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  • An Interview with.... Lorna Procter-Cook | Dance Depot
    at Procter Dance Academy Well we do a show every 2 years here at Procter Dance Academy but the time and effort that goes into them means that they are a spectacular performance every time We sell 1600 tickets on average We can seat 800 people so we do 2 shows to meet the demand as the tickets usually do sell out really quickly What is unique about Procter Dance Academy I try to instil discipline with all my students I like them to come to class on time in the right attire and giving the same commitment that I give to the students in their classes At the end of the day it is a hobby for them however I do strongly feel that if you look the part you will feel the part and perform to your best There have been students who have attended The Royal Ballet School who have forged careers with ballet companies such as Bordeaux Ballet Many students have gone on to complete three year vocational training at some of the most prestigious dance colleges eg Liane Theatre Arts Doreen Bairds London studio and are now currently working as professional dancers on cruise ships and musicals Describe a typical day as the principal of Procter Dance Academy So in the morning after the school run I will plan my classes which takes around an hour Various admin tasks My mum does all the ordering of uniforms for the academy Then I plan all of the exam classes If it s a show then it s time choreographing organising costumes I arrive at the studio for 3pm start classes at 4 30pm then work right through to 9 30pm 5 days per week 9 5 Saturday Sunday is usually reserved for any courses that I have to do I am also the chairperson for the Royal Academy Of Dance RAD This involves meeting with teachers giving feedback to the RAD on any issues that teachers have regarding anything really I go down to the RAD headquarters 3 times per year to meet with the board of directors and to discuss any issues So that s basically it What do you wear for class rehearsals Students wear prescribed uniforms set out by myself and also the regulators of the RAD What kind of music do your students dance to Mostly it is syllabus music It really depends what genre of dance they are doing If it s jazz class it is going to be commercial music if it s ballet then it would be classical and modern might be pop it is so varied What is your secret to taking care of a dancer s feet Most important healthy diet healthy bones mean healthy feet A correctly fitted shoe is crucial if they are wearing pointe shoes then make sure they are correctly fitted by someone experienced or someone who has done a course on pointe shoe fitting Brands like Bloch all provide courses for teachers

    Original URL path: http://www.dancedepot.co.uk/blog/an-interview-with-lorna-procter-cook/ (2016-04-25)
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  • Back to dance Essentials for a New Dance Year | Dance Depot
    of any dance school or club and are compatible with complementary accessories including wrap cardigans skirts or tutus which transform a basic leotard into a recital ready outfit that accentuates your lines and shows off your elegance and poise at its very best Dance Tights Helping you to feel comfortable supported and confident as you practice or perform tights are an essential piece of clothing no matter what kind of dance genre you choose From delicate nudes and pastel shades to show stopping American tan tight in a matt fishnet or shimmer finish you can find the perfect footed footless or stirrup ballet tights among our range Sourced from brands that are respected in the dance community for their fit durability and comfort we supply Roch Valley Silky Dance Depot and Capezio tights in a choice of sizes and colours that will match or contrast beautifully with the leotards tutus and skirts in our range Dance Shoes Dance shoes are one of the most important pieces of dancewear to get right you want a shoe that matches your ability supports your foot as you strengthen it through practice and allows you to feel sure and confident of your steps At Dance Depot we supply a full range of leather satin and canvas ballet shoes stocking our own full sole ballet shoes as well as full sole and split sole ballet shoes from Bloch Capezio Leos and Sansha For beginners full sole ballet shoes provide strong support while split soles offer greater flexibility as you progress in ballet Once you ve mastered the basic ballet footwork techniques and are beginning to develop the foot s strength and flexibility for en point dancing it will be time to progress to Pointe shoes but only after 3 5 years of taking ballet classes

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  • 2016 Weissman Costume Collection at Dance Depot | Dance Depot
    many contestants having attended stage schools or performing arts colleges The increasing accessibility of touring professional dance productions is also helping to inspire a new generation of dancers as well as the thriving music video production industry As a result there has been an explosion in varied dancing styles including ballet jazz tap hiphop and ballroom This has also led to a growth in the demand for high quality dance products to help dancer s train perform and live their passion Company Owner Simon Grigg Said Our customers love the glitz and glamour of US designed costumes many of which are also manufactured at the Weissman HQ in the USA There is growing excitement each year as the deadline for the release of the latest collection approaches and not just among our customers our Customer Care Team at Dance Depot love to see the latest fresh and exciting designs With so many new designs each year customers are sure to find costumes to make their performance stand out We have been working with Weissman for several years now and they place the same emphasis on quality and great customer service as ourselves it s a perfect partnership Weissman Founded over 50 years ago by Rose and Julius Weissman the brand has always stood for impeccable quality and the most beautiful high end design Every year the brand releases a stunning collection of over 300 dance costumes designed for all kinds of dance all ages and all levels from beginner through to international professional with a strong emphasis on show and costume pieces The 2016 Weissman Collection Dancers can create an unforgettable impression at a recital with vibrant colours and luxurious fabrics in silhouettes which are designed to inspire The colours will dazzle and the styles are like no other designed

    Original URL path: http://www.dancedepot.co.uk/blog/introducing-the-2016-weissman-costume-collection-at-dance-depot/ (2016-04-25)
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  • Interview with... Elliott-Clarke Performing Arts | Dance Depot
    job of a good school is guiding pupils towards a clear goal Elliott Clarke has always shared these views and in 90 years Ms Sharkey is only the third Principal in its history and has maintained such long established core values of the school The aim is and always has been to give students the necessary skills to prepare them for a life dedicated to the performing arts while providing them with an outstanding level of education Reflecting on his own experience at Pineapple Dance Studios Dance Depot s own founder Simon Grigg says he developed his love of the industry as a buyer for Pineapple Dance Studios Excellent teachers and a broad curriculum Elliott Clarke is proud to employ a team of talented highly trained and experienced teachers as well as four guest teachers to help provide students with the skills needed for their defined goals as discussed earlier who between them ensure that pupils gain a rounded and complete education Students can specialise in areas of the comprehensive performing arts curriculum including drama singing musical theatre ballet modern and contemporary dance Jazz to Tap The college is well established and offers students aged between 16 and 19 the chance to complete a range of courses These include Level 3 BTEC in Musical Theatre and Level 6 HND in Performing Arts And don t forget Dance Depot stock a wide range of clothing and footwear to make sure your dancewear is a high standard for important exams Following their graduations students can benefit from the long established links that Elliott Clarke has within the industry and which give them confidence in a great career within the dance industry Plenty of exciting events planned for 2015 Ms Sharkey told us that this year is a memorable one for the college

    Original URL path: http://www.dancedepot.co.uk/blog/interview-with-elliott-clarke-performing-arts/ (2016-04-25)
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  • How to find a Good Dance School - With Dance Depot | Dance Depot
    staff to pupil ratio is sufficient to ensure that each pupil receives adequate attention and tuition Larger schools often have the resources to offer more classes with a more flexible timetable You might want to check that the school is appropriately insured and that it adheres to Health Safety regulations Exams Shows and Festivals Is your child interested in taking exams or participating in festivals Would you be prepared to see them in formal dancewear performing in local shows and events perhaps even some further afield Look at the exam syllabus if there is one There are a number of examining bodies for example ISTD IDTA and RAD Each child is different and while some enjoy the sense of achievement and progression through various stages and grades others may thrive under a more relaxed approach Look for a dance school with an exam policy to suit your child s personality Precisely the same holds true for shows festivals and competitions Find out what type of events are part of the annual calendar Performing for family and friends can be a real confidence booster for younger children and you can have enormous fun selecting costume accessories together in readiness for the latest show Others may enjoy working towards more serious goals such as national dance competitions Alumni Depending upon whether your child is hoping to make dance a career or simply a hobby it is a good idea to find out what former pupils have gone on to achieve Have students successfully pursued dance related careers either as performers or in related disciplines such as choreography or teaching Have members of the dance school achieved success in national dance festivals or appeared in high profile competitions For those interested in becoming professional dancers choosing a dance school which is a known

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  • What is the Best Age to Start Ballet Classes? - Dance Depot | Dance Depot
    her hips when changing her nappy s so it became more natural once she grew older That was around 11 years ago I would love to know whether this technique worked Below the age of 8 there isn t really a precise age that is written in stone for when one should start practising ballet Ballet Classes for Children Aged 8 and Over Children don t really start practising ballet properly till they are about 8 years of age Before this age they are more likely to learn musicality rather than technique Musicality however is just as important as technique as ballet is a form of telling a story through your body movement With regards to ballet shoes they will start off with soft ballet shoes When they become more advanced they will move onto demi pointe ballet shoes and then point shoes If your child still wants to be a professional ballerina at the age of 8 this is the time to start looking for ballet classes that will teach proper technique If you are serious enough about wanting your child to become a professional ballet dancer it may mean you having to move locations or to travel long distances for your child to start training at well known ballet schools For example you can enrol your child into the Royal Ballet School Associates Program where your child will train with the school alongside their training outside of the school These classes can be found in the following locations London Birmingham Bath Eastleigh Southampton Leeds Manchester Newcastle Totnes You can find more information about the associates program at http www royalballetschool org uk training associates What is the Best Age to Start Ballet Classes To put it in short your child will need to be in a good ballet

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  • March 2016 / Dance Depot
    for March 2016 Monthly Archives March 2016 Dance Depot will be exhibiting at MOVE IT 2016 March 12 2016 We are thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at Move It 2016 Owners Lynne and Simon Grigg as well as senior managers from Read more 0 Comments Make a comment 1 Item s Recent Posts Dance Depot will be exhibiting at MOVE IT 2016 Dance Show Preparation Tips for

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  • February 2016 / Dance Depot
    Home Archives for February 2016 Monthly Archives February 2016 Dance Show Preparation Tips for Teachers February 16 2016 Planning organising and executing a dance show can be an exciting but stressful affair so we asked some experienced dance teachers if they had any Read more 0 Comments Make a comment 1 Item s Recent Posts Dance Depot will be exhibiting at MOVE IT 2016 Dance Show Preparation Tips for Teachers

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