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Ballet is one of the most demanding but also one of the most enjoyable dance forms ever created, providing benefits such as good posture, discipline and confidence building. We run Royal Academy of Dance Graded and Vocational classes encouraging the joy of movement in children from 3 years of age at our studio in Beckenham, Kent. We offer annual outings to the Royal Opera House, hold workshops and other dance related events.
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Janie Harris School of Dance. We return on Monday 5th January 2015. Until then Keep Dancing!
Baby Ballet Classes Monday & Saturday.
We hold classes starting at 3 years of age for pre school ballet on Monday at 3.15-4.00pm or Saturday at 2.00-2.45pm. It is an excellent introduction into the structure of ballet lessons, lots of images and themes are involved in the class, designed so that they are performing ballet exercises in a manner that is fun and stimulating. These are informal, imaginative ballet classes taken by a fully qualified and registered teacher. Children may attend a trial lesson on one of these days, please contact the school for further information. We are now taking bookings for the Spring term classes starting on Monday 5th January and Saturday 10th January.
Adult Ballet Tuesdays 8-9pm
Adult ballet is a great way to get toned, improve posture, coordination and connect with the inner dancer! If you danced as a child or student and are keen to dust of your ballet shoes again do come and join our enthusiastic, energetic group in Beckenham. In autumn 2014 alongside barre and centre work we learnt a wonderful hat dance whilst dancing to Gershwin, played by our wonderful pianist Cliodna. Ballet class with a live pianist, total joy! Come along in 2015 as part of your new year resolution if you want to get fit, start a new hobby, or discover the wonderful world of ballet, put 6th January 8-9pm in your diaries.
The Royal Academy of Dance was founded in 1920 to maintain the quality of dance teaching. Its Patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the President is Darcey Bussell. It's currently present in 79 countries worldwide and is one of the leading organisations in dance education and training. We hold regular ballet examinations at our dance studio in Beckenham. Children from the age of seven are considered for entry for grade one upwards when they have reached the required level of technique and performance. This term our examiner was Miss K Purvis, the results will be with us in January 2015. Well done to all candidates who worked hard over the autumn term.
We hosted a photographic session at the school on Saturday 25th October. Jason and Dariusz, two professional photographers from Ashwood & Stanton took individual and sibling photographs at the school. The event was fully booked and much fun was had by all, everyone who took part was a star and responded brilliantly. The pictures are now available for ordering, they are gorgeous!
Darcey Bussell Exhibition
There is an exhibition charting the career of Darcey Bussell at The Royal Ballet School Museum, White Lodge. Due to popular demand it has been extended until 18th December. If you would like to go please follow the link as you need to book. There is also an interesting interview on this page for those of you who would like to know more about the nation's favourite ballerina.
A group from the school visited the Royal Opera House to watch company class on the 3rd October. This proved an inspirational event in which we were all amazed by Principals Sarah Lamb and her flexibility, Steven McRae and his turns. The jumps...no one individual can be singled out, but stunning. For those who couldn't attend the event due to limited tickets paste the link below to see a class taken by the Royal Ballet Company a couple of days earlier for World Ballet Day. Watch and be inspired!
Congratulations to the Royal Academy of Dance Examination students who took grades One, Six and Seven in the Summer 2014 session. All were successful, 70% awarded Distinction. Congratulations to Alexia T and Pascale K who performed with the English Youth Ballet at the Churchill Theatre in August 2014. Well done to Hannah H who is studying for the second year as a Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet School. Anyone planning to visit the Theatre in London this autumn can i suggest you try to catch Kelsey CS in the Lion King or Hannah H in Matilda. Well done to all, we raised £105.57 for the RNLI through second hand uniform sales.