but… a Summer show is now in the diary!
This festive break , Melody Bear is having a Christmas fun session on Tuesday 18th December for 2-5 year old’s. Please do pre book this as i only have 12 spaces available and would hate to disappoint. I am also offering a workshop for senior tappers on December 28th for those who really miss dancing (me) over the break. Again pre bookable as entirely dependent on numbers. I know i have missed out those juniors in the middle but i also have some exciting workshops for you on the cards for the New Year.
Thank you all for your custom and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with family, love, laughter and an abundance of chocolate!