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– 10th November 2018 –
A day at Rambert with Royal Ballet Stars for Miss Freya

Miss Freya has been to London’s Rambert Dance Studios to take part in a rather special course taught by Sander Blommaert (former Royal Ballet First Artist), Naomi Bottomer (former English National Ballet and Northern Ballet dancer) and Zenaida Yanowsky (former Royal Ballet Principal).

The day was comprised of a full ballet class, a yoga for dancers session which focussed on flexibility and relaxation, and then a full afternoon of repertoire with Zenaida Yanowsky, a particular idol of Miss Freya’s! Renowned choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, actually created the role of the rather wicked and sly Queen of Heart’s (from his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Royal Ballet) for Zenaida herself.

The ballet class and yoga session were both extremely inspiring and Miss Freya was rather excited to take class again. The highlight had to be learning the Red Queen Variation and dancing with Zenaida herself.

The day was truly inspirational and Miss Freya is tremendously excited to bring back some pearls of wisdom from Royal Ballet stars to enhance your learning at Lyme School of Ballet. Who’d have known one of Sander’s pirouette enchaînements, scattered with double pirouettes, could be transformed into a dancing, whizzing bliss with a bit of intertwined allegro!! Watch this space for more explanations in class and perhaps parts of the Red Queen Variation for seniors at the school!

Top: Zenaida Yanowsky playing the Red Queen / Queen of Hearts for the Royal Ballet. Left: Miss Freya with Zenaida Yanowsky after class. Right: Miss Freya with Sander Blommaert after class. Bottom: The whole class at Rambert Dance Studios.

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– October 2018 –
The results are in!!

Lyme School of Ballet would like to congratulate all students who have recently taken their RAD ballet examinations! Each and every one of you has achieved a fantastic result. We are so very proud to have you as our pupils and this article, published in the local newspaper is a great celebration of your success. 

PUPILS from Lyme School of Ballet have once again been extremely successful in their Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet Examinations.

The RAD examination results are as follows: Primary in Dance passed with Merit by Frida Foody, Hannah Slater and Ingrid Stuttaford, and with Distinction by Arabella Newton and Akshiya Kannan.

Grade One passed with Merit by Amy Fox, Millie Harp, Elodie Hide and Ellen Smith, and with Distinction by Lily Barton and Matilda Hurford.

Grade Two passed with Merit by Isla Bowie, Flynn Bowie, Emily Fox and Rosa Lynch.

Grade Three passed with Merit by Rhea Wootton and with Distinction by Louis Donovan and Esme Skevington.

Grade Five passed with Merit by Olivia Whitaker and Samidi Nanayakkara, and with Distinction by Chloe Duncan and Anthony Duncan.

Intermediate, including pointe work, passed with Pass by Anna Le Bas, Merit by Eliane Round and Katy Roy, and Distinction by Similcé Jacobson.

Lyme School of Ballet would like to send huge congratulations to all the boys and girls who took examinations and have been so successful, and would welcome more boys to join the school for their own opportunity to achieve fantastic results in classical ballet.

Francesca Evans, Lyme Online

http://lyme-online.co.uk/community/exceptional-results-for-ballet-pupils/

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– 22nd July 2018 –
Lyme School of Ballet Celebration

On Sunday 22nd July, Lyme School of Ballet hosted an Afternoon Tea to celebrate the work and commitment and dedication of our founder, Mrs. Jill Chase, to all her students throughout the school’s history. This was also a chance to welcome Miss Freya Lovett as the new Principal of Lyme School of Ballet following Jill’s decision to retire. The afternoon was a wonderful success and it was fantastic to see so many students, past and present, attending to wish Mrs. Chase and Miss Freya all the very best. Local newspapers attended and reported on the occasion – see below for links and pictures.

Please all join us in thanking Mrs. Chase for her ongoing support and fantastic teaching. She really is an inspiration to us all.

http://lyme-online.co.uk/news/lyme-regis/jill-hangs-up-her-ballet-slippers/

http://www.eastdevon24.co.uk/news/uplyme-woman-takes-over-from-jill-chase-1-5615745

http://www.bridportnews.co.uk/news/16419677.All_change_at_ballet_school_as_pupil_becomes_principal/?ref=arc

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– April 2018 –
Another Silver Swans® / Adult Ballet class joins the timetable!

We now have three Silver Swans® / Adult Ballet classes in our timetable! The original sessions generated lots of interest so we have decided to offer 3 different levels of class. We now offer a Beginners (Adult Ballet / Silver Swans® Two), Intermediate (Adult Ballet / Silver Swans® Three) and Advanced Level (Adult Ballet / Silver Swans® One) session. Please see our updated timetable for more information.

Everybody is welcome to come along to any of our classes for a free trial and to meet our wonderful dancers. Please do get in touch if you are interested! No prior ballet experience is required and we would love to share our love of ballet with you all – men included!!

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– April 2018 –
Dance To Your Own Tune Introduced

Lyme School of Ballet is very excited to announce that on Monday 16th April, from 2:30-3:15, we will be holding our first Royal Academy of Dance ‘Dance To Your Own Tune’ ballet class!

This syllabus is designed for Pre-School children (boys and girls!) aged 2 1/2 to 5 years.

Hope to see you there for lots of imagination, fun and creativity!

– 14 March 2018 –
A massive thank you to all from Miss Freya!

Just a thank you message to all parents and guardians and students at Lyme School of Ballet……

I want to thank you all so much for your support and kindness during the last few years whilst Mrs Chase has been training me as a ballet teacher for our school.

It is such an honour to learn from the fantastic Jill and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that she has given me to teach at her school. Jill is the greatest ballet teacher and I know you will all agree and join me in thanking her for her dedication to us all! I will endeavour to do Jill proud and teach the students of Lyme Regis as long as I can!

It is with much excitement that I can announce that I have passed my teacher training exam and am now a fully Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. I am very excited to enter my first group of students for an exam and cannot wait to continue teaching you all and watching you all grow for many, many years to come.

– 11 March 2018 –
Silver Swans® Introduced

LSB is very excited to announce that we can now offer Silver Swans® ballet classes for adult dancers of any age and dancing ability (male and female!!!). There are two classes in our weekly timetable for our Silver Swans.

Developed by the Royal Academy of Dance, the Silver Swans® programme is based on research into dance practice for adult and older learners and promotes ballet for overall health and wellbeing.

Classes can only be taught by Silver Swans® licensed teachers and Miss Freya, who is now licensed, has many new ideas for the school’s growing adult community!

For more information on the Silver Swans® programme, advocated by Angela Rippon CBE, follow this link: https://www.rad.org.uk/learn-to-dance/silver-swans-1 or have a read of the Silver Swans Fact sheet.

It’s never too late to shine!!

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 – February Half Term 2018 –
Lyme Regis Pantomime – The Four Seasons

Huge congratulations to all involved with the Pantomime from Lyme School of Ballet this year. We had dancers from all Four Seasons and you all worked so hard and performed so beautifully each and every night. Mrs Chase and Miss Freya are so very proud of you all. Enjoy these pics…

Oh and a little heads up… Our ‘Four Seasons’ Dance will become a piece of Lyme School of Ballet Repertoire. This will be a ‘Coming-Of-Age’ Dance which will continue to be performed for years to come!

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– 19 October 2017 –
Halloween Extravaganza

Nearing the end of the first half of Lyme School of Ballet’s Autumn Term, our Grade 6 students took it upon themselves to organise a Halloween Extravaganza for their last class (the girls were just too excited to wait until their next lesson which would fall after the event on Tuesday the 31st October…!!).

For one night only, Grade 6 students transformed themselves into Minnie Mouse, with a matching black painted nose and ears, the Black Swan/Odile and the White Swan/Odette from the ballet classic, Swan Lake, Firebird from the identically named neoclassical ballet, The Firebird, and a rather scary devil, complete with sparkly horns and a tail. The effort that all these girls put in to their costumes (and their stage make-up) was fantastic and Miss Freya and Lyme School of Ballet are so proud of their commitment and enthusiasm.

The girls had a brilliant class and worked extremely hard. Perhaps costumes should be allowed a little more often to help with that elusive ‘performance’ quality we always ask for!!! Well done girls.

For the rest of the school, get your thinking caps on over this half term break… Halloween is Tuesday the 31st October so feel free to jazz up your ballet uniform at any class on that first week back after half term. Let’s have a bit more Halloween fun.

Spread the word!

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– 30 August 2017 –
More successful exam results for Lyme School of Ballet’s students

Pupils from Lyme School of Ballet, pictured here with their teachers Mrs Jill Chase (right) and Miss Freya Lovett (left), have once again been successful in the Royal Academy of Dance’s Spring and Summer Ballet Examinations. 8-year-old Esme Skevington (bottom left) also auditioned against stiff competition and has won a place as a Junior Associate with the Royal Ballet School.

The Royal Academy of Dance examination results are as follows: Primary in Dance, passed with Merit: Ellie Birchall, Matilda Hurford and Georgia McClaren. Grade One, passed with Merit: Drew Edwards and Alice Hensman. Grade Two, passed with Merit: Rhea Wootton. Grade Two, passed with Distinction: Esme Skevington. Grade Three, passed with Merit: Daisy Merrett, Lucie Sivier-Voller, Klara Smith and Cody Wootton. Grade Five, passed with Merit: Daisy Brett, Katie Hutchings, Freya Morgan, Bella Rose Jacobson and Katy Roy. Grade Five, passed with Distinction: Similcé Jacobson. Grade Seven, passed with Merit: Anna Le Bas, Katie Norman, Katy Roy and Emily Rudolph. Grade Seven, passed with Distinction: Ellen Crofton, Similcé Jacobson and Phoebe Rowe.

Huge congratulations to all the girls.

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– 12 August 2017 –
Lyme School of Ballet in the Lyme Regis Carnival Procession 2017

For the first time in Lyme School of Ballet’s history, students, teachers and parents joined the Lyme Regis Carnival Procession, showcasing their ballet talents whilst dancing to music along the high-street and promenade. From our Primary students to our Advanced Vocational girls, Lyme School of Ballet did their town proud – and especially their teachers!

The school successfully came third in the ‘Groups and Societies’ category. Well done girls and a massive thanks to all parents involved in helping it happen.

Here’s to the 2018 Carnival Procession! Watch this space…

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