Archive for April, 2012

Baby Dance With Me, Shirley Branch

Friday, April 27th, 2012

As the children seemed to be getting tired towards the end of the class, some of the Mum’s wondered if the class could be earlier and 30 minutes rather than 45 minutes so we’re hoping to try doing 9:25 – 9:55am as of this Monday – how would that work for you? Let me know if it’s inconvenient and we can go back to the drawing board! See you on Monday little ones! Miss Alison xxx

Show DVD

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

So, had the first peek at the rushes of the show DVD! It looks AMAZING and that’s only one camera’s worth! The sound from the onboard mic is great too – taps & vocals coming through loud and clear and that’s without hearing the separate sound recording!! It’s gonna be a great one! Get your order in if you haven’t already! You won’t want to miss this!

Senior Glee Club – the perfect way to banish your after-show blues!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Feeling the post show blues? Get some Glee back in your life with Mr T Wednesday from 18:00 – 18:45 – Senior Glee Club are doing some blues busting numbers to start the summer term with a BOOM!!

And don’t just take my word for it…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

So, I think So You Think You Can Dancewise was a fantastic show but here are some comments from you!
“Wonderful performance from all the dancers. Delightful to watch. Especially loved the Irish Dancing. Well done to everyone in the show.” Rachel Daw

“The show was spectacular. You could tell the whole cast thoroughly enjoyed themselves and performed confidently and happily. All the hard work paid off and the audience loved every minute. Well done Dancewise!” Suzanne Trunley

“An excellent show! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it was evident that the performers felt the same. It is lovely to see how the dancers improve year on year” Tracey Putt

“This was my daughters first time taking part in a show and our first time watching a Dancewise show – it was a wonderful show and the dancing was fantastic. The Irish dancers were amazing. We really enjoyed the show and can’t wait for next years one. My daughter is very lucky to be part of such a lovely dance team.” Anna-Marie Oakley

“Folks, I’ve just heard my eldest son say that that was one of his favourite of the 7 Dancewise shows so far. We all enjoyed it and look forward to next year, thanks for a great night!” Alan and Caitlin McElevey

“Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. You should be really proud of the overwhelming positive feedback from the audience” Fiona Western

Well done everyone!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Congratulations to everyone involved with So You Think You Can Dancewise! Fantastic show, and lots of people have said it was our best yet – go team Dancewise!! So….best start thinking about the theme for next year!!


Saturday, April 21st, 2012

For Saturday 21st April ONLY, tickets for the fantaastic So You Think You Can Dancewise (on 22nd April, 6pm curtain up, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton) are Buy One Get One Free! Amazing value – great show! You can order tickets in person, by phone, email or on Facebook and pay by cash, cheque or bacs (email us for bank details if you don’t already have them). But hurry as this fantastic offer is only valid for tickets booked and paid for on Saturday 21st April. Quote StarTix to redeem this great offer! Don’t miss out, order your tickets now! See you at the show!

Insight into traditional Irish Dance Comps!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Here at Dancewise Studios, Holbury and Shirley, we don’t enter the tradtional Irish Dance competitions but instead we enter the All-England Dance Competition and our Irish dancers compete in (and sometimes win!) the National section performing their Irish Dances.

But sometimes we’re asked why we don’t enter the traditional Irish dance comps – here’s a link to the traditional world of competitive Irish Dance so you can get an insight into what they can be like!


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Hi folks

This one’s for the Dancewise Tap Dancers!  Here is the break down of a single timestep:

Shuffle on L

Hop on R

Spring onto L

Tap step forward on R

Step Back on L

Repeat starting with a shuffle on R

Hope this helps!

Info for the weekend

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Just to confirm a few details for the weekend.

The Dress Rehearsal on Saturday is at Manor School with times as before. Those only in Act 1 to get there at 12 to start at 1 and finish at 4pm. Those only in Act to get there at 2 to start at 3pm to finish at 6pm. Those in both Acts 12 – 6.

The technical rehearsal at the theatre on Sunday. Please come in the Stage Door (where students were coll…ected from last year – NOT the scenery dock door that we came in through). All students are to drop their lunch/tea off at the Green Room and then go straight to the auditorium where they can sit down and watch whats going on until dressing rooms are clear. Timings for the rehearsal are as follows – those only in Act 1 to get there at 9:15 to start at 10, lunch break approx 12 – 1 and then the finale 1 – 2pm approx. Those only in Act to get there at 12:15pm to start at 1pm to finish at 4pm approx for a tea break.

For the show itself, all dancers need to be checked in backstage no later than 5pm ready for the show – if your student is only in Act 1 and you’d like to collect them between the rehearsal and the show they must be back again by 5pm.

We’d love to sell out for the show and have the students peform to a full house so have try and think of one more person you know who would love to see this amazing production!

We also still have some roses and programmes available for pre-order – let Jan know if you’d like one/both as stocks are limited.

Look forward to seeing you at the weekend if not before!

Oh and why not make the show poster your profile pic – let’s see if we can cover Facebook with So You Think You Can Dancewise!!

So You Think You Can Dancewise

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Hey folks

The facebook event is up!  We want a packed house for you to perform to so join the event and spread the word!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
So after many hours of work, by several people, the show programmes are nearly ready! We are now taking pre-orders for these special souvenir brochures which you can then collect as soon as we have them. They are simply stunning, and a lovely way of remembering your dancers achievements. These professionally produced brochures are only £2

Prepaid orders must be placed by 20th April 2012 then just pick up your brochure at the show!
There will be a limited supply of brochures at the theatre for same day purchase.

And it’s still not too late to order your DVD and show rucksack!  Limited stocks left – see Jan for more info!

It’s showtime! So You Think You Can Dancewise!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Give a gift, make a memory…Presentation Roses
Beautifully presented in cellophane

£3.99 for a single long stem rose
£7.99 for a bouquet of three long stem rosesBring a smile to your dancer’s face by presenting them with a rose after the performance. Congratulations for a job well done! All proceeds to benefit the Dancewise Studios Wardrobe Department.Prepaid orders must be placed by 20th April 2012 then just pick up your rose at the show!
There will be a limited supply of roses at the theatre for same day purchase.
A variety of colors will be available.

Zumba Eggstravaganza!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

And here are the fab Party in Pink Zumba Bracelets! Be there for our Zumba Eggstravaganza, tonight Dancewise Studios 8:30pm to grab yours!

Exam News

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Exam days are provisionally arranged for ballet in July and Modern/Tap/Jazz end September/beginning October. We’ll let you know the exact dates as soon as we have them. But most excitingly, there is an exam open to everyone from Grade 1 up in any dance style!  It’s part of the ISTDs Olympic Celebrations and is a lovely opportunity to take this one off exam!  Details below!


The ISTD is proud to present a unique examination to celebrate the Olympics in 2012.

The examination for the Award is designed to embrace all forms of dance within the Imperial Theatre Faculties.  It is hoped that all teachers will use this Award as part of their Olympic celebrations.

What does a candidate receive?

The candidate receives a specially designed Award, certificate and report form.  (Candidates may take more than one examination but the Award and certificate will be identical).


Appropriate dress and footwear for the examination being taken should be worn.

 Examination cost

The two-dance examination will cost £15.00 plus a centre fee of £10 to contribute towards the cost of the venue, pianist/music operator, examiners lunch and at least one additional exam class.

This Award will take the format of a two-dance test, two dances of any style, taken at the grade held by the candidate at that time.  The level of each dance may be different within the same examination. 

 Level of Candidate

If entering an experienced candidate  then enter at the level previously achieved. If entering a first time candidate in a faculty then enter at the level you normally would for that person.

 Time limit

Five minutes for one candidate, – Twenty  minutes for four.


Friday, April 6th, 2012

Days of Dance is provisionally booked for 20th – 24th August plus we’re hoping to do some workshops for younger ones and exciting stand alone classes for seniors throughout the summer. Watch this space for the full schedule!

Zumba Eggstravaganza

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Who’s ready for the Zumba at Dancewise Eggstravaganza 8:30 – 9:30pm on Thursday 12th April? As always at our special Zumba events there will be great discounts to people there on the night as well as prizes and giveaways! Share the Zumba love and bring your friends, the more the merrier!

Day three of HHDS

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The muscle soreness has really set in now! Had an amazing breaking class with JP, fantastic teacher and b-boy, then a great House foundations class with Andy working on Jacks then a locking class with Fred – so knowledgable and we now do a mean hustle as well as being able to pace and lock. Don’t have a clue what I just said? Then come to Days of Dance 2012 to find out!
HHDS ended with an amazing jamming session with Fred and Street Dancers from 11 years old to dancers in their 50s. Incredible! The whole course was so good we’re going back again in the Summer!
Do you want to learn AUTHENTIC street dance? If you answered yes, then Dancewise is the place for you!

Day two of HHDS

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Mechanikool took us through waving & arm popping which was pretty cool but we’re now walking round randomly popping to try and figure out which muscles should be tensing!! Sasha nearly killed us both with his breaking class – learnt some great new top rock stuff as well as some developments for our down rock. Then we had a class with Maria who took us through her choreography for an UNRELEASED record – woop! Can’t wait to see the moves we learnt on the video – amazing!

So Hip Hop Don’t Stop yesterday!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Both Miss A and Thom are VERY sore having done class with Alex Mechanikool Peters (2 times UK popping Champion and popping coach for Diversity), 2 times UK popping Champion Dixon, the amazing Sarah Jane – entirely self taught and has choreographed music videos for some of the best know artists on the planet and of course the lovely Andy Instone – so knowledgeable and a little bit mental!!
Emma, Emily, Caitlin, Chantal and Georgia YOU OWE US!!!! We’re about to do a breakdance class without the Dancewise kneepads haha (felt that the sequins we added might not ad to our street cred?!!)
Check back soon for an update!
Miss A and Mr T xxx

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Great dress rehearsal yesterday everyone – well done! And Alison and Thom are on a fab street dance course for the rest of this week Hip Hop Don’t Stop with the awesome Urban Strides starting tomorrow. Come back soon to hear about what we’re up to!