Here at our bus stop regional HQ in Croydon, we were thinking about how when we grown up, we would like to have mastered 3 things;
1) Be able to play the piano, so we can play Elton John tunes late into the night when we find ourselves stranded on a glistening beach bar (all beaches have piano’s right?)
2) Be fluent in French (or Mandarin)
3) Master the ability to dance like an angel (when we are in Havana in the heady high temperatures just popping on a pink head dress for a night out) and deliver a perfect samba.
Get the picture!? It’s not that we don’t love our bus stop, and all the fun that comes with running a garage, but we just like to impress.
WANNA DANCE ?
In order to get our dance steps perfect, we have enlisted the help of a dance lover & blogger, Rosie Fitzgerald. She has put together a round up of some of the best dance courses happening this Summer in and around the UK for all those ‘Strictly’ and ‘Fame’ loving fans.
We are hugely thankful to Rosie, for sharing her knowledge, and we are sure that if any of you need guidance on starting out, or which are the best jazz shoes to buy Rosie is your girl. You can find her details below, as well as a fantastic 10% discount code to use at Dancewear Central for all readers (ends : 31-7-13). Use the coupon code CREATBS which when entered at the checkout will entitle you to the discount.
Dance Camps and Summer Schools 2013 : London & Regions
Musical Theatre & Street Dance
In London this summer, Pineapple Performing Arts Studio have a series of classes for ages 9 to 17 in musical theatre or street dance. This five day intensive course starts on Monday 29th July until Friday 2nd August and costs £235, although there is a 10% discount for those who do more than one course and if you click here (Link: https://apps.facebook.com/sweepstakeshq/contests/325214 ) you can enter their competition to win a free place. Alternatively Interlude Dance Troupe are hosting a street dance summer camp for ages 8 to 18 from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August for £120.
For those more interested in ballet the London Children’s Ballet, based at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, still have places on their course for 9 to 12 year old girls, which runs from July 29th to August 2nd.
The Royal Academy of Dance is also running a summer school this year, and although the London courses are now full, there are also classes in Jersey and Exeter for £230. There are, summer classes for children from 4 to 7 years old, from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August and Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August for £97 a week.
There are also places still available at the Muswell Hill Dance Summer School, where the 4 teachers (Linda, Lizzie, Faye and Junice) are all qualified and registered with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, and will fun the week of dance and associated subjects towards a performance on the last day. They will supply all the costumes. Details : (Mon 29th July – Aug 2nd) at The Tetherdown Hall, N10 (11.30-4pm) for pupils aged between 7 – 14 years old. Contact Linda Young 07794 012157.
Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma are offering free lessons from July 29th to August 2nd for children preparing for Grades 1 to 5, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate examinations at the RAD site in Battersea.
For those who have already achieved their Intermediate Foundation or equivalent the Central School of Ballet have summer courses from July 29th to August 3rd. They are also hosting Dance Blast again this year, for boys and girls from ages 6 to 12 of all abilities. There children will be able to attend classes in ballet, creative and West End Theatre. Finally the Balletboyz bootcamp for boys and girls aged 13 to 17 also runs from July 29th to August 2nd and costs £350.
For those outside of London have no fear there are still loads of course nationwide. Strictly star Brendan Cole’s Dance Academy have courses in Haywards Heath, Berkhamsted, Moulsford, Northwood, Guilford and Wellingborough for £115 while Sunshine Studios are running summer street dance camps in Los Angeles & Beijing (!) but if you can’t make those better still in Manchester during July and August.
The Northern Ballet School also has a summer school running in Manchester for students of International Foundation standard who are over 14. In Leeds, the Northern Ballet Academy have classes for Intermediate (aged 12 to 16) at £225 and in Edinburgh children over 13 years can attend the Russian Ballet Society International Summer Ballet Courses.
There are also numerous local classes and courses available for both adults and children at almost every studio in the country so if none of these take your fancy, just ring up and enquire. I hope you get to point those toes and have fun this summer.
Rosie Fitzgerald is a blogger at www.dancewearcentral.co.uk