Congratulations to these wonderfully dedicated students who won our school 'Stretching Challenge'. All the Brookes Dance Academy students were set an eight week challenge last term to do four different stretches at home at least four times a week. The stretches are part of the 'Alixa Flexibility' program which focuses on correct alignment, careful progressions and safe stretching practise (stretching the muscles and not over stretching the joints/ligaments). Our winners were
"And that's a wrap" as they say! This morning we had our last Zoom classes of the term and hopefully the last time we have to do all our classes online! Our YouTube channel has 109 videos of our classes over the past year; there so that any students who had technical difficulties or missed a class for any reason, could still access their lesson at a later date. Although the year has of course been difficult for everyone I do always like to focus on the positives... 💜I am so
A very special visitor came to visit our Storytime Ballet and Tap class on Saturday! Our theme for the week was 'Frozen' and after pretending to be snowflakes, having a snowball fight and then exploring the cold and icy forest we came across Elsa's castle. The children knocked on her door and to their amazement, Elsa was in! Elsa sang beautifully to our little ones, chatted, danced and played games. The children then asked Elsa some very cute and sometimes amusing questions!
It was my birthday on Saturday, the last day of our first week of online classes for 2021.
These delightful little ones started my day off with a smile as they were so pleased to be back dancing. I heard all about what they got for Christmas, the arrival of new pets and one of them was really quite proud of the fact that she had been sick all night because she had eaten too much chocolate! I'm sure her parents weren't quite so impressed!
Our new term begins today! Not quite how we were hoping as we are online for the moment. However we are taking advantage of the positives and in our online classes over the next few weeks we will be playing games, completing challenges, dancing out stories and watching excerpts of professional works. All this while keeping fit and still connecting with our dance friends! #tenterden
We're not dancing this morning as we are on our Christmas holidays but I had to share this photo of one of our Saturday students in her new 'Onesie'! Too cute not too share! 😊 Thanks Style Brands great service as always!
We've had our first situation where some of our students have had to go into isolation due to a positive Covid case at their Secondary school.
But to ensure these students don't miss out on their training and social interaction we have linked then up via a live stream in class. They still managed to have fun and feel part of the team! #tenterden 27
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I am so humbled by the wonderful feedback and reviews I have received this year from the parents of our students. I obviously see the student's enjoyment and progress each week in class but it's lovely to hear from their parent's point of view. Mae's Mum wrote a lovely review.... "So very proud that my daughter has achieved a merit in her very first ballet exam. Only two years since she started ballet, a lot of hard work from her and an incredible amount of support, great tea
In this private lesson last night it was so good to be tapping again in a large hall! Although classes on Zoom were the best option in a bad situation, it is soooo much better to be in a large spacious room with no internet delay, no pets to be tripping over and furniture to be bashing into! I hadn't realised how much I had missed hearing the student's tap shoes until last week. It's great to be back. #tenterden #mytenterden #tenterdentown #rolvenden #highhalden #biddenden #b
I'm so excited to be starting classes 'in person' again next week. Although things will be slightly different, it will great to see all the students and have human contact again (albeit at a 2 m distance!) Today I am packing and getting ready for the week ahead, these products are now added to my new normal essentials! #tenterden #mytenterden #tenterdentown #rolvenden #highhalden #biddenden #bethersden #cranbrook #woodchurch #wittersham #appledore #benenden #stoneinoxney #sha
This morning is the last of many CPD courses I have been doing over the summer holidays, it's an early one today as the tutor is in Australia so a cup of tea is definitely needed! There have been a few good things to come out of Covid Lockdown, one of them is the opportunity to connect with teachers and other professionals from all over the world. It has changed the way dance training and dance CPD is delivered and I hope it's here to stay. Nothing of course is as good as bei
Awww I love my dance students and their parents, one of them dropped this around at my house yesterday to say thank you for her ballet, tap and modern classes. Such a sweet thought! Despite our classes being online since the end of March, a parent took the time out from her walk around Tenterden to deliver this to me. Thank you! #tenterden #cranbrook #rolvenden #highhalden #woodchurch #appledore #wittersham #biddenden #hamstreet #stoneinoxney #newenden #benenden #sissinghurs