CCDA Year in Review 2016-2017

By April 20, 2018Uncategorized

Teaching Staff

Besides our regular teachers, Miss Katherine, Miss Laura and Miss Alice, we have had Miss Caley Merchant working on the CCDA apprentice scheme.  We have also been lucky enough to have Miss Adri, a former South African ballerina, teaching prima bears ballet, adult ballet and Solo Latin to kick off CCDA daytime provision.  Regular guest teachers have included, James Garland-Marks, who has recreated Priscilla for the Gala and Miss Amy Flynn, who has inspired the original “Strongest Suit dancers” to wear their spotty dresses again. Miss Camilla, who has provided several new epics, including Dr Who and an updated Spice Girls.

NEW for Autumn Term

Dance Basement, CCDA’s own studio, has allowed us to extend even further the diversity of the classes offered. New from September 11th, 2017

*NEW    Prima Bears Ballet for 2-4 years, unique to CCDA, this new class will be taught by Miss Eleanor on Saturdays.

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“Billy Elliot” Boys only ballet class, Thursdays with Miss Katherine.

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The daytime timetable will include –

Adult Ballet: Solo Latin; Dance Fitness; New Performers’ Foundation Course.

Festivals and other Activities-2016-17

Cheerleading – Over the year the cheerleading groups have gone from strength to strength.  In November the Flames entered a competition in Gloucester and gained a 1st and 2nd place and were awarded the trophy for the highest mark in the festival.  In April CCDA entered again in 3 age groups: the youngest – CCDA Sparks, inters – CCDA Ignites and seniors – CCDA Flames with both cheer and pom routines.  CCDA came away with four 1st’s, a 2nd and again the highest mark in the festival.  The girls are all getting excited about competing at the National Championships in Manchester in the autumn and fundraising like mad for new uniforms for the Ignites, as well meeting the costs of the competition!   

Quizzes – We organised two fundraising quizzes.  These were great fun for all age groups – keep a lookout for the next one!

Festivals – Over the year Pre- Junior, Junior, Inter and Senior Festival students have been entered into competitive dance festivals. Some excellent results have been obtained and many medals awarded.  

Trophies awarded included-:

Junior Classical Duet Trophy, Tewkesbury – Agnes Warner and Oliver Horne

Boy’s Award, Kingswood – Oliver Horne

All England Dance – Several pupils qualified for the prestigious All England Regional finals with their solos! – congratulations to:

Hollie Boxell – lyrical

Stella Stephens – song & dance

Alice Fisher – song & dance

Mia Brooks – contemporary

Refugees – CCDA was also thrilled that the combined age group ‘Refugees – a modern-day issue’ qualified for the Regionals – a tremendous achievement for this new group.  You will be able to see this powerful piece in the show!

  • Competitive dance festivals take place throughout the country.  The Academy regularly enters solos, duets, trios and groups. If you are interested in entering festivals please let Katherine know.  
  • Advent Market 2016 – the CCDA Harmony group performed at a number of venues around the town on the evening of the Advent Market.  Performances enjoyed by many.
  • The Cirencester Pantomime, January 2017 – A number of students had fun performing in this year’s pantomime – Aladdin.
  • Presentation Evening, January 2017 – The annual awards evening celebrated the success of the CCDA pupils with their recent exams and gave parents a chance to see some of the class work.  
  • Cirencester Fleece Fair – May 2017 – The cheerleaders provided the entertainment at the first annual Fleece Fair, performing in the Market Place outside the Parish Church.
  • Phoenix Fringe Family Day – May 2017 – CCDA again performed a display at this fundraising event – this year in lovely weather!
  • South Cerney Street Fair – May 2016 – Despite a rather wet day –  CCDA pupils brought a ‘little sunshine’ to the street fair with their performances of groups, solos and duets.
  • Summer Fetes – Chesterton, Somerford Keynes and Ashton Keynes invited CCDA to perform at their summer fetes.   A selection of solos, duets, groups and the cheerleaders entertained the crowds.
  • Phoenix Festival, August 2017 – CCDA have been invited back to perform at the Phoenix Festival this year at the end of August

What a performance year we have had at CCDA!

Outstanding Achievements & Moving On

Outstanding examination results included a complete cohort achieving distinction for tap from primary up to grade 6, Jazz results from Hollie Boxall & Stella Stephens 92 and excellent grade 6 modern results. Stella has also won a place on the prestigious National Youth Musical Theatre Summer School, she will be singing, dancing and acting in The Little Princess.

Moving On

This year we have three graduates moving on to exciting futures: all of whom have become CCDA stars and will be missed for their fabulous dancing.

Alice Fisher – is going to Chichester University to study a degree in Musical Theatre.

Mia Brooks – who is auditioning for drama schools next year, whilst doing further training with the National Youth Theatre.

Eleanor Cheesma– Who will be continuing her dance teacher training, and teaching tap and ballet for the younger grades.

Former CCDA students & graduates News

Lydia Holt graduates from Elmhurst Ballet School and has an internet ship with Northern Ballet – (those lucky enough to be watching Saturdays Gala will see her dance) Lydia has also landed her first professional engagement with The Cork ballet company.

Ashleigh Cheadle – After training with CCDA, she took up a scholarship at Arts Educational School Tring Park, before achieving an acting degree at Central School of Drama; she has appeared in War Horse in London’s West End, and is currently acting on Sky television.  

Camilla Bates This year Camilla has been responsible for training Senior B and implementing the new contemporary syllabus, whilst coaching students privately for exams and festivals.  Once again she has taken on a lot of extra work and choreography to support CCDA pupils. She has also been maintaining her own performing career, highlights being dancing for Fleur East at Wembley and filming on a Bollywood movie, all whilst running her personal training business. Much of her work can be seen on her YouTube channel camillamilliebates.

Tom Ashton (Wilkinson) Graduate Tom Wilkinson has been progressing his true passion as a choreographer and this year has seen him choreograph at several vocational colleges (Bird, Lipa, Masters)

James Garland has completed his third year as Head of Dance at Elstree Technology School, London.  James was invited to help create the GCSE dance specification this year and he continues to thrive and learn as a teacher.

Lottie Selwyn trained vocationally at Laban after CCDA then completed an MA as a member of Mapdance at Chichester University.  She continues to perform with Commotion Dance and teaches workshops from Early Years to Adults.  

Sophie Gooding who trained at Urdang Academy’s after CCDA has set up her own agency supplying dancers & models (we are being treated to her solo in the Gala).  

Dan Holley – who trained at Italia Conti Theatre Arts after CCDA, is currently in Starlight Express in Germany.

Lorna Hall- who trained at Urdang Academy after CCDA has been acclaimed for her dancing and choreography in Saucy Jacks and the Space Vixens in London. She is also a member of Burlesque group The Folly Mixtures.

Rachel Daly continues with her writing and directing in London.

Alex Fobbester has spent the past year playing Buddy Holly in the touring production of Buddy the musical. We were fortunate to take a group of CCDA students to catch his production at Swindon’s Wyvern theatre in November.

Jenny Webster who studied at MTA after CCDA, is continuing to increase her performing and circus skills. This year has seen her perform in panto and this summer is touring the festivals circuit with her circus group

Hannah Ponting who trained at Urdang after CCDA has been in pantomime at Milford Keynes, as well as dancing in fashion week in Milan

Ed McCollum has been working in Lazy Town the musical in Dubai.

Ryan Full has graduated and is currently auditioning.

Amy Williams has just completed her 2nd year at the Institute for dance in Barcelona

Caley Merchant has just graduated from Gloucestershire University, where she studied her degree in performing arts, alongside her teaching commitment to CCDA.
Congratulations to them all for their continued success.