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Pantomime is almost here – Oh Yes It is !!

November 14, 2018


  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

We are pleased to announce that not only do we have 8 Babes in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this year at the Anvil , but also we have two Professional Dancers as well 🙂  Once again we are looking forward to working with UK Productions over the Holiday period with their professional pantomime starring Dani Harmer (CBBC’s Tracy Beaker) and Chris Pizzey (Basil Brush‘s Mr Stephen).

Charlotte and Morgan will be performing every show of course but our Babes will be performing on the days listed below.

Charlotte has recently graduated from Wilkes Academy and is teaching with us and Morgan is currently studying full time at Italia Conti but with time off to perform in Professional Pantomime.

The other days there will be Babes from North Hampshire Academy of Dancing and JG Dance.

Days are Babes are performing :

Thurs 13th Dec

Sunday 16th Dec

Friday 21st Dec

Monday 24th Dec

Friday 28th Dec

Monday 31st Dec

Friday 4th Jan

Get tickets at the Anvil Box Office

Good Luck to them all  – rehearsals start at the end of this month!

Oh yes they do!


Care Homes Come to Visit for a Ballet

October 29, 2018

On Saturday, instead of normal classes as it was Half Term, we pulled back together our Secret Garden Ballet performance by kind permission of the London Children’s Ballet that we performed at the Anvil in July.

The children did a great job of remembering choreography not done for a few months and re-setting for those dozen or so students that were away on holiday.  We also used our new in-house “theatre” for the first time and everyone worked really hard to put the production back together in a few hours.

Our visitors came from Applewood Care Home in Bramley, Braeburn Care Home near Reading and Homefield House Basingstoke.  We had a sizeable audience and then after the 40 min ballet; tea, biscuits and cupcakes were served to our elderly guests.

They all seemed to think the ballet very charming and many have asked for us to invite them again for other performances or for us to go and visit them too.  Sadly Naomi’s House, The Priory Group and Basing Field Care Home couldnt join us but we will make it up to them by visiting them – sometimes these residents are just too unwell to come out for visits or dont have enough staff on the day.

It was a lovely afternoon of entertainment for people that dont get out very often let alone to the ballet and the children all enjoyed being part of it.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make it happen including volunteer staff and parents

Summer Fetes and Performances

August 31, 2018


Apologies for late update, but as well as preparing for the very successful Secret Garden and Other Hidden Gems, alongside Moving Experience 2018 at the Anvil, lots of other activities went on throughout the term !  Well done to all our Performance Squads and competition dancers that helped provide entertainment at the following events

Applewood Carehome in Bramley

Four Lanes School Summer Fete

World Party in the Park  – Eastrop

B Love  – War Memorial Park

Dummer Faerie Festival

Our Performance Squads run from Age 5 through to 15 and allow the children additional opportunities to do what they love best in non competitive environment.  All students taking multiple subjects, showing dedication and commitment to their dancing and performance passion are eligible to join  – please ask Tanya which Squad you would best fit in 🙂

Pantomime Auditions for Snow White

July 5, 2018

Well done to all the dancers that auditioned for Babes roles at The Anvil yesterday for UK Productions’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarves professional pantomime over Christmas and New Year 2018/19.  Everyone worked really hard and gave their very best.

Only 8 places were available though, so special congratulations go to our 8 girls who will be one of the teams throughout the Dec-Jan run.  Ages ranging from 7-10 – Tilly, Phoebe, Lydia, Megan, Ava, Millie, Dariana and Katie.

The pantomime will star Dani Harmer (CBBC’s Tracy Beaker) and Chris Pizzey (Basil Brush‘s Mr Stephen) and will run from 13 Dec 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 with rehearsals starting for our girls in late November.

When we have a schedule of our girls performances we will publish it and  post up at the studios.

Tickets will be available at the Box Office 01256 844244

Go Team BAD 🙂

Grace returns to London Ballet Associates (Seniors)

July 4, 2018

Congratulations to Grace who has been awarded a place as an associate again for London Ballet for the academic year 2018/19.  She’ll be staying in seniors where she was promoted to this year (two years early).

Well Done Grace!


July 2, 2018

Our beautiful Vicky danced at the Dance World Cup in Sitges, Spain last week earning her place 5th in the World (and points for our Team England) in her Senior Show Dance. She wasnt placed in her Senior Modern solo but danced amazingly – there is such talent at the World Championships we were so proud to be part of Team England. Vicky, myself and Dan and our little entourage had a truly inspiring experience. Thank you Jo Arnett-Morrice for all your help guidance and enthusiasm in pulling together the UK Teams and thanks to all the DWC volunteers who were so kind helpful and cheerful.

BAD Crew Teenstar Video

June 1, 2018

RAD Ballet Exam Results Easter 2018

June 1, 2018

Well done to all 38 students passing their RAD examinations and the 7 pre-primaries taking their Class Awards last month.

We had 9 Distinctions and 29 Merits (of which 10 were high Merits over 70) ranging from Primary to Intermediate levels.

Congratulations to Harriet and Katy for receiving Bursary Awards for the highest marks in their Grade 5 Ballet Exams of 88 and 87 respectively.

Thanks to Miss Kali, Miss Charlotte, Miss Sam, and Miss Jess for the help in making this happen for the students.

And thanks also to Miss Cantine for making the examinations and class awards such fabulous dance education experience for all the students

More pictures will be posted to our Facebook page shortly




May Half Term Intensive – Video Sampler

June 1, 2018


We have had such positive feedback from our Half Term Intensive  – we will have to plan another day soon, especially as some people missed out by being away on holiday !

Great atmosphere and work ethic shown by our 30 dancers aged 8 to 17 and such an opportunity to have access to these professionals who have also given great feedback on enjoying their day of teaching.  Thank you Dan Keen for organising and thanks also to Rose, Pippa and Claudi for taking the time to enhance our students at Basingstoke Academy of Dancing.

The day started at 10am and the students had 3 workshop classes and a mock professional audition with  feedback

Well Done to everyone involved and are so glad you all enjoyed it so much !



Tap and Modern ISTD Exam Results for Easter 2018

May 21, 2018

Well done to the 60 students taking modern and tap exams over Easter with the ISTD  – 12 Distinctions, 47 Merits (including 17 High Merits) and 1 Pass.  Very pleased with all the students results and thank you to all our teaching faculty that helped them along the way but especially to Kali Dicks, Sam Dickinson and Amber Stretton as well as Principal Tanya Schipelbaum.

Bursary awards of £60 each go to Harriet and Katy for 86 and 83 for their Grade 6 and Grade 5 modern exams respectively  – and also to Katy and Dariana for Silver Tap Award and Grade 2 Tap exams respectively.

Well Done for everyone’s hard work and I know each student came out of their exam smiling so thank you to Miss O’Dowd our examiner for making it a lovely experience for them.

A photo album of all the children taking exams will be posted up on Facebook shortly.

Please note that the RAD Results will be with us shortly but that we have not had them just yet. Will let everyone know when we get them.