Merry Christmas to all my lovely ballet families! A few pics of our end of term xmas dances (online or socially distanced). Can’t let a pandemic stop those!
Playing in the snow, twinkly stars, Xmas morning, countdown to Christmas and A Christmas Carol. Extremely Christmassy costumes, props and make up!
A fun last session of term with my fabulous Silver Swans.
Congratulations to Carys
Huge congrats to Carys for gaining a highly coveted place with Ballet Cymru associates.
Carys will train with them at weekends and continue her Monnow Ballet training during the week.
Wonderful happy news much needed right now!
Results just in from Royal Academy of Dance summer exams – Golds and Silvers all round!!
Congrats to all students, they worked so hard. They had to study online and then dance in such strange/challenging conditions and they still got fabulous results.
I am very proud of them all.
Our two Elmhurst associates loving being back in the studio!
So excited that Amelia has been accepted into the sixth form of Elmhurst Ballet School with funding.
Amelia danced with us whilst a JA of the Royal Ballet and then started full time at Elmhurst at 11. Auditions are even more competitive at sixth form so huge congratulations from all of us!
Online classes a success!
Although sadly not all students can access them easily; those who can are enjoying the routine, fitness and social aspect to them. And I am getting so much from seeing my wonderful dancers each week! Especially now I’ve overcome my tech fears! The kids have their chatty catch ups at the end of class and we’ve even seen all sorts of beautiful pets make an appearance too… including llamas, rabbits and a budgie!
Thanks to Kate for her lovely review of my online teaching endeavours:
” Thanks so much Nina, I just wanted to say how utterly impressed I have been with how amazingly you have adapted to online lessons. Freya and Erin have really enjoyed them and I have really enjoyed watching them! Thanks for being so flexible and creative with making it work.”
Classes are stopping for now, please stay safe and follow updates via email. Thinking of you all.
Brilliant Exam Results!
100% Silver and Gold medals. Well done everyone!! Certificates and medals should arrive in the new few weeks.
New Ballet Venue
We are about to start another venue for Monnow Ballet classes. This will be at Llangrove Village Hall on Sunday afternoons.
Please contact Miss Salmon for more info.
Silver Swan Classes
Just starting our second term of very successful fun classes for adult learners. All ages and abilities welcome. These are at Whitchurch Memorial Hall on Wednesday mornings.
Contact Miss Salmon for details.
Amazing Christmas Performance!
Nearly all Monnow Ballet children danced our own version of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ at the Blake Theatre Monmouth on 14 December 2019. From the twinkly stars, giant sweets and swirling snowflakes, we had a wonderful time putting on their performance in a proper theatre!
A long day for the children with a wonderful performace at the end that everyone enjoyed. We even had Amelia and Dawid visit us for solo performances, our ex-Monnow Ballet pupils, now training at Elmhurst Ballet School. Well done everyone!
Brilliant effort from all the students who have worked so hard on primary/Grade 1/Grade 2 Royal Academy of Dance examinations. We had a lovely, exciting day with a very friendly welcoming examiner, who made the children feel very at ease. Chocolates were, quite rightly, given out at the end, all smiley faces!
The children had a wonderful time exploring the themes of ‘Fairytales’ and ’Sleeping Beauty’. We fitted in exam revision classes, choreography, craft and some picnicking. Fun all round!
Fantastic effort in Grade 3 exams at Ballet Cymru.
Such a lovely venue for our students, who felt they did their best and really enjoyed dancing in a professional studio!
Congrats on great exam results from our new Grade 6s, plus first pointe shoes all round. Exciting times!
Well done to Josef for attending the Royal Academy of Dance boys only dance course.
Josef enjoyed trying different types of dance led by male teachers and dancing with just boys. Even though Street Dance is a particular favourite, Josef was keen to try it all.
Our first ballet show at our lovely new branch in Ewyas Harold. Students from age 3 to 15 years danced a selection of class work and their own Christmas themed choreography.
Parents provided fantastic home baked goodies and we had a great end to the term.
We had ex pupils Amelia and Dawid join us, both full time students at Elmhurst Ballet School. They wowed us with their technique and trickier enchainements.
Merry Christmas all!
Adult ballet restarting in Redbrook on Wednesdays. All welcome.
New Grade 2 class at Ewyas Harold starts on Saturday mornings.
A new pre-school class starting in Redbrook after Christmas, names are being taken already, so please sign up if you’re interested.
Results in! Grade 1s all passed with either merit or distinction. Well done all of you!
Lovely to visit Amelia and Dawid at Elmhurst Ballet School for their end of year show in Birmingham. Both danced brilliantly, a proud moment seeing their vocational training turning them into fab dancers!
Lots of hard work paid off for our wonderful Grade 1s. They travelled to Ballet Cymru for their exams, after much exam practise, and came out smiling having done their best!
Fantastic to hear that Josh has been accepted into the Brit school in London to follow his dream of musical theatre. We all knew he would after bringing so much talent and enthusiasm to all the shows he did with us! After being accepted into Tring but not being able to take the place age 11, he worked solidly at school and in musical theatre groups to prepare for 16+ places. Good luck Josh, you so totally deserve it!
New adult ballet classes starting! All welcome.
Results are in! Our Grade 2s did extremely well – all received silvers or golds which is brilliant and hugely deserved from all of them.
Congratulations children on a fabulous performance! The Blake Theatre was such a great venue to dance at, lots of excited faces and smiles as the lights and music started.
Thank you to our fabulous narrator Reueben for being such a great Charles Dickens. And thank you to Amelia and Dawid for guest starring as young Scrooge and Belle. How wonderful to have past pupils dancing with us. Amelia and Dawid are both studying full time at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham but wanted to dance with their old ballet friends and be with us for the day, just lovely!
And of course huge thanks to the wonderful parent helpers, who made the day go very smoothly for the children.
Costumes ready, photos sorted, props being made (thank you parents for being fabulous as always)
Grade 2 mock exams went very well indeed. All the children feel ready and confident for the real thing.
Grade 2 exams – fingers crossed they went well. The children felt they did their best which is the most important thing. Dancing at Ballet Cymru, Newport was as always such an inspiring venue for the children.
Getting excited for our Christmas production ‘A Christmas Carol‘ at the Blake Theatre, Monmouth. The students have chosen parts/characters so now music is chosen and we have started the choreography.
Ewyas Harold classes start at the Memorial Hall. Very exciting to start another branch of Monow Ballet School!