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NEWSLETTER FOR AUTUMN TERM 2018

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Posted: 2018-09-12 11:45

Dear Parents/Carers

September 2018

A warm welcome to you all at the start of a “new year“ with the Diana Griffiths School of Dance. I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and the children are refreshed for the start of term.

Well done to everyone who took part in “A Celebration of Dance…The Snow Goose” on June 30th at Concord College. The children performed beautifully and their behaviour throughout the day was wonderful. We raised a brilliant £1100 for Hope House, thanks to the children’s hard work, my wonderful and inspired teachers, Flo, all the backstage and front of house helpers, and as always your tremendous support.

Thank you for supporting our end of term prize giving and cheque presentation to Hope House. This event is becoming really popular - thank you for attending at such a busy time of the year! Commendations were awarded to every member who took part at Concord. In addition there were special awards for Improvement (Grace Martin, Aisha Blundell-White and Amy Harvey), Dance (Christopher Davies and Helena Crump), Drama (Jess Halliday)and Commitment (Charlotte Davies).

Our Summer Theatre School at Condover Primary School was a great success. Five days of dance, drama, musical theatre and creativity expertly led by Ruth Seager and Vikki Leech and culminating in a “sharing” of some excellent work which was greatly enjoyed! I know Vikki and Ruth are keen to offer another similar event next summer, so keep an eye open for news on our website and on our Facebook page.

On July 28th Annabel and Jess took part in the Anapoli International Festival of Dance at The Dora Strato garden theatre which is situated very near the ancient acropolis in Athens. They performed our dance ‘Dedication’ beautifully and were warmly received. What a wonderful experience…and what fitting surroundings for the Classical Greek Dance technique!

I hope that this will become a regular feature on our calendar and I look forward to accompanying more of our senior members of the Diana Griffiths School of Dance to Athens next year!

There are some changes to our teaching staff this term. As you are aware Sarah Hickman is no longer teaching Drama and LAMDA on Saturday mornings. I am pleased to inform you that Mr Hugh Jones is to continue to teaching these classes.

Sadly Anna Belyavin will not be continuing this term on Saturday mornings, due to her busy work commitments. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Anna for her inspired teaching and professionalism, and wish her well in her future projects.

However, I am pleased to say that Anna is to continue an Tuesday evenings, when she will be starting a new Contemporary class at Dudgeley Hall (12-16 years), Boys Ignite (7 years and upwards) and a Street class (9-12 yrs) at Leebotwood Village Hall (please see Tuesday’s timetable).

I am working hard to find a permanent teacher for our younger street dancers and hip hop. I sincerely hope to resolve this as soon as possible; in the interim however, Sarah Hickman has kindly agreed to step in and teach the Street I dancers at Dorrington.

I would really appreciate your feedback about these proposals and I apologise if the changes present any inconvenience.

As always do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning your child / children … your feedback is important to me. Thank you for your continuing support and I look forward to an enjoyable and successful Autumn Term.

Yours Sincerely,

Cathy Griffiths
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NEWSLETTER FOR SUMMER TERM 2018

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Posted: 2018-04-15 20:32

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.

Our 10th annual “Celebration of Dance” will take place on Saturday June 30th at Concord College and as usual all proceeds will go to Hope House Children’s Hospices. Doors will open at 5.00 pm for drinks and a raffle and the performance will start at 6.00 pm. Please may I have all consent forms asap. If there has been a problem with downloading the forms please ask me or another teacher for a form. Alternatively, please help yourself to forms displayed in the foyer of the hall. In order for the children to feel confident and well rehearsed for this special occasion and to enable the teachers to establish continuity, 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 16th and June 23rd dress rehearsals are being held at Dorrington Village Hall. Would all children please be available to stay throughout the morning on these dates.

On Saturday June 23rd Jenny Edmiston will be taking photographs.

Further Concord details will follow.

Please note that on Saturdays May 5th and May 19th all classes will take place at Condover Primary School.

Summer School is being held at Condover Primary School from Monday July 30th to Friday August 3rd inclusive. Please ensure all deposits (£10 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 7th at 10:00.

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.

Love Cathy x
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NEWSLETTER FOR SPRING TERM 2018

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Posted: 2018-01-03 00:19

Dear Parents/Carers

A very happy New Year to you all! I hope you have all had a lovely and peaceful Christmas.

Despite the postponed and cancelled end of term arrangements (due to the extraordinary fall of snow) I hope everyone was able to enjoy at least some of our Christmas festivities.

Congratulations to all taking part in our Speech Recital and ‘thank you’ to Sarah Hickman for producing the drama group’s wonderful interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’. It was lovely seeing you all at our postponed Christmas party on December 16th. I hope the children enjoyed themselves, and thank you to all our ‘Christmas elves’ who helped so much in the kitchen!

The Smethcote Church Christmas carol service on the 17th was a warm, welcoming and uplifting evening. Thank you Jess, Annabel, Helena, Iris and Rosa for dancing so beautifully.

This term the Dorrington timetable remains largely unchanged (sigh of relief!) but there will be one necessary change. The 10.00 Classical Greek class is now re-scheduled to Tuesday evenings. This will enable me to offer a full hour’s lesson which is essential for the grade 5 syllabus work.

Please could all grade 3 (10.40 class) be ready to start at 10.30 again enabling a slightly longer class time.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET POSTPONED LAMDA EXAMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING HELD DURING THE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAY JANUARY 6th (OUR FIRST DAY OF TERM)

I will send you a reminder of your son/daughter’s scheduled examination time. Please note Classical Greek Dance and Ballet examinations will take place at the end of this term. Confirmation of dates will be emailed asap.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning your child/children. Thank you for your continuing support and I look forward to seeing you all again on January 6th, and for an enjoyable and successful Spring Term.

Cathy
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NEWSLETTER FOR AUTUMN TERM 2017

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Posted: 2017-08-29 10:43

Dear Parents/Carers

A warm welcome to you all at the start of a “new year“ with the Diana Griffiths School of Dance. I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and the children are refreshed for the start of term.
Well done to everyone who took part in “A Celebration of Dance…Footsteps of Jane Eyre” on July 1st at Concord College. I am sure you will agree that the children’s performance was excellent and I would like to add how thrilled we all were with the children’s wonderful behaviour throughout the day! We raised a brilliant £1,000 for Hope House, thanks to the children’s hard work, my wonderful and inspired teachers, Flo, all the backstage and front of house helpers, and as always your tremendous support.

Thank you for attending our end of term prize giving and cheque presentation to Hope House area fundraiser Sarah Johnson. This event is becoming really popular and well-attended—thank you! Commendations were awarded to every member who took part at Concord. In addition there were special awards for Improvement (Amelia Hall and Kaysha Brander), Dance Awards (Rosie Hickman and Josie Allsop), Drama Awards (Georgia Simcock and Emily Lloyd) and Commitment Awards were presented to the Year 11s (Jess Halliday, Annabel Griffiths, Caitlin Davies and Gemma Francis).

Our Summer Theatre School at Condover Primary School was a great success. Four days of dance, drama, musical theatre and creativity expertly led by Ruth Seager and Vikki Leech and culminating in a “sharing” of some excellent work which was greatly enjoyed! I know Vikki and Ruth are keen to offer another similar event next summer.

There are no changes to our teaching staff this term. However, we have introduced an additional ballet class and an exciting new dance class for boys! Please refer to our Autumn timetables. There are a few changes at Dorrington on Saturdays – I dearly hope that these will work for you all!

As always do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning your child / children … your feedback is important to me. Thank you for your continuing support and I look forward to an enjoyable and successful Autumn Term.

Yours

Cathy
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