Summer Workshops

We’re so lucky in Tunbridge Wells to have such wealth of Summer workshops and activities to choose from! In this month’s blog we take a look at what is taking place locally and beyond to inspire you for the upcoming months!

 

As You Are! Productions

Established in 2018, As You Are! Productions combines the superb talents of Amy Nicholls and Scarlett Leigh Fawcett, to create fun, innovative and expressive productions for children that allow them to be who they want to be. Both Amy and Scarlett have extensive experience as professional dancers and actors, from Shakespeare to the West End, and are teachers at some of the top schools in the area.

With the aim of bringing the arts to all children in order to give them a key foundation of technique and discipline, whilst encouraging imagination and confidence, their week long ’Dream a Little Dream’ workshop runs from 20-24th August and promises to be 5 full days of singing, dancing and creating an original production to be performed at the end of the week!

https://www.asyouareproductions.co.uk/

 

Associates

Tonbridge-based dance school Associates are once again running their popular summer workshops on various dates in August. The school, well-known locally for its exceptional teaching in a wide range of disciplines from classical ballet to jazz and musical theatre, has a reputation for running workshops that are fun and engaging, run by some of the school’s top teachers who have vast experience in theatre and dance.

Themes this summer include ‘Hair Up’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’, and sessions offer children of varying ages the chance to immerse themselves in the all-singing all-dancing theme, with some including a spot arts and crafts too! The 1-day sessions are great value at £30 and are the perfect way to make new friends and try something new.

https://www.associatesdance.co.uk/contact

 

Just Dance

Just Dance are running a number of different workshops in Tunbridge Wells this summer, but our favourite has to be the Woodland Fairy Ballet Workshop. This 2-day workshop at the end of July promises to be the most magical start to the summer holidays, offering the chance for children in Years 1 and 2 the chance to learn beautiful ballet routines in a woodland setting! Children have the opportunity to make crafts to take home and perform for parents in full fairy outfits – the stuff of dreams!

Just Dance are also running workshops with themes such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Tangled’ across various dates in August.

https://justdanceuk.co.uk/childrens-dance-classes/holiday-clubs/

 

Italia Conti

Theatre and dance school Italia Conti Associates are well-known for bringing the full performance experience to children through their classes and the opportunity for performing in a professional setting. This summer they are running a Performing Arts School which is open to anyone between the ages of 6 and 17, which will be an amazing opportunity for children to work with some fantastic teachers and industry professionals!

https://www.italiaconti-twells.com/

 

Elmhurst Summer School

For something extra special, the Elmhurst Summer school really stands out. Delivered by members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, these consist of week long residential courses for students aged from 11 – 13 and 14 – 19, which present a unique opportunity to learn from professional dancers in a state-of-the-art studio setting. The workshops culminate in a performance in the Studio Theatre, and also include Q&A with the ballet company members and a disco!

https://www.elmhurstdance.co.uk/Summer-School-1.html

 

Whatever you’re up to this summer, we’d love to see your pictures!

With love,

The Dancing Boutique Team x

 

Top Shows of 2018

This year is shaping up to be a fantastic year for theatre both in London’s West End and locally! From smash-hit musicals, hugely anticipated shows, brand new plays and the revival of classics, there really is something for everyone – in fact it’s almost too difficult to choose which to see first!

We’ve taken a look at some of the shows we’re looking forward to most…

  1. Tina The Musical – Aldwych Theatre

The incredible story of Tina Turner’s life, from her difficult early years through to super-stardom, has equally incredible songs to go with it! From director Philippa Lloyd, who directed the world premier of Mamma Mia!, this highly-anticipated production is already a smash hit and has won rave reviews from critics and the audience alike!

 

  1. Grease – Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

We can’t wait for the fabulous TWODS production of the all-time classic Grease which is on from 15th – 19th May in Tunbridge Wells! TWODS shows are always a must-see, showcasing some of the best talent in acting, singing, dancing and theatre production that the area has to offer, and this will be no exception! Guaranteed to be a great night out, tickets are now on sale at https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

 

  1. Aladdin – Prince Edward Theatre

Following the successful ongoing run of The Lion King in London, still one of the hottest shows in the city, Disney Theatrical Productions brings the magical world of Aladdin to the West End this year! With all the classic songs from the original Disney film adaption, this one is perfect for kids and grown-ups alike!

 

  1. The Merchant Of Venice – Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

We’re lucky in Tunbridge Wells to have not one but two fabulous theatres! In June, coastal touring theatre company, Bowler Crab, bring the classic Shakespearean tale The Merchant Of Venice to the atmospheric Trinity Theatre – with laughter, romance and a few tears too, this is not to be missed! Tickets are available now at www.trinitytheatre.net

 

  1. Quiz – Noel Coward Theatre

For something a bit different, we’ve chosen Quiz – from prolific playwright James Graham. Following glowing reviews from its run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, this game show-based play is set to wow audiences with its unique interactive elements and surprisingly thought-provoking themes throughout.

 

  1. Chicago – Phoenix Theatre

It might be an old classic, but Chicago is one of our top picks as it never fails to entertain and delight with its unique take on Vaudevillian criminal life. Now in its 21st year in London, there have been many celebrities grace the stage in leading roles over the years, and this time Cuba Gooding Jr. is starring in his London theatre debut.

 

  1. School of Rock – New London Theatre

Based on the 2003 blockbuster film, the highly-anticipated production of School of Rock boasts music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics from Glenn Slater. The hilarious and heart-warming story is performed to perfection by the fantastic young stars of the show, making this is the perfect show for all the family!

 

  1. For our final must-see show, we couldn’t pick just one! So, we want to celebrate all the upcoming dance school shows that are taking place over the next few months locally and further afield! At the Dancing Boutique we’re proud to play just a little part in what makes your shows so fantastic, whether it’s providing a special costume, a new pair of shoes or just a tiny piece of elastic, and we love hearing how excited you are and seeing the passion you put into your performances!

Good luck to everyone who is lucky enough to be performing on stage this summer – enjoy every moment and be proud of yourselves!

Kim & The Dancing Boutique Team x

Pointe Shoe Fitting Top Tips!

So your teacher has told you that you’re ready to start pointe work – one of the most exciting milestones in a young dancer’s life! Anyone who has watched their idol dancing at the Royal Opera House dreams of the day they can take those first few steps on pointe.

Adolescent feet are still growing, and it’s important to make sure your shoes are fitted correctly. These are our top tips to make sure you get the perfect fit:

  1. Book an appointment with a pointe shoe specialist

Call up the shop you want to visit so that they can make sure they have enough staff present for to devote time to you and your fitting.

Don’t forget that all staff at The Dancing Boutique are fully trained in fitting all makes of point shoes, and we stock all main brands in our Tunbridge Wells shop!

  1. Wear the correct attire

It’s really important that your wear your regular ballet tights to get a really fantastic fit, and leggings are useful as they allow you to fully bend and stretch to check the fit of the shoe in all positions.

We stock many types of tights – why not stock up whilst you’re here?

  1. Talk about toe pads

Most dancers prefer to wear toe pads inside their shoes for extra protection. It’s a good idea to wear these whilst your shoes are fitted as they may make quite a difference to the fit.

At The Dancing Boutique we stock a wide range of toe pads and we are happy to talk your through the different options available.

  1. Be honest with your fitter!

Nobody has any idea what pointe work is meant to feel like before they start it. Be honest with your fitter – although they will talk your through all elements of the fitting, your feedback is essential to make sure that the right shoe is chosen for you.

  1. Looking after your shoes

There are many different preferences for looking after pointe shoes. Most dancers want to create a non-slip surface on the toe platform, and this is usually done either by darning the platform or using a stick-on suede tips. As with your soft satin shoes, pointe shoes are secured to the feet using ribbon and elastic.

If you’d like any information about how to look after your shoes, then speak to us in store – we’d be pleased to talk through the process and have a wide selection of accessories available.

Once you and your fitter have decided on a pair of shoes, they will advise you where to put your ribbons and elastic. You are then ready to go! It’s always a good idea to show your ballet teacher your new shoes before attaching any ribbons so she can confirm the fit before letting you dance on pointe.

If you have any questions about pointe shoes, fitting, accessories or how to care for your shoes then give us a call or visit us in our Tunbridge Wells shop.