Archive for February, 2011

Gmyneth Paltrow Tap dances on Glee!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Check out to find out why tap is the cool way to get fit!

Wow – what a show!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Wow – what a show! Not normally words you  here in the last week of rehearsals before the opening night!  Rent is one of the lesser known Broadway hits but it’s a fantastic show.  Set in New York, it tells the story of a year in the life of a group of friends, their struggles, triumphs and how love and friendship can overcome all odds.  How fitting – I’m sure it’s the love and friendship shared between the members of this talented cast that make the show what it is. 

Special mentions to Peter Shimmin, Sophie Gage, Thom Jones, Scott Gimby, Craig Carpenter, Rachel O’Hare and many many more for their exceptional and heart-rending performances…..and the list of talented leads could go on from here to Christmas. 

I don’t think I’ve ever had the privilege of working with such a fantastic amateur ensemble.  Dancers who between them have been European dance champions, finalists of Miss Dance UK and trained at some of the most prestigious dance colleges in the country such as Arts Ed, Tring – I use the word amateur only in the sense that they’re not being paid – the standard is certainly professional.

This cast deseves full houses to play to – please please support them.  You will get value for money and then some.  The biggest compliment I can pay is that I want to be up there with them as part of the cast.  I’d be proud to put my name to it.

That and the fact that I watched the finale last night with tears streaming down my face.

Don’t miss out – email for tickets.

Novotel Wedding Fair

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Impulse at Dancewise had a lovely time at Novotel’s wedding fair yesterday.  We met lots of lovely couples and their families and friends and we’re really looking forward to creating some amazing bespoke First Dances for them.

We also had lots of interest in our professional cabaret act and our hen party dance lessons!

A big thank you to all the staff at the Novotel who made sure the event went smoothly and special thanks to Jan of Jan’s Bridal Studio who organised everything and made the event a success!

last day at dancewise..

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Heya guys,
Today’s the last day for me at Dancewise, I have to say, it’s been the most fantastic experience for me and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, this experience will stay with me for a long time, I have learnt a lot about life as a dance teacher. I’d like to say thankyou to every student at Dancewise for letting me watch them dance and thankyou to the teachers for letting me experience what’s it’s like to be them and a massive thankyou to Miss Alison and Jan for accepting me to do this work experience at Dancewise Studios, and for giving me jobs to do and letting me work with them for the past two weeks. I’m sure you won’t see the last of me…
Alocha Boyce is now signing off….

Got to Dance Live 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Booking is now open for Got to Dance Live 2011 – the UKs biggest Dance event! 4th – 6th March, ExCel London. Tickets on 0844 8737331

Help needed for ticket sales day!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Hi Folks

Is anyone free on Saturday 5th March to help at ticket sales day for ‘Live the Dream’?

You get first choice of tickets!!

Thanks ever so much


nearly the end of my time at Dancewise..

Friday, February 18th, 2011

On Thursday I went to the Waterside Network Group, I got to meet new people and find out more about other businesses. I also took pictures of old costumes, ready to put on eBay. In the evening, I watched Miss A teach modern and then watched Miss Becky teach ballet, again it was really good. It’s nearly the end of my time at Dancewise, and it has been a really good experience, check out the blog for my last day..

Performance Team looking fab!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Performance Team is looking really good! Well done to all the Irish and Street Dance group dancers as well as all our brilliant soloists! Keep up the good work folks – it’s going to be awesome!

half way through my second week!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Heyaa guys…
On Wednesday, I help Jan with the filing and then I had to do some research on networking goals. At 2.00pm, I had a meeting with Miss A and Jan, including doing the backing up. In the evening I watched Miss Stacey teach her street class, she made up a dance routine with the piece of music ‘gold digger’ from the Glee cast, I loved it! I also watched the solos, it was brilliant, and I really enjoyed it. Another day has gone, and I’m half way through my second week at Dancewise, and really enjoying it so far, so keep checking the blog for these few days to come.

Meet us at Novotel Wedding Fair!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Meet Impulse Dance Studio at the Novotel Wedding Fair

How would you like to wow your guests with your first dance? Get in touch with Impulse part of the Dancewise Studios group and you can do just that!

Impulse are exhibiting at The Novotel Wedding Fair this Sunday 20th February – why not pop in and say hello?


Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

On Tuesday 15th I had to take pictures of costumes that Dancewise doesn’t need anymore and put it on eBay. I also wrote out the networking goals and printed out stuff for Exbury Wedding Fair. In the evening I watched Miss Sarah B and her ballet class, and then I watched Miss A with her ballet class and then her modern class, they were all really good. It’s nearly the end of my time at Dancewise, keep checking out my blog and see how I get on in these last few days.

first day of the second week!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Miss A and I went to Totton and Calmore to do a publicity drop at the community centres. I also updated the mailing list. That evening I watched Grade 3 tap and then Irish – they were really good, and it was fun to watching. What a good start to my second week at Dancewise, so keep checking out my blog this week…

last day of the first week.

Monday, February 14th, 2011

On Friday I was finding costumes on the internet and cataloguess for the show that’s happening in July, called ‘Live the Dream’, I also burned some CDs for Miss A. I wrote out some ideas that would be useful for the student handbook, and repaired the syllabi for Miss A. In the evening, I watch Thom teach a Jazz/Street class; Thom showed the students how to do 3 tricks, and it was really good and enjoyable to watch. I also watched Miss Becky teach a ballet class, which was good as well. So keep checking out my blog for my last week at Dancewise…

a week of work experience almost gone.

Friday, February 11th, 2011

On Thursday 10th I was introduce what WNG is. WNG stands for Waterside Network Group.   WNG is group of business people who come together every Thursday at Applemore College to tell other businessmen what they do whether they’re a dance teacher, a personal trainer, a butcher, a travel counsellor or even a person who delivers leaflets, it’s a great way to share business with other people who live in the same community as you, as well as socializing. It was nice to meet all the people and was interesting to find out about what they do and how their businesses run. In the same day I also helped Jan with the money again and the income. That evening I watched Miss A teach grade 2 modern and Miss Becky teach young children primary modern, again I really enjoyed it.
I’ve almost done a week of work experience with Dancewise now, and it had been fun and I enjoyed it very much. I have learnt so many thing about life as a dance teacher, keep checking out my blog and see if the second week will be as good as my first one.

another day of exprience..

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

hello again..

On Wednesday 9th I went behind the scenes for Dancewise, dealing with the income.  I also spent time sorting out the costumes from all the shows Dancewise has done – i it was a range of variety of costumes, for all different kind of dancing. I also had a meeting with Miss A and Jan and see what’s needed to be done, and what needed to go in the diary. I was introduced to the backing up systems; I’ve never used it before, the backing up system keeps all the information on your computer/laptop in case your computer is not working. In the evening I watched Miss Stacey teach the street class, and it was really fun and interesting, as I do love street dancing myself. So yeah, another enjoyable day at Dancewise and many more to come, so keep checking out my blog and see what I get up to.
See ya guys,

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Hey guys,

So far the work has been really good, Miss Alison and I went to Fawley to do some publicity dropping, and it was successful, let’s hope when the days goes on, more people will put the amazing poster and the fantastic leaflets up for display.

I also watched Miss Sarah B teach the little kids ballet, it was really fun and enjoyable to watch them having fun whilst dancing as well as learning the dance movements.

Dancewise is great for new comers because you learn so much and it’s fun for all ages, whether you’re a beginner or you can already dance professionally.

I have already learnt lots of things since I started experiencing what it’s like to become a dance teacher and I hope I will learn more as my week progresses.

So if you want to find out more about what I experience over the next two weeks, keep checking out my blog…

Hope you see you soon.

Alocha ..  🙂

My Work Experience…

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hii, my name is Alocha Boyce; I go to Hardley School & Sixth Form, now in year 10, I’m about to start my GCSEs. My chosen subjects to study for the next two years are English, Maths, ICT, Leisure & Tourism, Textiles, P.E. and Dance. I have chosen these subjects because I am good at them and enjoy learning them. From the 7th February to 18th February I will be doing my work experience, I chose to do it at Dancewise Studios, this is because I am taking dance as one of my GCSEs and would like to see what it’s like to be a dance teacher. I have enjoyed watching the students dance and helping out with the administration work. By having this experience I think it will help me with my future career.

Check out my blog for the next few days and see how I get on with this job and see if it’s the right job for me, hope to meet you guys at Dancewise.

>.. Alocha ..<

Black Swan Review

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I went into Black Swan with a sense of impending doom!  I normally prefer lighter stuff but the ballet twist saw me handing over hard-earned cash in return for the promise of being scared witless!

Darren Aronofsky’s film tells of a ballet dancer who wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odette’s evil sister, Odile, the Black Swan.

The ballet footage in the film is beautifully danced and stunningly shot, with a great story to boot.  Natalie Portman is outstanding (and I was amazed at the standard she reached with classical dance, which was based on a single years training!) and she heads up a really strong cast.

I thought the film was fabulous but if I had to sum it up in one word, I’d say ‘uncomfortable’.  Parents, please take the 15 rating seriously (and I’d suggest that you need to use your discretion depending on the maturity of your 15 year old).  The relationship between the ballerina and her mother is stifling at best and towards the end of the film becomes really disturbing.  There are some very explicit scenes and some graphic-real world violence.  Miss Alison may well have been burying her face in her cinema-buddy’s shoulder at several of the more gorey points!  The sense of Nina ‘losing her mind’ comes across in the form of a genuine physical/psychological disorder with a horror-film feel which leaves the viewer feeling pretty disturbed.

This is no pretty ‘boy-meets-girl’ ballet flick.  Approach with caution.  And a large cushion to hide behind!  Please take the certification seriously, but a fantastic film if you’re old enough/brave enough!

Four stars!  (Would have been five, had I not been so spooked by it!!)

work experience 2011

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hi everyone

All the staff at Dancewise are delighted to welcome work experience student, Alocha Boyce onto the team.  We hope that she really enjoys her placement, learns a lot and has fun with us.  Check out her blog over the next two weeks to hear what she gets up to!  I know you’ll all make her feel very welcome!

Chuckers Alocha!

Miss Alison