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!
Gosh is it me or have the summer holidays flown by this year?
The new term starts back at Dance with Dash the week begining Monday 7th September with our new timetable running from then.
I am really looking forward to seeing you all and getting back into some kind of routine. If you are thinking of joining us or maybe trying a new dance style then please get in contact to book a free no obligation trial class. If you are needing new dance kit for the new term then drop me an email as i will be placing an order Tuesday 1st september!
See you soon
With just 2 weeks left and the summer holidays nearly upon us, we are all very busy choroegraphing and rehearsing for our end of term sharing on Saturday 18th July. (dont forget your picnics)
Lots of new grades underway also following dance exams in June. Again 100% pass rate with fantastic results. 8 Distinctions, 22 Merits and 1 Pass.
I am now looking to September and the new September timetable and dates are now live. We have a new Pre-Primary Tap at 9.30 on a Saturday plus Adult ballet and a few time changes foloowing exams and higher grades. I am aware I am a pre school class short and am hoping to add another soon to a Monday afternoon?? Please dont forget to pick up a new time table and newsletter from me before the term ends.
Dance with Dash are also registered to take part in the Children in Need Tapathon, via The performers project again and we will start rehearsing for this over the coming months. This years routine is to 'uptown funk' Let me know if you want to take part, everyone is welcome whatever your ability.
I hope you all have a relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you all the week begining Monday 7th September