Autumn term 1. 2023

What a fantastic start to the school year! Lots of new faces added to our dance family and getting back into syllabus classes after our busy show terms in the summer.

We also waved this lovely girl off to university. It has been very odd without her in classes this term. After 13 years of teaching someone, you really do get to know them well and get to witness many birthday’s and life events. We cannot wait to see you back ‘home’ soon Ella!

In all classes we have been getting back in the swing of learning syllabus work again after a summer term learning choreography for our successful show in July. Lots of hard work and an emphasis on flexibility.

We have welcomed lots of new faces to our Melody Bear classes with new Saturday morning classes, including new 1st ballet for those reception age, and their first taste of ‘big girl’ ballet. Melody Bear has been all about Autumn, lots of swirling, whirling and blowing leaves, rain dances, and a fabulous Spooky Halloween workshop where we flew like bats, prowled like cats, skipped in the pumpkin patch and mixed up magical spells. Many also celebrated as they received their medals this term.

Halloween was not just celebrated by the youngest members. We also had a full day of dance and craft on the 31st October, and a bunch of girls helped to choreograph 2 spooky dances along with crafts and fun games. We all had a blast!

Not forgetting all the hard work we have been putting in learning the Children in Need Tapathon 2023, organised by the Performers Project. We have been learning this across all Tap classes and I’m very excited to get back to dance next week to hand out the t-shirts ready for the big day itself on Sunday 19th November.

Looking forward to seeing you all from Monday 6th November for another 6 weeks of dancing and all the excitement Christmas term brings.

Sarah X

Happy Easter !

This term Ends Saturday 1st April; and we return again Monday 17th April.

We have several workshops on offer during the Easter break to keep your little ones occupied.

Melody  Bear Dance and Craft workshops for the youngest students. Grown ups remain with students for these workshops and they include refreshments for all.

Workshops for older students include a full  day dance and craft workshop where we will be creating mascarade ball style masks to use in our choreography. Junior and senior contemporary workshops are also available this Easter. Fun dance and choreography workshop culminating in a dance to perform at the end of the session


New Class starting Tuesday 27th February

After the popularity of our teen Contemporary class, and your frequent requests. Junior Contemporary will be starting this Spring 2023

The class is for those aged 8-12 years and is a non syllabus class.

We will be learning the contemporary style of movement with a strong emphasis on learning chorographical skills, working together to create a group dance each term. We will me learning how to use our emotions and movements to portray a story/theme whilst also learning sound technique.

Our contemporary classes are always great fun, and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the children strive to portray there own choreography.

Tuesday evenings 5-5.45pm at The Townsend hall, Shipston on Stour

Tapathon 2021

Sunday 21st November 29 Dance with Dash Tappers of all ages took part in The Performers project Tapathon 2021, with 1 member joining us virtually from home.

We had a great time Tapping all together again and ate plenty of cake, taking £199 (before hall hire) on our cake stall again for Children in Need

There were many of us across the nation and we had a wonderful message from The performers project

Despite challenges faced, participants having to isolate, connecting virtually, or catching covid …Together we achieved an incredible feat of just tipping the 7000 mark, with 7012 Tapathoner’s nationwide taking part and collectively raising £28.340.”  for Children in Need.

I think you will agree that is a great effort made and a huge donation made to Children in Need, making all those hours of practice well worth it.

Congratulations Tappers! and huge thanks you to all those who supported us this year.

Sadly Covid is now hitting our area hard, but in true Tapathon spirit

“im still Standing”

and excitedly await our 2nd lot of exam results before we celebrate Christmas.

Autumn Term 2021

Wow what a busy 7 week term we have had welcoming lots of new faces as well as those back from the summer break. We Started the term with a brand new Melody Bear 1st ballet class at 3.45 on Monday’s  for those who had just started school. They have worked super hard to learn all their new exercises and arrive full of enthusiasm each week.

October saw our 1st exam session for nearly 2 years! We were all rather nervous with candidates from Pre-Primary through to grade 5’s taking exams. All went very smoothly and we excitedly await our results.


Melody bear has also been busy, Swirling, whirling and swishing in the Autumn leaves along with skipping in the Pumpkin patch and flying like bats with the littlest members of Dance with Dash.


Sticker cards have been completed and medals and rosettes awarded by Melody and Milligan Bear. I always look forward to these fun pre school classes.

In Tap classes we have been enthusiastically learning the Performers Project Tapathon routine for 2021, with lots of practicing from Adults and children.  31 of us will be taking part on Sunday 21st November to help raise funds for Children in Need.

Now as we return after half term we will continue learning our Tapathon routine, work hard to perfect our grades for exams on the 13th November and get stuck into lots of new grades following examinations in October. Another busy dance filled 7 weeks ahead of us.

New class for September 2021

From Monday 6th September we are offering a brand new Melody Bear 1st Ballet class for those 4 years and over. This is a new after school class at The Townsend Hall, Shipston on Stour aimed at those just starting school and wanting to start ballet. It is a great bridging class from our informal Melody Bear class to a more formal syllabus class. Students begin to work in lines following the teacher in front, learn to take turns to skip/gallop around the room, begin working on ballet technique along with acting out many fun mimes.  Just 12 spaces available, so book in now to avoid disappointment.