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DANCE MAY–AUG 2019

ISSUE 486

THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE OF THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY OF TEACHERS OF DANCING

ISTD GRADUATION The photos and stories from the ceremony

THE WIGAN WARRIORS AND BALLET The two worlds of rugby and ballet collide

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Plus the launch of the Contemporary dance syllabus

THE GRANDISON CLARK AWARDS Full coverage of this successful event

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MOREA Some of the reasons to study at Morea Performing Arts are:

- Bespoke training and class sizes: Our current class sizes are between 4 and 12 students. This means that the amount of attention each student receives is outstanding and produces rapid progress. Today, we have a total of 20 students (first, second and third years). This low number demonstrates our commitment to our students and is a key promise to potential students who have succeeded in our audition process.

- Outstanding faculty: At Morea Performing Arts, the amount of experienced expertise which supports the training process of our students is second to none. The group of professionals working at Morea (Principal, Patrons and Faculty) and our advisers include: former Principals and heads of Department at other top Colleges; current Dance UK and Trinity examiners; ISTD syllabus creators, Senior Examiners, Modern, Tap and Ballet Committee members as well as current choreographers, agents and performers. - Extensive contact hours: We provide a minimum of forty contact hours per week, with weekly individual singing classes. Individual dance coaching is given when needed. - Personal contact with agents and industry professionals. - ISTD teaching qualifications: Students study with the ISTD syllabus creators and ISTD Senior examiners to become a fully qualified teacher.


DANCE Welcome to DANCE The ISTD’s bi-annual Springboard event is one of the many ways in which the Society furthers it’s mission to ‘educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms’, and this year it took place at the University of Bedford in February (page 28). The focus was on accessing pathways to training for young disabled dancers, with Imogen Aujla Phd sharing the findings of last year’s ISTD research project. You can access the findings at: istd.org/coursesand-training/resources/disability-dance-resources. February was also the month when the ISTD held its annual Graduation Ceremony (page 8). This year we celebrated 501 teachers who gained new qualifications during 2018. Don’t miss our full report plus details of Dr Lovatt’s guest speech. In January we held our Bursary Awards & Masterclasses, which included the exciting launch of the ISTD Contemporary syllabus. After two years in development the audience at The Place was treated to a demonstration of work from the Intermediate Foundation, and glimpses of the Intermediate and Advanced 1 grades. Read more about this, the professional masterclasses delivered by top industry professionals, and the colourful Awards from page 20.

Above: Orpheus Performance Dance Group performing Lost Boy, page 28

Above right: Wiggan Warriors at The Royal Ballet Upper School, page 14

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Do ballet and rugby go together? It appears that they do. Turn to page 14 to find out how the Wigan Warriors rugby league youth team started taking ballet lessons thanks to Alan Gregory and Donna Harrison, and have never looked back. The programme has been so successful that it is being expanded to the Warrior’s women’s and under 16s teams plus 95 local schools in the Wigan borough. The search is on for international liaison officers to provide a strong support structure for all members across the globe (page 4). Turn to page 30 to read our latest international news. And don’t miss our coverage of the National Dance Faculty’s Grandison Clark Awards (page 70), full of glowing colour and striking costumes. Of course, there are some superb courses and training opportunities with the ISTD over the spring and summer, from summer schools in the UK, Europe, Japan and Vietnam to a host of additional courses planned over the coming weeks and months. Check out DANCE Extra and the faculty pages and book your places now. And as always please do write in with your stories and photos. You never know, yours might be the next #danceinspo (page 26). Tamsin Moore, Editor

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International Liaison Officers Needed The ISTD is recruiting From Our CEO A letter to members from Ginny Brown Out and About The ISTD Chair, Sue Passmore, shares her latest news ISTD Graduation Ceremony Report and photos plus excerpts from Dr Lovatt’s guest speech ISTD Residential Summer School 2019 Dates for your diary The Wigan Warriors and Ballet The two worlds of ballet and rugby combine with fantastic results ISTD Bursary Awards Report and photos from this year’s event ISTD Masterclasses More than 100 students and teachers participated

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One of the highlights of the day of Bursary Awards & Masterclasses #DanceInspo The 10th Gay Games, held in Paris during August ISTD Springboard Report and photos from a day of dance for all International News News from Africa and the Middle East ISTD International Summer School 2019 Dates for your diary ISTD Malaysian Awards Save the date Dancewear Central Member Competition Win dance class must-haves worth over £90 Contemporary Dance Examiners Needed Apply for training now Advice for Teachers Top tips for exam days

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Cecchetti Classical Ballet Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards, scholarships, Wales and West Awards and summer schools Classical Greek Dance Ruby Ginner Awards, Classical Greek Dance Festival Finals, new grades CD, new grades courses, the Anapali Festival and ISTD Greek tunics Classical Indian Dance A new generation of Classical Indian dancers, New Year Honours and Misrana 2019 Disco, Freestyle, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Exchange 2019, Street Dance Day in July, National Grand Finals in October, Set Dance DVD and diary dates Imperial Classical Ballet Update on new DVDs, CD and music score, Boys’ Day, committee elections, Elizabeth Baines Hewitt Awards, Junior Awards and diary dates Latin American, Modern Ballroom and Sequence Dancesport Congress 2019, meet the Modern Ballroom Faculty, Dorset Day of Dance report, Blackpool Grand Finals 2019, committee elections, Sequence news and the new Salsa Licentiate qualification DSI Member Competition Win DSI London’s new Evelyn top and Olivia skirt, worth over £300

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and West End Workshops in November, continuing professional development and inclusivity, new committee members and ISTD masterclasses National Dance This year’s Grandison Clark Awards, Robert Harrold Memorial Day of Dance in November, committee elections, Helen Wingrave Scholarship 2019 Tap Dance Meet the committee, courses and training and Intermediate Tap resources available from: shop.istd.org

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International Liaison Officers needed The ISTD is currently recruiting International Liaison Officers to cover the following global regions: Australasia and Oceania; North America (including Central America and the Caribbean); Europe and Asia. INTERNATIONAL LIAISON SUPPORT REGIONS

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These new posts will join our existing Liaison Officer, for Africa, to form a strong support structure for our members worldwide. For further information, or to make an application, please visit: istd.org/international-liaison *International Liaison Officer for this region is currently not sought

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From Our CEO A letter to members from Ginny Brown

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t our annual Graduation Ceremony in February, we celebrated 501 teachers who had gained an ISTD teaching qualification during 2018. My spirits were lifted by the thought of so many professionally trained and qualified dance teachers going out into the world at a time when it seems the unique, life-enhancing qualities of dance are needed more than ever. Not only is dance an excellent form of exercise for all ages, but its social nature and inherent opportunities for self-expression and creativity are an excellent antidote to our increasingly online lives. At heart I am a dance teacher – this was my training and the focus of the early part of my career. As a student I studied a range of ISTD syllabi and it has been a real pleasure to re-meet some of my former teachers and examiners when I came to work for the Society. My career has focused on introducing dance to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience this wonderful art form, because I firmly believe in the power of dance to transform lives.

I firmly believe in the power of dance to transform lives That same belief is reflected in the ISTD’s charitable objective, ‘to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms’. And I am clear that we can only achieve this aim with you, our teaching members. So I plan to concentrate the Society’s energies on building member-focused services that will support you to grow and develop throughout your career, because your success is our success. Towards this goal, I am delighted to announce that we are starting the process of establishing a much-needed international liaison support structure worldwide by appointing representatives to six global regions.

I anticipate that this will ensure a clear point of contact for all members, which will then support the introduction of the Theatre Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) teaching qualification worldwide. We are also planning to develop an improved membership offer focused on business support and marketing. I will look forward to sharing more news on this later in the year. Implicit in our charitable aim is a desire to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to learn dance. We have therefore been developing a number of new initiatives designed to broaden the range of people who engage with the ISTD. The first is our new contemporary dance syllabus, which will enable our members to work with a broader range of students and also encourage new teachers to join the Society. Second is our inclusive dance research project, which has documented successful initiatives to include disabled learners in ISTD dance classes. Findings from the initial research were shared on 23rd February (see page 28 for a full report) and learning from the project will now be captured in a series of resource materials specially designed to support all ISTD teachers with making their classes more accessible. My vision for the Society is that it should be a world leader in dance education. I believe that we have all the necessary expertise, but we can only achieve this goal with you, our teaching members. So I look forward to supporting your development and, in turn, watching you spread the joy of dance.

I plan to concentrate the Society’s energies on building member-focused services

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Out and About The ISTD Chair, Sue Passmore, shares her latest news The Graduation Ceremony 2019 heralded yet another opportunity for the ISTD to share and acknowledge the achievements of its graduates, representing all 11 of our faculties, who received their awards from Dr Peter Lovatt. My personal interest in the career pathways of our members has always been a part of my career. The concept of portfolio

Sophie Baxter received her Imperial Classical Ballet Licentiate certificate

Sophie Baxter I started dancing at the age of three at a local dance school in Bourne End. When I was seven my teacher asked my parents if she could put me forward to audition for The Royal Ballet Junior Associate programme. I was subsequently offered a place on the Junior Associate Programme at the age of eight. The classes were held at weekends at Barons Court, the former residency of The Royal Ballet School. I went on to complete the Mid Associate programme at White Lodge and then the Senior Associate Programme in Covent Garden. Whilst a Mid Associate I was part of a group of children dancing with The Kirov ballet at The Royal Opera House for the late Queen Mother’s 100th birthday. At the age of 16 it was time to audition for a full time professional ballet-training placement. I was lucky enough to be offered a scholarship place at the English National Ballet School where I continued my training for the next three years. During my last year at the school I was asked to join English National Ballet on their Angelina Ballerina tour around the country. This was a fantastic experience but unfortunately due to injury I was no longer able

I took my teaching practical exam for my DDE nine weeks after my second boy was born

careers is becoming a reality in today’s world of technology and CPD, and there are so many ways in which we can embrace our potential in the modern dance scene. It is a privilege to share the following three journeys with you, randomly selected by the Education & Training Department in this magazine. Every single one of our 2019 graduates has a tale to tell and on behalf of the ISTD I assure you that we will support all your journeys with us.

to dance at a professional level so after graduating I decided to join the fitness industry. After being out of the ballet world for a couple of years my first local dance teacher contacted me and asked if I would be interested in teaching some classes for her, which is where my teaching journey began. I contacted Linda Sweetzer’s Teacher Training College where I have continued to gain new qualifications whilst starting my family. I completed my DDI in Imperial Classical Ballet and then had my first child, and took my teaching practical exam for my DDE nine weeks after my second boy was born, and have now completed my Licentiate, taking the exam six months pregnant with, you’ve guessed it, my third boy. I’m planning to start studying for my Fellowship in September and continuing to progress my career further. I’ve really enjoyed teaching as it has enabled me to continue to be involved in the art of ballet and to pass on my experiences and knowledge to benefit up-and-coming students. Marie Huguette Cupidon The Republic of Mauritius, situated in the Indian Ocean with a population of 1.2 million, is a multi-cultural island where there is peace and unity. Our folkloric dance is the Sega of African origin. My dance inspiration comes from my Dad who was a dance student of Victor Sylvester studio in the UK. It pleased me to see my parents practicing ballroom dance. As a little girl, I did appreciate their hard work and how they tried to tackle the technical aspects of dance.

Dr Lovatt presenting Marie Cupidon with her Latin American Fellowship and Authentic and Emerging Dance Associate certificates

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In December 1996 my husband Christian and I won the title of Best Dancer of the Year and came first in the Ballroom Challenge Cup Competition organised by a group of young dancers, Miami Boys, under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts & Culture. This triggered my interest in ballroom dance. In 1997 I decided to open my first dance studio in parallel with my Dad’s school of dancing. It was more a fun activity where I tried to share all that I learned from my Dad and from books by Victor Sylvester and Walter Laird, to name a few. Today Cupidon Job Dance School is a registered school. I am a retired senior educator and an Art and Design teacher with 45 years of teaching experience. My role as teacher has always been to facilitate the students’ pathways. So as a dance teacher I motivate them to go first through medallist dance examinations to enable them to taste success in dance and to raise their self-esteem. I do remember how I encouraged one of

She encourages her students to work hard and have a passion for dance my gold medalist students to take his Gold Star 1. He has had to work very hard on the quality of the dance figures and not on the quantity. Finally he got it! Today it makes me so proud to be able to coach five dancers for Student Teacher and Associate level. After all, we have to make rooms for others. We are replaceable. Today there are about four studios of ballroom dance here. Teachers have taken their Associate level. I would like to encourage them to concentrate more for higher qualifications. I am the organiser of Medal examinations in Mauritius. Every year the number of candidates increases. Since 2017 I’ve sent candidates for LA Salsa and this year a few students will try One Sequence dance. What is my advice to aspiring young dancers in my region? First dance should be a passion for them. They should listen to their heart and mind, and they will feel a great pleasure from dancing. It is good to think about my school but I prefer putting my country first. My objective is to start planning for a medallist competition in the UK. In 2017 I was decorated MSK (Member of the Star & Key of the Indian Ocean) by the Government of Mauritius for services to the education and social fields. Beth Sinnett On 21st February 2019, I graduated with DDE Cecchetti Ballet and Tap. It had been a long journey from my early beginnings and amazingly had happened almost by chance. My love affair with ballet began, completely by chance, when I was five years old. We had relocated to Malta, because of my Dad’s job, and Mum thought that joining an after school club would be a good way for me to make friends. Her only criterion was that it had to be at a venue that she felt confident to drive to. Fortuitously, a ballet class for beginners opened in my school building at exactly that time, so I was enrolled in Cecchetti ballet lessons with the lovely Claudia Preca, who ignited my passion for dance, which still continues to burn strong to this day. Upon returning to Sheffield, we were lucky enough to find another Cecchetti School where I joined the wonderful Caroline

Ambery and trained in ballet, tap and modern theatre for 11 years. In the summer of 2015 Ambery suggested that I join her at the Cecchetti Teachers’ Summer School at Elmhurst. I had been helping her out occasionally and she had obviously seen something in me that I had yet to discover. I went along, more for the additional week’s dancing than with any idea about pursuing a career in teaching ballet. And then I met the inspirational Gillian Hurst. I was privileged enough to have four ostensibly ‘private’ sessions with her that week, that worked on the initial steps of teacher training. It was Hurst who made me seriously consider teaching and it was her faith in my ability to do it that gave me the confidence to try. That summer I also attended the teachers’ summer school at KS Dance where I was fortunate to have further teaching from Hurst alongside the internationally acclaimed Kate Simmons and the fantastic Tracey Moss. At the end of the course, I was offered a place on their full-time teachers’ course starting that September. Again, I was in the right place at the right time, with the right people, to progress as a dance teacher. Over the following three and a half years I completed my Cecchetti ballet teaching qualification under the encouraging tutelage of Hurst and Simmons and my tap teaching qualification with Moss. I also started (and hope to complete at a later date) my modern theatre teaching qualification with the fabulous Jane Bradley. I encountered many obstacles on my training journey, including major back surgery, which kept me on the sidelines for 18 months or so, but with the patience and nurturing of my mentors and encouragement from other faculty members and my peers, I finally made it.

Dr Lovatt presenting Bethan Sinnett with her Cecchetti Classical Ballet and Tap Dance DDE certificates

I thoroughly enjoyed the process, with its mix of practical and written work and would recommend it to others, as not only do you gain a qualification in the end, but you are rewarded with the opportunity to share your passion for dance with other generations and perhaps even inspire them to teach too. I have yet to see where my journey goes now, but I know that I have wonderful support and backing from the ISTD whatever I choose to do. I look forward to being able to avail myself of the CPD opportunities they offer in the not too distant future, and maybe I’ll be that one special teacher that future generations of dancers look back on fondly when reviewing their journeys. That would seem to go some way towards paying back all the inspirational teachers that I’ve met along my way. DANCE ISSUE 486

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ISTD Graduation Ceremony The 2019 ISTD Graduation Ceremony was held on Thursday 21st February at Milton Court in London

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his special annual event allows the Society to come together and reflect upon and celebrate the successes of all our recently qualified teachers. We celebrated all 501 of our teachers who gained new qualifications in 2018, with 125 of them joining us with their families, friends and teachers, on what was an inspirational day. Our CEO, Ginny Brown, started proceedings by welcoming the graduates and their guests, some of whom had travelled from Hong Kong, Mauritius and Singapore as well as all over Europe and the UK. Then guest speaker Dr Peter Lovatt, AKA television’s ‘Doctor Dance’, addressed the audience, explaining in Ginny Brown, ISTD CEO his own unique way how the graduates, when working as dance teachers, have a massive influence on their students’ lives, and that the people they teach will remember them forever. We then had the opportunity to celebrate the dedication of five people who have loyally served the ISTD, with the presentation

Graduates, staff, speakers and award winners

of the prestigious Imperial Awards as follows: Imperial Dancesport Award, Patsy Graham; International Imperial Dancesport Award, Betty and Livingstone Alleyne; Imperial Theatre Award, Cynthia Pease; International Imperial Theatre Award, Christina Fotinaki. We extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony this year and to all those who were responsible for its success. Congratulations once again to all those 501 teachers who gained new qualifications last year. The ISTD is committed to supporting our members in building sustainable and rewarding careers within dance education. Please turn to the DANCE Extra section of this issue for more information about opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and see istd.org/ courses-and-training/teacher-training-bursaries for information about applying for funds to further your training.

Cynthia Pease being presented the Imperial Theatre Award by Kay Ball

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International Imperial Theatre Award recipient Christina Fotinaki with Kay Ball

Vernon Kemp presenting Patsy Graham with the Imperial Dancesport Award

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We celebrated all 501 of our teachers who gained new qualifications in 2018

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Excerpts from Dr Peter Lovatt’s Guest Speech Given at this year’s ISTD Graduation Ceremony, held in London on 21st February To read the full speech and find out how Dr Lovatt went from leaving school without any qualifications to teaching himself to read, training as a dancer, working in professional theatre, studying Psychology and English and becoming the renowned dance psychologist he is today, go to link istd.org/news/ dr-peter-lovatts-guest-speechat-this-years-istd-graduation We know, or I know, as a psychologist, and I know as a dancer that dance plays a fundamental part in human existence. Human societies are bonded by human dance, and it’s a fantastically rich thing that we all do. And of course, as dance teachers, you play an integral part in passing that on, and being involved in the fabric of dance and helping societies stay together through it. As a dance psychologist, I’m interested in the psychology of dance and dancers, trying to understand: why do people dance? What happens when people dance? Why do people feel so amazingly joyful when they dance? And why do some people fear dancing so much that they would rather pull their finger nails out than engage in some sort of dance? So what is the psychology of all that? At the University of Hertfordshire, we do a wide range of research. We look at people with Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement and thinking, among other things. But when people with Parkinson’s engage in dance, then some of those symptoms become significantly and clinically improved. And as scientists, we’re thinking, why should that be the case? Why would moving your body in a certain way lead to changes in your brain that would help the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? And we look at issues dancers have with self-esteem. We look at mood changes, and a whole set of work based around dance. At this point Dr Lovatt got the audience to participate in a short dance. Where’s the science? Well what we just did there was two types of dancing. The first was very simple. You learnt a structured routine. You had a video on the screen and music with a strong beat. All you had to do was execute the movement once you’d learnt it. The second was called improvised dancing. All you had to do was very structured improvisation in the sense you had five tokens and you could change those tokens around, change the

order of those tokens in the framework that we already had. What we found in the lab is that when we get people moving either in a structured way or in an improvised way, it changes their thinking and their problem solving in very profound ways. We found that people doing a few minutes of structured dancing became much better and faster at solving problems where there’s one correct answer. For example what is 3+2? Or 5x3? Or 15x3? But what’s 43x9? It doesn’t matter whether you got the right or wrong answer. The important thing to consider is that you were taking multiple cognitive steps to find the right answer. But this is called convergent problem solving. You’re using your mind in a convergent way, learning a set of steps to get to one right answer. There’s one right answer at the end, and that’s called convergent thinking. We’ve found that when people do a few minutes of structured dancing, they become significantly faster at solving convergent problem solving puzzles. It speeds up their cognitive processes. Just moving your body in a structured way speeds up your thinking. It changes your thinking. It’s extraordinary. And the second thing we found – improvised dancing, we looked at something called divergent thinking. And divergent thinking is

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different to convergent, because in divergent thinking, there’s and do this by keeping your dignity without spilling it over you. not just one right answer to a problem, there might be 100 right That’s a divergent problem-solving task. Working out how to use answers to a problem. So this is creative thinking. And what we your changed body is a divergent problem-solving task. If you’ve found is that when we got people doing some improvisation, just got problems eating and swallowing, then that’s also a divergent moving their body in an improvised way. Doing something with thinking task, thinking how do I find a new diet that I can eat and swallow? And what we found when their body they’ve never done before. people with Parkinson’s Disease took When we got people doing that, their part in eight sessions of improvised minds changed. They became more movement, their divergent thinking creative in their problem solving. Now, skills improved. And then with that we tried this in the university lab but improvement we saw, after three we thought, what use is that? So months, their daily activities, like we’ve taken it out now to two groups eating and drinking, and lots of other outside of the university. We went to factors became improved as well. So schools to see whether getting people they were applying their changes in dancing in schools while they were divergent thinking as a product of learning some Physics or some English the dancing into their every day, daily Literature, would that change, would activities. moving their body change the way Attending from Hong Kong, Lai Ping Chow and Sau Fung Lam who We know that when you dance, they learnt? And we found that it did. attained their Associate teaching qualification in National Dance in 2018 a whole set of things change, like We know when a child moves as part of the school day, doing a variety of either structured or improvised people’s mood change and there’s social bonding that happens dance, it changes the way they think and learn. There’s a direct when people dance. There’s a fantastic study looking at babies, relationship and there are several papers now published looking at and what these scientists did, they got the babies into a little the impact of dancing and moving in a school on young people’s carry cases. They bounced them, either in time with the other ability to learn core curricular material. The second thing we people who were bouncing around them or they bounced them found – this with divergent thinking was that with people with out of time. So they either bounced in time, or they bounced out Parkinson’s Disease have a deficit in divergent thinking. There’s a of time with other people. And then they got the babies out, and problem with their divergent thinking. What’s happening there? Why should that be a problem? Now, imagine if you’ve got Parkinson’s Disease, you might develop a tremor. You don’t always develop a tremor but you might, and you’ve got to drink a glass of water. You’ve got to try

And what we found when people with Parkinson’s Disease took part in eight sessions of improvised movement was that their divergent thinking skills improved

Warren Boyce (right), Modern Ballroom Faculty Vice Chair who attained his Licentiate Latin American teaching qualification in 2018, with Peter Lovatt

they asked […] these seven months old, to help a researcher, so the researcher might be pegging up some clothes and would drop a peg. And they wanted to see how long it would take these kids to pick up the peg and pass it back. And what they found was that those who were moving in time with each other were much more likely to show pro-social behaviour to pick up the peg and pass it back than those who were not moving in time. So we know that shared movement is this amazing thing that bonds societies together. We know that there’s a social element to dancing and that dancing changes the cognitive processes of people. We know that dancing changes people’s emotional state and can reduce depression. And of course that dancing is a great form of exercising generally for health improvement too. So as dance teachers I think you are in the most fantastic career possible. You have a privileged position where you’re working with people as dance teachers and you have a massive influence on their lives. The people you teach will remember you forever and the societies in which you teach will forever be thankful to you because without dance, we simply wouldn’t have a society. So congratulations to you all on graduating today.

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TEACHERS SUMMER SCHOOL 5th – 13th August 2019 at Chichester

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coursebookings@istd.org Venue: University of Chichester, West Sussex, UK Qualifies for ISTD Professional Standards

SUMMER 2019 RESIDENTIAL CPD OPPORTUNITY • Get inspired for the new term • Update and refresh your knowledge and skills • Learn new syllabus and non syllabus work • Explore new ideas and methods • Prepare for teaching qualifications • Build your own invaluable support network Teach of NE ing CONT W EMPO RA SYLL ABUS RY avail able

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THE WIGAN WARRIORS AND BALLET The two worlds of ballet and rugby collided in Wigan two years ago and now it seems nothing will tear them apart

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wo years ago the Wigan Warriors rugby league youth team started taking ballet lessons! This was thanks to Pianos Pies and Pirouettes, a not-for-profit community organisation led by ISTD pianist Alan Gregory and his business partner, ISTD qualified dance teacher Donna Harrison. The Royal Ballet’s Christopher Powney invited Alan and Donna to take this undisputed group of ‘alpha males’ to train for the day with the boys of The Upper School, under renowned teachers Rodolfo Castellanos and Jay Jolley. The Warriors, none of whom had any previous ballet experience, were deeply impressed with how fit the ballet boys were, so much so that they have been training in ballet with Donna once a week ever since. As a result their injury rate to both knees and ankles has dropped and their core strength has increased. In partnership with Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, and supported financially by Wigan Council, Pianos Pies and Pirouettes are not only expanding the programme to the Warriors’ women’s and under 16s teams, but are also now offering it to 95 local schools in the Wigan borough. The programme aims to get more boys into dancing in the North of England by taking away the old stigma that dance isn’t for males. The fitness aspect of their programme is to be put under intense scientific scrutiny as the Hammond School, Wigan Warriors and Wigan and Leigh College come together to devise an unbiased fitness test for their respective students. We caught up with some of the key players in the project to find out more. L–R: Harry Sanderson; Joel Wilding; Anthony Atherton (centre), Wigan Warriors under-16s lead coach, Community Innovation Manager, Wigan Warriors Community Fund, and Assistant Coach for England Under-16s; Ewan Morrel; Harry Cheyette

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Above: Rugby players at The Royal Ballet Upper School

Alan Gregory, Pianos Pies and Pirouettes Alan explained how the invitation for the Wigan Warriors youth rugby team to train for the day with the boys of The Royal Ballet Upper School came about: “I approached them. I’d been playing the piano for a while, for both the RAD and ISTD at various venues throughout the North, mostly for exams, but also at workshops for the RAD at Ballet North in Leeds. It became increasingly apparent that there were very, very few boys at any of these events. “Without stating the obvious, this was probably because family or peer pressure can dissuade many boys from the idea of dancing, even if they have done so when younger, when they are at their most vulnerable and impressionable in their early to mid teens. “The solution? Ask the most macho male participants, in one of the most physical and aggressive of sports, rugby league, if they would consider incorporating ballet into their training programme. The idea being that if such obvious alpha males were doing ballet, how could even the most prejudiced of parents or guardians object to their boy becoming a dancer? “Being a ‘Wiganer’ the obvious and only choice was the Wigan Warriors. I made various phone calls and eventually went to meet Matty Peet, the Under-19s coach at the time. If ever there was a living example of a rugby league coach, then Matty was it. Standing at well over 6ft and as broad as he was long, my heart sank as he approached, as in an act of incredible reverse prejudice I immediately assumed he would laugh me out of the building. To my surprise and great shame, once he’d heard my faltering request

and rationale he immediately said yes. I don’t think I’ve ever been more shocked. Three years on, Donna Harrison, my dance director and I, who are Pianos, Pies and Pirouettes CIC [Community Interest Company], are stilll there!”

The programme aims to get more boys into dancing When asked how long he’s been an ISTD piano teacher, and how that started, Alan explained: “I started playing for Miss Tina’s Dance Academy, an ISTD school in Springfield, Wigan, I think over 12 years ago. I cannot remember the exact date, as it now feels like I have been doing it all my life. I was an amateur player, who had gone back to piano lessons after virtually not playing for 20 years and my then teacher told me a local school needed a pianist so I applied. After playing for a while, as I got used to the repertoire, Tina suggested that I start playing for her examinations. At the time she was hiring in external pianists, from the ISTD list. So I played for one set and asked the examiner how I could become an official ISTD pianist, and get on ‘the list’. I cannot think of the lady’s name, but she explained she would write a report to the ISTD on my competence and hey presto... a few months later there I was, on the coveted list.”

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We asked Alan why he set up the CIC, to which he replied: “I set up Pianos Pies and Pirouettes in 2016, with a view to providing music, dance and cookery lessons for disabled adults and families in deprived areas, to help introduce people to something they may never have experienced before. At the same time the rugby/ ballet idea was formed, and the two went hand in hand. The name reflects what the organisation does, as well as causing a smile to appear on most people’s faces, which was the intent.” ISTD trained ballet teacher Donna Harrison has been on board right from the start. In Alan’s words: “Without Donna there would be no Pianos Pies and Pirouettes.” Alan’s own story is a moving one. He was finally able to go to university and follow his dream to study music in his forties. This helped him to survive a personal tragedy when his wife developed terminal cancer. Alan explained: “It gave me something to aim for when I thought I had lost everything. Suicide had momentarily crossed my mind, but music and dance filled me with such personal pleasure and fulfilment through being involved with a dedicated and committed team such as that at Miss Tina’s, and seeing the kids grow from children into real dancers.” At the start Alan played the piano during the Wigan Warriors’ ballet training sessions but now he explains: “My commitments to the Hammond and other charity work that I am now involved in,

together with the expansion of the dance programme into potentially 95 schools across Wigan borough means I’ve had to stop. We will be looking at taking on new pianists as the business grows.” In the interests of furthering the aims and ethos of Pianos Pies and Pirouettes Alan invested his pension pot. He remembers: “I withdrew all my pension monies to finance my writing the lyrics, script and music for Beyond Wigan Pier, an original musical based on George Orwell’s book The Road to Wigan Pier. It starred all-new talent from Wigan: singers and dancers; the Wigan jazz youth orchestra and choir; narrators including Donna Hall CBE, Chief Executive of Wigan Council; Lisa Nandy MP, the member of parliament for Wigan; Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester; Anthony Atherton, Wigan England under-16s coach; Craig Mullen, Wigan Warriors’ first team player, who had been through our ballet programme; and to cap it all Richard Blair, George Orwell’s son, which was, believe me, a world first!” “Why did I do it? Well it was to show the young people of Wigan that ‘the arts’ are for them too and not just for the people they watch on the telly. The concert version of the first act was premiered in front of 1,000 adoring Wiganers in April 2018, to rave reviews locally and in the national press (Daily Mirror columnist Ros Wynne-Jones attended) and we are still looking for partners to help us put the full show on again in 2020.”

The ballet sessions have helped with injury prevention around the knee and ankle area

L–R: Martin Dutton, ballet teacher, the Hammond; Jennifer Roscoe, Assistant Principal, the Hammond; Alan Gregory; Anthony Atherton, Wigan Warriors under16s lead coach, Community Innovation Manager, Wigan Warriors Community Fund, and Assistant Coach for England Under-16s; Donna Harrison Left: Oliver Russell

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Donna Harrison, Pianos Pies and Pirouettes Ballet Teacher We asked Donna how it all started, to which she replied: “Alan and I first met back in 2014. We worked for a charity that offered a range of inclusive activities for disabled adults. Alan was the music and singing teacher and I was the dance teacher for the charity. We worked well together so we decided to put our talents to good use and open our own CIC [Community Interest Company] called Pianos, Pies and Pirouettes. The main focus of which is helping people in the community. When asked what it was like introducing ballet to the rugby players, Donna explained: “ The Warriors took to the ballet sessions very well. Being sportsmen, they want to be the best at everything, and that includes ballet.” The age range of the Academy boys is 16–19 years, and Donna says she experienced no resistance or negativity from them about doing ballet. She said: “The lads realise that the ballet sessions help in many ways, so they are willing to push themselves in every way. I devised a special ballet programme specifically for Wigan Warriors. After meeting with the coach and other trainers, looking at the lads’ strengths and weaknesses I put together a programme that would help with their agility, strength and coordination, working to reduce injury particularly around the ankle and knee area.” The boys don’t do a full ballet grade class, but Donna says: “The ballet sessions really have helped with injury prevention around the knee and ankle area. In the two years of running this project injuries have decreased. The ballet sessions help in many ways. They are working muscle groups that they don’t really use or strengthen in the usual everyday rugby training. Learning to land jumps correctly, being able to transfer weight correctly and balance is just a small part of how ballet helps without anyone realising.” We asked if Donna encourages the boys to practice their ballet moves at home, to which she replied: “The lads don’t really practise their ballet at home, but I do use them for demonstrations in primary and secondary schools. So they do get more practise than they realise.”

Darrell Goulding, Wigan Warriors Coach When asked about his initial reaction to the boys doing ballet training with Donna once a week, Darrell explained: “I was intrigued to see how ballet could make a difference to the performance of our players and what effect it would have, mainly on injury prevention. I was also looking forward to the players being outside their comfort zone and seeing how they responded to this.” When asked how it was presented to the boys and what reactions he got, Darrell said: “After it was decided we were going to go ahead with the programme Alan and Donna did a presentation to the players, explaining why we had decided to do this and what the possible outcomes could be. I think it helped that it was backed up with evidence and relevant examples from the NFL [National Football League]. I think this helped the players realise the potential benefits to performance.” We asked Darrelll to comment on how and why he thinks doing ballet has reduced injury rates, to which he replied: “Last season when doing the trial we had fewer ankle injuries than in previous seasons and this was the number one priority of the

Above: Craig Mullen

experiment from the rugby side. We cannot be sure ballet is the sole reason for this but it certainly would have helped. It would be interesting to see the outcomes of a longer term trial. I also believe a major benefit was the lads being completely out of their comfort zone and learning how to come through this and therefore grow as individuals.” When asked if he’d recommend ballet training to other teams, Darrell answered: “I would one hundred percent tell other teams to try activities like ballet and as many various sports and concepts as possible in order to increase performance. There will be many benefits from these experiences just as Wigan Warriors discovered from our ballet experience.”

Craig Mullen, Wigan Warriors Player Craig was one of the original cohort of rugby players to do the ballet training, and is now in the Wigan Warriors first team. He recalls: “It was challenging doing ballet with the boys of The Royal Ballet Upper School. The ballet boys were very disciplined and made it look very simple. I can’t quite say the same for ourselves! The best part of the experience was taking part and getting stuck in with the lead dance coach of the session. He ripped into a few of the lads and we had a right laugh about it. The ballet sessions really helped to improve my ankle and knee stability along with

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my core strength. These can be common injuries within our sport and ones that I’ve suffered with in the past.” When asked what he would say to anyone who says dancing isn’t for males, Craig replied: “Try it for yourself before you comment. You’d be surprised, like I was, at how physically and mentally challenging it can be. Parts of my body that I didn’t even know could become sore were now aching.” When asked if he’d recommend ballet training to other rugby players, Craig commented: “If you’re serious about prehab [Prehabilitation/strength training] and injury prevention, why not? What is there to lose? For players prehab can become monotonous so this is a great way to vary it up and make it more interesting.”

Martin Dutton, The Hammond School Martin, who teaches ballet at the Hammond, explained: “I first got involved with this company [Pianos, Pies and Pirouettes] when Alan Gregory joined the Hammond as a pianist last year. I feel so passionate about bringing boys into the Hammond, as I started, with some of my colleagues, a boy’s day of dance, which runs every year. Pianos Pies and Pirouettes is something very close to my heart, which I hope will make a big difference to how boys see dance.”

Being sportsmen, they want to be the best at everything, and that includes ballet

When asked why he thinks it’s important to take away the old stigma that dance isn’t for males, Martin explained: “I think boys need to be made aware of how masculine and strong you need to be as a dancer, as the training is far more than most footballers and other sports people do. The amazing opportunities male dancers can have and also their incredible physiques should make boys really want to become dancers. They need to see lots of YouTube clips of the amazing male dancers that are out there and realise how much training they do. Ballet Boyz and other companies show how strong male dancers are and this should take away the stigma of ‘ballet is only for girls’.” We asked Martin if he will be involved in the programme to get more boys dancing, to which he replied: “I am definitely on the programme as I feel this is such an important chance to get more boys dancing. We are hoping to bring in some of the Wigan Warriors to do some classes and also to explore and test the different strengths and weaknesses of some of our male students with some of theirs. I think it is so important to show these boys, who haven’t necessarily been educated in the arts, why dancing is so masculine and strong.” In terms of how the Hammond is going about devising the planned unbiased fitness test, Martin said: “I am working closely with some sport scientists from Wigan Warriors and Wigan and Leigh College to find out what would be the best unbiased tests. They will be coming over here to see how we train our students and hopefully I will be able to go over there. I think it has to be unbiased so as not to favour anyone particular. Once we have spoken about our findings then hopefully we can start planning these tests.”

Maxine Mealey, Wigan & Leigh College Maxine is the Vice Principal and Head of Arts and Chaplaincy at Wigan & Leigh College and she first got involved via Alan Gregory. She says: “It is important to remove the old stigma that dance isn’t for males to ensure that dance pathways are available for all, along with the huge benefits that come with them. Yes dance requires physical skill, technique, flexibility and fitness but it also supports good mental health and wellbeing. We have seen growing numbers of males applying for dance course places and the stigma has reduced significantly in recent years, which can only be good thing. Dance, like sport, requires dedication, commitment and strength. We are keen to support any good programme that encourages boys to dance. Our male dancers relish this opportunity too.” Wigan and Leigh College along with the Hammond School and Wigan Warriors will be putting the programme under intense scientific scrutiny. When asked how the College will help to devise an unbiased fitness test for the respective students, Maxine replied: “We are looking to make sure the tests are as unbiased as possible and will achieve it in many ways. Firstly, we will ensure that we are testing components of fitness that will be relevant to both sports, and not test any that could put a sport at an advantage. Secondly, as the different sports will generally require different body compositions, we will interpret the results in relation to the invidiual’s body weight ratio, rather than just their overall results. Finally, all of the tests will be conducted in a lab, ensuring that all of the tests are reliable and results can be compared accurately.” Interviews by Tamsin Moore DANCE ISSUE 486

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ISTD Bursary Awards The 2018 Bursary Awards were held on 20th January 2019 at The Place in London The day comprised a series of brilliant student and teacher workshops, before the evening’s Awards, which also saw the official launch of the ISTD Contemporary syllabus, introduced by its creator, Dr Ross McKim and ISTD Chair, Sue Passmore. The Awards were, as ever, a colourful, high quality and diverse coming together of the various junior and senior Theatre Faculty competition winners from last year, who were introduced on to the stage by Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty Chair, Vivienne Saxton. Performing to a packed audience of more than 250 people, as well as an illustrious panel of adjudicators made up of Ashely Day, Jenny Hayes and Jennifer Jackson, the dancers treated the audience to some wonderful performances by some of the best young talent studying the ISTD syllabi. The Junior Awards were won by Linnéa Prema Husmann, who represented the Classical Indian Faculty, with a piece choreographed by Sankari Mridha, while the Senior Awards were won by Jessica Templeton representing the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Faculty, with a piece choreographed by Balanchine. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a special mention to the teachers and choreographers, and not least the winners. With such quality and breadth of genre on display it’s easy to be ‘proud to be ISTD’.

The dancers treated the audience to some wonderful performances

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ISTD Masterclasses More than 100 students and teachers participated in over 300 hours of professional masterclasses and CPD, delivered by five top industry professionals On a cold winter’s morning the temperature soon started to rise as West End performers Belinda Basu and Sarah Keeton kicked off the day with jazz and modern classes, while Louise Bennett and Jenny Hayes treated students and teachers to ballet and contemporary workshops. The Education & Training Department, with the aid of various helpers, kept the day running smoothly, with everyone knowing where they should be and when. After lunch it was time to do it all over again in the afternoon sessions, with West End leading man, Ashley Day, who was appearing in 42nd Street at the time, joining the teaching faculty to deliver some brilliant tap masterclasses. Our thanks go to everyone who attended and contributed to making the workshops both insightful and fun learning experiences for all of those involved.

REPORTS FROM THE MASTERCLASSES By Sadie Van Der Spuy Bright and early on a Sunday morning, I arrived at The Place, with two excited young dancers in tow, ready for a day of dance workshops and masterclasses with some fabulous teachers. My two students were only nine years old and never before had they faced the prospect of such a lot of dance in one day. I was looking forward to observing the workshops, hoping to gain ideas and inspiration to utilise in my own classes.

It was so lovely to see the group confidence grow And what a fantastic day we had, starting with a ballet workshop with Louise Bennett from the National Youth Ballet (NYB). The girls, although nervous at first, soon flourished and the class set to work devising their own piece of choreography based on Louise’s piece Ada, which she choreographed for NYB. It was so lovely to see the group confidence grow as they expressed their ideas and how deftly Louise moulded these into a lovely duet section, about which all the dancers felt real connection and ownership. After a quick break, Modern was next. High energy, fast paced and upbeat, the girls had an amazing session with Belinda Basu. I found it a great class to watch and couldn’t believe the improvement in the girls timing, rhythm, and weight transference as they travelled across the room, having great fun. They learnt a short routine that they loved, and which they have since taught to their friends back in their own modern class. Lunch offered an opportunity for me to connect with other teachers and it was clear that they had all had a great morning watching the various other age groups in action too. The last class of the day for my young dancers was a Contemporary workshop with Jennifer Hayes from the Richard Alston Company. They were particularly looking forward to this, as it was a genre completely new to them. This was such an interesting class to watch as Jennifer explored contrasting themes and the emotion of movement. They learned an uplifting piece of repertoire from Alston’s Gypsy Mixture and then using a different part of the story developed their own ideas using guided improvisation with a much darker, contained feeling. I found it so encouraging

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watching the developing creativity and sense of storytelling within the class. I truly found the day such a wonderful opportunity for not only my students but for myself as a teacher. Observing these very different classes gave me insight into different teaching ideas and strategies, and more surprisingly, I learnt so much from watching my own students in this environment, as it highlighted my own teaching and where I can implement change moving forwards. The opportunity to meet other teachers was great. I feel as dance teachers, we can feel Junior Ballet students with Louise Bennett quite isolated in many ways and so The students got to experience everything that I try to deliver it felt important to me to be able to connect and communicate and expand upon on top of their syllabus training in their free with others and remember we are not islands in this industry. Most encouraging about the day was work. Style, improvisation, choreography, working with different the focus on dance quality and devel- time signatures and musical styles, picking up free work at pace, oping expression and creativity, there challenging their pattern and direction and pushing their own was no emphasis on tricks and over performance levels. The students started the day with a Jazz class from Belinda Basu tilts, but a genuine sense of dance (part of the Modern Theatre creative team), who was exuberant and movement and performance. The day concluded with the and inspiring. From a teaching perspective her ability to inject Bursary Awards ensuring two very tired, technical critiques along with imagery, style and challenging happy and inspired girls returned home rhythms was joyful and one that I wish more of my DDE students on the train to Tunbridge Wells. As could have observed. one of my dancers said about the day: “I thought it was a really good experience and I loved learning new skills. I can’t wait for the next master class. You should try it!” As a DDE tutor I often discuss with my students the imporImogen, aged 9. tance of nurturing improvisation, choreography and rhythmical interpretation in a safe environment to the younger dancers and By Michelle that was what the next two classes delivered. Taught by Jennifer Walkhouse I brought two students Hayes and Louise Bennett, the students choreographed and from my dance school improvised to challenging music but because of the delivery in West Sussex, and and expert teaching the also took the opportunity to students were carried observe the 11–13 year age along without fear or group lessons for myself. My hesitation to create students had a wonderful day, interesting pieces experiencing fantastic classes that can be further and choreography but also developed back in their the sense of occasion that own classes. This is definitegoes along with these events, making new friends, trying ly an event that has new styles and improving both inspired my own their technique, with smiles personal teaching and on their faces and rosy gave my students a wonderful day of dance. cheeks.

The students were carried along without fear or hesitation

Ashley Day’s Senior Tap Masterclass

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ISTD Contemporary Syllabus Launch One of the highlights of the Bursary Awards was the hotly anticipated launch of the new ISTD Contemporary Syllabus After two years of development the audience at The Place was treated to a 20-minute demonstration of some of the work from the Intermediate Foundation Grade, as well as glimpses of the Intermediate and Advanced 1 Grades. The syllabus creator, Dr Ross McKim, accompanied the dancers on stage, coaching them through their performance, thus providing an additional insight into his work. The performance was further enhanced by the live musicians, who have worked with the ISTD to create the beautiful music that accompanies the new grades, and after what felt like a very short and seamless performance the audience were all on their feet to acknowledge this first class demonstration. A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially the staff and students of Morea Performing Arts, Phoenix Youth Academy and York Dance Scholars, musicians Tom Kirkpatrick and Henry Green and of course Dr Ross McKim. Regional and international courses to learn the Intermediate Foundation have already begun, and you can find out more details about them on pages 85 and 86. We are also recruiting for contemporary dance examiners. More details of which can be found on page 38.

The syllabus creator, Dr Ross McKim, accompanied the dancers on stage

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THE 10TH GAY GAMES During August 2018 Paris held the 10th Gay Games. This event included many sports and saw thousands of competitors from around the world coming together to celebrate their love for their sport, their friends, their country and for equality. From 6th to 10th August the Gymnase Japy was transformed into a glamorous (and extremely hot, we hit 38 degrees one day) ballroom for the dancesport events. The events ranged from Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Showdance to Handi-Danse, with the emphasis on equality. Equality in my mind is simply this: “the dancer gets to choose with whom they wish to dance and in whatever role they so choose without sticking to traditional boundaries”. I was honoured to have been asked to adjudicate this prestigious and very well attended competition, and with IFSSDA World Championship titles on the line, it was no simple task as the standard was simply wonderful. I was very proud to be there, not only representing the UK but also as I looked on and saw ISTD pupils and teachers competing in this event. I was even prouder as an ISTD committee member and examiner when I saw ISTD members returning with such excellent results. The UK produced many superb results, but what must be mentioned, I feel, are the following: Men’s Modern Ballroom World Title Runners-Up Both ISTD Teachers Men’s 10 Dance World Champions One is an ISTD Teacher Men’s Latin American World Champions One is an ISTD Teacher Ladies’ 10 Dance World Champions Both are ISTD medallists (whom I train in Germany) The atmosphere from competitors and spectators from all over the world was truly electric and no photo can really portray what happened during those few days during the hottest part of August in Paris, but for those that were there, the memories made will last a lifetime. Malcolm Hill, Modern Ballroom Faculty Committee

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The atmosphere from competitors and spectators from all over the world was truly electric

Mariusz Stankiewicz (left) & Michal Litke (right)

ALL OTHER PHOTOS: YANNI HUANG OF CACTUS CAPTURE

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Accessing pathways to training for young disabled dancers

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pringboard 2019 took place at the University of Bedfordshire on Saturday 23rd February. More than 100 people, including ISTD members from across Europe, were in attendance for our bi-annual event, which this year focussed on accessing pathways to training for disabled young dancers with the day beginning with Imogen Aujla (University of Bedfordshire) sharing the details of the findings from the ISTD research project, which took place throughout 2018. Joining Imogen during the morning were some of the pupils and the teachers who have been involved in the research project, which focussed on Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Modern Ballroom and Latin dance. The afternoon’s programme was split into three parts, the first being two practical workshops led by Erica Moshman of Magpie Dance, accompanied by a live musician, introducing participants to the methods they use to engage and enable all participants to access dance. The second workshop, this time from Para Dance UK, looked at the process of teaching inclusive dance by allowing participants to experience different styles of teaching and adaptation.

The workshops were then followed by two panel discussions, the first shared thoughts and experiences related to disabled young dancers accessing vocational training and was chaired by Imogen with contributions from Charlotte Derbyshire from Candoco, Emma Redding from Trinity Laban, Kim Hutt from The Place and Laura Jones from Stopgap Dance Company. The second discussion was chaired by Stopgap Dance Company’s Sho Shibata, with contributions from international ISTD Members Astrid Gollcher, Gemma Summerscales-Heard, Natasa Georgiou and Tina Rogers, who shared their experiences, current dance practices, aims, challenges and ambitions for inclusive dance. The final part of the day’s programme was held in the theatre, with an inspirational set of performances from Cando2, Magpie Dance, Orpheus Performance Dance Group and SG Troop. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to making the day so successful, with special thanks going to the University of Bedfordshire for the generous use of their facilities. Please visit istd.org/courses-and-training/resources/disability-dance-resources to read Accessing Pathways to Training for Young Disabled Dancers, a research report by Imogen Aujla PhD.

There were inspirational performances from Cando2, Magpie Dance, Orpheus Performance Dance Group and SG Troop

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More than 100 people attended, including ISTD members from across Europe Left: Cando2 performing Face off – a Work in Progress Centre left: SG Troop performing Waiting…

Joining Imogen were some of the pupils and teachers who have been involved in the research project

Above: Magpie Dance performing Hidden Impact Left: Imogen Aujla PhD Far left: Orpheus Performance Dance Group performing Lost Boy

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In 1993, the college relocated to Cape Town, again due to political unrest, and is still housed in the beautiful Mission to Seamen building, opened in 1904 by Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred. I became an examiner and the Organiser for South Africa in 1986 and continued until the death of my husband in 2010. I also hold the International Award from the ISTD for services to South Africa and am a member of the ISTD Grand Council. The Waterfront Theatre School now has 125 full time students and around 200 in the junior school, taking students to Licentiate level in dance, drama and musical theatre. There are 9 studios and a permanent staff of 18 in various genres, with graduates dominating all aspects of the performing arts industry in musical theatre, dance companies, television and film in South Africa. I have qualified over 300 Associates and beyond, over the years, with graduates teaching and performing all over the world. Currently, eight are teaching in the Emirates alone. The Waterfront Theatre School recently embraced the Street Dance syllabus with every entry gaining honours, and qualifying eight Associates in the first session. In 2019, the college will be adding the new Contemporary dance syllabus to its programme. All dance staff now hold at least one Fellowship and I look forward to continuing to promote and expand the ISTD.

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DUBAI PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY (DPA) The Academy offers first class performing arts training for all ages. DPA Principals Lisa Scott-Lee, of STEPS fame, and West End Star 19 Johnny Shentall-Lee are on hand to share NUMBER OF MEMBERS their experiences of the worlds of pop and 500 musical theatre world with their students. NUMBER OF EXAMS TAKEN IN 2017 Their talented teaching team offer classes that cover all aspects of performing arts, within first class facilities at Dubai British School Jumeirah Park. Interview with Lisa Scott-Lee AISTD, STEPS, DPA Principal Growing up I spent most evenings attending dance classes at the North Wales School of Dance, where I studied and took all my ISTD modern and tap examinations up to and including my Advance levels. I then went on to train at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London where I gained my ISTD teaching qualifications. I believe my dance training helped me immensely when I auditioned for the pop group STEPS, and that it gave me the stamina to tour and perform all over the world, at prestigious venues such as Wembley and the O2. My husband Johnny is a professional dancer/choreographer and is also a qualified ISTD teacher. After working professionally in the industry for over 20 years, myself with my pop group STEPS and Johnny having played principal roles in the West End, we dreamed of opening our own dance and performing arts school. After seeing the need for all-round training in the region, we decided to launch Dubai Performing Arts Academy, fondly known as DPA. We are very passionate about offering a high standard of training and we cover all aspects of dance and performing arts. Johnny and I are proud that we can pass

on to our students the knowledge and experience we have gained in the musical theatre and music world. We first opened our DPA doors in September 2014, when Johnny and I taught our classes. We now have a wonderful team of qualified teachers and over 400 dedicated students, along with recently launching DPA TALENT and LIVE, our Events and Agency departments. Our students perform in numerous professional events throughout the year and they are currently rehearsing for their second full length musical Footloose at Dubai Opera in June 2019, in which Johnny starred in the original The DPA students performing in The Greatest Showman in Dubai Opera, June 2018 West End cast. Both Johnny and I feel that our training and dance qualifications helped to enhance our careers in the industry, and we advise all our DPA students to follow the same path. I’m proud to share that our two children Jaden and Star Lily are also taking their ISTD exams and following in our footsteps. I’m pleased to say that the dance scene in Dubai is growing and we have a lot of talented dancers and performers in the region. Dancebased shows and musicals are also frequently coming to Dubai, which in turn is inspiring a new generation of dancers and performers. Given our dance training and the experience, we focus on both technique and performance skills along with offering an all-round training in ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre and drama. I hope that DPA and our students continue to flourish, along with our exam results. I always tell all my students to follow their hearts, as anything is possible through hard work, commitment and a dream.

STEPS performed in Dubai Opera recently to a sell-out audience, which included Lisa’s DPA Students

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DIVERSE CHOREOGRAPHY, DUBAI Interview with Scott and Lisa Marshall, Diverse Choreography Owners My husband and I have been teaching and performing our whole lives, having both performed in musical theatre productions worldwide and in the UK in productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Saturday Night Fever to name but a few. Dancing with pop artists like Pink, Kylie and Cher on international tours and TV shows like TOTP and the royal variety performance at the same time as teaching all over the UK. Having started to move into choreographing, we then felt it was time to give back to the youth of today in a more full time capacity and share our wealth of experience collectively. My parents have lived in Dubai, on and off for the last 25 years, so we had been visiting Dubai regularly. Scott (creative director) had been asked multiple times, by varying event companies to move out to Dubai to choreograph for events, as there was a need for people in the industry to be based locally, who had professional international dance/ theatrical experience. Having taught at many of the most Olivia and Miranda (age 10) performing in the Diverse prestigious dance annual production at the Madinat Theatre, Dubai and musical theatre colleges in the UK at the time including Laine Theatre Arts, Urdang and London Studio Centre, we felt that we had a lot to offer the region’s children (and events). So the two of us with our little boy packed up and made the move to Dubai. We have been here now for over 10 years and we have never looked back. Since we started up back then, we now have our own purposebuild dance studios, fully equipped with ballet barres, mirrors and a sprung floor, which we have had for the last seven years. We have six dance studios, three singing and drama rooms and next year we will be adding an extra extension for our seventh dance studio and fourth singing and drama room. Our expansion continues, showing how popular the arts are becoming since arriving here just over 10 years ago. It has been an absolute joy to help grow the performing arts sector in the region for the last 10 years, and we cannot wait to see where it will be in another 10. We are working towards our 10 year anniversary show at Dubai Opera House. We are excited to be able to give our students the opportunity to perform in three shows per year – the first at the QE2 theatre, a small scale but full musical theatre production. The second a variety show held in some of the amazing school theatres for our younger/junior students, the proceeds of which we like to donate to local worthy causes. Lastly our big show including children of age 6–18 at the Dubai Opera House, which this year will be a celebration of everything our students have achieved over the last 10 years of our presence in the UAE. Both our team and the students cannot wait. There is certainly more of a dance scene in Dubai now. We have progressed in 10 years. It was only my husband and I that taught at our school for the first year and now we have 18 members of staff teaching with us at our studio. Diverse also run an event sector where we provide entertainment for lots of prestigious events and we see the amount of performers in the region growing each year. We also provide lots of performing opportunities for the students in addition to the three performances we produce every year. There is a greater platform for performers here now. Most recently our former graduate, Devon Braithwaite, who after recently completing a year’s contract in the international tour of Mamma Mia is moving into performing the role of Prinz Abdullah in the cast of Aladdin in Stuttgart, Germany. We couldn’t be more proud of him and the rest of our students.

Interview with Catherine Whitehair LISTD, Teacher at Diverse Choreography I think it is important for the students to gain as many skills as they can to broaden their careers in the industry. You cannot perform forever and it is very rewarding to teach aspiring dancers and pass on your knowledge and skill to those who will hopefully in turn do the same should they wish to teach. It certainly gives students options. We try to make sure the children leave the school with a high level of ISTD exams so they are well equipped in all genres. Over the past five years we have had a lot of students leave with their Intermediate and Advanced 1 in both modern and tap and we offer the full range from primary to advanced level. We advise the aspiring dancers to follow their passion and take all opportunities offered to them. Diverse offer lots of workshops from leading industry professionals such as, Aaron Renfree and Matt Stefanina throughout the year so the dancers in Dubai get the same opportunities as those in the UK and building the dance community. We also have Caitlin Grey come over from Broadway Dance Centre to offer scholarships to promising performers. We take it upon ourselves to provide the best training to fully equip the young performers and offer a wide range of classes to help the performers be as versatile as they can be. We hope to continue to see more and more of our talented students go off to top London colleges and join some of our graduates in West End shows. FUSION ARTS, ABU DHABI AND DUBAI Interview with Suzanne MacMillan I opened Fusion Arts in 2011. When I moved to Dubai in 2009, dance classes were very limited and many genres were unheard of. Since I started out the local dance scene has changed like night and day, through doing a lot of workshops in schools and meeting like-minded people in the arts in Dubai, there has been a massive move in the dance world for us. We have international students from all over the world. I feel now other genres are really coming through and becoming very popular. Many students have come from a nonexamination background and now examinations are a big part of their dance training. The opening of Dubai opera house has also really helped, bringing some lovely touring companies to the Middle East. I think examinations keep up the respect and discipline in dance and they are an important monitor of selfprogression. I feel it really gives my students a focus, and they go the extra mile and push themselves to be the best they can be towards exam time. There is so much for children to do in Dubai. My best advice would be to Fusion Arts performance stay focused and work hard. Dedication to your dreams is everything. I was always very inspired by Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels and Wade Robson. I like to fuse genres in my own choreography and these artists are very inspiring to me. I love that the kids we have treat our studios like their second home. It’s such a lovely family environment and reminds me of my training back in the UK. Continuing to inspire and grow their love for dance is my future wish.

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BAHRAIN

BAHRAIN BALLET CENTRE The Bahrain Ballet Centre was established 1 in 1982 as a home grown centre for the NUMBER OF MEMBERS performing arts by a mother wishing to 30 engage her children in some extra-curricular NUMBER OF EXAMS TAKEN IN 2017 dance classes, which were practically nonexistent on the island at the time. The studio grew in reputation over the years and in 2015 underwent a change of management. Rosemarie Monteiro and her daughter Zilia now own the Centre, and four years on the studio has a renewed spirit and fresh vibe and is growing in strength. Local students love to take up dance as a hobby and after-school activity. The Centre sees potential for many of their students to take dance qualifications and to make careers out of it, whether it is through teaching or performing. However, the ambition also needs to be supported by a thriving arts scene and because dance isn’t a part of the local culture growing up, many still do not view it as something to pursue as a career.

first massive change of scene for me, I can still remember getting off the aeroplane and it feeling like a warm wet flannel had been slapped across my face and wondering what on earth I had got myself into. It is safe to say that I am now rather enjoying the sunshine as it makes everyone feel happier than the grey and dull weather and the students all come into the classes happy and bouncing. Since being here the dance scene has slowly become more noticeable, there are more requests for dancers to perform at events such as mall openings, weddings and dinners. Many clients who ask about dancers for weddings have either been at a wedding where a ballerina has performed or seen something through social media. We have recently put on our annual dance show, When You Wish Upon A Star, which is a Disney themed show featuring all ages from 3 to 50 years, and all abilities. That is another thing I love about teaching here is that through dance everyone can be united. One of my favourite comments about the show was from one parent saying: “We saw the hard work, we saw the beautiful results on stage [...] whatever be the religion, the health condition, the age, the skin colour, origins, strength or weakness, everybody had a place on the stage. It was a very powerful message and I highly appreciated it.” I am not just teaching but I am also learning so much about the culture around me, the religions and the languages, not just local but from a wide range of expatriates as well. My advice for young dancers in this region is don’t give up, take every opportunity as it comes. It won’t be easy, but it is totally worth it in the end.

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A scene from the studio’s recent annual show ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’

The dance scene has long existed in Bahrain but has been slow to take on different dance styles. Many, on the other hand, see ballet as a prestigious dance style and it has become something of an honour to have ballerinas grace an elegant occasion, such as a wedding, which, in Bahrain, is usually a glamourous affair. Our motto here at the Bahrain Ballet Centre is: “Making the stage your world.” Every student who comes to us is encouraged to enjoy learning to be a dancer, no matter how long they are learning the art for. Our advice is first and foremost for parents. We try to educate them on what dance does for their children, and more importantly the values it helps to instill. We explain to them that dance is life-long learning just like school, and does not produce overnight results. We advise young dancers to take up the art form whole-heartedly and to believe in it if they feel it is the path they wish to choose. We aspire to give them a professional learning and performing platform so they may take dancing more seriously as a long-term hobby or career. The success of our annual dance shows is a testament to the efforts made by the team at the Bahrain Ballet Centre. As a studio promoting performing arts, we wish to see more students engage in the various dance styles we have to offer. We also hope to be able to engage our students in collaborations with other studios and schools from outside the country. Interview with Saskia Cox-Milne, Teacher at Bahrain Ballet Centre I would have to say that my biggest dance inspiration came from my amazing dance teachers who I grew up with, Glynis Hall and Maggie Walters. Starting off with Music and Movement in nursery to then continuing on doing the exams, starting to help with classes – that’s where I really found the love. Helping children to learn and seeing how they grow and develop and then the final outcome. I’ve watched some students really flourish and it just makes you want to continue. The Bahrain Ballet Centre was the first ballet school set up on the Island in 1982. I came here in 2016. The weather was definitely the

NEWTON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY Interview with Stasha Williams 1 My dance inspiration comes from my NUMBER OF MEMBERS experiences and from those who have 10 crossed my path. Sharing their own stories, NUMBER OF EXAMS TAKEN IN 2017 experiences and knowledge, whether they are students, friends, ‘strangers’, family members, acquaintances, they have all made a positive contribution. The Newton Ballet Academy was opened in February 2015, thanks to a great demand and interest from the students. The community appreciates and loves ballet much more now that the knowledge of the students and parents has grown. This increased the interest in participation in international ballet examinations within the last four years. In 2016 Newton British Academy (one of nine Newton Schools) opened their ballet school, which has been running successfully for the past three years. I would say to aspiring young dancers in our region that they should strive to be true to themselves and allow their passion to shine, thus always dancing for themselves. I hope that in future, all nine Newton schools will provide ballet classes for the students and teachers. I would love for our ballet academy(s) to one day perform at the cultural village and/or Qatar National Convention Centre. As for the students, it is of utmost importance that they grow in totality, fulfilling their potential in every aspect of their being, as individuals.

Students in Qatar

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INTERNATIONAL

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Top Tips for Exam Days Helpful hints for new teachers Planning and running an exam day can seem daunting for new dance teachers who may be unsure of the practical requirements and correct procedures. So we have put together

some guidelines to help you to organise an exam day that not only runs smoothly but is also an enjoyable and stressfree experience for everyone involved.

CONTACT YOUR EXAMINER BEFORE COMPLETING

✓ YOUR TIMETABLE TO CONFIRM

Start and finish times – we recommend a 10am start. However, the examiner may request an earlier or later start time depending on travel arrangements The length of your timetable – ask your examiner for approval if your timetable is scheduled to run over 6.5 hours examining time as it should not exceed 7 hours, then confirm this agreement with UK exams. Please note timetables over 7 hours require approval from HQ Travel arrangements – ask if your examiner needs collecting from the station or hotel (if you are able to do this) Dietary requirements/food allergies – you will need this information for snack/meal breaks

✓ PREPARING YOUR VENUE Make sure the exam studio has adequate lighting and heating/ventilation Cover any studio mirrors The examiner will need a writing table (suggested dimensions are 5ft x 2ft) with a chair of suitable height, a small bell, drinking or mineral water and a glass Make sure the examiner has an unobstructed view of the candidates If possible provide a spare chair and cushion for the examiner Check that you have iPod connection/CD player CDs (if used) must be of good quality and clearly labelled Provide a chair for the music operator (please remember that your CD operator must not have taught the candidates) Place a sign on the studio door to restrict entrance Make sure there are handwashing and drying facilities in the washroom Ensure that the changing room for candidates is separate from the examination room and not a screened-off partition

✓ ON EXAM DAY Encourage your exam candidates to arrive in plenty of time to prepare for their exams When the examiner arrives he/she should be greeted formally (Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs and surname) and not by their first name. You may wish to offer them a tea or coffee Remember to inform the examiner of any ‘on the day’ issues (such as an absent candidate) In all breaks, including lunch, the examiner should be left alone and uninterrupted Try to keep the area around the exam room as quiet as possible

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CECCHETTI CLASSICAL BALLET www.facebook.com/groups/ISTDCecchettiClassicalBallet

Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards The Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards 2018 took place on 1st and 2nd December 2018 at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells

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articipants and audience members travelled from all over the UK to be part of this event. Organising the Awards takes a huge team effort and the generous voluntary help of so many colleagues, led by Cecchetti Group members and their Chair, Elizabeth James and Awards Organiser, Lisa Hunter, is invaluable.

MABEL RYAN AWARDS The esteemed adjudicators for the Mabel Ryan Awards were Alexandra Howarth, Mikah Smillie, Mary Stassinopoulos and David Yow. Sarah Bradshaw and Anna Zammit Lupi presented the children on stage, and the accompanists were Olga Mazour and Maria Milanova. Each young dancer was able to show their best work and the many deserving winners in each section were published online: www.cecchetti.co.uk/mabel-ryan-awards

Senior Mabel Ryan Award winner, Darcey Shaw

Junior Mabel Ryan Award runner-up, Aiden Bell and winner, Yuki Yoshida

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Middle Mabel Ryan Award winner, Leanne Wong

Lower Junior Mabel Ryan Award winner, Theodore King

PHOTOS: ELAINE MAYSON

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VOCATIONAL AWARDS It was a great pleasure to welcome Alain Dubreuil and Ruth Brill as adjudicators for the Vocational Awards. The onstage classes were taken by Lorien Slaughter and David Smith accompanied. The talented winners were: Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship Winner: Joel Calstar-Fisher, English National Ballet School Runner-up: Chloe Horton, KS Dance Barbara Geoghegan Award Winner: Jessica Templeton, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Runner-up: Olivia Chang-Clarke, Elmhurst Ballet School Promising Young Dancer Winner: Phillipa McCann, English National Ballet School Jennifer Morgan Award for Musicality Winner: Edward Truelove, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts PHOTOS: ELAINE MAYSON

Olivia Chang-Clarke, Elmhurst Ballet School

A full list of winners was published online: www.cecchetti.co.uk/vocational Photos of the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards by Elaine Mayson can be found at: elainemaysonphotography.co.uk/gallery

Chloe Horton, KS Dance

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Cecchetti Scholarships and Awards 2019 CECCHETTI SCHOLARS AUDITIONS FOR ENTRY 2019/20 AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY 11TH MAY 2019 The Cecchetti Classical Ballet scholarship scheme offers weekly classes for talented young dancers. As well as ballet, the programme includes body conditioning, pointe work, repertoire and performance work. It is designed to complement the training the student receives from their own teacher, with a view to strengthening technique and artistry and helping the student to reach their full potential. Scholarships are generously funded by The Cecchetti Society Trust. Auditions for entry in 2019/20 will be held on Saturday 11th May 2019 at Arts Educational School, Chiswick. In order to apply for a scholarship, a student must have passed Grade 4 or Standard 5 in any method, but be receiving their current training with a Cecchetti teacher. Please encourage any students, male and female, that you feel would benefit from the scheme to audition. Application forms, rules and regulations are available from Sharon Orme, Cecchetti Faculty Co-ordinator, email cecchetti@ istd.org or telephone 07551 159471.

Jessica Templeton, Tring Park School

DIARY DATES 2019 CECCHETTI DAY Sunday 7th April 2019 Cecchetti Day – to be held at The Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden, London. We look forward to welcoming old and new colleagues to this prestigious venue for our annual celebration of Cecchetti work.

CECCHETTI SUMMER SCHOOLSNOW BOOKING! Sunday 21st July to Friday 26th July 2019 Cecchetti Summer School for Teachers and Cecchetti Summer School for Students to be held at Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham.

AUDITIONS FOR THE CECCHETTI CLASSICAL BALLET SCHOLARS Saturday 11th May 2019 To be held at Arts Educational School, Chiswick. Please email Cecchetti@istd.org for an application form or send a stamped addressed envelope to Sharon Orme, Faculty Co-ordinator, Cecchetti Classical Ballet, 9 Sheppard Drive, Chelmsford CM2 6QE

Sunday 28th July to Friday 2nd August 2019 Cecchetti Summer School for Young Dancers to be held at Tring Park. For further details of any of the events listed please contact Sharon Orme. Email: Cecchetti@istd.org Telephone: 07551 159471 or go to www.cecchetti.co.uk

CECCHETTI SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS 2019 THE CECCHETTI TRUST GENEROUSLY SUPPORTS A NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS Further to the information provided in the last issue of DANCE, and the Faculty Committee consideration of applications received by 1st March, some Scholarships are still available. Scholarships for attendance at the Cecchetti Summer School for Students are provided for talented students working at vocational level. The course is held at Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham 21st–26th July 2019. Scholarships for male and female applicants are available. Scholarships for those who wish to attend the Cecchetti Summer School for Young Dancers course at Tring from 28th July–2nd August 2019 are intended for those who are in particular need of financial support. A very limited number of part Scholarships are available.

DIANA BARKER AND RICHARD GLASSTONE AWARDS The Diana Barker Award is for those studying at Fellowship and Diploma level and the Richard Glasstone Award is for exprofessional dancers who are training to teach and further their Cecchetti qualifications. The Awards can be used to further study, or to attend a summer school or course and toward examination fees. The details of all awards and applications forms are available by contacting Sharon Orme at cecchetti@istd.org or telephone 07551159471. Scholarships are open to Cecchetti applicants internationally. Please note that priority will be given to those who have not previously recently received a scholarship. Applications will need to be received by 15th May 2019 for consideration at the Faculty Committee meeting on 19th May 2019. Joel Calstar-Fisher, English National Ballet School

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was delighted to be asked to write a review of the annual Wales and West Awards held at the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, Newport on Sunday 10th February 2019. This was the first time that I had made the journey from Cornwall to Monmouthshire and I was well rewarded. The theatre has a large stage, which fits the needs for movement without being intimidating. The auditorium has tiered seating affording a good view of the young, competing dancers. All participants were impeccably groomed, delighting us all with their enthusiasm as they performed the set exercises and their dances. Carol Goode and Jacqui Everson are to be congratulated on their superb organisation of the day. Kate Simmons, Vice Chair of the Cecchetti Society adjudicated. She is a Fellow and Senior Examiner of the Cecchetti faculty and has her own vocational college (KS Dance Ltd). The morning session was devoted to the Junior Award with a large entry. For some, presenting themselves in front of an audience would have been a baptism of fire. Some were shy and others just relished the chance to communicate their love of dance. We all admired their courage and clear evidence of the outstanding hard work put in by dancers and their teachers. In her adjudication, Miss Simmons reminded our young dancers of the crucial importance of looking at the audience, especially when performing ports de bras, and also that dancers need to hold their turnout on landing from jumps. As winner of the Junior Section, one young dancer stood out as the brightest star in the

firmament! Her smile was not forced, it was irresistible and her technique outstanding for her years. After a delicious lunch, prepared for us by Linda Uruttia, it was the turn of the Middle and Senior Groups to display their talents. The pianist, Penny Hughes, helped everyone with her sympathetic accompaniments, with clear introductions to each exercise and well-chosen tempi. Each dance required individual characterisation as well as technique. It was fascinating to watch the different interpretations and facial expressions. I was reminded that Maestro Cecchetti was himself a mime artist creating, among other characters, the role of Carabosse as well as Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. The Middle and Senior sections all presented their work with an assured sense of polished performance. The regional Cecchetti Awards are an invaluable asset to the Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty in promoting our work throughout the country. In Wales and the West, 10 teachers put forward 89 candidates. Based on this very successful event, we are thoroughly optimistic for growth in the future. None of this would happen of course without the most welcome support of the parents and their young ones’ demonstrable love of dance. We all look forward to next year in Cwmbran. Kay Jones FISTD

THE AWARD WINNERS WERE AS FOLLOWS: Junior Award winner: Melody Chan, Katherine Lawrence Vacani Award: Hannah Nightingale, Natalie & Daisuke Miura Middle Award winner: Amelia Johnson, Jacqui Everson Pamela Miller Musicality Award: Amalie Davies, Lesley Tipples Senior Award winner: Faith Sorlie-Pring, Fiona Bartlett Pamela Miller Musicality Award: Ella Beecher, Natalie & Daisuke Miura The full results were published online: istd.org/news/walesand-west-cecchetti-awards2019-results

Junior Award winners with Melody Chan centre

Middle Award winner: Amelia Johnson

Senior Award winner: Faith Sorlie-Pring

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SUMMER SCHOOLS 2019 Now Booking Young Dancers’ Course

Sunday 28th July - Friday 2nd August 2019 Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Hertfordshire

A course designed for young dancers aged 10 - 17 years with daily classes in Ballet and a wide range of styles including Jazz, Contemporary, National Dance and Repertoire. A Choreographic Competition concludes this enjoyable week of dance.

Students’ Course

Sunday 21st July - Friday 26th July 2019

Elmhurst Ballet School Birmingham

An intensive and stimulating course for students aged 15 - 21 years studying ballet at Advanced 1 or 2 levels who wish to improve their technical and performance skills. The week will include classes in Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Body Conditioning and Contemporary.

Teachers’ Course

Sunday 21st July - Friday 26th July 2019

Elmhurst Ballet School Birmingham

An opportunity for teachers to refresh and enhance their knowledge and teaching skills. Covering all aspects of the Cecchetti work, as well as fresh approaches to teaching children and students. Daily open classes will be provided by ex professional dancers.

Full details of Summer Schools & application forms available from

www.cecchetti.co.uk For further information please contact Sharon Orme Cecchetti Faculty Coordinator

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New Grades CD Coming soon Following the successful launch of the new grades 1–5, the syllabus and music is soon to be available.

New Grades Course A full training course for all new grades 1–5 is to be held at Kilburn School of Dance 5th–8th August 2019. The new grades will be compulsory from September.

For further course details, please contact the Education & Training Department: coursebookings@istd.org +44 (0)20 7377 1577

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The Anapali Festival Athens 2018 Out and about with Cathy Griffiths

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. From A Prayer by Irene Mawer

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he 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. 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 ….

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A New Generation A new generation of Classical Indian dancers is emerging This year the Classical Indian Dance Faculty (CIDF) sent two extremely committed young dancers to the Bursary Awards, both of whom challenge the status quo and signal a new generation of classical Indian dance in the professional arena. Linnea Husmann is a young Bharatanatyam dancer who participated in the Bursary Awards for the first time this year. Though naturally timid, she emerged as a strong dancer with a confident stage presence, impressing the judging panel and taking home the Bursary Award in the Junior category.

The majority of competitors in the South Asian Category of BBC Young Dancer 2019 are ISTD students

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lassical Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak have long been trying to reconcile their histories as cultural practices with the dance landscape in the UK that delineates bluntly between ‘professional dance’ and ‘community dance’. The majority of Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancers have been learning these forms since early childhood, but without a vocational vision or indeed training; this leaves them inadequately prepared for professional dance platforms in the UK, especially competitive ones like The Bursary Awards or BBC Young Dancer. However, recent developments within the south Asian dance sector signal a rapidly changing environment that is adapting quickly to the needs of younger dancers.

Though Linnea reflects simply that, “this was my first real competition, so it has given me experience and an idea of what to expect in the future,” it soon becomes clear that she is part of a new type of dance training that is more appropriate for mainstream and professional dance forums. Beginning with an ISTD syllabus that incorporates safe dance practice, body awareness and creative tasks into rigorous technique training, Linnea has benefited from a holistic training with various mentors, through both the Centre for Advanced Training and mentorship provided by the CIDF in preparation for the Bursary Awards. Her teacher Krishna Zivraj-Nair is based in Cambridge and has been teaching Linnea for 9–10 years. She is keen to point out the meticulous and thoughtful mentoring that Linnea received from ISTD teacher Shruti Sriram, who spent time working with Linnea on the sequence she presented at The Bursary Awards. It is this kind of diverse, focused and relevant training that the ISTD espouses for its students and the results are beginning to shine through. It comes as no surprise that the majority of competitors this year in the South Asian Category of BBC Young Dancer 2019 are ISTD students. Tulani Kayani-Skeef is a talented young dancer who has chosen to postpone university education in order to pursue full-time dance training under her teacher Sujata Banerjee. She represented CIDF in the Senior Category of the Bursary Awards

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this year, and has already amassed a considerable amount of professional dance experience as a member of the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company. So much so that when asked how she felt about performing at Sadler’s Wells for the second round of the adjudicated BBC Young Dancer competition, she explained that it felt just like another performance and she was able to give it her all without much stress. The highlight? The generous applause from the audience made her day. Tulani’s calm confidence speaks volumes of the sort of training, experience and ambition that support her journey and inspires a new trust in the next generation of classical Indian dancers. In addition to the training and support that young Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancers are now receiving, there is a more active consciousness amongst young dancers. Aishani Ghosh is a Birmingham based dancer that is currently finishing off A-Levels and choosing between dance conservatoires in the UK. She is clear on her ambitions to become a professional dancer; she explains that she is curious about discovering what the body can do and what the extremities of movement look like, particularly in Bharatanatyam. She values her participation in BBC Young Dancer

as an opportunity to perform at Sadler’s Wells, an opportunity to be at the centre of dance talent, as a motivation to work harder, and perhaps most revealing is her reflection that it has offered her the opportunity to, “be more independent as a dance artist”, as she has had to take responsibility for her piece, her performance, her lighting and costume.

Young dancers are increasingly attuned to the professional dance industry It is clear that the context surrounding Bharatanatyam and Kathak training is changing and young dancers are increasingly attuned to the professional dance industry that lies before them in the UK. The CIDF is extremely excited to be at the centre of this dynamism. Shivaangee Agrawal

NEW YEAR HONOURS ISTD Members were recently recognised in the New Year Honours, including Classical Indian Faculty Chair, Sujata Banerjee, who was awarded an MBE for services to dance. Sujata is a generous and inspiring teacher and will no doubt continue to trailblaze in the years to come. Another ISTD member who was honoured was Classical Indian Examiner Pratap Pawer who was awarded an MBE for services to dance, culture and community cohesion. We are very proud that our members were honoured this year. Anita Young was awarded an MBE for services to classical ballet and dance education and Grand Council Member Antony van Lasst MBE was also recognised with a CBE for his services to dance and choreography. Other notable honours included a Knighthood for Richard Alson, who is recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in the dance community. Congratulations to everyone recognised from the ISTD.

Misrana... Save the Date The Misrana platform is set to take place again this autumn Misrana is a special performance platform occurring only once every two years and offering teachers the opportunity to showcase their most promising students in solos, duets and group compositions. This year the event will take place in late September, or early October (date TBC) and will be an evening of high-quality curated performances from across the UK. Keep an eye on istd.org for more information.

Above left: Sujata Banerjee MBE Right: Pratap Pawer MBE

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DISCO FREESTYLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL www.facebook.com/groups/ISTDDiscoFreestyleandRocknRoll

SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019 THE ELGIVA THEATRE CHESHAM BUCKS HP5 1HR

Early Bird offer up to the end of July: £32 ISTD Members: £37 • Non-ISTD Professionals: £47 Contact dfr@istd.org

9.15

Warm-up

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Business Lecture

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Rock’n’ Roll

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Bronze and Below Freestyle

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Street Routines

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Guest Lecturer

10.45

Pairs Work

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Slow Dance

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Technique Exercises

15.45

Cool Down

11.45

Silver / Gold Freestyle

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Set Dance Presentation, collection of DVDs and CPD certificates

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AREA MEDALLIST COMPETITIONS AND NATIONAL GRAND FINALS DAY 2019 Please contact the relevant competition organiser regarding specific enquiries/ticket availability. 5th May LONDON / KENT (Gillingham) Medway Park Leisure Centre, Mill Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1HN Nicky Miles: eventssecretary1@ gmail.com

9th June CAMBRIDGE Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre Queen Anne Terrace, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1NA Gail Henry: 07767 793499 23rd June SUSSEX / SURREY (Maidstone) Maidstone Leisure Centre, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent ME15 7RN Jonathan Reed: 07721 050414

30th June WILTS / WEST (Swindon) Oasis Leisure Centre, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wilts SN2 1EP Maria Howse: 07747 606501 7th July NORTH 2 (Horbury / Wakefield) Horbury Academy, Wakefield Road, Horbury, Wakefield, Yorks WF4 5HE Nigel Kirk: 07930 432097 Liz Young: 07872 169467

8th September BUCKS / BERKS / MIDDLESEX Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Knowle Green, Staines Upon Thames TW18 1AJ Paul Streatfield: 07939 302106 Yvonne Taylor-Hill: 01494 874494 6th October NATIONAL GRAND FINALS DAY The Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1UP DFR Faculty Committee

For any DFR Faculty or events enquiries please contact the Faculty Co-ordinator, Penny Childs: 07786 508727 • dfr@istd.org

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NATIONAL GRAND FINALS

Sunday 6th October 2019 Guildford Spectrum, The Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP National Grand Finals for Set Dance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Supporting Events this year are: Street Dance Pairs and Freestyle Solo

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IMPERIAL CLASSICAL BALLET www.facebook.com/groups/ISTDImperialClassicalBallet

Update on New DVDs, CD and Music Score

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e are delighted that the Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate DVDs will be available from early April through the ISTD shop or online. As well as the set exercises for both the female and male, included are training exercises and example enchaînements for class work. The new Advanced 1 CD and piano score will also be available. These contain the music for the revised exercises, which will become compulsory from January 2020.

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Imperial Classical Ballet Syllabus Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate

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The Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty Committee Filmed at University of Gloucester and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Filmed and edited by Neil R Smith, SOS Film/Photography/Sound DVD 1 INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION Music composed and recorded by Anthony Twiner and Debbi Parks

DVD 2 INTERMEDIATE Music composed and recorded by

Special thanks to Imperial Classical Ballet Committee Corraine Collins Dance Studios, Cheltenham, Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Cheltenham, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Tring

Special thanks to Imperial Classical Ballet Committee Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Castelfranco Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Cheltenham, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Tring

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Faculty Newsletter A Faculty newsletter, Imperial Ballet Info, is published twice a year in August and February, available to teachers by email or post for £5 annually.

Diary Dates To subscribe, please contact the Faculty Co-ordinator, Julia Beattie on: imperialballet@istd.org, or: 01788 899127.

ISTD IMPERIAL CLASSICAL BALLET JUNIOR AWARDS Sunday 27th October 2019 The Venue, Walton High Fyfield Barrow Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

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Faculty Committee Elections Elections for the Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty Committee open this year. If you would like to be nominated or know of someone who should be nominated, please contact: Executive Assistant, Gloria Taplin (ext. 806) Email: gtaplin@istd.org

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ur Boys Day in February saw 40 boys enjoy classes in Ballet, Musical Theatre and Contemporary taken by: Michael Kopinski – Ballet; Fortu Angelini – Contemporary; and James Butcher – Musical Theatre. Kate Dickson was our pianist for the day. Comments from the boys and their teachers:

“I really enjoyed my boys dance day at Laine Theatre Arts, it was so much fun learning with all the other boys and the teachers were brilliant. My favourite workshop was the Jazz.” Charlie

Posing for a photo during Boys Day

“I really loved the musical theatre sessions because the teacher made it great fun. The ballet session was also really fun too. Michael [Kopinski] was a really good teacher. I found the contemporary dance session a bit tough as I had never tried contemporary before, but the teacher was really nice. It was different but really good to have classes with just boys and to have male teachers. It was a really great day – I want to do it all over again!”

“Just to say a massive thank you to all the team, my boys absolutely loved it yesterday.” Jenny Overton

“I love dancing with all the boys and I really enjoyed learning a new style of dance, contemporary, and when can I do it again?” Ronnie

Zachary

“Thank you so much. Zachary is looking forward to coming along again next year. It has certainly inspired him and he hasn’t stopped dancing since.”

“Ronnie loved being taught by the male teachers and was really inspired by them and the older boys too. Thank you for the most fantastic day, it was a great experience for Ronnie.”

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The boys enjoying their day at Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom on 3rd February

“I really enjoyed the day, especially being all boys and taught by boys. I also enjoyed seeing what everyone learnt in the other groups at the end of the day. Thank you. I look forward to coming again next year.” Oliver Enthusiasm shining through during class

“I really enjoyed the whole day especially the ballet and the repertoire sections, which were great fun. I particularly enjoyed being able to perform at the end of the session. It was very interesting learning part of a Diana and Actaeon scene from Don Quixote.”

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for a lovely day yesterday. Zane had a wonderful time and brought away a great deal.”

Dara

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BAINES HEWITT Award in association with the Gordon Edwards Charitable Trust and the Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty

A discretionary award of £1000 may be awarded to a Ballet student who has been accepted by or who is already studying on an accredited Classical Ballet course at a vocational establishment of International repute. Candidates must hold the Intermediate Certificate or higher of the Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty. Age Limits: minimum age limit for entry is 15 years on 1st September 2019 Previous winners of this award are not eligible to compete. Candidates need to send a CV and a statement of their future career plan together with a DVD of themselves performing one of the following solos: One of the Sleeping Beauty Fairy solos (not Aurora) Swan Lake – Pas de Trois Coppelia – Franz Solo Please send to Julia Beattie, the Faculty Co-ordinator by the closing date of: Friday 21st June 2019 Julia Beattie, 8 School Close, Braunston, Daventry, Northants NN11 7JD Tel: 01788 899127 Email: imperialballet@istd.org

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Sunday 27th October 2019 THE VENUE, WALTON HIGH Fyfield Barrow, Milton Keynes MK7 7WH FOR PUPILS: Grade 1/Class Examination 1 Grade 2/Class Examination 2

Candidate Entries Teachers are permitted to enter up to 6 candidates in each Grade/Class Exam

Age Limits Grade 1/CE 1 candidates must be 9 years or under on 1st September 2019 Grade 2/CE 2 candidates must be 10 years or under on 1st September 2019

Closing date for entries: Monday 23rd September 2019 Please contact Julia Beattie: imperialballet@istd.org

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Join the ISTD Dancesport Faculties for a weekend of lectures, workshops, and entertainment For more information or to book over the phone, contact the Education & Training Department: +44 (0)20 7377 1577 coursebookings@istd.org

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DANCE Ballroom, Latin & Sequence

LATIN AMERICAN www.facebook.com/groups/ ISTDLatin

MODERN BALLROOM www.facebook.com/groups/ ISTDModernBallroom

SEQUENCE www.facebook.com/groups/ ISTDSequence

Meet the Modern Ballroom Faculty Committee CHRISTOPHER HAWKINS, CHAIR At nine years of age, Christopher started learning to Ballroom Dance, initially at Leonard Morgan’s School of Dancing, then with Vernon Kemp at the Gwenethe Walshe School of Dancing. It was there that he fell in love with Ballroom Dancing. He formed his first competitive partnership at the age of 11. Christopher went on to win all of the major championships in the world, both as an amateur and as a professional, and he represented his country with pride. His crowning glory was achieving the title of World Professional Ballroom Champion three consecutive times. He now acts as an adjudicator and a teacher or competition coach for the highest level of competitive dancing all around the world, and has been invited to judge at all of the major championships. Christopher has previously served as Chair of the World Competitors’ Dancesport Corporation, which subsequently developed into the World Dance Council Competitors’ Commission under his management. He joined the ISTD Modern Ballroom Faculty in 2009. He was elected Chair in October 2015. In December 2015, Christopher was also elected as Vice Chair of Dancesport Faculties Board, and has recently taken over the role of Acting Chair. He also proudly represents the ISTD on many of the committees at the British Dance Council.

WARREN BOYCE, VICE CHAIR Since taking his first medals with the ISTD at the age of six, dancing has been Warren’s dream and life. He is the only ever winner of the British National Championships in all age groups Juvenile, Junior, Youth, Amateur and Professional. Warren and Kristi Boyce are Great Britain’s leading couple in the professional Ballroom field and are record reigning seven time champions of the UK Closed Professional Ballroom Championships and six times British National Professional Championships. Both Warren and Kristi are proud to be the trainers of a very large ISTD Medal School that holds regular examinations with an incredible squad of international competitors, based in Nice ‘n’ Easy Dance Studios, Bournemouth. As coaches they have already guided their pupils to World, European and UK Championship titles. To date they have trained couples winning 24 World Championship titles. Visit istd.org/modern-ballroom to read Ballroom committee members’ full length profiles and mini-interviews.

PAULA GOODYEAR Paula has been an ISTD Ballroom committee member for many years. Having left school at 16 she was about to enter a career in banking, but was offered a position as a Student Dance Teacher at the Goodyear School of Dancing, where she qualified in Ballroom and Latin American, later becoming Head Assistant at the school. The Goodyear School of Dancing flourished and was later renamed The Bath DanceCentre. During the 1960s Anthony Goodyear and Paula partnered up and had a successful competition career, coming third in the world Latin American, seventh in Ballroom, and were Great Britain’s Ten Dance Champions representing Great Britain in all major championships. They competed, demonstrated, lectured and adjudicated all over the world, before Paula became Principal of The Bath DanceCentre in 1997. Paula has adjudicated the British Championships, both Adults and Juniors, on several occasions. She is an ISTD Fellow and Examiner in several Dancesport faculties and greatly enjoys travelling and visiting other dance schools.

MALCOLM HILL Malcolm is a Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD and is starting his second term on the Modern Ballroom faculty. He teaches full time and has his school based in East and South East London. He trains all ages and levels from social dancer to competitors and teachers. Malcolm finds great rewards seeing the development and achievements of those he trains and coaches. He regularly teaches abroad and is an International Adjudicator. Malcolm also represents the ISTD on the British Dance Council’s Teachers Committee and is a trustee of the Imperial Benevolent Fund.

TERESA JAY Teresa started dancing at the age of four with the Olga Wilmot school of dancing in Ipswich, going through the medallist system with the ISTD. After emigrating to South Africa, Teresa continued her dancing career and became three-times South African Ballroom champion, five-times Amateur Ballroom Champion and also represented South Africa in the World Championships on several occasions, in both Ballroom and Latin American.

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Upon returning to England Teresa continued her professional training with Olga Wilmot. She won the Basic and Standard Ballroom trophy six times (now the Bill Irvine Trophy) and the Pierre Latin American trophy. Teresa is also a previous winner of the Phyllis Haylor Scholarship and during her time of partnering in the medallist competitions for nearly 20 years, was awarded the ISTD top teacher award. Teresa became a Ballroom and Latin American examiner in 2013.

winners of the ISTD Grand Finals events. He holds a Fellowship in Ballroom and is currently working on the same qualification for Latin. Richard was the very proud double winner of the Bill Irvine and Pierre Trophy in 2015, following in his parents’ footsteps. His father is an ISTD examiner and was himself on the Ballroom Committee for many years. As well as being an active member of the faculty Richard plans to become an ISTD examiner.

VERNON KEMP Vernon is a Fellow and Senior Examiner in all ISTD dancesport faculties and a regular lecturer at teachers’ congresses. Dance played a major role in childhood, starting with Tap at four and a half years of age. Ballet became the main emphasis although Ballroom, Latin and Sequence were added later (at about 10 years old). At 18 years of age, major decisions had to be made about whether to teach or perform, and examining was already a dream. Two Associates were achieved before embarking on an Honours degree in Geography and Education and immediately after graduation, full time teaching ensued first in the north of England and then in London. Despite running Central London Dance (danceschoolslondon. com) Vernon enjoys travelling to other countries to teach, examine and adjudicate. All levels of dancers pass through the studio from total beginners to world champions and even royalty. Teachers he has trained in London now work in many countries throughout the world.

CLAIRE THOMPSON Claire found her love for dance at three years old, and grew up competing in medallist events, and taking examinations with the ISTD in all Dancesport genres. She quickly realised her passion was in teaching, and since taking her first teaching examination in 2004, has progressed through the qualification levels in five genres, Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Disco Freestyle and Rock and Roll. She was also one of the first Dancesport professionals to complete all of the FDI and CDE units with the ISTD. Claire was awarded the Phyllis Haylor Scholarship in 2008, and since then has lectured numerous times at both the Spring and Summer congresses in all genres. Her school which she opened in 2004, it has grown to now have classes for children and adults across 12 dance styles. In 2010, she purchased her studio premises in Royston, which she continues to develop alongside her Newmarket branch, as well as working with Cambridgeshire and Suffolk councils offering dance in primary, secondary and middle schools across the South East area.

ANNE LINGARD Anne was appointed as an ISTD examiner in Ballroom and Latin American in 1971, adding Sequence in 1977. She was then very much involved in the Disco ‘explosion’ in 1978 and co-chaired the Disco, Freestyle & Rock ‘n’ Roll Committee from its inception until it became an elected committee. She also chaired the Ballroom Teachers’ Committee for nearly 20 years from 1980 and organised and Compèred the quarterly Ballroom and Latin Medallist competitions for the Society. She was elected to the Ballroom Committee in 1982. Anne has adjudicated Formation World and European championships in many countries for many years, and lectured on all Dancesport subjects. She held the post of Senior International Dancesport Co-ordinator for the Society for 20 years.

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Dorset Day of Dance On a day of high winds and rain, the sun shone brightly indoors for the Dorset Day of Dance, held on 9th December at West Moors Memorial Hall in Bournemouth. The competition day of Classical, Modern and Latin Sequence as well as Modern Ballroom and Latin American, was full of action, colour, excitement and joy.

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vents began with a warm-up dance for everyone, led by Louise Sampson. The floor was alive with dancers and spectators from 6-year olds to those in their 80s. The competition began with events for solo competitors followed by couples in Modern Ballroom. Dancers from the under-8s first timers to the 50+ silver and above medallists competed. The number of entries was high and the competition starting to heat up. This was followed by the solo and couples Classical Sequence where spectators were treated to dances in a range of time signatures; including the Boston Two Step, Veleta, Ragtime Swing, Fylde Waltz, Regency Mazurka, Wedgwood Blue Gavotte and many more. The Modern Sequence section showed some of the more popular sequence dances such as the Woodside Waltz, Quando Quickstep, Tango Callatina and Waltz Catherine. All these dances were fantastic to watch. The children showed such great poise and delivered the character and style of the classical dances. The attention to detail and elegance was a credit to the teachers and competitors. The day continued with the Latin American solo and couples events. All the age groups were represented competing in the Jive, Cha Cha Cha, and Rumba. Latin Sequence dances shown were an eight-bar Rumba sequence for the younger ones, a superb Paso Petite, Jeneau Jive, Vistamar Cha Cha Cha and many more favourites. Competitors performed their dances with great enthusiasm

and energy, once again providing the spectators throughout the afternoon with a fantastic display of precision, timing and dazzling colours. Prizes were duly awarded but perhaps the biggest prize on show was the sportsmanship in partnering between different schools and different ages, which was a delight to see and enjoy. A huge thank you to Jill Bush, ex-Sequence Faculty Chair as adjudicator, Simon Cruwys for providing the music, and the event host, compère and scrutineer, Louise Sampson. They delivered a professional and entertaining day enjoyed by all. Thank you also to all the dance schools, teachers and competitors. Seven schools attended from across the south of England, from London to Weymouth, with their dancers and supporters. These were: Dance with Diana (Diana Wykes); Fairhall Dancing (Kay Fairgrieves); Scarlett Rose School of Dance (Beverley Craig); Nice ‘n’ Easy Dance Studios (Carol Dunbar); Keep Dancing (Julie Tucker and Suzanne Hancock); Rhythm & Dance (Louise Sampson); First Class Dance School (Peter Arnold). For those interested in learning Sequence, please contact one of the above schools check dance-teachers.org for an ISTD school near you. If you would like to know more about the Sequence dances mentioned in this article and others, as well as the history of Sequence dancing, please visit istd.org/sequence. Peter Arnold

Sequence 3-Dance Competition Dances 2019

Please note: Brazilian Samba is arranged by Martin Simmonds. The Paso Espana is arranged by Jill Bush and Vernon Kemp. Scripts can be obtained from the ISTD shop: 020 7377 1577 or through Brockbank Lane Sequence Script Service: 01295 262153.

These are the dances for the 2019 Sequence 3-dance competition. As you can see there is a mix of new dances and ones that have been danced for longer. We hope you enjoy learning the different rhythms.

Sequence Medallist Festival 2019 Juvenile

Empress Mazurka

Tango El Cid

Rumba One

Junior

La Mascotte

Newchurch Waltz

Paso Espana

Under 35

Premier Two Step

Arcadia Foxtrot

Brazillian Samba

Over 35

Windsor Glide

Caribbean Foxtrot

Joop Jive

Over 50

Elizabethan Waltz

Kendray Quickstep

Bellissimo Cha Cha Cha

The Grand Sequence Medallist Festival 2019 will take place on 9th June. There will be a full programme of solo and couples events plus an opportunity to qualify in the 3-Dance Sequence competition. This event will be split between those who have qualified already and for those who have yet to qualify. Please check istd.org for further updates.

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Faculty Committee Elections Elections for the Latin American Dance Faculty Committee open this year. If you would like to be nominated or know of someone who should be nominated, please contact: Executive Assistant, Gloria Taplin (ext. 806) Email: gtaplin@istd.org

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Your guides will be the directors, or other key people within DSI London, who will show you the dresses that starred in recent series of Strictly Come Dancing and share a few sparkling stories of what went on “behind the seams”. Enjoy the chance to ask your guide anything you’d like about the stunning dresses you see – and maybe even take a spin in one or two of the fab-u-lous frocks yourself! Usually priced at £25 per individual at the DSI London headquarters in Croydon, the Behind the Seams tour is restricted to ages 16 and over. We will do our best to accommodate the winner’s first choice of dates, but please note that this tour books up quickly. Terms and Conditions: The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email after the closing date. Entry to all competitions is free. Only one entry per person per competition will be eligible. No cash alternatives are available and the prizes are not transferable. Entry in the competition implies acceptance of these rules. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time. The decision of the ISTD judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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SCOTTISH HEAT – SUNDAY 5th May 2019 The Edinburgh Academy, 42, Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL Details & entry forms from: modernevents@istd.org Closing date for entries – Monday 8th April

Competitors must have been trained at the ISTD school entering them, from the following dates unless written permission is given by the previous principal: Scotland: 8th Oct 2018 • South West: 8th Oct 2018 Southern: 15th Oct 2018 • South East: 15th Oct 2018 Northern: 22nd Oct 2018

SOUTH WESTERN HEAT – SUNDAY 5th May 2019 The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE Details & entry forms from: modernevents@istd.org Closing date for entries – Monday 8th April

SOUTH EASTERN HEAT – SUNDAY 12th May 2019

Entry fee (for all sections) £25 per competitor Please note that numbers are limited at each heat. Heats may be closed to applications before the advertised closing dates if classes are oversubscribed.

New Hall School, The Avenue, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3HS Details & entry forms from: modernevents@istd.org Closing date for entries – Monday 15th April

Spectators’ admission for all heats

SOUTHERN HEAT – SUNDAY 12th MAY 2019

HEATS CLASS CONTENT

Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines, Middlesex TW18 3HJ Details & entry forms from: modernevents@istd.org Closing date for entries – Monday 15th April

NORTHERN HEAT – SUNDAY 19th May 2019 The Brindley Theatre, High Street, Runcorn WA7 1BG Details & entry forms from: modernevents@istd.org Closing date for entries – Monday 22nd April Schools will be allowed to enter 8 pupils (this is to include branches’ & assistants’ pupils).

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Must have passed ISTD Grade 3 or 4 Modern & no higher

Seniors: 11yrs to 14yrs on 1st April 2019 Must have passed ISTD Grade 4, 5 or 6 Modern & no higher

Premier: 13yrs to 16yrs on 1st April 2019 Must have passed ISTD Grade 6, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate Modern or Advanced 1 Modern & no higher The qualifying examination for Juniors and Seniors must have taken place between 1st October 2017 & 1st April 2019. For Premiers – between 1st April 2017 & 1st April 2019. (There will be no exceptions to this rule.)

Adults, including teachers £10 • Under 14s £5 Family Ticket (2x Adult 2x Children) £25

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Set Grade 4 Warm Up • 2 Unset sequences, which may include the following technical content: • Circular Spring • Side Kicks • Front Kicks • Spin Turns at high level • Triple Runs • Split Runs forwards NO DANCES WILL BE SEEN AT THE HEATS

Senior Class Set Grade 6 Warm Up • 2 Unset sequences, which may include the following technical content: • Single Pirouette at low level, inwards/outwards • Side Kicks • Front Kicks • Any Dance Vocabulary Steps from Grades 5 & 6 NO DANCES WILL BE SEEN AT THE HEATS

Premier Class Free Warm Up • 2 Unset sequences which may include the following technical content: • Any Dance Vocabulary Steps from Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate • Double Pirouette at high or low level, inwards/outwards NO DANCES WILL BE SEEN AT THE HEATS

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Spectators’ admission for Finals

• Free Warm Up • 2 Contrasting sequences Each Finalist will then perform their prepared Dance, which must be no longer than 1.5 mins.

Adults £10 • Under 14s £5 Family Ticket (2x Adult 2x Children) £25 Free admission for one teacher of each finalist

Senior Class • Free Warm Up • 2 Contrasting sequences Each Finalist will then perform their prepared Dance, which must be no longer than 2 mins.

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Continuing Professional Development as Examiners and Teachers Let’s embrace the opportunities to update and refine our personal teaching skills

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ur own examiners are continually expanding their knowledge of the development of dance in all forms. Our regular Examiners’ CPD meetings are a wonderful opportunity to be able to be on the receiving end of a lesson or lecture. As examiners we embrace the opportunity to update and refine our personal teaching skills. We are mindful of the demands made on us from the fast-paced challenges we face on a daily basis. These demands, made on teachers and our students are ever changing, so in order to equip them to succeed, we have to keep up with trends and research information that is there for the taking. Penny Meekings, recently elected to the Modern Theatre Faculty Committee, has written a brief article that will share one of the highlights of our own very special CPD weekend. We hope this account will encourage you to take advantage of the numerous courses and events on offer from the ISTD. Tereza Theodoulou, Modern Theatre Faculty Chair

Exclusive PRESENTATIONS FEATURING

Inclusivity What an amazing start to the New Year at our Modern Theatre Faculty examiners’ meeting. We were treated to lectures that will be available for our teachers through the year and we were inspired by the stories of three of our examiners and their experiences with autism, dwarfism and Down’s syndrome. Tina Rodgers spoke of the dissertation she undertook for her MA, Dance for People with Autism. Her motivation behind this subject was to understand better the behavioural patterns of people with autism, the benefits they could enjoy from the experience of dance, and how to best approach the learning experience they would receive. This presentation highlighted the necessity to build on the strengths of these individuals, who can be high-functioning people who may concentrate their focus on specific ideals. She spoke of ways to harness this and understand better what may trigger an unexpected change of behaviour. It may be that their cognitive range can absorb detail and retain prescriptive information, they may be good mathematicians and therefore process, calculate and solve scientific information, or they might have less control of physical co-ordination and therefore may struggle to balance,

as movements become more challenging. These were just some of the topics that were highlighted in this enlightening lecture. Sarah Wilkins gave a presentation on dwarfism, inspired by her family. Evidently there are over 200 conditions of dwarfism, but as achondroplasia is the most common cause of disproportionate short stature (DSS), that is what she focused on, providing insight to the physical characteristics and considerations for the dance teacher to embrace. Her husband has dwarfism and she spoke of the statistics behind couples that are likely to produce offspring who also have restricted growth. Her own two gorgeous children who have dwarfism are now in their twenties. She described the surgical procedure available to add 5cm in leg length (not something she condones) and the challenges of the lordosis (an excessive inward curve of the lower spine) and short leg length with relation to dance. Sarah described the minor adaptations necessary for some training, such as a lower barre for the classical work. However, our exam syllabi are inclusive and her eldest son Ben has enjoyed taking ISTD exams, from Pre-Primary up to Advanced 2 in Tap and passed his Grade 4 Ballet and Intermediate Modern, which have furnished him with both skill and social acceptance, and ultimately a performance career. Cheryl Gill introduced us to her son David who has Down’s syndrome, by way of a video presentation. He was mesmerising. His clear determination and concentration for what he was presenting was a joy to absorb. Cheryl co-owns a school of dance, so David could have been saturated with dance from an early age,

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but she encouraged him to choose Association can attend on a regular his own path at a time that was right basis. It is David’s dream that one for him. He therefore started to parday he might be able to assist with teaching for this organisation. ticipate in Hip Hop, Modern Theatre I have been able to relate to all and Classical Ballet classes when he three of these presentations. I was was 13, with careful integration into lead teacher of a group of children a discipline that would present him with autism for a year, with a three with physical, social and cognitive challenges. teachers to six students ratio. The examples that Tina Rodgers He took ISTD examinations from Grade 2 in Modern and Ballet and described resonated with an experience I had when the music came subsequently included Contemporary and Tap into his repertoire. on too loud. My mistake upset ChrisHe finds it difficult to co-ordinate topher and although his reaction movements and Tap helps him to was regrettable it taught me the address this, along with developing Above: (Back L–R) Ruth Armstrong, Sarah Wilson, Katie Morea, Lyn importance of getting to know your Richardson, Jackie Barnes. (Front L–R) Penny Meekings, Tereza Theodoulou his rhythmic ability. He needs time to learners before you teach them. He absorb information and therefore repetition is vital for his learning. was also obsessed by the audio equipment, so he got to pick the Because of this he prefers to avoid change. He is a perfectionist, music tracks three times each session, which made him smile. I was fortunate enough to examine Sarah Wilkins’ son in his so change would cause unnecessary anxiety and frustration because it would also give him mixed messages. David has been Modern Theatre examinations. I could not believe how split runs fortunate to have a ‘dance family’ to secure friendships, stability, could be travelled with the strength and momentum with which and dance skill development. they were demonstrated that day. I still have their energy and We were told of a situation where he was asked to assist in attack in my minds’ eye when I try to get a split run to explode. a primary ballet class. Cheryl was surprised at the request and As for the showmanship, well it was larger than life itself. Though I have known Cheryl Gill for many years, it is the first a bit nervous: “People with Down’s syndrome tend to be very tactile and affectionate individuals and David is very strong”. Her time I have met her son (via video). I felt humbled at the power fears were not only unfounded but David impressed her with of her careful presentation, which was protective of David, yet his courtesy, consideration, professionalism and politeness. He sharing her innermost secrets to help us understand more about directed children to their places by hand and arm gesture and children with Down’s syndrome. the children responded with equal respect. To all three lecturers I say a heartfelt thank you for sharing your Now 27, David continues to be involved in dance. He has now experience for our benefit. I hope this article presents a taster found the confidence to attend The Down’s Syndrome Association that will encourage all teachers to quench their thirst for, not only of Bari, Italy. Many of the parents have seen videos of David, which understanding different needs, but also actively embracing has inspired them to introduce their own children to dance. Cheryl inclusion in our schools. Turn to says that their next goal is to create classes that children from the Penny Meekings p

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hey say when one door closes another one opens. In the case of the Modern Theatre Faculty committee, two have closed and two have opened. We said a fond farewell to Gaynor Owen and Cathy Stevens in September, and we happily welcome Ruth Armstrong and Penny Meekings as they join the committee. Both are highly respected teachers, mentors and examiners who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise.

Ruth Armstrong Ruth began her training at The Pauline Howard School of Dance under the guidance of Patricia Ellis FISTD examiner/committee and Pauline Howard ARAD. She continued to further her studies at Laine Theatre Arts and graduated

with Diplomas in Musical Theatre and Professional Dance whilst additionally attaining ISTD Associate teaching qualifications in Modern, Tap and Imperial Ballet. After several years working as a freelance teacher and choreographer, Ruth joined the Dance Faculty at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts teaching Jazz, Modern and Tap alongside being resident choreographer for dance and musical theatre productions. Ruth was instrumental in devising a structured course of study for Tring Park’s Outreach Dance programme, which successfully encouraged access to dance for children attending primary schools in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. Additional choreographic credits include commissions for National Youth Ballet, Encore Dance Company Tour, MOVE IT dance exhibition and gala performances at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and The Shaftesbury Theatre.

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Having pursued her ISTD qualifications to Fellowship status, Ruth became a dual examiner for the Modern and Tap faculties in 2005. As a member of the Modern and Tap faculties’ teaching teams she takes great pleasure in lecturing for teachers and students at courses throughout the UK and internationally. Ruth has a true passion for theatre jazz and dance artistry and was proud to have been instrumental in creating new optional Jazz Award amalgamations. More recently she choreographed the Musical Theatre Amalgamation for the new Intermediate Tap syllabus, launched in August 2017. In 2013 Ruth returned to working as a freelance vocational teacher and choreographer, and has since taught at Mountview, GSA, The Urdang Academy and is currently part of the faculty at Bird College, where she additionally tutors the DDE Modern teaching qualification. In addition she is a regular guest teacher for Chrysalis London, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, National Youth Ballet and Gielgud Academy of the Performing Arts. Ruth is delighted to become a member of the Modern Theatre Committee and is very much looking forward to contributing to its future development.

Penny Meekings Penny is a Life Member of the ISTD. She trained with the Marguerita Hoare School of Dancing in St Albans and with Arts Educational Schools in London. She secured work in theatre throughout the UK and with the BBC and Anglia Television. Choreographers with whom she has worked include Nita Howard, Nigel Lythcoe and Arlene Philips. After six years in the business as lead dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director, the satisfaction

of teaching outweighed that of performing and Penny switched to full time teaching. She founded the Penny Meekings Dance Academy of which she was principal for 12 years. This school prepared students for ISTD examinations, bi-annual theatre productions, dance festivals and provided students with the opportunity to participate in work for the BBC. The school continues to thrive under the guidance of two of her former students. Penny then enjoyed freelance teaching whilst she started raising her two children. When they were of school age she started The Dance College, a teacher training facility offering bespoke courses to committed students, who successfully achieved their aims during its 18 years of operation. The College was committed to CPD for qualified teachers and teacher training for students from 18 years. Many of these students now run their own successful dance schools, some having also reached ISTD examiner status. Classes were also offered to young children with autism, providing them with the valuable opportunity of experiencing the joy of dance and her college students with the opportunity to share this journey with them. Penny became an examiner for the Modern Theatre and Tap Faculties in 1989 and has adjudicated at dance festivals in the UK and Channel Islands. Her hobbies include sailing (holding RYA Day Skipper qualifications) and volunteering on tall ships (with Watch Leader status) enabling disabled people to have the opportunity to achieve challenges they never thought possible. She is a teacher, examiner and assessor for the ISTD Teacher Training Programme and continues to work as a freelance choreographer and teaching consultant.

ISTD Bursary Awards & Masterclasses As an ISTD teacher based in the North West this was my first visit to the annual Bursary Awards & Masterclasses, held at The Place in London on 20th January During the day I was able observe classes from ages 9–18. This has filled me with inspirational and refreshing ideas that I am able to utilise within my own classes. Belinda Basu was particularly captivating as she brought passion and energy to her 13–15 year old class when she warmed them up by ‘grooving’, a style that seemed new to most. It was rhythmic and stretched students beyond their comfort zone. As I watched, students gained freedom and confidence to embrace the style, creating a vibrant atmosphere for the class ahead. Each student in the room thrived from the energy created. This reminded me of the fun aspect that dance offers and what can be achieved when totally engaged in the moment. As the class continued Belinda taught dance through movement and style without the focus on technique, but with her extensive teaching experience managed to instil it along the way – a real masterclass. To top off this fantastic day, I felt honoured and privileged to Turn witness the launch of the new Contemporary syllabus with Dr Ross page 2 to 0t Kim and the ISTD team delivering an uplifting and exhilarating more a o read bout th is year’s B performance. ursary Awards Laura Meeson Left: Belinda Basu’s masterclass

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Grandison Clark Awards 2018

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he Awards took place on Sunday 25th November at The Venue in Milton Keynes. The stage was awash with a colourful array of folk costumes and choreography from more than 30 countries including large parts of Europe as well as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Philippines. The audience was treated to a spectacle of classes in Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets and Groups at various age levels, with 250 dancers coming together to celebrate their love of folk dance. The Committee also presented the Isobel Haxell Cup for 2018 to Annette Clark in recognition of her long and loyal service to the National Dance Faculty. Thanks to Jacky Ferguson and the National Committee, along with Co-ordinator Julia Beattie, for organising the Awards and congratulations to all the schools, teachers and competitors who contributed to such a wonderful event.

WINNERS

GRANDISON CLARK JUDGE, JANET PALMER, REPORTS

Inter Trios& Quartets: S O’Keefe/E Sorrell/I Burn/A Ratcliffe, Kilburn School of Dance

It was a cold November morning when I arrived for the Awards. After meeting up with my fellow judges, Heather Burns and Karen King, we settled down for a day that we anticipated would be full of colour and excitement. We were not disappointed. The day was brimming with talent and artistry, and it was wonderful to see such attention to detail, not only in the technique and choice of music, but also in the gorgeous costumes. I was very impressed by the lovely work shown by the youngest competitors. The whole event was a tribute to the talented teachers and choreographers who pass on their knowledge and produce these wonderful confident performances. There was a good variety of countries represented, although Russia seemed particularly popular on this occasion. All the groups were magnificent, showing creativity, precise patterns and smooth transitions. Two groups were particularly memorable, the Dance Consortium Senior Russian Group and Pearls of the Balkan. The programme was very well organised and ran smoothly from start to finish and I would like to thank the ISTD National committee for giving me the opportunity to participate in this event. Thank you also to my fellow judges for sharing their knowledge with me and making it such a happy experience. My lasting impression will be a day full of colour and the joy of dance. Janet Palmer

Senior Trios & Quartets: C Lester/M Cox/S Wright, Dance Consortium

Class A Solos: Darcie Richmond, Allgood School of Dancing Class B Solos: Daisy Reynolds, Leanne Hughes Theatre School Class C Solos: Lili-Skye Howe, Kilburn School of Dance Class D Solos: Alexandra Ratcliffe, Kilburn School of Dance Class E Solos: Maisie Cox, Dance Consortium British Isles Intermediate Solos: Milly Burrows, Pirouette Academy of Dance Intermediate Novice Solos: Louis Williamson, Timestep Academy of Dance Junior Duets: Ryley Trimble/Bella Digby, Kilburn School of Dance Intermediate Duets: Sian O’Keefe/Alexandra Ratcliffe Kilburn School of Dance Senior Duets: Imogen Burn and Harry Stanton, Kilburn School of Dance

Junior Groups: Kilburn School of dance Intermediate Groups: Dance Consortium Senior Groups: Dance Consortium For a full list of results please visit the ISTD website istd.org/news/grandison-clark-awards-results

2018 Isobel Haxell Cup being presented to Annette Clark by Faculty Chair Jacky Ferguson

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Examination Candidates A reminder to teachers: Numbers should be large enough for the examiner to see clearly and worn on both the front and back of each candidate. Numbering is from left to right as the examiner sees the candidates and the set order should be Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy.

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Helen Wingrave Scholarship 2019

Applica tion Deadlin e 4 th May 2019

This is a bursary to fund the tuition fees for the two days of the National Dance Summer School at Chichester in August. Applications are accepted from student teachers and teachers. Please note that travel and accommodation fees are not included. Send a CV and a statement, indicating your reason for wishing to attend the Summer School to the Faculty Co-ordinator, Julia Beattie: imperialballet@istd.org

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Faculty Committee Elections Elections for the National Faculty Committee open this year. If you would like to be nominated or know of someone who should be nominated, please contact:

Executive Assistant, Gloria Taplin (ext. 806) Email: gtaplin@istd.org

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ROBERT HARROLD Memorial Day of Dance

Sunday 24th November 2019 Preston College Preston, Lancs PR2 8UR

The day will consist of a 1½ hour non-syllabus class in the morning focusing on the steps and style of one particular country. It will also include learning a short solo and will be observed by two Faculty members. In the afternoon the students will perform in pairs the solo that they have learnt in the morning, in front of an audience and guest adjudicator. Medals will be awarded for both the performance in the class work and for solos.

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Meet the Committee Who are the Tap Faculty Committee members? Helen Green Helen began dancing at The Bush Davies School, Romford. She continued her training with the Faulkner Hembry School of Dance and went on to complete a three-year course at Bird College where she obtained her vocational examinations. Upon leaving she commenced her dancing career, working and touring for several years in Europe. She achieved further teaching qualifications on her return to England and since then has taught at Bird College, The Centre, Arte e Movimento in Cesena, Italy and has also worked freelance, choreographing various items for school and college productions. Her love of travel has resulted in her teaching at many schools abroad in Australia, Italy, Spain and Sweden. In 1998 she was appointed as an examiner for the Modern and Tap Faculty for the ISTD and became a member of the Tap Faculty Committee in 2003. As one of the Tap team, Helen teaches at the resident ISTD Summer School and lectures at regional and London courses throughout the year. From 2005 Helen has been working as an international examiner and has examined and lectured in Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. She now examines at Fellowship level, is an approved ISTD tutor for the level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) and has taught the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP) specialising in Tap. Since 2011 she has also taught Tap in Italy on a monthly basis, which she greatly enjoys.

Jackie Hutt Jackie trained as a child to major level with Esme Child and Vivienne Bond. She studied Art and Design at The London College of Fashion and later completed her dance teacher training with Pauline Ash and Heather Rees, becoming an examiner for the Modern Theatre and Tap faculties in 2004. Following 25 years of freelance teaching at schools in Hastings and Brighton, including 8 years at Stonelands School, Jackie decided to concentrate her efforts on nurturing young teachers. She is an

Approved Tutor for the ISTD and alongside her friend and colleague Deborah Lamb coaches all levels of teaching qualification in Tap and Modern to both new and established teachers in the south east. She has also recently joined Urdang Academy as tutor of the DDE Modern programme. Jackie is the ISTD’s Regional Representative for East Sussex and has been organising CPD courses for teachers in the area for the last 30 years. She is a founder member, choreographer and player with the Renaissance Theatre Company, whose annual productions raise money for the local hospice. 2019 marks their 10th Anniversary. Jackie is delighted to have been elected to the Tap Committee and is looking forward to being part of the Faculty’s future development.

Dr Nathan James Dr Nathan James has been a member of the ISTD for over 20 years and is very honoured to be part of the Tap and Modern examining team. Performing professionally in musical theatre, Nathan’s passion for teaching has led to him working in many vocational colleges in the UK. He is currently the Director of HE programmes at the Urdang Academy, managing the degree programmes and the ISTD DDE courses, alongside teaching at Dupont Dance Stage School and lecturing at the University of Wolverhampton. Nathan is very proud to have become a member of the ISTD Tap Faculty as his passion for Tap is at the forefront of his on-going CPD, where he regularly attends master classes and festivals in the USA. Nathan gained at MA in Professional Practice with distinction from Middlesex University and was awarded a PhD in Dance in 2018 from the University of Roehampton, where he focused on the work of film choreographers in MGM musicals. In addition to teaching and examining, Nathan is a dance adjudicator for the British and International Federation and All England Dance competitions. Next issue we will profile the Chair, Nick French, the Vice-Chair, Heather Rees, and committee members Carol Ball and Alison Forrester. Visit istd.org/tap-dance to read profiles and mini-interviews with committee members.

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PEOPLE Exam Successes We congratulate the following members of the Society who have achieved success in their qualifications as recorded by ISTD Headquarters.

Harriet Louise Long

Alice Ghidinelli

Poppy Hann-Brewer

Laura-Kate McGuire Marshall

Sally Jane Makin

Poppy Hann-Brewer

Megan Jones

Laura Rebecca Milnes

Azlee Manley

Zoe Lynne Harrisis

Harriet Louise Long

Charlotte Moon

Laura Rebecca Milnes

Victoria Jayne Harvey

Carla Moore

Carla Moore

Helena Jane Mitchell

Rodoula Ioannou

Amy Charlotte Mumford

Melissa Mroch

Carla Moore

Joanna Vowles

Amy Charlotte Mumford

Eileen Rose Moore

Philippa JefferyKonstantinides

Melissa Mroch

Anthony Jones

Tap Dance

Jade Owen

Cecchetti Classical Ballet

Amy Charlotte Mumford

Megan Jones

James William Ashcroft

Heidi-Marie Postlethwaite

Abigail Megan Baines

Maria-Viola Paciotti

Emily Jones-Dawson

Daisy May Ayling

Natasha Juliet Rose

Samantha Black

Heidi-Marie Postlethwaite

Danielle Kane

Abigail Megan Baines

Lindsey Shelley

Lucy Florence Bosher

Emily Redding

Jodie Knight

Victoria Barclay

Leanda Shelton

Daniela Capone

Natasha Juliet Rose

Eleni Lagkadinou

Sophie Louise Barge

Chelcie Sherrington

Orla Collier

Isabelle Joy Sansone

Emma Jayne Laws

Lucinda Leigh Belcher

Sarah Charlotte Simpson

Amanda Didsbury

Lindsey Shelley

Nicole Lockley

Gloria Bettini

Charlotte Rose Smith

Rachel Anna Fearnley

Chelcie Sherrington

Harriet Louise Long

Nicola May Bishop

Jodie Martine Smith

Lorena Galassi

Sarah Charlotte Simpson

Naomi Sarah Macnicol

Katy Lauren Bradbury

Melanie Ruth Stobbs

Hannah Amy Lacey

Claire Skelly

Donna Magee

Katie Elizabeth Bratt

Claire Strutt

Laura-Kate McGuire Marshall

Harriet Leigh Spence

Abbey Maginnis

Sophie Rebecca Evelyn Bruce

Amy Thomas

Laura Montanari

Claire Strutt

Laura-Kate McGuire Marshall

Rebecca Buckton

Kristin James Thompson

Stefania Onesti

Luana Tartarotti

Eleni Mendoni

Lucy Catherine Burgess

Sophie Dee Tighe

Katherine Morwenna Ranner

Sophie Dee Tighe

Leonella Mocaro

Jodie Anne Burrows

Natalie Venier

Abigail Robinson

Amy Thomas

Charlotte Moon

Holly Caroline Byatt

Bethany Louise Warren

Emily Christina Wallace

Joanna Vowles

Carla Moore

Michelle Campbell

Rebecca Louise Wells

Bethany Louise Warren

Eileen Rose Moore

Donna Lee Claffey

Abigail Whiteley-Pole

Amy Darrell Wooldridge

Melissa Mroch

Jessica Louise Clayton

Joanne Wix

Amy Charlotte Mumford

Kirsty Louise Cooper

Katie Louise Wood

Modern Theatre

Gina Neal

Tamara Anne Perri Cowley

Imperial Classical Ballet

Daisy May Ayling

Markella Panayi

Dominique Brigitte Cresswell

Ioanna-Maria Anargyrou

Abigail Megan Baines

Tracy Ellen Peglar

Verity Daffern

Daisy May Ayling

Sophie Louise Barge

Marta Pietrogiovanna

Zoe Rosson Darby

Gloria Bettini

Heidi-Marie Postlethwaite

Classical Sequence

Alice Bacca

Kathryn Davies

Nicola May Bishop

Emily Charlotte Richards

Becky Simpson

Sophie Louise Barge

Davide De Polo

Katy Lauren Bradbury

Katy Robinson

Tyrone Thiara

Gloria Bettini

Kali Dicks

Nicola May Bishop

Katie Elizabeth Bratt

Natasha Juliet Rose

Amanda Didsbury

Danielle Claire Brien

Stephanie Ross

Cuban Salsa

Lauren Boughey

Fiona Jane Drew

Sophie Rebecca Evelyn Bruce

Patrick Rubino

Sozon Banavos

Katy Lauren Bradbury

Rachel Louise Drury

Katie Elizabeth Bratt

Jodie Anne Burrows

Emma Louise Russell

Ellie May Duggan

Lauren Byrne

Lindsey Shelley

Disco Freestyle

Danielle Claire Brien

Meg Edmonds

Michelle Campbell

Leanda Shelton

Daisy May Ayling

Rebecca Buckton

Samantha Jane Ellis

Daniela Capone

Francesca Lyn Shepherd

Amy Barker

Laura Jane Bull

Rachel Anna Fearnley

Katie Joanne Champion

Chelcie Sherrington

Eimear Cox

Katie Tara Charles

Rachael Flynn

Federica Chiarpotto

Sarah Charlotte Simpson

Charlotte May Forsyth

Federica Chiarpotto

Charissa Haliday

Donna Lee Claffey

Claire Skelly

Gemma Harris

Tamara Anne Perri Cowley

Poppy Hann-Brewer

Tamara Anne Perri Cowley

Charlotte Rose Smith

Kayleigh Paige Harris

Dominique Brigitte Cresswell

Natalie Jane Harris

Dominique Brigitte Cresswell

Claire Strutt

Megan Jones

Jessica Louise Chung

Zoe Lynne Harrisis

Victoria Culley

Polly Suttle

Victoria O’Brien

Verity Daffern

Victoria Jayne Harvey

Eleni Dafermou

Luana Tartarotti

Bailey Whent

Kathryn Davies

Jemma Hudson

Fiona Jane Drew

Verity Daffern

Amy Thomas

Nicole Jane Irvine

Zoe Rosson Darby

Sophie Dee Tighe

Imperial Classical Ballet

Ellie May Duggan

Anthony Jones

Kathryn Davies

Bethany Louise Warren

Mayra Alcauter

Samantha Jane Ellis

Megan Jones

Robyn Dean

Rebecca Louise Wells

Yenifer Botello

Rachael Flynn

Naomi Susan Jones

Sarah Louise Dennis

Abigail Whiteley-Pole

Loreto Cabrera-Lex

Cerissa Frostick

Emily Jones-Dawson

Fiona Jane Drew

Katie Louise Wood

Lucy Cervera

Poppy Hann-Brewer

Danielle Kane

Emanuela Ebranati

Andrew David Wright

Melinali Espinoza-Ulloa

Zoe Lynne Harrisis

Jodie Knight

Samantha Jane Ellis

Antonia Mack Vakhos

Ana Karen Federico Cassani

Phillipa Victoria Holliday

Emma Jayne Laws

Rachel Anna Fearnley

Joanna Vowles

Sade Deetlefs

Philippa JefferyKonstantinides

Harriet Louise Long

Emma Heeg

Naomi Sarah Macnicol

Mackenzie Hollinger

DDE

Classical Greek Dance Harriet Mackley-Quinn

Anthony Jones Amanda Keating Charlotte Lee

Rachael Flynn

Emina Jane Nicklin

Associate

Laura Furlong

National Dance

Abbey Maginnis

Tamara Anne Perri Cowley

Roxanne Hughes

Rebecca Furlong

Caroline Natalie Marsh

Raquel Insúa

Verity Daffern

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Licentiate

Fellowship

Imperial Classical Ballet

Cecchetti Classical Ballet

Sylvia Conway

Sharon Louise Johnston

Jillian Jooste

Eunyoung Kim

NY Salsa

Natasha Laing

Inyong Kim

Sozon Banavos

Hannah Marshall

Myunghee Kim

Haydée Martínez

Pui Ha Liu

Street Dance

Ayumi Matsuda

Janet Müzel

Lucinda Belcher

Kerryn Van Der Merwe

Francisco Javier Chávez Mijangos

Mijeong Seong

Ellena Holme

Georgina Seville

Sophie Seal

Mai Thao Pham

Seunghwan Shin

Karina Herrera Santillán

Hyeonjeong Son

Cheryl Chiao Shean Soh

Imperial Classical Ballet Latin American

Gillian Grueber

Charles Chan Tap Dance

Conrad Coelho

Latin American

Bridget Crisp

Nicholas Kelly

Sze Ying Yau

Rachel Soh

Modern Theatre

Maneesha Krishna Kumar

Amanda Sze Yin Loh Sze

Chanelle Appolis

Morgan Marshall

Modern Ballroom

Ana Gabriela Quezada Vázquez

Daniel Iturria Avalos

Joy Muttiah

Jeonghee Kim

Modern Ballroom

Devin Butterworth

Kerryn Van Der Merwe

Kyounghee Lee

Maria Howse

Claudia Carmona

Demi van Rooi

Chi Kong Tsang

Richard Miles

Kaylee Kensley

Laura Lee

Sherna Sorabji

Veon Tze Ying Lai

Seongnam Park

LA Salsa Sozon Banavos Latin American Hin Tung Chan Long See Fan Tam Haven Pamela Elaine Hopkins Chun Yeung Leung Pui Ying Paula Wong Chin Yuet Wu Tang Yinuo Lok Lam Yuen Modern Ballroom

Marilyn Hannah Jay Yi Lau

Associate Diploma

Hoai Trang Luu

Imperial Classical Ballet

Deneca MacMaster

Michelle Guyette

Hannah Marshall

Kia Yee Tan

Morgan Marshall Minh Anh Nguyen

Modern Theatre

Minh Truc Nguyen

Loreto Cabrera-Lex

Jamie Rademan

Roxanne Hughes

Tiffany Ramphul

Erin Lynne-Scott

Darren Rockman

Pavishen Paideya

National Dance

Eunkyung Cho

Lai Ping Chow

Guira Choi

Sau Fung Lam

Myungwun Choi

Yeuk Lam Lui

Seran Choi

Wai Fung Tang

Modern Theatre Denise Fung

Modern Ballroom Viennese Waltz

Tap Dance

Joe Ming Kwan Cheung

Melissa Verity Glover

Nicholas Kelly

Elizabeth Newton

Wan Lung Ma

Katherine Elizabeth Werrell

Michel Wang

Angela Marie Boshoff James Bradley

Tap Dance Loreto Cabrera-Lex

Edel Maria Yvonne Beauchamp

Hiu Yan Yau

Modern Theatre

Tatiana Mayer Romero Julia Torre Quintanar

Sui Yin Victor Yeung

Melisande October

Laura Flanagan Simoné Marshall Cynthia Montano Paloma Suárez Kerryn Van Der Merwe Tap Dance

Mihee Jung

Francois Wagener

New Examiners and Staff Debbie Jellis Cecchetti Classical Ballet Examiner Debbie trained at the London College of Dance and Drama, gaining ISTD teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap. She later went on to further her teaching qualifications gaining her Licentiates, and then Fellowship with the ISTD in Cecchetti Classical ballet. Debbie has also gained the Enricco Cecchetti Diploma under the personal guidance of Miss Eve Pettinger. Debbie’s professional career includes credits such as a Jazz and Cabaret dancer performing alongside and in support of numerous famous acts. During this time Debbie also undertook a modelling and advertising contract. Debbie has worked at various vocational schools as well as teaching in the private education sector and has been successfully running her own dance school for over 28 years.

Philippa McMeechan Cecchetti Classical Ballet Examiner Philippa began her training with Alexandra Barnes and subsequently with Kathleen Yates, with whom she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, National and Classical Greek dance. Following four years as a Cecchetti Scholar, Philippa continued her training at Central School of Ballet under Christopher and

Carole Gable, and danced with Ballet Central. Following injury Philippa took a break from the dance world and came back to it after the birth of her two children. With the help and guidance of Elisabeth Swan, she completed her higher level teaching qualifications, the most recent of which was the Cecchetti Fellowship examination. Philippa opened her own school in Hertfordshire in 2002 and continues to teach there. She is very much looking forward to starting work as an examiner.

Selvet Tufan Professional Qualifications Manager Selvet joined the ISTD as the new Professional Qualifications Manager in November 2018. Previously she worked in Financial Services for many years and more recently in media, always embracing what is new and challenging. She has always enjoyed a wide spectrum of interests. She studied Law at the Open University and developed a keen interest in human rights. She is also passionate about all forms of art, culture and music. Selvet has always enjoyed watching the performing arts and was very excited about stepping into her new role. Being part of the ISTD team has given her an amazing insight into dance education and the development of dancers. She has found it immensely inspiring to see how much hard work and discipline is involved to become the best you can.

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UK Exam Centre Organisers

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Syllabus Training

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UK Examinations News Peak Periods for UK Examinations in 2019: Summer: 3rd June – 21st July Autumn: 16th November – 23rd December Examination Fees An examination can be arranged at a teacher’s studio provided there are guaranteed entry fees totaling a minimum of £658 per day for 2019. Half days must be consecutive to a full day of the same genre and the minimum fee for a half day is £558. For example: 1.5 days is £1,216 The 2019 fees are available on the ISTD website. A rebate of 10% will be allowed on examinations outside of peak periods on entries totaling over £815 per day, providing the timetable and fees are submitted through Quest a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your exam date. For exams of two or more days, the rebate can only be taken on the days which total over £815. For example, if your first day totals £840 and your second day totals £675 you will only be eligible for the discount on the first day. Please note that we are unable to accept requests for triple exam sessions during our peak periods. Triple sessions are those that would require a multi genre examiner. For example: Ballet and Modern, Ballet and Tap or National and Tap.

Payment The quickest and easiest way to pay is by credit or debit card. For private sessions card payments can be made directly through the Quest system for each exam session. If you would like to pay by debit or credit card for Centre sessions please call +44 (0)20 7377 1577. One of our team members will take your exam details and transfer you through to an automated system where you will enter your card details using the keypad on your phone. The system is

highly secure and will email you a receipt for the payment. There will be no additional charges for this service. You may also make payment via bank transfer. However, please ensure that you use your exam session number as reference so that we can process this efficiently. For private sessions you will need to notify us of your transaction through Quest once you have made this payment. Please note the ISTD is no longer accepting cheques.

Timetables When timetabling your exam days please be aware of the following: • A full day is six and a half hours of examining time • Please remember to contact your examiner to agree suitable start and finish times. Contact details are provided in the confirmation email that is sent to you when an examiner is appointed • If your timetable is scheduled to run slightly longer, please speak to your examiner. If your examiner is agreeable, we can permit timetables withup to seven hours of examining time • For timetables exceeding seven hours of examining time please contact the office as an extra exam day may need to be arranged. We cannot guarantee that your examiner will be available close to the scheduled date but we will try to accommodate your request

THE ISTD NEEDS YOU ... We are currently seeking a new Regional Representative and Exam Centre Organiser for Manchester. If you’d like to get more involved with the ISTD please get in touch. MANCHESTER: • Regional Representative • Exam Centre Organiser

CONTACT coursebookings@istd.org 020 7377 1577

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London Centre Examinations DATES FOR THEATRE FACULTIES SUMMER TERM 2019 LEVEL

EXAMINATION DATES

CLOSING DATE

Grades and Class Examinations

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June 2019

15th April 2019

Vocational Grades

26th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st May 2019

8th April 2019

DDE (Unit 4)* and Licentiate/Fellowship

26th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st May 2019

8th April 2019

Cecchetti Classical Ballet (All Levels)

7th July 2019

15th April 2019

Classical Indian Dance (All Levels)

7th July 2019

15th April 2019

LEVEL

EXAMINATION DATES

CLOSING DATE

Grades and Class Examinations

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November 2019

15th September 2019

AUTUMN TERM 2019

Vocational Grades

21st October – 1st November 2019 (weekdays only)

8th September 2019

DDE (Unit 4)* and Licentiate/Fellowship

21st October – 1st November 2019 (weekdays only)

8th September 2019

Cecchetti Classical Ballet (All Levels)

1st December 2019

15th September 2019

Classical Indian Dance (All Levels)

1st December 2019

15th September 2019

Please contact the UK Examination department for National and Classical Greek dates. To apply for a London Centre examination please download and complete the Theatre Applications form: istd.org/about-us/documents/ centre-exams--application-form-fees-and-timetable-sheet-for and email to the London Centre Organiser at sserridge@istd.org. For all London Centre enquiries, contact Sadie Serridge on 020 7377 1577 ext 874 or by email to sserridge@istd.org.

DATES FOR DANCESPORT FACULTIES DANCESPORT EXAMINATION DATES EXAMINATION DATES

CLOSING DATE

2nd June 2019

12th May 2019

17th November 2019

6th October 2019

To apply for a London Centre examination please download and complete the following Dancesport forms: istd.org/about-us/ documents/dancesport-faculties-examination-timetable and www.istd.org/about-us/documents/dancesport-studio-examinationsfees/?preview=true and send to: ukdanceteachers@istd.org.

APPLICATION NOTES FOR LONDON CENTRE EXAMINATIONS The London Centre is for teachers entering grade and class examinations who have a total entry of under 3.5 hours only. Entries exceeding this time allowance cannot be accepted. Candidates taking exams at the London Centre must be accompanied by one adult only. Teachers may stipulate any impossible dates on their application form, however, we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate these. For Fellowship and Licentiate examinations, it is hoped that applicants are available for all advertised dates. *DDE (Unit 4) applications may only be considered with a covering note specifying why they cannot be entered at the Approved Dance Centre (ADC) with which they are registered. All Vocational and Professional level candidates (Intermediate Foundation and above) aged 16 years must bring an official form of photographic identification to the Centre to be shown to the Invigilator at the registration desk. Information regarding the

identification check can be found at istd.org/about-us/documents/ id-info-for-candidates-over-16-new-procedure. Please note that applications received after the closing date will only be accepted if there is space available or if a cancellation occurs. Telephone applications cannot be accepted.

Music Notes Imperial Classical Ballet and Cecchetti: CDs may be used for all graded and class examinations. Tap and Modern Theatre: Teachers must provide their own music for Tap Grades 4 and 5, New Intermediate, Popular Tap Tests, Tap Medals and Advanced 1 and 2 Modern and Jazz Awards. Free Music: Music must be either on an iPod/MP3 player or the original CD (copied CD can be unreliable and are not acceptable).

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UK Exam Centre Organisers REGION

GENRE & DATE

ENTRIES TO

TELEPHONE

Bolton

Contact organiser

Christine Axon, 5 Oakwood Drive, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 5EE

01204 841389

Bournemouth

Contact organiser

Maureen Headford, 4 William Road, Queens Park, Bournemouth, Dorset BH7 7BA

01202 393032

Bristol

Contact organiser

Kathy Plaster, 344 Dance Centre, Alexandra Park, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2BG

0117 9655660

Chichester

Contact organiser

Samantha Watkins, Chichester College, Westgate Field, Chichester 01243 786321 / 01243 782297 PO19 1SB

Derby

Contact organiser

Eve Leveaux, The Old Mill Studio, Lynton Street, Derby DE22 3RW

01332 371016

Devon /

Contact organiser

Deborah Bond, King Street Studios, King Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2LG

01626 367010

Contact organiser

Karen Thompson karen@kddance.co.uk

07781 113542

Liverpool

7th April, 16th, 23rd June 2019 Modern and Tap – Grades – Advanced 2

Gaynor Owen, Unit 10, Bemrose House, Long Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool L9 7BG. Please contact Miss Owen if teachers have any Imperial ballet entries. studio10@studiodance10.co.uk

01515 214188

London

See page 87

Sadie Serridge, Centre Examinations Officer, ISTD, Imperial House, 22/26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE sserridge@istd.org

020 7377 1577 Extension 874

Manchester

Contact ISTD HQ UK Examinations Department

We are currently seeking a new Exam Centre Organiser for Manchester. In the meantime, please contact Sadie Serridge, ISTD Centre Examinations Administrator, 22/26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE

020 7377 1577 Extension 874

North Wales

Contact organiser

Helen Barton, Mount Norris, Gors Avenue, Holyhead, Wales LL65 1PB

01407 769 818

Scotland

Contact organiser

Maureen Christie, The Studio, 19 Westbourne Gardens, Glasgow G12 9UL

0141 3399637

Region

2nd June – 16th June 2019

Applications need to be made through Quest. The closing date for applications was 24th March 2019. All fees and timetables must be submitted no later than 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Please contact sserridge@istd.org for any queries

020 7377 1577 Extension 874

Scotland

Contact organiser

Celia Johnson, Cevidley Croft, Keig, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8BH

01975 562521

Southampton

Contact organiser See separate boxes below

Sally Upton Southamptoncentre@hotmail.co.uk

07900 574718

West Midlands

Contact organiser

Joanna Brangwin, 3 Wiltell Estate, Upper St John St, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9ET

01543 415354 / 07582 920427

Yorkshire

23rd, 24th and 25th April 2019

Samantha Bell, ElliTe Studios, The Dancer, 8 Peterson Road, Wakefield WF1 4EB

0845 6525361 / 07908 808696

Southwest Guernsey / Jersey

Cecchetti Scotland Central

Northern

SOUTHAMPTON CENTRE DATES SUMMER TERM 2019

AUTUMN TERM 2019

FACULTY

LEVEL

EXAMINATION DATES

CLOSING DATE

FACULTY

LEVEL

EXAMINATION DATES

CLOSING DATE

Imperial Classical Ballet

Grades

23rd, 30th June, 7th, 14th July 2019

15th April 2019

Imperial Classical Ballet

Grades

10th, 17th, 24th November 2019

15th September 2019

Imperial Classical Ballet

Vocational

23rd June 2019

15th April 2019

Imperial Classical Ballet

Vocational

10th November 2019

15th September 2019

Modern Theatre and Tap Dance

Vocational and Grades

23rd, 30th June, 7th, 14th July 2019

15th April 2019

Modern Theatre and Tap Dance

Vocational and Grades

10th ,17th ,24th November 2019

15th September 2019

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Syllabus Training, UK Syllabus Training In addition to our upcoming Spring Programme, the ISTD will be offering a range of teacher training courses throughout the UK, co-ordinated in Greater London by ISTD headquarters and elsewhere by our team of voluntary regional representatives. To book any of the below courses or to ask a question, contact Education & Training on +44(0)20 7377 1577 or email

coursebookings@istd.org. Alternatively, download a booking form from the ISTD website at istd.org/courses-and-training. To request a course and to be kept informed of local training developments, contact your nearest Representative via the details listed on page 89.

Regional Courses: Members – £65 / Provisional Members and Student Teachers – £40 / Non Members – £80 London Courses: Members – £70 / Provisional Members and Student Teachers – £45 / Non Members – £85 Contemporary Courses: £195 (2-Day Course Including DVD & Syllabus Notes) / £140 (2-Day Course Only) GENRE

DATE

COURSE

VENUE

TIME

Contemporary

23rd & 24th March 2019

Intermediate Foundation

St Saviours’s Hall, Ashford Road, Swindon, SN1 3NS

10:30 - 17:00

Tap

24th March 2019

New Intermediate (Day 1 of 2)

Top Hat Theatre School, Unit 4, Kingsfield Close, Northampton, NN5 7QN

10:00 - 17:00

Contemporary

30th & 31st March 2019

Intermediate Foundation

JL Dance & Performing Arts Academy, Butterely Croft, Whiteley Road, Ripley DE5 3QL

10:00 - 17:00

Contemporary

8th & 9th April 2019

Intermediate Foundation

Melvin Hall, Tarves, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7TH

10:30 - 17:00

Contemporary

4th & 5th May 2019

Intermediate Foundation

Bexhill College, Penland Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2JG

10:00 - 17:00

Tap

12th May 2019

New Intermediate (Day 1 of 2)

Dance Factory, Glasgow

10:00 - 17:00

Tap

19th May 2019

New Intermediate (Day 2 of 2)

Top Hat Theatre School, Unit 4, Kingsfield Close, Northampton, NN5 7QN

10:00 - 17:00

Tap

26th May 2019

New Intermediate Refresher

Gt Witchingham Village Hall, Hubbards Loke, Lenwade, NR9 5AZ

10:00 - 17:00

Contemporary

1st & 2nd June 2019

Intermediate Foundation

Preston’s College, Dance Academy, St Vincents Road, Preston PR2 8UR

10:00 - 17:00

Tap

9th June 2019

New Intermediate (Day 1 of 2)

Bexhill College, Penland Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2JG

10:00 - 17:00

Ballet

9th June 2019

Grades 5 & 6

The Studios, 75 Campbell Road, Maidstone ME15 0AF

10:00 - 17:00

Contemporary

9th & 10th June 2019

Intermediate Foundation

Ellite Studios, The Dancer, 8 Peterson Road, Wakefield WF1 4EB

09:30 - 16:00

Ballet

30th June 2019

Intermediate

The Company Performing Arts, 105 Oxford Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 3TH

10:00 - 17:00

Modern

14th July 2019

Grades 5&6 Refresher

The Company Performing Arts, 105 Oxford Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 3TH

10:00 - 17:00

Tap

8th September 2019

New Intermediate (Day 2 of 2)

Bexhill College, Penland Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2JG

10:00 - 17:00

DDE Tutor Training Online Tutor Training is currently available for existing tutors and will be available to new tutors in the new year. Please see the table below for course details.

For further information or to book your place on an online Tutor Training course, please contact gbridge@istd.org.

DDE online tutor training course fee: £40 per unit DDE UNIT

DATES

BOOKING FORM/S TO DOWNLOAD

DDE Unit 1 Preparing for Safe Teaching

On or around the 28th of each month

ONLINE Tutor Training Unit 1 – Booking Form (Editable Word)

DDE Unit 2 Observing, Assisting and Teaching

On or around the 18th of each month

ONLINE Tutor Training Unit 2 – Booking Form (Editable Word)

DDE Unit 4 Dance Practice

On or around the 5th of each month

ONLINE Tutor Training Unit 4 – Booking Form (Editable Word)

DDE Unit 5 Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development

On or around the 30th of each month

ONLINE Tutor Training Unit 5 – Booking Form (Editable Word)

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RESIDENTIAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2019 University of Chichester Timetables for Residential Summer School are being finalised and will be updated on the ISTD website accordingly: istd.org/courses-and-training/summer-school-2019

If you have any questions about Summer School 2019, please do not hesitate to contact the Education & Training department. Email: coursebookings@istd.org Call: +44 (0)20 7377 1577

Bookings are now open.

FREE morning warm-ups and evening talks/workshops will be available for all residential delegates. Details will be published soon on the website.

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GENRE AND COURSE TITLE

Monday 5th August

Friday 9th August

Tap Dance

Intermediate (Day 1 of 2)

Tap Dance

Intermediate Refresher

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation (Day 1 of 2)

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation (Day 1 of 2)

Imperial Classical Ballet

Primary, Grades 1&2 Focus on Creativity

Modern Theatre

Grade 3 Girls & Amalgamations

Imperial Classical Ballet

Intermediate (Day 1 of 2)

Modern Theatre

Licentiate Guidance

Imperial Classical Ballet

Advanced 2 (Day 1 of 2)

Modern Theatre

Tap Dance

Intermediate Refresher

Analysis of Limbering & Application to Dance Movements in Advanced 2

Tap Dance

Pre- Primary, Primary, Grades 1 & 2

Tap Dance

Intermediate (Day 2 of 2)

Tap Dance

Fellowship

Intermediate (Day 2 of 2)

Non Syllabus

To Be Confirmed

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation (Day 2 of 2)

Saturday 10th August

Imperial Classical Ballet

Grades 3 & 4 Focus on Training Ballet Technique

National Dance

Steps and Style

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation (Day 2 of 2)

Imperial Classical Ballet

Intermediate (Day 2 of 2)

Modern Theatre

Imperial Classical Ballet

Advanced 2 (Day 2 of 2)

Grade 4 Girls Syllabus – No Amalgamations

Tap Dance

Intermediate Refresher

Modern Theatre

Fellowship Guidance

Grades 3 & 4

Modern Theatre

Grades 4, 5 & 6 Boys Work & Amalgamations

Wednesday 7th August

Non Syllabus

Inclusive Dance (To Be Confirmed)

Tap Dance

Advanced 1

Sunday 11th August

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation (Day 1 of 2)

National Dance

Imperial Classical Ballet

Grade 5 Focus on Developing Artistry and Musicality

Dances from the Graded and Vocational Graded Syllabus

Modern Theatre

Imperial Classical Ballet

Advanced 1 (Day 1 of 2)

Grade 5 Girls Syllabus & Ideas for Free Work – No Amalgamations

Imperial Classical Ballet

Fellowship Essential Learning

Modern Theatre

Grade 6, Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate Girls Amalgamations

Tap Dance

Grade 6

Modern Theatre

Tap Dance

Grade 5

Advanced 1 (Day 2) – No Amalgamations

Non Syllabus

To Be Confirmed

Tuesday 6th August Tap Dance

Tap Dance

Thursday 8th August Tap Dance

Advanced 2

Monday 12th August

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation (Day 2 of 2)

Classical Indian Dance

To Be Confirmed

Imperial Classical Ballet

Grade 6 Focus on Pointe Work

Modern Theatre

Grades 1 - 5 Girls Amalgamations

Imperial Classical Ballet

Advanced 1 (Day 2) with Licentiate Essential Learning

Modern Theatre

Intermediate Girls – No Amalgamations

Modern Theatre

Advanced 1 (Day 1) – No Amalgamations

Modern Theatre

Primary, Grades 1 & 2 Girls & Boys Work

Tuesday 13th August

Tap Dance

Intermediate (Day 1 of 2)

Tap Dance

Licentiate

Classical Indian Dance

To Be Confirmed

Modern Theatre

“Essential learning for those that have passed DDE” covering the remainder of Grade 6 & Intermediate not included in the DDE exam.

Modern Theatre

Intermediate Foundation – No Amalgamations

Modern Theatre

DDE Unit 4 – Approved Tutor Guidance

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DDE Assessments The Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) assessments, units 1 and 5, are accessible and uploaded onto Totara, the learner management system. When a student is ready to submit to the final area within Totara the Approved Dance Centre (ADC) will need to complete an intent to enter form and upload onto Totara three weeks before the

marking date. The ADC will contact the ISTD to make payment for individual units. Once we have received notification and payment, the student will be able to access the final assessment area within Totara. Therefore, please take note of the intent to enter dates when considering your planning for the DDE.

UNITS 1 & 5

INTENT TO ENTER

SUBMISSION FOR MARKING

2019

10th June 2019

1st July 2019

2nd September 2019

23rd September 2019

11th November 2019

2nd December 2019

27th January 2020

17th February 2020

30th March 2020

20th April 2020

15th June 2020

6th July 2020

31st August 2020

21st September 2020

2019/2020

Although the ISTD will make every effort to adhere to these dates, they are always subject to review and potential alteration.

Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy The initial application deadline for the Level 6 in Dance Diploma has now closed. We are, however, accepting applications from those who might be interested in taking individual units in order to develop their CPD. The deadline for applications is August 2019. The specialised unit below forms part of the ISTD’s DDP. Units are offered on an individual basis to allow our teachers to access

regulated professional development opportunities and gain credits that can later contribute to advanced study. For an application pack or to ask a question, please contact Education & Training on +44(0)20 7377 1577 or email higherqualifications@istd.org. Alternatively download a prospectus from the ISTD website at istd.org/level6-ddp.

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COURSE TITLE

DATE

VENUE / AREA

CPD

Unit 5B – Social, Emotional and Cognitive Behaviour

October 2019

ISTD HQ

Open Days Join the ISTD for open days aimed to introduce students and teachers to our initial and higher qualifications. More details regarding our open days will be published on the website and Facebook nearer to our events. For any guidance regarding our teaching qualifications or for any questions regarding open days or individual progression please contact Education & Training on +44(0)20 7377 1577 or email gbridge@istd.org.

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International Courses For further information on ISTD international courses, fees and booking forms please refer to istd.org/courses-and-training.

To register your interest in attending a course below, please email intcourses@istd.org or call +44 (0)20 7377 1577.

CANADA St John’s

Modern Theatre

Advanced 1 – insightful techniques that support the delivery of the syllabus

18th & 19th April 2019

Sorensen School of Dance

09:30–16:30

Calgary

Modern Theatre

Essential Learning – explore a range of teaching techniques to inspire and motivate your students for Modern dance classes and exams

5th–17th April 2019

Free House Dance Plus

09:00–16:00

North Vancouver

Tap

New Intermediate Refresher

19th & 20th April 2019

Pro Arte Centre

10:00–17:00

Modern Theatre

Advanced 1 (approach to teaching the technique required to support the syllabus covering selected set exercises)

15th April 2019

Dance Unlimited

09:30–16:00

Grade 6, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate (dance movements and free jazz work)

15th April 2019

16:30–18:30

Advanced 1 (boys’ floor sequence, performance sequences and dance vocabulary)

16th April 2019

09:30–16:00

Advanced 1 (free Jazz/audition technique) open to all Jazz syllabi

16th April 2019

16:30–18:30

Coping strategies for teaching the male physique, developing emotional and mental well-being of the male student

17th April 2019

09:30–16:00

Open Jazz Class

17th April 2019

16:30–18:30

Workshop on behalf of the National Ballroom Dance Association of Trinidad & Tobago

17th April 2019

Bon Air West Community Centre Arklow Dance Studios

10:00–17:00

Sportilia

Various

NEW ZEALAND Palmerston North

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Arouca

Dancesport

09:00–15:00

IRELAND Arklow

Tap

New Intermediate Day 1

28th April 2019

New Intermediate Day 2

12th May 2019

10:00–17:00

ITALY Spinello (FC)

Various

ISTD International Student & Teacher Residential Summer School

13th–20th July 2019

Spinello (FC)

Contemporary

Intermediate Foundation

14th–15th July 2019

Cecchetti

Student & Teacher Summer School

23rd–27th August 2019

Shinjukumura Studio

Various

Modern Theatre Street Dance Contemporary

Student & Teacher Summer School

1st–4th August 2019

AMPA

Various

10:00–17:00

JAPAN Tokyo VIETNAM Ho Chi Minh City

ISTD INTERNATIONAL

STUDENT & TEACHER SUMMER SCHOOLS ISTD International Student & Teacher Summer School 13th–20th July 2019, Sportilia in Spinello FC, Italy (See page 36 for further information)

Student & Teacher Summer School in Ho Chi Minh City 1st–4th August 2019, Vietnam Cecchetti Summer School in Tokyo 23rd–27th August 2019, Japan

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Regional Representatives Regional Representatives are an important link between ISTD HQ and our dance teachers throughout the UK. Representatives provide advice, support and information on upcoming ISTD teachers’ courses in your local area. They are always happy to hear from nearby teachers, so please get in touch. You can email or call your representative using the details provided below. For further information, visit istd.org/courses-and-training.

The ISTD is seeking... A Regional Representative and Exam Centre Organiser for Manchester to help organise CPD courses and exams for our members and students. If you would like to be more involved with the ISTD and are interested in promoting training and CPD, please contact the Education & Training Department for more details: coursebookings@istd.org or 020 7377 1577.

AREA

NAME

ADDRESS

CONTACT

Bristol

Kathy Plaster

Dance Academy South West, Dance Station, 344 Dance Centre, Alexandra Park, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2BG

E: admin@dancestation.org.uk T: 01179 655 660

Central Scotland

Elizabeth Henderson

6 Strathmore Court, 20 Abbey Drive, Glasgow G14 9JX

E: eahdance@googlemail.com T: 0141 954 8732 / 07817 566462

Derbyshire/ Leicestershire/ Northamptonshire

Jayne Wing

3 Cotton Close, Broughton, Astley, Leicester LE9 6NJ

E: jayne_wing@me.com T: 07850 084 797

Devon

Deborah Laws

7 The Mews, Moorhaven Village Nr Ivy Bridge, Devon

E: deborahlaws08@gmail.com T: 07525 177 788

East Sussex

Jackie Hutt

200 Harold Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN35 5NG

E: jackie_hutt@hotmail.com T: 01424 444 803

Essex

Jessica Morgan-Beale

The Company Performing Arts, 105 Oxford Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 3TH

E: istdessex@gmail.com T: 07905 757 624

Gloucestershire/ Wiltshire

Judith Hockaday

The Judith Hockaday School of Dance and Drama, Bali-Hai, Prospect Place, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 3LQ

E: jhs.dance@yahoo.co.uk T: 01793 527 275

Guernsey/Jersey

Karen Thompson

Pernera, Maladerie Road, St Sampsons, Guernsey, Channel Islands GY2 4RQ

E: karen@kddance.co.uk T: 01481 242 568 / 07781 113 542

Hertfordshire

Siobhan Chown

10 Belsize Close, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 9YD

E: info@dance-teachers.org.uk T: 01727 847 442

Kent

Charlotte Hudson

75 Campbell Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6PY

E: c.hudson@thecentrepac.com T: 01622 753 806

Manchester

This post is vacant. For more details see above and contact: coursebookings@istd.org or 020 7377 1577

Merseyside

Gaynor Owen

Unit 10 Bemrose Industrial Park, Hanson Road, Liverpool L9 7BG

E: gaynorowenjames@gmail.com T: 0151 521 4188 E: meesonlc@tinyworld.co.uk

Laura Meeson Northern Scotland

Celia Johnson

Cevidley Crof, Keig, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB33 8BH

E: cjfistd@btinternet.com T: 01975 562 521

Norwich

Amy Jarrett

School House, School Road, Colkirk, Fakeham NR21 7NW

E: istdnorwich@gmail.com T: 07880 558 031

Preston

Andrew Hindley

Dance Academy, Preston College, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8UR

E: ahindley15td@yahoo.com T: 01772 225 614

Shropshire

Nicola CarmichaelPhillips

9 Holyhead Road, Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire TF2 6DW

E: carmichaeldance@gmail.com T: 01952 610 491 / 01952 619 155

South Coast

Victoria Caine

10 Crabwood Road, Maybush, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 9EZ

E: istdscr@gmail.com T: 02380 170 828

Yorkshire

Fleur Stevenson

Pasture House, 1 Cottage Field, Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire HU17 8YE

E: fleur@fleurelizabethacademy.co.uk T: 01964 550 996

For the most up-to-date staff, council, committee and organiser listings please visit the ISTD website.

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TEACHER TRAINING

BURSARIES 2019 Teachers are able to apply for financial bursaries under three categories: Initial teacher training (the Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education and Dancesport Associate): up to £5,000 Higher teacher training (Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy): up to £2,000 Continued professional development for international members: up to £1,000 Applications open once a year in late winter/spring. For further information please visit: istd.org/courses-and-training/teacher-training-bursaries or contact bursaries@istd.org

The Fund offers support to deserving members and their dependents worldwide, whatever their age, who need help at certain times in their lives. If you need our help, or know of anyone who does, please get in touch.

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TOP TEN TOTARA TIPS

FOR TUTORS AND STUDENTS

For those who are delivering the Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) qualification, we have written a top ten quick-guide for tutors and students If you have any Totara queries please do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to help. In the first instance emailing your specific question really helps us so that we can research the area of concern. You can do this directly on totara@istd.org. If this is too complex and you need some support please call us in the office and ask to speak to one of the team. Don’t forget too that you have a Totara Guidance manual but in the meantime here are our Top Ten Totara Tips.

TUTORS

STUDENTS

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You will find it easier to access your students’ work and profiles by going to the relevant unit and activity rather than through the ‘My Students’ tab. Please note that students’ unit exemptions may not automatically show on Totara. However, these will be added by the ISTD. If your student is substituting assisting for teaching, they should have at least three years regular teaching experience. Remember – only those using ADC Admin logins can add resources to the ADC page. Remember that you only need to upload the Unit 2 Records of Achievement once; to the Final Assessment area. Please look on the Totara ‘Calendar’ tab or in DANCE magazine to view ‘intent to enter’ dates for Units 1 and 5. Please note: if you have students ready to take the Final Teaching Assessment (FTA) and you do not already have an assessor for new DDE Unit 2, please contact pqmanager@istd.org for an assessor to be allocated to your centre. Please note that you can use electronic signatures on your feedback documents. Don’t forget to press ‘save changes’ when adding feedback or grading students’ work! Please be assured that Totara will be available in Italian and Greek very shortly. If you have not done so already, please send your language preferences to gbridge@istd.org as soon as possible.

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If you are unable to access Totara, please contact the Education & Training Department. We will be able to reset your password straight away. Please note that your unit exemptions may not automatically show on Totara. However, these will be added by the ISTD. Please note: your tutor will need set you tasks based on the Assessment Briefs for each unit. If you are unsure about the tasks you need to complete, please speak to your tutor. You will not be able to access the Draft Assessment areas until you have downloaded the Assessment briefs and completed the required activities/tasks. Remember that once you have submitted your work (as a final version), you will not be able to make any changes. If you need to make any changes to your work, please contact the ISTD who will be able to revert your work to a draft format. Remember – you can track your progress for each unit through the progress wheel in the top left of the screen. You can check your overall progress on your ‘Record of Learning’ You will not be able to access the Final Assessment area until all draft assessments are marked as complete by your Tutor. If you are Italian or Greek, please be assured that Totara will be available in these languages very shortly. You can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the ‘Student FAQs’ tab from the dashboard.

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NEW Foundation Degree* with DDE

2 year full-time level 4/5 dance programme combining vocational and teacher training (DDE) offered in partnership with the University of Chichester

All courses offer Imperial Ballet/Modern/Tap options

Student finance available

Get in touch or check out our website for more information and to book: 01243 786321 ext 2361

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Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) 2 year part-time level 4 programme

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WANTED EXPERIENCED ISTD IMPERIAL BALLET AND TAP TEACHERS Experienced teachers required to teach Imperial Ballet and Tap at all levels (Modern qualifications a bonus but not a necessity) to join our friendly and nurturing team. The right candidate will

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be confident with students and parents, dedicated to their profession and passionate about continuing their professional development. We are seeking a teacher who will make this role a long-term commitment and become a part of our dance family. To apply please email marketing@ istd.org with your contact details. Subject line must state BOX NUMBER 76

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING RATES We offer text-only advertising on three different platforms: DANCE magazine ISTD website ISTD social media pages (Facebook and Twitter)

Experienced DDE Tutor and Examiner available to work with ADCs/colleges. Experienced in Units 1, 3 & 5, as well as Unit 4 Modern and Tap. Written units by distance learning or face-to face. For more information please email marketing@istd.org with your contact details. Subject line must read BOX NUMBER 77

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For placement in one of the above – £24.95 For placement in two of the above – £44.95 For placement in all three of the above – £54.95 Max word count – 150 words

ISTD TAP & MODERN TEACHER REQUIRED – CHELMSFORD & BRENTWOOD (ESSEX)

Join the team at our dance school based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Opportunity to teach classes in ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre. We run classes six days a week, put on shows, host exams, and participate in local events and competitions. We have a variety of ages from two years up to intermediate level students. Hours of availability and timetable can be discussed/flexible. To apply please contact afdance@live.com with your CV and a covering letter explaining why you’d be suitable for this role. Learn more: www. afdance.co.uk

PRIVATE BOX NUMBER SERVICE If you do not wish to publish your contact details you can request a private box number. This means that applicants will contact the ISTD marketing department first, then we will forward any enquiries to you. This is available on request free of charge.

Retiring teacher means the Essex Dance Theatre, established 44 years, needs an experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic DDE (preferred) teacher/s for 12–14 hours as of 16th September 2019. All Grades up to and including Intermediate. Annual show and examination session. To apply please send your CV to debbie. holme@essex.gov.uk. Visit our website: www.essexdancetheatre. co.uk

Email marketing@istd.org if you are responding to an advert with a box number. Please clearly state in the subject line which box number it is intended for. We will then forward it on to the advertiser for you who will respond to you directly. Please note that a response from the advertiser is not guaranteed.

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Dame Beryl Grey DBE Life President

COUNCIL

ISTD HEADQUARTERS

UK EXAMINATIONS

Chair Sue Passmore Vice Chair Erin Sanchez Members Annabelle Mannix Chitra Sundaram Elisabeth Swan Jeremy Kean Karen King Keith-Derrick Randolph Sho Shibata Simon Adkins

22/26 Paul Street London EC2A 4QE Tel: +44 (0)20 7377 1577 www.istd.org

Head of UK Examinations Melanie Curtis (ext. 871) mcurtis@istd.org UK Examinations Manager Danielle Wojtylo (ext. 878) daniellew@istd.org Senior UK Examinations Officer Amanda Adams (ext. 876) aadams@istd.org UK Dancesport Examinations Administrator (Timetables and reports) Sarah Brown (ext. 880) sbrown@istd.org UK Centres Officer Sadie Serridge (ext. 874) sserridge@istd.org UK Examinations Officer Georgina Winterborne (ext. 875) gwinterborne@istd.org UK Examinations Officer Kerry Mian kmian@istd.org Dancesport Medals Administrator Brian Sanders (ext. 890) bsanders@istd.org UK Examinations Administrator Georgina Bell (ext. 879) gbell@istd.org

GRAND COUNCIL

Sue Passmore Chair

Ginny Brown Chief Executive Officer

Life President Dame Beryl Grey DBE, DMus, DLitt, DEd, FRSA Members Angela Rippon OBE Anne Lingard (invited committee member) Anthony Crickmay Anthony Hurley Anthony Van Laast CBE Barbara Fewster OBE Barbara Grover Betty Laine OBE Dame Merle Park Delia Sainsbury Doreen Wells, Marchioness of Londonderry Dr Stanley Ho Gr of OIH, Chev Leg Kenneth Challinor Lesley Garratt CBE Linda Pilkington Lorna Lee Mary-Jane Duckworth Michael Rose Michael Stylianos Olive Newson Paddy Hurlings Peter Eggleton Peter Kyle Professor N F Morris MD FRCOG Robert Cohan CBE Robert Grover Sir Anthony Dowell CBE Sir Peter Wright CBE, DMus (Lond), FBSM, DLitt (B’ham) Stephen Rimington Tudor Davies Yvette Sargent Yvonne Taylor-Hill FINANCE, GENERAL PURPOSES AND AUDIT COMMITTEE Chair Jeremy Kean Committee Sue Passmore Chitra Sundaram Elisabeth Swan NOMINATION AND REMUNERATION COMMITTEE Chair Elisabeth Swan Committee Simon Adkins Karen King Sue Passmore Erin Sanchez

EXECUTIVE OFFICE Chief Executive Officer Ginny Brown (ext. 809) gbrown@istd.org Interim Artistic Director Linda Jasper (ext. 895) ljasper@istd.org Interim Finance & Operations Director Maureen Cole-Burns (ext. 805) maureencb@istd.org Artistic Projects Manager Michaela Ellis (ext. 807) mellis@istd.org Executive Assistant Gloria Taplin (ext. 806) gtaplin@istd.org HR Manager Roza Kobel (ext. 816) hr@istd.org BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIP SERVICES Membership Services & Business Development Manager Chelsea Franklin (ext. 804) cfranklin@istd.org Membership CRM Analyst Carl Bardsley (ext. 891) membership@istd.org Membership Services Assistant Thomas Kouloumas (ext. 892) membership@istd.org FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Head of Finance Saumi Dharmasena sdharmasena@istd.org Assistant Accountant Kazim Saglam (ext. 855) ksaglam@istd.org Accounts Payable (Maternity cover for Sarah Iriogbe) Joseph Alfonso (ext. 853) Accounts Receivable Raeline Moody-Wyse (ext. 854) rmoodywyse@istd.org Accounts Receivable Sandra Murdock (ext. 850) smurdock@istd.org PROJECT, OPERATIONS & FACILITIES Receptionist (Mon-Wed) Laura Henderson (ext. 800) receptionHQ@istd.org Receptionist (Thu-Fri) Katie Barrett (ext. 800) receptionHQ@istd.org Facilities Manager TBC (ext. 812)

INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS Head of International Examinations Janne Karkkainen (ext. 860) jkarkkainen@istd.org International Examinations Manager Eve Drakouli (ext. 862) edrakouli@istd.org International Examinations Officer Alex Batts (ext. 867) abatts@istd.org Europe – Ireland, Portugal; Asia – China [mainland, Hong Kong, Macau], India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam; Middle East – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates; Caribbean – Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad; Africa – Seychelles International Examinations Officer Ylvi Jara (ext. 864) yjara@istd.org Europe – Spain, Gibraltar; Central America – Mexico; Africa – Kenya, South Africa International Examinations Officer Yannis Malavakis (ext. 866) ymalavakis@istd.org Europe – Cyprus, Greece International Examinations Officer Stephanie Russo (ext. 864) srusso@istd.org North America – Canada, USA; Oceania – Australia, New Zealand International Examinations Officer Negin Vaziri (ext. 865) nvaziri@istd.org Europe – Belgium, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Switzerland International Examinations Officer Chelsea Fox (ext. 863) cfox@istd.org Dancesport: All countries; Theatre: Europe – Germany, Malta, Norway

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International Examinations Administration Officer James Smyth-Tyrell (ext. 861) jamesst@istd.org International Examinations Administrator Zoe Richard (ext. 863) zrichard@istd.org EDUCATION & TRAINING Head of Education & Training Louise Molton (ext. 844) lmolton@istd.org Professional Development and Events Manager Mavis Saba (ext. 832) msaba@istd.org Professional Development Co-ordinator Joely Stevens (ext. 833) jstevens@istd.org Professional Development Assistant TBC International Professional Development Co-ordinator Valentina Grecchi (ext. 836) vgrecchi@istd.org International Professional Development Assistant TBC Digital Learning Manager TBC (ext. 838) Initial Qualifications Co-ordinator Gemma Bridge (ext. 834) gbridge@istd.org Higher Qualifications Co-ordinator TBC (ext. 837) MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS marketing@istd.org Head of Marketing & Communications James Scanlan (ext. 820) jscanlan@istd.org Design & Publications Manager (Mon, Tue & Wed, working out of office) Tamsin Moore tmoore@istd.org Senior Graphic Designer Richard Czapnik (ext. 821) richardc@istd.org Marketing & Communications Officer Katie Andrews (ext. 822) kandrews@istd.org Online Marketing Officer (Tue & Wed) Birgit Diggins bdiggins@istd.org Shop Manager David Wood (ext. 810) sales@istd.org Shop Assistant Simon Hidson (ext. 811) sales@istd.org Librarian (Mon & Thurs) Sarah Jardine-Willoughby (ext. 813) sjardine-willoughby@istd.org

CUSTOMER SERVICES & QUALITY ASSURANCE

AUTHENTIC & EMERGING DANCE SUB-COMMITTEE

CSQA@istd.org Head of Customer Services & Quality Assurance Cynthia Pease (ext. 840) cpease@istd.org Quality Assurance Manager Gemma Ward (ext. 841) gward@istd.org Customer Service Officer Amy Fraser (ext. 848) afraser@istd.org Complaints & Result Enquiries complaints@istd.org Quality Assurance Officer (Dancesport, International Examinations, and Additional Needs) Tolu Alabi (ext. 846) talabi@istd.org Applications for Reasonable Adjustments (ARA) ara@istd.org Quality Assurance Assistant (Dancesport and International Examinations) TBC Quality Assurance Officer (UK Theatre Examinations) Lloyd Ford (ext. 847) lford@istd.org Quality Assurance Assistant (UK Theatre Examinations) TBC Professional Qualifications Manager Selvet Tufan (ext. 845) pqmanager@istd.org Professional Qualifications Officer Briar Luff (ext. 842) bluff@istd.org Professional Qualifications Assistant TBC Quest Applications Analyst Matt Kudzio (ext. 849) questdev@istd.org

Committee Suzanne Hammond Charles Richman Ralf Schiller

IMPERIAL DANCE & DANCESPORT FACULTIES BOARD Acting Chair Christopher Hawkins The Dancesport Faculties’ Board consists of two representatives from each of the Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence, Disco/Freestyle/ Rock ‘n’ Roll comittees, and the Emerging Dance Sub-Committee. DISCO/FREESTYLE/ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FACULTY Vice Chairs Maria Howse Nigel Kirk Committee Michelle Arnell Jonathan Reed Paul Streatfield Julia Westlake Faculty Co-ordinator Penny Childs LATIN AMERICAN FACULTY Committee Janet Clark Simon Cruwys Crystal Main Michelle Postlethwaite (co-opted) Faculty Co-ordinator Megan Garner

MODERN BALLROOM FACULTY Chair Christopher Hawkins Vice Chair Warren Boyce Committee Paula Goodyear Malcolm Hill Teresa Jay Vernon Kemp Anne Lingard (invited committee member) Richard Miles Claire Thompson Co-ordinator Megan Garner SEQUENCE FACULTY Vice Chair Robert Aldred Committee Louise Aldred Louise Sampson Diana Wykes Faculty Co-ordinator Megan Garner IMPERIAL DANCE & THEATRE FACULTIES BOARD Chair Kay Ball Vice Chair Vivienne Saxton Cecchetti Ballet Catherine Hutchon Cara Drower Classical Greek Carol Vasko Fiona Sheehan Classical Indian Dance Sujata Banerjee MBE Nina Rajarani MBE Imperial Ballet Judith Hockaday Modern Theatre Tereza Theodoulou Lyn Richardson National Dance Jacqueline Ferguson Barbara Simons Tap Dance Nick French CECCHETTI CLASSICAL BALLET FACULTY Chair Catherine Hutchon Vice Chair Kate Simmons Committee Cara Drower Linda Isaacs Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud Sandra Powell Sarah Wells Faculty Co-ordinator Sharon Orme

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CLASSICAL GREEK DANCE FACULTY Chair Kay Ball Vice Chair Carol Vasko Committee Lucy Pohl Alison Seddon Fiona Sheehan Amanda Wilkins Co-ordinator Penny Childs CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE FACULTY Chair Sujata Banerjee MBE Vice Chair Nina Rajarani MBE Committee Chitraleka Bolar Pushkala Gopal Kiran Ratna Dr Swati Raut Urja Desai Thakore Co-ordinator Shivaangee Agrawal IMPERIAL CLASSICAL BALLET FACULTY Chair Vivienne Saxton Vice Chair Celia Johnson Committee Corraine Collins Jacqueline Gray Judith Hockaday Janet Marshall Helen Steggles Faculty Co-ordinator Julia Beattie MODERN THEATRE DANCE FACULTY Chair Tereza Theodoulou Vice Chair Lyn Richardson Committee Ruth Armstrong Jackie Barnes Penny Meekings Katie Morea Sarah Wilson Co-ordinator Toni Ketterer NATIONAL DANCE FACULTY Chair Jacqueline Ferguson Vice-Chair Barbara Simons Committee Heather Burns Cathi Conroy-Jones Co-ordinator Julia Beattie

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TAP DANCE FACULTY Chair Nick French Vice Chair Heather Rees Committee Carol Ball Alison Forrester Helen Green Jackie Hutt Nathan James Faculty Co-ordinator Caroline Lavelle

Modern Theatre Dance Faculty Toni Ketterer 29 Greenway, Frinton on Sea Essex CO13 9AL Tel: 01255 852299 Email: modern@istd.org National Dance Faculty Julia Beattie 8 School Close, Braunston, Daventry Northants NN11 7JD Tel: 01788 899127 Email: national@istd.org

DANCE RESEARCH COMMITTEE Chair Dr Susan Danby Committee Diana Scrivener Fiona Sheehan Co-ordinator and Committee Member Nicola Gaines NATURAL MOVEMENT GROUP Chair and Co-ordinator Jean Kelly Committee Jacqueline Ferguson FACULTY CO-ORDINATORS Disco/Freestyle/Rock ‘n’ Roll (DFR) Faculty Penny Childs 14 Whitmore Close Bridgnorth WV16 4LR Tel: 07786 508727 Email: dfr@istd.org Latin American Faculty Modern Ballroom Faculty Sequence Faculty Megan Garner 22/26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE Tel: 020 7377 1577 Email: mgarner@istd.org Cecchetti Classical Ballet Faculty Sharon Orme 9 Sheppard Drive, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6QE Tel: 07551 159471 Email: cecchetti@istd.org Classical Greek Dance Faculty Penny Childs 14 Whitmore Close Bridgnorth WV16 4LR Tel: 07786 508727 Email: classicalgreek@istd.org Classical Indian Dance Faculty Shivaangee Agrawal Email: classicalindian@istd.org Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty Julia Beattie 8 School Close, Braunston, Daventry Northants NN11 7JD Tel: 01788 899127 Email: imperialballet@istd.org

Tap Dance Faculty Caroline Lavelle Tel: 07900 741472 Email: tap@istd.org Dance Research Committee Nicola Gaines Ludwell House, Charing Kent TN27 0LS Tel: 01233 712469 Fax: 01233 712768 Email: n.gainesarmitage@tiscali.co.uk ISTD INTERNATIONAL LIAISON OFFICERS Mexico Gail Clifford Via Villa Florence 2-F Col.Jesus Del Monte Huixquilucan, Edo de Mexico CP 52763 Mexico Tel: +52 55 52473409 Cell: +52 (1) 55 25607289 Email: gailcliff45@gmail.com South Africa Delia Sainsbury 7 Perrault Road, Hout Bay Cape Town 7806 South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 21 4184600 Cell: +27 (0) 83 556 7849 Email: wtschool@mweb.co.za ISTD LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE (MALTA) Malta Cecchetti/Modern Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud 10 Santa Cruz Triq L-Irmigg Msida MSD 03 Malta Tel/Fax: + (356) 21242465 Email: thedanceworkshop@ gmail.com HISTORICAL AFFILIATION South Africa The Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa, National and International Secretary, Eileen Philips Tel: +27 (0) 11 782 0677 Email: cecchetti@yebo.co.za

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 2019 12th May Classical Greek Dance Festival Finals Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

June 2019 2nd June Janet Cram Awards Finals The Greenwood Theatre, London Modern Theatre 9th June Sequence Medallist Festival Venue TBC

July 2019 13th–20th July ISTD International Student & Teacher Summer Schools Sportilia in Spinello FC Italy 14th July Street Dance Competition Day Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Disco, Freestyle, Rock ‘n’ Roll

20th–21st July Dancesport Congress Worthing Assembly Hall 20th–21st July U.Dance 2019 Southbank Centre, London 21st–26th July Cecchetti Summer School for Teachers and Cecchetti Summer School for Students Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham 28th July–2nd August Cecchetti Summer School for Young Dancers Tring Park

August 2019 1st–4th August ISTD Student and Teacher Summer School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 5th–13th August ISTD Residential Summer School University of Chichester

23rd–27th August Cecchetti Summer School Tokyo, Japan

September 2019 15th September Dance Exchange The Elgiva Theatre, Bucks Disco, Freestyle, Rock ‘n’ Roll

October 2019 6th October National Grand Finals Guildford Spectrum Disco, Freestyle, Rock ‘n’ Roll 27th October Junior Awards The Venue, Milton Keynes Imperial Classical Ballet

10th November Jazz & West End Workshops Performers College, Essex Modern Theatre 10th November Ruby Ginner Awards The Venue, Milton Keynes Classical Greek 21st–24th November Malaysian Awards 2019 Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Selangor, Malaysia 24th November Robert Harrold Memorial Day of Dance Preston College, Lancs National Dance

November 2019 2nd November Blackpool Grand Finals The Winter Gardens, Blackpool

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This calendar is designed for you to see some of the major events at a glance. See the DANCE Extra section in this magazine for a full listing of courses. For more information, please check the faculty pages, or contact the relevant Faculty Co-ordinator. Further information is also available on istd.org. We believe this information to be correct at the time of going to print. Please note that all events can be subject to change.

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