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March 12th 2013

New Adult Tap Class

Our adult tap class has now restarted on Monday evenings in Ridgewell Village Hall 8:30 - 9:15pm. This class follows our Zumba lessons at 7:45 - 8:30pm.

Tap is a fun and enjoyable way to exercise, and we welcome all ages and abilities. Classes cost 5 payable weekly, and there is no need to book - just come along!

March 12th 2013

Congratulations to Tasha and Richard!

Baby Isaac was born on Monday March 4th weighing 8lbs 3oz.

Tasha and Isaac are both really well and healthy.


March 4th 2013

Exam Session

Our exam session has now been confirmed. The dates are as follows: Saturday May 4th for Ballet exams and Sunday May 5th for Modern exams.

All exams and extra rehearsals will take place at Linton Village College dance studio. For directions to the studio please see the Linton class information.

If your child has been invited to take an exam please let us know whether they will be participating by Friday March 15th. If you have any questions regarding the exams please do not hesitate to contact Alison.

February 13th 2013

Baby News

Matt and I are very pleased to announce we are expecting our first baby! Which will be due at the end of July.

I will continue working up to the summer holidays as normal. I plan to have the Autumn term 2013 off (September to Christmas) and return to all Balsham, Ridgewell, Clare and Linton Classes in January 2014.

Autumn Term 2013

Sophie Hughes will be covering my classes during the Autumn term 2013. Sophie has been teaching some of our Street dance and Cheerleading classes for the last few months and is looking forward to working with us more.

All the students and classes we have built up during the last 5 years mean so much to me, and I am therefore pleased I have found Sophie to cover. I have every confidence that Sophie will do a brilliant job, teach well and look after the students in my absence. Each branch of classes now also have 'Head Students' - pupils from the older classes who will be helping out in some younger classes too.

During the next few weeks Sophie will come along to classes to meet everyone and watch our lessons. After May half term Sophie will attend all classes working alongside me until the end of the Summer term. This will give everyone time to become familiar with Sophie before I leave, ready for her to take over in September.

We also hope to welcome Tasha back to teaching some of our Street Dance and Cheerleading classes in September. Tasha has not yet confirmed which classes she will be available for so I will keep you posted!

Stacey Hunt will also be joining us in the Summer term covering Sophie's Clare Street Dance and Cheerleading classes while Sophie is teaching for me.

All classes and pupils are very important to me I am extremely keen for this time to go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at any time: alison@adsdance.co.uk / 07825 868718

Alison x

Sophie Hughes

Sophie is an experienced dancer and dance teacher. She trained at The Royal Ballet from the age of 7 and was extremely privileged to work with some of the industry's most respected choreographers including Sir Peter Wright, Dame Merle Park and Sir Anthony Dowell. Sophie continued her dance training at Millennium Dance 2000 completing a National Diploma in Performing Arts.

Sophie has been teaching various styles of dance for 8 years and has been teaching Street Dance and Cheerleading with us for several months now. Sophie is a qualified IDTA dance teacher and Cheerleading Coach Level 3 with the UKCA, along with being a qualified Exercise to Music Aerobics Instructor Level 2 and Zumba Instructor. She also holds Elementary and Intermediate Classical Ballet Award with RAD and Intermediate Classical Ballet Award with IDTA.

Sophie is CRB checked and First Aid Trained.


January 21st 2013

Bad Weather

Please note, during bad weather we will always aim to keep classes running for everyone who can safely make it.

If we need to cancel any lessons for bad weather or for any other reason we will always let you know.

Take care and enjoy the snow!

January 07th 2013

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. Classes for the Spring term commence today, I hope everyone has had a good rest and is ready for the term ahead!

Please see the term dates page for full details of Spring term. Please note half term for Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex are different this term.

This term we will be working hard towards ISTD examinations for everyone interested. We are currently waiting for confirmation of possible exam dates, which we now expect to be around Easter. Children who are ready for examinations and have expressed an interest to take part will receive details and invitations shortly.

As a result of positive feedback, the website will continue to be the main source of news and information for the school. If you have any suggestions for improvements or new content for the website please contact us or email alison@adsdance.co.uk

Uniform will continue to be ordered through the website to prevent distruption to lessons. Please check back regularly as our new Alison Dando School of Dance t-shirts and hoodies will appear shortly!

Happy Dancing!

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