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Snow Snow Snow !
February 1, 2019
Friday morning classes 1st February cancelled due to Snow.
- ISTD Advanced 1 Ballet
- Relaxed Contemporary
- ISTD Grade 5 Ballet
Classes will be made up in half-term 22nd February
New Dance floor
January 3, 2019
We have a new shiny dance floor!!
Being a professional (and therefore expensive!!) commodity we have purchased to improve our facilities for you, our lovely dancers, we ask that everyone helps us look after it.
You can help by;
- Removing outdoor footwear BEFORE going into the studio, (still of course using the cubbies to store your personal bits and bobs!)
- Tappers – checking your shoes for loose or protruding screws!
- Keeping an eye out for loose edges or tapes. Spare tape is in the cupboard under the stairs if needed but do let the Teacher or one of the Trustees know if you spot anything that doesn’t look right!
Monday Mix Up !
December 9, 2018
As we approach the new year, you may have seen that we are offering a new class from January!
Natalie Dodd has taken the decision to move her career in way that takes her away from WDS on a Monday night. We are sad to see her go, but wish her the very best in her new ventures and insist that she is not a stranger to us!!
So, with Natalie moving on, we have been given the opportunity to mix up Mondays!
From January we welcome to the teaching team :
- Laura Porter ! She will be taking on the Beginners Courses at 6:30pm, and introduce a BRAND NEW Lyrical Jazz class at 7:30pm.
- Helen Ledsome ! Helen will turn her dancing shoes to teaching the Improvers Tap class at 8:30pm.
Gotta Dance! Montage
November 12, 2018
For the last few years we have started our shows with a 'Montage' of dances of different styles joined together with a single theme. This year we can reveal that the theme for the Gotta Dance! Montage is based on the musical City of Angels.
There will be three blocks or choreography, and we are looking for dancers to sign-up for the first and third part (yes, you can sign-up for both parts if you want).
The three Parts and the relevant Choreographers are as follows:
- Part One - With Every Breath I Take - Laura Porter/Sharp
- Part Two - Fiesta (Men only) - Jen Dyson
- Part Three - Finale - Jen Dyson
For this show we are making a change to the way in which the Montage choreography is taught. Instead of fighting for class time with other pieces all of the Montage choreography rehearsals will be held on Sundays.
The dates for the rehearsals are 13th January, 27th January, 3rd February, 10th February and 3rd March 2019 and the rehearsals are at 10:00am to 11:30am for Part One, and 11:30am to 1:00pm for Part Three.
If you are interested, and you can commit to the Sunday dates, sign-up sheets are on the studio notice board.
Please sign-up before 1st December.
New Lyrical Jazz class
November 10, 2018
Lyrical Jazz - Monday nights from 7:30pm
An energetic class combining elements of ballet and jazz. Classes consist of a warm up, body conditioning, corner work and a routine.
A fun class structured for experienced dancers with good jazz and ballet technique.
Starts 14th January 2019
Taught by Laura Sharp / Porter
Gotta Dance !
November 6, 2018
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our 2019 studio show GOTTA DANCE!
The show is open to everyone attending classes at the studio, so if you want to get involved come along to class from January and learn the choreography.
There are also many opportunities that do not involve going on stage. Please let us know if you could help out with front of house, costumes, stage management etc.
We would love everyone to start thinking about getting involved so here are the important dates for your diaries:
Sunday run-throughs at the WDS Studio
- Sunday 28th April
- Sunday 5th May
Please keep these days free.
Technical and Dress rehearsals at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre
- Act 1 Technical Rehearsal - Sunday 12th May
- Act 2 Technical Rehearsal - Monday 13th May
- Dress Rehearsal - Tuesday 15th May
Ready to start at 6:30pm.
- Wednesday 15th May
- Thursday 16th May
- Friday 17th May
- Saturday 18th May
Warm-up on stage at 6:30pm.
Show tickets will be on sale from the WDS online show from 2nd March.
More details to come in future posts...
Welcome to the BLOG
October 30, 2018
Welcome to the WDS Blog !
If you want to keep updated and informed about everything that is going on at WDS this is the place to check. We will be making regular posts and updates related to our Classes, Shows, and other important events.
So bookmark this page, or add the RSS Feed, and have the latest information at your finger-tips...
Eastbourne Dance Space
January 1, 2015
We have great pleasure in introducing Eastbourne Dance Space, a sister studio to Woking Dance Space, opening in January 2015.
The studio has been established by Claire Tabraham, who was previously a teacher and trustee at WDS. They are starting with a great timetable including Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary classes running during the daytime and evenings.
We wish Claire every success with her new venture. If you are in the Eastbourne area and are looking for a dance class you know where to go..
Hot Hot Hot !
July 22, 2013
Members of Woking Dance Space braved the 30 degree heat on 13th July to perform in Woking’s summer event, Party in the Park.
They presented three popular pieces from our recent show (Taylor, Runaway Baby and Zorbing), as well as reprised the pretty Village Fete ballet from a previous show.
These were performed on the Main Stage and the Big Top – both only a few degrees shy of temperatures hot enough to melt the dance floor.
A group of our dancers also performed in Encounter, a 20 minute long piece, themed around the idea of journeys and involving other community groups, choreographed by Temujin (of Olympic dancing-nurses fame!) and danced in weather defying wellies and rucksacks.
The liberal application of iced water bottles and towels kept everyone on their feet, and WDS proved yet again that they are one of the best community dance groups in the area!
Many thanks to everyone who came and supported us!
Dance classes and workshop with the Royal Ballet
August 1, 2012
On 1st September 2012 we are hosting a day of dance classes taught by members of the Royal Ballet, followed by a cocktail party, to help raise funds for a project called INALA (‘An abundance of goodwill’).
The project aims to celebrate and raise awareness of South African culture, with music by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, choreography by Mark Baldwin and dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert.
The project is being managed by Sisters Grimm, with support from the Royal Ballet, Rambert and Sadler's Wells Theatre, where it will be performed in July 2013.
To book your place for the INALA Masterclasses and Cocktail Party
|Ballet Masterclass||10:00 - 11:15||ages 11 - 16 (Intermediate standard)|
|Ballet Masterclass||11:30 - 1:00||ages 13 - 18 (pre-professional standard)|
|Ballet Masterclass||1:30 - 3:00||adults aged 16+ (Inter / Adv standard)|
|Ballet Repertoire||3:00 - 4:00||adults|
|Cocktail Party||7:30pm onwards||with members of the INALA project|
Classes cost £20 each. Please email@example.com with your booking information and post cheque to Woking Dance Space, Mayford Centre, Smarts Heath Rd, Mayford, Surrey GU22 0PP.
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