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.

August 2021

Just 2 weeks left of term! I am not entirely sure where the weeks have gone. The time has flown by whilst we have been having lots of fun dancing.

I am very excited to let you know we will be running 4 days of summer classes this August.  Open to Dance with Dash members and those outside of our dances school.

Contact Sarah to secure your place or enrole via your parent portal.



We’re back! and busy!

After another lock down in January due to a rise in covid 19 cases we sadly yet again closed our doors for a good 3 months. It honestly felt like the longest lockdown yet, however now I am thrilled to say after opening again on the 18th April we have been busier than ever!

We have not  only welcomed back familiar faces but many new students too.

The students have returned full of enthusiasm and have thrown themselves back into classes, taking all the social distancing measures in thier stride.

After so many weeks off the seniors in particular have been working especially hard to regain thier strength and staminar.

With so many restrictions for such a long time it has meant that many have missed out on exam and performance opportunities, but we have not let this get us down, and rather embraced learning new exam dances and thoroughly enjoyed simply being able to dance together again.

It has been wonderful to feel The Townsend hall come to life again and be filled with lots of music, laughter and the sound of Tap shoes. (even the sound of drums could be heard from another community group one week)

In May I could finally welcome back the Adult dancers.  We hadn’t been able to dance together since the November lockdown, and it really has been wonderful to be back together on a Thursday evening, dancing and having a giggle together.

As we approach the summer term we are looking forward to  some fun Contemporary sessions during August, before returning in the Autumn for October exams.

It really has been a busy term of dancing!