Blog

Ongoing news for our students and other interested parties (started in February 2008):

Talent Quest Competition

WELL DONE to all the competitors in the Durham Heat of Talent Quest. Results as follows:

- KITTI-KATZ: WON Newcomer Section with Ugly Bug Ball AND Under 13 Group Section with Part of Your World.

- DANCING DOLLS: WON Newcomer Section with O Fortuna AND Over 14 Group Section with Waltz of the Flowers.

- Anya & Eizabeth were runners up for their Bing Bang Duo.

- Esme was runner up for Under 13 Musical Theatre.

- Charlotte and Amber were runners up for Under 13 Solo Dance.

Troupetastic

Troupetastic was a great success. This performance on stage allowed members of the troupe to show family and friends all the pieces they have worked on since the troupe started. DVDs will be available in September with profits going towards the troupe fund for future events.

We also had members of the adult Tap and Bollywood classes demonstrate some of their work in fabulous costumes.

Washington Old Hall

The Troupe's demonstration at Washington Old Hall for their Independence Day Celebrations went well. Our American themed dances included Dallas, Cotton Eyed Joe, Mickey Mouse March, Bing Bang from Lazytown, a dance from West Side Story and lots of Cheerleading.

Festival4Stars Liverpool

Congratulations to Amber and Charlotte (aged 6 and 7) who reached the Regional Final of Festival4Stars in the Liverpool Heat in the Duo Dance section. You danced beautifully girls!

Festival4Stars York

Well done to Charlotte Atkins who reached the Regional Final in the Solo Dance section. Also congratulations to one of the troupe mothers who won the regional final in the adult Solo Singing section!!

Washington Wetlands Centre Demonstration

Thank you to all the Troupe members who took part in this event. The day went well and I hope you all enjoyed performing the animal themed dances!

Festival4Stars Newcastle

Well done to all the troupe members who took part in the festival, Kitti-Katz, Dancing Dolls and vocalists too. I hope you all had a great day. The standard was very high this year and we were up against three large groups from Edinburgh and York as well as a couple of local schools, most of whom travel the country competing regularly (often weekly). Although we didn't win any sections this time we certainly held our own and must have been very close with some of our dances. We got some excellent feedback on our report forms.

Awarded Recognised School Status

Following a successful application we have now been awarded Recognised School Status by the Council for Dance Education & Training. This ensures that we meet high standards of quality and service. This is the first stage in the development of a national standard for dance schools and I am thrilled to announce that we are the FIRST school in Tyne & Wear to be awarded this status.

It ensures that we meet specified standards of health & safety, equal opportunities, customer service and staff development policies. We must also ensure valid enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is in place for all our members of staff, issue all our staff with contracts of employment and appraise them annually. All teachers must hold recognised teaching qualifications or actively be working towards them. We must also adhere to the CDET's Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers of Dance, be fully insured and hold formal accounts.

This is a huge achievement for Prima as it confirms our place amongst the best dancing schools in England.

Decision made to change to BBO

Most of our IDTA exams will now change to BBO as these are accredited whereas the IDTA withdrew from the accreditation scheme some time ago. Click here for further details.

Photographer's visit

Ivan Wicks Dance and Performing Arts Photography visited us at Oxclose School on Saturday 29th March. Photographs will be available to view and purchase (if desired) after the Easter holidays.

Galleries Demonstration

Well done to the Dance Troupe who performed at the Galleries on Saturday 22nd March. The performances went very well and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves!

Cancelled Classes

All classes at Oxclose Church and Farringdon School have now been cancelled.

Ballet School Acceptance!

One of our 15 year old students, Charlotte, has just been accepted into Northern Ballet School in Manchester and Ballet West in Scotland to train to become a professional ballet dancer! This is a superb achievement as they are both excellent schools. They were considering moving to Australia in the summer so they now have a difficult decision to make! Well done Charlotte, I am very proud of you!

Considering changing from IDTA to BBO for some exams

We need your opinions before a decision is made. Please click here for details.

Galleries Demonstration

The Dance Troupe, along with selected vocalists and Cheerleaders will perform at The Galleries shopping centre throughout the day on Saturday 22nd March in 'Wessington Square'.

Application for Registered School Status

The Council for Dance Education & Training (CDET) last year introduced a new mark of recognition for dance and musical theatre pre-vocational schools. It is called Registered School status and provides a high level of quality assurance for schools with the mark. It ensures that teachers are qualified or training to qualify with highly recognised teaching societies, all staff have contracts in place, are regularly appraised and are CRB checked, the school has in place and adheres to appropriate health and safety, equal opportunities, customer service and staff development policies, the school adheres to the Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers of Dance, holds adequate insurance and keeps formal accounts.

We are currently updating our procedures to fully meet all these requirements. This should be completed in approximately 2 months at which time we will apply for Registered School status. If successful we will be the first school in Tyne & Wear to achieve this prominent mark.


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