CM Southampton Dance Academy

CM Southampton Dance Academy

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Good morning!

I would like to wish you all a very happy new year from Miss Gem, Miss Leila and myself.

I want to thank you all for your support in the last year as our school continues to grow, and our dancers continue to astound us with their gains.

We have 30 sleeps can you believe until the show! (Unless any covid legislation changes this) The students have worked hard and we are very impressed with them :)

Classes recommence on the 4th January. Please can you ensure your child has tidy hair and the correct shoes etc for their classes. I would also like to remind you that we do not allow mobile phones in class, they are valuable items, and they are disruptive if they go off during the lessons. If your child needs us to contact you we will use our own device.

For the first 2 weeks classes are as normal and we would like your student in their correct dance uniform.

All details of timetable and term dates are on our website.

Chrissy xx
Beautiful Alana from CM Southampton Dance Academy in her 1st pair of pointe shoes! 💗
After trying on a few pairs she and her teacher decided @bloch_eu Hannah were the shoe for her!
Wishing you a happy birthday for next week 🎉

#shoplocal #danceshop #dancewear #danceshoes #pointeshoes #ballet
Pinched from a fellow Teacher and tweaked ❤️
Instead of Joe Wicks, Les Mills On Demand, latest Celeb bandwagon, Peloton, large dance companies or teenager taught 'masterclasses' go find the teachers and coaches who support you week in, week out.

The coaches/teachers who ask how your day's been...
The teachers/coaches who ask how the pets are...
The coaches who give you help and advice at the drop of a hat...
The teachers who remind you personally to correct that tiny fault and who keep encouraging you because even though they know hate it on zoom they can see the gains you are making.
The teachers who remember your name, the grown ups in your house and your pets names, and connect with you all in class and beyond if they can...

These are the people who matter.

And we thank you so much for your support.

These Celeb fitness trainers; I guarantee they're not struggling to keep their business afloat. They'll be paid by clicks, likes and subscriptions to pre-recorded in bulk classes.
Please support your local teachers and coaches like they've supported all of you at in your dance and fitness life.
#SupportSmallBusiness
I would like to invite all of our tiniest dancers to step In To the Unknown on the 23rd January.

Ballet will commence as usual at 9:30 and it would be great if you Show Yourself.

For the first time in Forever we can bring both classes together for dancing which is always fun. I guess the last time would have been In Summer.

If you've any plans for that morning you might want to let it go.

Cryptic enough? You should have had an email about this too.
Hi, is anyone in need of a tap board? 1m X

We had to buy the whole plank so have two!

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Hi guys,

After the news last night I am sure you are all aware that we will be online for a little longer.

I’d like to extend to you all the offer of an extra class again. If your child wants to pop in for ’something else’ they are very welcome to join an suitable session at no extra cost.

Senior girls are welcome to join Tuesday evening Pilates which is a very strengthening class.

I am considering commencing an Adult Tap class on a thursday online if anyone would be interested.

If you are unsure what is suitable drop me a line.

If you know of any friends whose activities have paused for C19 please let them know they can join our online sessions for a half term period with no commitment.

If your child is not going to join us for their class online please let me know so I can amend invoices accordingly.

I’ll see you all again either online or at the conclusion of the worst trilogy ever!

Kind regards,

Chrissy May

CM Southampton Dance Academy

ISTD - DDE (Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern. Theatre)
YMCA (F**T) Level 3 Pilates
GXT - Barre Fitness

One Dance UK member
CDMT recognised teacher

Dance School of the Year - Finalist 2019

Call us - 07944287902
Visit us at cm-dance.co.uk
I've one pair of uniform leggings left - if anyone hasn't received them let me know - alternately if anyone would like them drop me a line - XS adult
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54854273 whilst having a read of news this morning I came across this article. I think its pretty interesting. There is a definite view about dance and boys. My very first task when I start teaching a new group in school is to ask their views - it's generally boys state dance is for girls and the girls agree! Usually by the time we finish the boys mind set and opinion has changed. I give them them an exit question of if dance is still just for boys and they tend to disagree. I also let them have their own opinion on if its for them, I know not everyone will enjoy dance and thats ok too. When you do a creative dance class - about developing their own ideas - there are no wrong or right answers and I think thats so valuable. In school there are generally the answers - 2 + 2 is 4 and thats that. In a ballet or tap class there ARE right and wrong ways to do things which can be very tough. With creative dance classes they can be brave! They can experiment and challenge them selves and in some ways its the most exciting part of my week. We've been using 'heads, shoulders, knees and toes' as our stimuli this half term and you would be amazed at some of the movement that has been discovered and created.
All the photo entries are now uploaded onto the home page of the website - amazing work guys!
https://www.cm-dance.co.uk/qualificatiosn-cpd-etc?lightbox=dataItem-kd058j7f take a look at some of the training courses and qualifications I hold. As Miss Gemma gains hers we will be adding these to the website too.
I thought as we are off back to school you guys might be intrigued to see how much training I managed to get in whilst we were in lockdown.

Christine May - Professional Development Record for 2020

CPD Courses planned and undertaken

DDE Tap - ongoing with Jessica King at Roynon Dance Centre (due for completion June 2020)

Katie Day Dance - 3 week challenge for business

ISTD - 14th may - crawls and paddles (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 19th May - contemporary foundation (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 20th May - Q & A on ICB grades 4,5 and 6 (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 1st June - Modern theatre - Theresa Theodoulou - lets bride the gaps (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 3rd June - Classical Indian - How to keep students motivated, encouraged and creative
(free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 9th June - ICB Irela Strachan — free enchainments for 1-4 (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 12th June - ICB - Ben Tribe — Focus on port de bras (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 12th June - Theatre jazz and into to MT musical theatre syllabi Ruth K Armstrong (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - 12th June - Cecchetti - ideas for pre-primary and preschool classes (free session - 1hr)

ISTD - on going - intermediate tap class with Nathan James, ISTD examiner (paid sessions)

Royal Ballet School - date (paid session 2 hrs)

ISTD. 8th July - G4 Modern musical - Ruth K Armstrong - theatre progressions (paid session 3 hrs)

ISTD - 22nd July - Developing allegro and batterie (paid session 3 hrs)

ISTD - AUGUST Summer school bookings

Advanced 2 Ballet analysis
Adapting for teaching in Primary school
Grade 4 Modern Amalgamation - Musical theatre

ISTD - DDP training - commencing in October

Since lockdown I have completed approximately 35 hours of CPD based around the various genres I teach plus lectures in business management and crisis planning.

I believe that good teachers teach others well, great teachers will keep never stop learning.
Has the password for this evening's Pilates changed? I can't log on 😪

Teachers of Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Street dance & Pilates. Level 3 and 4 Qualified and insured teachers in Shirley Southampton Southampton Dance Academy offers dance and pilates classes to children and adults, as well as PPA for Primary age children in school settings.

All exams undertaken by pupils are recognised ISTD qualifications, this means they hold value for college and university entry, unlike schools who only offer internal exams. We work hard to ensure that everyone can access classes, regardless of physical or mental disability, and can dance in our school productions. We aim to keep our prices accessible for people from all walks of life. Our classe

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 03/01/2022

We are looking forwards to seeing you all tomorrow at your classes. Only a few weeks till show time!

We are looking forwards to seeing you all tomorrow at your classes. Only a few weeks till show time!

Timeline photos 24/12/2021

Miss Gem, Miss Leila and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, I hope you are all spending your day with someone you love, and are able to enjoy the time with family or friends. Best wishes, with love, Chrissy

Miss Gem, Miss Leila and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, I hope you are all spending your day with someone you love, and are able to enjoy the time with family or friends. Best wishes, with love, Chrissy

21/12/2021

How do our exams hold up against regulated exams? Just like this! Unlike gym badges, or karate belts, or some other ballet badge schemes, ISTD exams are recognised qualifications. Which means they hold value when applying for college or uni.

Plus the added value is that your child who regularly takes exams will learn to manage 'exam stress' which is transferable to their school exams - what's not to love!

20/12/2021
20/12/2021
20/12/2021
CM Southampton Dance Academy updated their address. 18/12/2021

CM Southampton Dance Academy updated their address.

CM Southampton Dance Academy updated their address.

15/12/2021

All outstanding lesson fees need to paid please.

15/12/2021

11 years ago today we had our first ever show! Can you believe it?

What shows have we done? I can remember 'The night before Christmas', The Wizard of Oz', 'Waiting for Christmas', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Spectrum', and then this year is 'Nutcracker Reimagined' - have I missed anything?

Which has been your favourite?

And can you spot anyone you know?

11 years ago today we had our first ever show! Can you believe it?

What shows have we done? I can remember 'The night before Christmas', The Wizard of Oz', 'Waiting for Christmas', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Spectrum', and then this year is 'Nutcracker Reimagined' - have I missed anything?

Which has been your favourite?

And can you spot anyone you know?

Stacey Dooley - Stacey Dooley: Fresh Starts - Sue: Never too late for ballet - BBC Sounds 14/12/2021

Stacey Dooley - Stacey Dooley: Fresh Starts - Sue: Never too late for ballet - BBC Sounds

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0b8dv3h#xtor=CS8-1000-[Discovery_Cards]-[Multi_Site]-[GR01]-[PS_SOUNDS~N~~P_NeverTooLateForBalletStaceyDooley] take a listen! its a good podcast :)

Stacey Dooley - Stacey Dooley: Fresh Starts - Sue: Never too late for ballet - BBC Sounds After 65 years, and coping with two tragedies, Sue finally achieves her ballerina dreams.

13/12/2021

Please check your email - important email sent this morning :)

11/12/2021

Jingle all the way!

I took my talented musical theatre class home with me today! We have been practicing singing with a microphone and recording. Lovely voices keeping me in Christmas spirits ready for the last week of term! 🔔 Miss G

It’s Time to Rethink Hyperspecialization for Young Dancers - Dance Teacher 11/12/2021

It’s Time to Rethink Hyperspecialization for Young Dancers - Dance Teacher

https://dance-teacher.com/its-time-to-rethink-hyperspecialization-for-young-dancers/?fbclid=IwAR2vzN3uqHrdJZkHt3Th-T137Z1R8MxgmdHPn0EzT-a2vrlMt3ad31ZPh5I

I've been harping on about how much a young person should train person in their specialism for ages! A young person shouldn't train for anymore hours than their biological age in their specialism - be it dance, athletics, football, gym, horse riding - the developing body is at risk of developing chronic injuries which could end up being with a person for ever. What this means in real terms - if you are 5 no more than 5 hours in your specialism, if you are 9 no more than 9, if you are 14, well you get the idea. Plus always always factor in a rest day.

It’s Time to Rethink Hyperspecialization for Young Dancers - Dance Teacher It’s high time we rethink much of the conventional wisdom about dance training; in particular, two major issues: First, the overall amount of time that dancers spend training per week, and second, hyperspecialization, or the fact that dancers are usually encouraged to pursue only dance, and maybe ...

10/12/2021

A beautiful snow throw back. These fantastic young people are busy preparing for their next show, I think you might be quite impressed with the improvement! (I know I am!)

A beautiful snow throw back. These fantastic young people are busy preparing for their next show, I think you might be quite impressed with the improvement! (I know I am!)

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 08/12/2021

Our fab Gr4 ballet (plus 3 Inter interlopers! can you spot them?), these guys have been with me since about age 6 in general. Some left and returned. All are pushing them selves and continually improving. We are booking trial classes now for the new year. We do have limited spaces as we cap all our classes for quality of teaching and space reasons. Drop us a line asap to book you or your child's trial in adult tap, pilates, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary or street.

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 08/12/2021

3 years ago was the last time we managed to get on stage. And now we are deep into rehearsals! It was looking good last night :)

03/12/2021

How exciting are new shoes??

Beautiful Alana from CM Southampton Dance Academy in her 1st pair of pointe shoes! 💗
After trying on a few pairs she and her teacher decided @bloch_eu Hannah were the shoe for her!
Wishing you a happy birthday for next week 🎉

#shoplocal #danceshop #dancewear #danceshoes #pointeshoes #ballet

30/11/2021
29/11/2021

Our little ducklings took some time practising a section of their show dance in their ‘tatty tutu’ skirts with the seniors :)

The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre 29/11/2021

The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre

Good morning,

Just a reminder that all students should wear correct uniform for their classes, particularly in the build up to show time where they need to getting used to being in tights etc. Uniform expectations are on the website.

Please ensure if they are doing modern as well as ballet that they are wearing convertible tights.

Tap shoes need to be checked for loose screws, for our younger dancers I suggest they lace them with elastic so they can just slip them on themselves, this will save time in their class.

Hair must be up, in a bun from grade 1 up. We find that hair down is very distracting for the students and again while we are rehearsing we want them to have as few distractions as possible.

Secondly, Miss Gemma and I will be sending invoices for costumes this week. IMPORTANT The payment details will be different for these as you will need to pay Miss Gem directly.

Finally - tickets for the show are selling quite fast, they are available here - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/plazatheatre/the-nutcracker-imagined/e-kvgkyr

The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre Tickets are now available for The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre, Romsey on Sunday 30th January 2022. Click the link for further information and to secure your tickets now!

27/11/2021

Did you guess from our story?? Fab E rocking her duckling outfit!

Did you guess from our story?? Fab E rocking her duckling outfit!

23/11/2021

This is my grade 4 ballet class. They’ve had pointe shoes since September. They’ve worked slowly and steadily building strength, technique and confidence. It’s still a surprise when something like this happens though!! #ballet #pointe #onceaweek #dancer #amazing #pirouette #ballerina #doubleturn #southampton #danceschooloftheyear

23/11/2021

We are currently deep in our show rehearsals, and due to this are not currently enrolling in our classes this term.

We will be reopening our books for trials in the first week of February, after the performance, so we are booking in trialees from early January!

Come and join one of our popular classes at our award winning dance school in the new year.

We are currently deep in our show rehearsals, and due to this are not currently enrolling in our classes this term.

We will be reopening our books for trials in the first week of February, after the performance, so we are booking in trialees from early January!

Come and join one of our popular classes at our award winning dance school in the new year.

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 19/11/2021

So Many things at the Xmas Fayre ready for tomorrow! 10-2 at Shirley Warren Action Church! Should be a super event! Father Christmas is making an appearance too I heard!

19/11/2021

Tomorrow there’s no dancing or musical theatre but We’ll still be at SWAC! #christmasfayre time! I’m face painting and glittering up peeps. And our seniors are selling cakes! Exciting times! #southamptondanceacademy #danceschooloftheyear

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 09/11/2021

Really truely promise this is the last one...

The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre 07/11/2021

The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/plazatheatre/the-nutcracker-imagined/e-kvgkyr

Show tickets are now available!

Please check your letter as some of our younger children will be in one performance.

The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre Tickets are now available for The Nutcracker Reimagined at Plaza Theatre, Romsey on Sunday 30th January 2022. Click the link for further information and to secure your tickets now!

04/11/2021

Still buzzing about now being an Award winning dance school! Was lovely to meet some fabulous people at the Dance School of the Year awards dinner, wonderful to have an evening out with Gemsy Davison and Leila Hyde and even more brilliant (and a total surprise) to have won a Bronze award in our category! The hard work really does pay off :)

Still buzzing about now being an Award winning dance school! Was lovely to meet some fabulous people at the Dance School of the Year awards dinner, wonderful to have an evening out with Gemsy Davison and Leila Hyde and even more brilliant (and a total surprise) to have won a Bronze award in our category! The hard work really does pay off :)

01/11/2021

Whoop!

01/11/2021

Invoices have been sent - Please read them carefully. The outstanding amount is in the box in the top right corner.

30/10/2021

Last one tonight I promise! Got home at 2am and I can’t sleep! Proud, and overwhelmed that someone else believes in us as much as we believe in our school too. #danceschooloftheyear

Last one tonight I promise! Got home at 2am and I can’t sleep! Proud, and overwhelmed that someone else believes in us as much as we believe in our school too. #danceschooloftheyear

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 29/10/2021

The dream team!
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Thanks Mrs Walker and #danceschooloftheyear 👏 ❤️

29/10/2021

Still smiling!!! 😂😂 #danceschooloftheyear

Still smiling!!! 😂😂 #danceschooloftheyear

29/10/2021

Oh M Geeeee!! #dsoty2021 #bronze

Oh M Geeeee!! #dsoty2021 #bronze

29/10/2021

Off at #danceschooloftheyear with my fabulous teaching team @gemsybobsy and our new friend @funkstreetdance #dance #ballet #tapdance #moderndance #contemporary #pilates #dinnertime

Off at #danceschooloftheyear with my fabulous teaching team @gemsybobsy and our new friend @funkstreetdance #dance #ballet #tapdance #moderndance #contemporary #pilates #dinnertime

Our Story

CM Southampton Dance Academy work hard to share our extensive knowledge of dance with children and adults, utilising inspiring music, excellent syllabi in beautiful studio space. We understand the details of teaching ballet, tap and modern to a high standard and just how important it is to get it right.

We ready your children either for futures as dancers or with skills that can carry them into virtually any career. Dancers with us benefit from individual attention with in classes with a cap on attendees. We strongly believe that quality is far superior to quantity. We offer performance opportunities to all our pupils who want to get involved with our school showtimes or appearances at community events. All students are offered the chance to take their ISTD examinations.

The majority of classes are held in the beautifully appointed dance studio at Wordsworth Primary School. The studio is fully fitted with double height barres, soft floor with under floor heating, high ceilings and fantastic mirrors across an entire wall.

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Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm
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