CM Southampton Dance Academy

CM Southampton Dance Academy

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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 😪
Is there Pilates tomorrow morning still? And if so, where?! Thanks 😀
Tickets available for Peter Pan on 17/12/19 , 7pm, at the mayflower theatre. Chrissy has managed to obtain tickets for £9.50 per child!!! Seating is in the stalls, all as a group. Accompanying adults can also purchase tickets to sit with us for £31.50. Tickets need to be reserved and paid for before half term - cash in an envelope stating your name and number of tickets required. Siblings/friends all welcome.

Teachers of Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary & Pilates. Level 3 and 4 Qualified and insured teachers teaching 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

03/06/2021

We had a little play with creating choreo - 8 counts each not thinking too hard about it and adding on to the previous 8. I haven’t uploaded the music as insta keeps shouting at me but it’s to @taylorswift evermore (starting at the lyric) it’s not polished and we aren’t all doing the same thing but movement gave us all joy :) and then I had to have a bit of a sit down!!!! #trigeminalneuralgia #dance #southampton #nomusic

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 03/06/2021

These guys levelled up tonight learning bits of work from inter ballet and inter/6/5 modern. Brilliant guys! And thanks for bearing with my fuzzy brain too! #dance #southampton

01/06/2021

Hoping that this is the answer. #trigeminalneuralgia is 0/10 - do not recommend. I rather like my life how it is during normal service.

Hoping that this is the answer. #trigeminalneuralgia is 0/10 - do not recommend. I rather like my life how it is during normal service.

The dancer aged 106 who bans the word 'old' 01/06/2021

The dancer aged 106 who bans the word 'old'

this :)

The dancer aged 106 who bans the word 'old' Meet Sydney artist Eileen Kramer, who has had some of her most productive years since turning 100.

28/05/2021

This another of our pointe promotion ladies who is absolutely winning because she is doing her OWN DARNING. Amazing work! #dance #southampton

This another of our pointe promotion ladies who is absolutely winning because she is doing her OWN DARNING. Amazing work! #dance #southampton

28/05/2021

What time is it??? It’s pointe shoe o’clock for our next cohort of amazing young dancers! Congratulations!!!

What time is it??? It’s pointe shoe o’clock for our next cohort of amazing young dancers! Congratulations!!!

27/05/2021

This is slow mo and contains flashing images.

27/05/2021

This is slow mo and contains flashing images.

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 27/05/2021

Some stills from our slow mo session today! How wonderful are these lines!? #dance #southampton

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 25/05/2021

It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday. Apologies for having to cancel yesterday. The GP thinks my dental issue is actually Trimengial Neuralgia (also known as not much fun), I’m generally ok and know how to keep a lid on it all. So here’s tired me and a cakey for #cakeytuesday Thank you all for your patience and I’ll be back to normal soon I’m sure.

[05/24/21]   MONDAY CLASSES CHECK YOUR EMAIL

22/05/2021

One of our tasks on our popular star award scheme is creativity - but not in the studio. Look at these fabulous drawings from primary ballet - these guys all got their creativity star this morning along with another dancer filling up her card! Brilliant work. #dance #southampton

19/05/2021

We’ve booked a venue for our summer school week! This time it’s a dance show in a week of varying styles. Drop us a line for more information.

We’ve booked a venue for our summer school week! This time it’s a dance show in a week of varying styles. Drop us a line for more information.

18/05/2021

It’s #cakeytuesday #dance #ballet

It’s #cakeytuesday #dance #ballet

18/05/2021

‘I give up!’ Just to prove that sometimes it doesn’t go quite right! Approx 3 seconds before we filmed @anyaalicexx was throwing out doubles en pointe. The class got time last night to practise what ever turns they wanted to. #ballet #dancers #pointe #southampton (she has given me full permission to post! Plus those splits!!)

17/05/2021

We’ve got the amazing @funkstreetdance coming to join team SDA! She’s running a trial class with limited numbers on 15th July! Book now!

We’ve got the amazing @funkstreetdance coming to join team SDA! She’s running a trial class with limited numbers on 15th July! Book now!

17/05/2021

Loving working in private zoom lessons with the talented V. She danced with me from age 2 to 5 then moved house and dance schools. Her mum dropped me a line to reconnect during the first lockdown when her school wasn’t able to get online and we’ve been dancing ever since. She’s just week discovered that she’s been accepted into @balletboost level 2A and @triplethreatassociates too and I couldn’t be prouder. #dance #southampton

15/05/2021

This is one of our amazing primary ballet. This morning I asked who could remember our primary port de bras/arm exercise and L said she could. She demonstrated it so well that I asked her if I could film it because I was so proud! @istddance #southampton #ballet

15/05/2021

Our latest gang who have achieved their blue star in class :)

Our latest gang who have achieved their blue star in class :)

14/05/2021

Our littles has asked for help to practise spring points - so @rubyyy.elle who assists in their class has helped us out. Here she is with some beautiful feet. #dancer #dance #southampton #inspire

13/05/2021

Our fabulous in-house rewards scheme has moved up a level! We’ve 5 dancers working towards their green award now :) the best thing about this scheme is that it’s based upon little wins and can be tailored to suit every dancers needs. Some need more challenge and we will set harder targeting, some need a confidence boost and there is scope for that too. Every child learns differently but should be rewarded just the same :) #dance #southampton @istddance

Our fabulous in-house rewards scheme has moved up a level! We’ve 5 dancers working towards their green award now :) the best thing about this scheme is that it’s based upon little wins and can be tailored to suit every dancers needs. Some need more challenge and we will set harder targeting, some need a confidence boost and there is scope for that too. Every child learns differently but should be rewarded just the same :) #dance #southampton @istddance

13/05/2021

We’ve got a new batch of our star cards printed - green ones for those who need them, and some new blue ones, plus we’ve had our handbook printed. If you want to take a look I will have it at classes. #dance #southampton

Chrissy's Toby's hair cut! 13/05/2021

Chrissy's Toby's hair cut!

Hi guys! Most of you know that I'm out numbered by boys in my house... well the middle one has grown his hair over the last couple of years and on Tuesday it was cut off to send to The Little Princess Trust to create wigs for sick children.

If you wanted to donate to his Just Giving page he'd be your best friend forever!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tobyshaircut?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=tobyshaircut&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=d7338fe8bc514153a4e6b7942df97c1f&fbclid=IwAR3mU9rtsVZIWk1Ah8Q1Da_lNpqu3lQqEwbRNCKkPLRp5t2MzTuk12v7SAQ

Chrissy's Toby's hair cut! Help Chrissy May raise money to support Little Princess Trust

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 11/05/2021

When your g3 class do their stretches and inspire each other. I’m so proud of these guys - the lovely Erin walked them through a series of stretches :) #dance #southampton

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 11/05/2021

Scroll to see how much better E’s alignment gets. She’s worked harder than anyone I know over the last year to increase her flexibility and strength. I’m quite jealous! 🤣 #dance #Southampton

11/05/2021

Look at these gorgeous lines in our senior ballet class. I love the most the way that the girls support each other. And how they all work hard and worry about their own game rather than the rest of the room. #dance

Look at these gorgeous lines in our senior ballet class. I love the most the way that the girls support each other. And how they all work hard and worry about their own game rather than the rest of the room. #dance

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 10/05/2021

Our latest dancers to achieve their blue star as part of our in-house total free to participate in STAR AWARDS. Little wins to help build or rebuild confidence and self esteem. Go girls!!! Fantastic dancing today.

08/05/2021

@gemsybobsy is rocking musical theatre today. We’ve been to the pet show so far today, and practised our alliteration and adjectives. #dance #southampton

@gemsybobsy is rocking musical theatre today. We’ve been to the pet show so far today, and practised our alliteration and adjectives. #dance #southampton

[05/06/21]   Don't forget! No classes tonight as both rooms are being used as polling stations.

What we have to say! | CM SDA 05/05/2021

What we have to say! | CM SDA

https://www.southamptondanceacademy.com/blog We have another dancer story for you all :)

What we have to say! | CM SDA Teachers at CM Dance2 days ago1 min readDancer Stories - VayanaUpdated: 2 hours agoHi, my name is Vayana and I am 8 years old. I met Mrs Chrissy when I was just 2 years old and I started my first ballet class. I loved every class and not long after Mrs Chrissy helped me pick my first tutu. I enjoyed...

05/05/2021

Tuesday??? On Tuesday we eat cake. Or biscuits. Or cookies. Oh and we dance :)

Tuesday??? On Tuesday we eat cake. Or biscuits. Or cookies. Oh and we dance :)

[05/04/21]   NO PILATES THIS MORNING - I have an emergency dental appointment :(

Photos from CM Southampton Dance Academy's post 03/05/2021

A few more of L, she takes 2 senior ballet classes a week, plus modern at g4/5, hard work and great training have paid of for her. #ballet #southampton #dancer @istddanceIf your child has Ballerina Dreams drop us a line - we do have space in a select number of our classes teaching ballet, tap or modern. Our Adult tap class will be taking bookings soon.

30/04/2021

Bit of bending in #contemporary last night. #dance #southampton

Bit of bending in #contemporary last night. #dance #southampton

CM Southampton 29/04/2021

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CM Southampton please note that the new version of the logo has a smaller dancer and items will be printed with the smaller

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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Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
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