Sheila had a great feature in the Express and Star Newspaper on Monday 11th July in the Historical section, taking a closer look at her career as a dancer and teacher. Read the full article here.

Medal Tests are coming up for our students in Freestyle, Dance Exercise, Modern and Rosette Awards in Ballet and Tap. The whole school has been working hard to prepare and we wish everyone the best of luck!

One Dance UK’s Launch event took place at Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern Ballet in Leeds as a professional development day for recent dance graduates or those starting out in their career in the arts. School alumnus Emily Labhart was invited by One Dance UK to be a guest speaker on the opening panel to discuss her career so far. We are very proud to have started Emily’s journey in dance and are thrilled she was asked to present at such a prestigious event.

 

Emily Labhart (school alumni) speaking at One Dance UK Launch event

Emily Labhart (school alumni) speaking at One Dance UK Launch event

100% pass rate, with all pupils achieving the top two marks of Merit and Distinction. Pupils were examined in Tap, Ballet and Theatrical Awards. Congratulations to all of our wonderful students!

On Tuesday 20th October, over 40 of Britain’s most renowned dance professionals gathered in London for a historic photograph featuring those who have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday or New Years Honours lists for services to dance. Taking place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Islington as part of the international Dance Umbrella Festival, this included school principal Sheila Groom BEM who received a British Empire Medal in 2013 for services to dance and charity. Read the full press release here.

Photograph by Elliott Franks L to R from back row: Edward Watson MBE ; piali ??? ; Jeanetta Laurence OBE ; Prue Skene CBE ; Namron OBE ; Jeanette Siddall CBE ; Fergus Early OBE ; Peter Huggins MBE ;Nadine Senior MBE, ; Linda Jasper MBE ; Kiki Gale MBE ; Deborah Baddoo MBE ; Mark Baldwin OBE. Middle row L to R: Marie McCluskey MBE ; Nina Yadavan Rajarani MBE ; Lea Anderson MBE ; John Ashford CBE ; Janet Smith MBE ; Scilla Dyke MBE ; Colin Nears CBE ; Cassa Pancho MBE ; Deborah Bull CBE ; Anthony Van Laast MBE, Veronica Lewis MBE ; Dame Monica Mason ; Kenneth Tharp OBE ; Mira Kaushik OBE ; Val Bourne CBE ; Front row L to R; Celeste Dandeker-Arnold OBE ; Dick Matchett MBE ;Sheila Labhart BEM ; Bisakha Sarker MBE ; Lady Anya Sainsbury CBE ; Donald Whate MacLeary OBE ; Dame Beryl Grey ; Dame Gillian Lynne ; Robert Cohan CBE ; Clement Crisp OBE ; Janet Lewis MBE ; Brenda Last OBE ; Nilima Menski MBE ; Douglas Squires OBE ; Nilima Menski MBE ; Hazel Raysom BEM

Photograph by Elliott Franks
L to R from back row:
Edward Watson MBE; Piali Ray OBE; Jeanetta Laurence OBE; Prue Skene CBE; Namron OBE; Jeanette Siddall CBE; Fergus Early OBE; Peter Huggins MBE; Nadine Senior MBE; Linda Jasper MBE; Kiki Gale MBE; Deborah Baddoo MBE; Mark Baldwin OBE.
Middle row L to R:
Marie McCluskey MBE; Nina Yadavan Rajarani MBE; Lea Anderson MBE; John Ashford CBE; Janet Smith MBE; Scilla Dyke MBE; Colin Nears CBE; Cassa Pancho MBE; Deborah Bull CBE; Anthony Van Laast MBE, Veronica Lewis MBE; Dame Monica Mason; Kenneth Tharp OBE; Mira Kaushik OBE; Val Bourne CBE.
Front row L to R;
Celeste Dandeker-Arnold OBE; Dick Matchett MBE; Sheila Labhart BEM; Bisakha Sarker MBE; Lady Anya Sainsbury CBE; Donald Whate MacLeary OBE; Dame Beryl Grey; Dame Gillian Lynne; Robert Cohan CBE; Clement Crisp OBE; Janet Lewis MBE; Brenda Last OBE; Nilima Menski MBE; Douglas Squires OBE; Nilima Menski MBE; Hazel Raysom BEM.

 

Students were examined in Freestyle, Dance Exercise and Medal Tests in Tap and Ballet. All students passed, with 65% being awarded the top mark of Honours. Fantastic achievements by all!

100% pass rate with all pupil achieving the top two marks of Merit and Distinction. Pupils undertook graded examinations in Tap and Ballet. We are so proud of you all!

 

Well done to Emily Labhart for achieving a First Class Honours degree in Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey this July. Emily has attended Sheila Groom School of Dance since the age of four and has since worked as a Freelance Dance Teacher in Guildford as well as at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Congratulations, all your hard work has paid off!

100% pass rate, including 54% awarded the top mark of Honours. Pupils were examined in Freestyle, Dance Exercise, as well as Rosette Awards in Tap and Ballet. Huge congratulations to all and many thanks to our teachers who helped them to perform so well.

Well done to Lucy Ridgway for achieving Distinction in her latest Ballet assessment at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, where she is studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts – Dance. Fantastic news!