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July 15th 2013

Baby News

We are please to announce the safe arrival of Jack William Dando, who was born on July 10th weighing 6lb 13oz.

A big thank you for all the lovely cards, gifts and messages which we have received. We are all well and Jack is very much looking forward to meeting everyone soon!

Alison X

June 26th 2013

End of Term

All classes will finish for the summer holidays next week. The last day of term will be Monday July 8th. For the last day of term for each location please see the term dates page. Thank you for all your support this term.

I hope you have a restful and super summer! X

June 26th 2013


Please note from September 2013 we will be introducing simplified standard fees across all lessons. All classes at all venues will be charged at 4.50 (first child/class), 2.75 (second child/class) and 2.00 (subsequent child/class) per week.

This simplified system will make invoicing easier especially for families who attend classes in more than one location. Fees will be the same for all our classes and all locations making pricing fairer for all.

June 26th 2013

Staff Updates

Thank you to Jo - our lovely Class Assistant!

At the end of term we sadly say goodbye and thank you to Jo who has been a fantastic help in our classes this year. Jo initially joined us to help out after Tasha's car accident and has been a fantastic help all year! We wish Jo all the best for her new job at Addenbrookes. Jo has really enjoyed working with all the classes and has kindly agreed to return to help us with events and shows etc so we will still see her!

We also thank and say goodbye to our Secretary Sheila who is also leaving us at the end of term. Thank you for taking all the paperwork off my hands!!

In September 2013 we welcome Natalie who will be joining us as and taking over the Class Assistant and Secretary role. Natalie has previously worked with us behind the scenes at many of our shows, displays and exams. She has been working as a primary school teacher in Gran Canaria for the past two years and has now returned to Cambridge to work with us. Natalie will be available in all classes fitting uniform, dealing with admin and offering additional support to children throughout the class. If you have any admin questions or uniform requests please speak to Natalie or contact her via email: secretary@adsdance.co.uk.

Please note the new address for the secretary effective from now is:
Old Orchard
Common Road
Weston Colville
CB21 5NS


June 11th 2013

Record Exam Results! CONGRATULATIONS!

We have now received all of our exam marks and I am delighted to announce record results! The overall marks were are as follows:

Distinctions 36
Merits 69
Passes 0
Fails 0

These are absolutely fantastic results and I am extremely proud of everyone.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for all your hard work!


More exam pictures can be found in our gallery here.

June 11th 2013

Cubjam's Got Talent Winners!

Congratulations to Edward and Charlie who won this year's Cubjam's Got Talent during half term!

Edward and Charlie wowed the judges with their Street Dance moves and rather cool style! Out of 2,000 cubs they got to the final and won the overall 'Best Dance Act' Well done boys!


May 23rd 2013

Half Term

Please note there will be no classes next week during half term (Saturday May 25th to Friday May 31st inclusive).

For full term dates please click here

Have a lovely half term!

May 23rd 2013

Sophie Covering Classes

Sophie will be joining us the second week after May half term to work alongside me for the remainder of the summer term. Sophie and I will be working together until the end of term. During this time Sophie will be getting to know all the children and classes ready to take over from me in September while I am away on maternity leave (September to Christmas).

Sophie currently teaches our Clare and Ridgewell Street dance and Cheerleading classes and is looking forward to working with us more.

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.


May 23rd 2013

Stacey Hunt Covering Sophie's Clare Classes

Stacey Hunt will be joining us after May half term and will be covering Sophie's Clare Street Dance and Cheerleading classes while Sophie is covering for me in the Town Hall while I am away on maternity leave. Stacey will come and watch classes with Sophie the first week back after half term and then take over from Sophie the following week.

Stacey has covered these classes before and will know some of the children already. Stacey currently teaches our Linton Street dance classes and Adult Zumba in Ridgewell.

Stacey Hunt

Stacey Started dancing at the age of 3 years old and soon discovered her love for it. Stacey trained at Bodywork Dance Company from the age of 16 and was taught by dancers such as Louis Spence and Kevin Adams.

Stacey has enjoyed performing in many shows including the West End and has represented East Anglia in a Street dance competition on ITV. Stacey has been teaching Street dance to children since 2007. Stacey is also a qualified Zumba instructor.

Stacey is First Aid trained and CRB checked.


May 14th 2013

Summer Dance Displays

We have been lucky enough to be have been asked to perform at several shows and fetes over the summer. Details for each class are below.

Clare Classes

Stansfield Fete

We have been invited to dance at Stansfield fete on Saturday June 1st at Stansfield Village Hall. There will be lots of games, stalls and events including a dog show and should be a lovely day out for all!

If your child would like to take part please meet at 2:45pm near the outside arena on the grass ready to dance. Our performance slot is 3:00-3:30pm. We will be dancing on the grass (weather permitting!) All friends and family are invited to come along and watch.

Please wear your normal dance clothes worn for class (and bring a big smile!)

Stansfield is about a 9 minute drive from Clare through Poslingford (4.5 miles)

Directions from Clare to Stansfield Village Hall (CO10 8LP):

1. Head north on B1063 toward High St
2. Turn right onto Callis St/B1063
Continue to follow B1063
3. Slight right onto Clare Rd
4. Slight left onto The St
5. Continue onto Upper St
6. Continue onto High St
7. High St turns slightly left and becomes Lower St
Destination will be on the left

Please let us know next week if your child can attend or by emailing myself or the secretary. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Balsham Classes

June Revels

We have been invited to dance at the Balsham June Revels on Saturday June 15th at Balsham Meadow School.

I would like to invite all our dancers to take part in a short performance to display our talents! (hopefully in the sunshine!)

Further details will follow. Please put the date in your diaries!

Ridgewell Classes

Ridgewell Summer Show 2013

We have been invited to dance at the Ridgewell Summer Show on Saturday July Saturday July 6th at Ridgewell Village Hall.

The fete will be 1:30-5:00pm; we will have a 30 minute performance slot (exact time to be confirmed- I have requested around 3pm).

I would like to invite all our dancers take part in a short performance to display our talents! Further details will follow. Please put the date in your diaries!

Great Yeldham Summer Fayre 2013

We have also been invited to dance at Great Yeldham Summer Fayre on Saturday July 13th. I unfortunately cannot attend this as I am involved with another event on the same day.

However a few parents from the Pre-Primary Class (3:45-4:30pm) and the Grade 1 class (4:30-5:30pm) with the help of Kealey Saunders (who is one of the Great Yeldham Fayre organisers) have kindly offered to oversee the children dancing if they would like to attend. I would therefore like to invite children from these two classes to take part if they would like to. Parents will need to please stay with their own children whilst waiting to perform as I will not be there.

Further details will follow.

Next year we will all do this one too!

Linton Classes (Street Dance & Cheerleading only)

Linton Heights Summer Fair

Our Street dance and Cheerleading classes have been invited to dance at the Linton Heights Summer Fair on Friday July 12th at Linton Heights School.

The fair will be 5:00-7:30pm; we will have a performance slot around 6pm (exact time to be confirmed). I would like to invite all our dancers from these classes to take part in a short performance to display our talents! Further details will follow.

Please put the date in your diaries!

Unfortunately I am unable to attend this event so Stacey will be taking the Street Dance and Cheerleading classes only. Next year we will hopefully all go and all classes can attend.

May 7th 2013

Exam Well Done!

A MASSIVE WELL DONE to everyone who took exams at the weekend! You were super!!!

The exams went really well and everyone seemed to enjoy it!

Thank you to all the dancers for your hard work and efforts leading up to the exams. Also a big thank you to all parents for your extra time and support for the exams. Although I do not know any specific marks I received some lovely general feedback from the examiners at tahe end of each day. Excellent!

Results usually take around 6 weeks, this depends on how quickly individual examiners return paperwork to the ISTD. Sometimes it can be really quick and others not so. This is however the busiest time of year for exams approaching the end of the school year so may unfortunately take longer. I hope to receive all results before we breakup for the summer holidays.

As soon as I have results I will let you know!!!

If anyone has any photos of their children before they went into the exams and would like them to go on our website gallery please forward them to me at: alison@adsdance.co.uk. Thank you.

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