CM Southampton Dance Academy

CM Southampton Dance Academy


Penche goals! Inspired by miss Gem - week 1
All winter 1 fees should now be paid . Winter 2 invoices will be sent on the 1st March. If you have paid your invoice and not received a receipt please contact me ASAP.
Post show, corona virus exacerbated sort out here today. I have a HUGE carrier bag of mixed fabric scraps. Would anyone’s preschool/school/guides groups like them before I throw them. There are small and big bits in all sorts of colours.
The Nutcracker ✳️✳️✳️✳️✳️ FIVE STAR REVIEW!

What a fantastic show! The dancing was beautiful, all of it, the tap, the ballet, the modern, the street, the musical theatre, contemporary and the pointe! A massive well done and congratulations to absolutely everyone involved, can’t wait for the next one! 👏👏👏🩰🩰🩰💐💐💐
Invoices were sent on the 1st, if you have not received your invoice please check your junk. It may be that your email thinks mine is spam! It will also be available on the dance biz app. Thanks.
We are looking forwards to seeing you tomorrow for our costumed (as much as are finished) run through.

The rehearsal tomorrow is at Shirley Warren action church ONLY during the day.

The evening rehearsal is Thursday 27th at the PLAZA. I had planned for that rehearsal to be un-costumes however I have since changed my mind and it will now be a full costume rehearsal. The timings for this rehearsal may also change.

I know that several of you have spoken with me and volunteered for various posts, would it be possible for you to email me with the heading ‘SHOW VOLUNTEER’ and detail what you offered to do.

Somebody offered to organise a raffle - was it you?? 🤣 please let me know. It would be great to have a raffle to raise funds for the small room permanent floor which will be more appropriate for tap.

And finally - the link for tickets once more -
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.
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!

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

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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


Congrats to 2 more of our dancers for getting their green Star badges today! Silly Miss Gemma only got one pic! Remember to do something creative over the holidays if you need to finish those blue and green cards! ⭐💚💙

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 28/05/2022

Primary Ballet went to the beach today! Handstands or handSANDS??
And then we had a snow day in late May 😂


The Greatest show van!

This lovely rhythmical musical bunch!
And it is true. The greatest show van is very yellow 💛💛💛


Thinking about our adoring audience 🤣

A whole YONK ago I told this lot that the small room's corner-mounted speaker is our best friend Bob - we love Bob so much that we can't help but gaze up at Bob in wonder (modern dance has a lot of raised eyeline!) Now all the speakers have names. And the clock is Siberius, of course. 😍🤣 I love this wild bunch and I'm feeling like all these speaker friends need faces.


Come and join us for a fantastic street class with the brilliant Miss Leila!


No dancing tonight!!! (Tuesday 5th!!!)
There's been a fire in the building next door, and we have to wait till the fire service say we can get back in, and we don't know how long it'll be!


Working together to roll up our floor in a straight sausage is SERIOUS BUSINESS!


Working so hard practicing our jumps in first position! Look at these stretchy legs of wonder!


Fab work!


Then and now! How grown up are our Saturday gang?!
✨ Amazing ballet this morning!


Those long legs stretching up in the air! And M got to have a sunbathe!


Lovely stretchy legs of wonder from Grade 1 Modern today! As straight as uncooked spaghetti!


We have some red card holders! Which means some of our pupils now have a 💚 GREEN ✨sparkly star badge✨ as well as a 💙 BLUE one!
Don't forget to bring your cards every week and keep working hard! ⭐

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 08/03/2022

Primary ballet are totally amazing! They listen so well and work so hard! I’m very impressed! we currently have space in this class due to progression up through the classes, drop us a line!


We’re booking trials for young dancers! We’ve space in our youngest classes as several students have moved up classes :)


Accented hops for the teachers time! Miss Leila arrived early for her class and joined in with the end of our modern class. We’ve pushed syllabus aside this week to just try and get back to enjoying movement with no product (read exams!) and we’ve had lots of fun learning new things, challenging ourselves, having a really good stretch, and just generally dancing together.


Better leg!


Bad leg...

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 15/02/2022

It’s been an off the syllabus kind of a week this week. And we’ve decided to have a big focus on stretching. Swipe and find your favourite dance teacher having a stretch too!

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 13/02/2022

It’s been a lovely weekend of live performance for me and my girl, Friday night watching my beautiful student at @kessouthampton dance gala (image from our recent show) and Saturday the @joinerslive for @bearsintrees both with my lovely lovely @orionlikethestars - a weekend of culture @southamptoncityofculture


Happy world tutu day! We had show time just in time for it!


We’re making a change. Trying to make sure our impact gets smaller while our school grows. Small steps that help. @lovedansez


We don’t know whose feet these are!!! Are they yours?

Timeline photos 28/01/2022

We're booking in trial sessions for next week! Drop us a line to become part of our award winning dance school.

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 22/01/2022

We had an amazing opportunity to spend an afternoon in the studio with the rock stars from musical theatre today ❤️ !!! Learning new techniques for singing and something to remember forever! Thanks so much Mr May and Mutant Lab Studio! 😍🎤🎧


Musical theatre are in the studio! How exciting for them!

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 18/01/2022

When your student arrives in her latest pair of @freedoflondon shoes and they are WONKY and awful! What’s going on @freedoflondon


Dance teacher feels at show time.🤣🤣

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 18/01/2022

Two sides to every story. This bunch have been phenomenal.


Ive just been reminded that it’s 14 sleeps till showtime! This is not many sleeps. But... all the dances are finished, the cue sheet written, the programme nearly completed, most costumes are finished, and a conversation had with the technical manager at the theatre. Ladies and gents I think we more or less have a show!!

Timeline photos 14/01/2022

Book your trial now!

Timeline photos 03/01/2022

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


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!


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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The Greatest show van!
Thinking about our adoring audience 🤣
Jingle all the way!



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Tuesday 9am - 8:30pm
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