Posted: 2019-04-26 12:58

Dear Parents / Carers,

I hope you all had a happy Easter break and the children are feeling rested and ready for a busy Summer Term ahead.

Please note that on Saturday May 11th all classes will take place at Condover Primary School.

Our 11th annual “Celebration of Dance” will take place on Saturday June 29th at Concord College and this year all proceeds will be going to the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. Doors will open at 5.00 pm for drinks and a raffle and the performance will start at 6.00 pm. The raffle is an excellent fundraiser— please may I ask if any of you know of any local businesses who would be prepared to offer a raffle prize in return advertising in our programme?

Please may I have all consent forms as soon as possible? There are always hard copies available in the hall, so please help yourself. To enable continuity, and a confident and well rehearsed performance, I must stress that regular attendance at classes is vital. If you are aware that your child/children will be absent for more than two weeks please contact me.

On Saturdays June 15th and June 22nd dress rehearsals are being held at Dorrington Village Hall. Would all children please be available to stay throughout the morning on these dates.

Please note that Jenny Edmiston will be taking photographs on Saturday June 15th at 12:00pm in the meeting room.

Further Concord details will follow.

Summer School is being held at Condover Primary School from Monday July 29th to Friday August 2nd inclusive, as usual it will be led by Ruth Seager and Vikki Leech. Please ensure all deposits (£15 per child) accompany completed registration forms to confirm places on the course which I am sure will be really enjoyable. All forms are to be returned to me by half term.

Prize giving, refreshments and presentations will be held at Dorrington Village Hall on Saturday July 6th at 10:00.

Please note that there are two new classes starting in Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings – contact me for further details.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning your child / children. Remember also to check our official Facebook page for updated information and news throughout the term. Please feel free to leave your comments if you wish! Tunics of all colours are always available, as are hoodies, T-shirts and bags.

I look forward to what should be an exciting Summer Term. Thank you for your continuing loyalty and support.



Posted: 2019-03-10 11:19

Thank you to everybody who visited our recent exhibition at Church Stretton Library and thank you for your lovely comments and feedback.

The workshop last Sunday at the Silvester Horne Institute was a happy and fun occasion - it was lovely to see you all there!


Posted: 2019-02-12 12:42

Ruby Ginner, a pioneering dancer born in Cannes in 1886 was an important and innovative figurehead in the world of dance.

She attended acting classes with Elsie Fogerty, principal of The Central School of Speech and Drama, through whom she developed a deep understanding of ancient Greek drama and an appetite to develop the movement for the choruses.

The early 1900s marked the beginning of Ruby Ginner’s research into ancient Greece. She studied the ancient Greek artefacts at the British Museum, and continued her research with frequent visits to Greece and its islands.

Miss Ginner collaborated with other dance pioneers such as Ruth St Denis (one of the founders of Contemporary Dance), admired the work of Isadora Duncan and was a friend of Anna Pavlova.

Miss Ginner formed a small group of Grecian dancers whose work was realized and admired through public performances. Through her teaching for Elsie Fogerty, Miss Ginner met dramatist Irene Mawer, and in 1920 the Ginner Mawer School of Dance and Drama was officially formed.

It was here that my late mother Diana Griffiths was trained, and subsequently the Classical Greek Dance technique was brought to Shropshire where Diana successfully taught numerous students for many years.

Now her daughter Catherine continues to teach Classical Greek Dance here in Shropshire and to celebrate the unique work of Ruby Ginner there will be a presentation of photographs, a selection of books and costumes to be viewed at Church Stretton Library Tuesday from February 26th – Thursday March 7th.

For further information please contact:
Catherine Griffiths (


Category: ATHENS
Posted: 2019-02-08 01:10

The annual Anapali Festival of Dance is held in the Dora Stratou garden theatre, in the idyllic surroundings of the Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis.

Members of the International Dance Council and dancers from all over the world present their work and perform at this prestigious festival.

After becoming a member of The International Dance Council (CID) I met its President Professor Alkis Raftis and his management team during a short visit to Athens earlier last year. I learned of their interest in seeing Classical Greek Dancing in the beautiful setting of the garden theatre and enjoying the results of Ruby Ginner’s tireless research in the Greek culture and way of life which formed the very foundation of her inspired work.

After being warmly invited to take some dancers to perform in the Anapali festival I realized what a unique and unmissable opportunity it would be for my senior dancers to be part of this exciting occasion and to be given a chance to perform a Classical Greek dance in the country of its roots.

Together the students and I choreographed our ‘Dedication’, a five minute dance which included lyrical, athletic and ritual styles of the technique; ending with a poignant interpretation of Irene Mawer’s words (A Prayer) voiced by my late mother Diana Griffiths.

Last July, on a very hot summer’s evening, all the performers and audience were warmly welcomed by Professor Raftis who presented the dancers with certificates. It was a truly memorable evening with a programme brimming with a diversity of dance techniques.

As I watched my Classical Greek Dance students perform so beautifully under the stars and moonlit Athenian sky, and listened to Irene Mawer’s poignant words I couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratitude that I have had the opportunity to experience the work and inspiration of Ruby Ginner, her legacy …. and magic ….

The Pillars of the house of my beloved
Rise golden on an hill,
And through their shadowy avenues,
There steals the scent of olive trees.
And the dawn-light on the far Ionian sea.
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