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DANCEMATTERS HITS THE AIRWAVESAmelia's GOLD medal

One of DanceMatters’ dancers, Amelia Lee (16) of Bassingbourn has had a successful visit to the Huntingdon Festival of Dance, a competitive celebration of Performing Arts that has been running for over 20 years.  Despite this being Amelia’s first experience of Dance competition, she won the Senior Tap section.  She also received the trophy for the highest score of all Tap dancers at the whole festival.

Naomi, dance teacher, said “When she finished dancing, I was already delighted with Amelia’s performance but when they called her name as the GOLD medal winner, I was so proud. The trophy for best performance at the festival was the icing on the cake!  I believe that Dance is a wonderful way for young people to express their creativity and personality, so it’s especially pleasing when professionals consider what we’re doing to be of the best quality.”

Also this month, DanceMatters was featured on Radio Cambridgeshire’s ‘Jeremy Sallis Show’ as their “Workplace Wednesday”.  Jeremy Sallis came to Bassingbourn to record the show with Naomi and several of her dancers.  The show can heard on the homepage of the DanceMatters website.

DANCERS HAVE A HEART FOR CANCER CHARITY

The performers from DanceMatters will see their work on the big screen at the Cambridge Race for Life.  Heart Radio, who are supporting all the local Cancer Research events, approached the school and asked if they would film themselves performing ‘The Cancer Slam’, a dance specially created for the event.

Naomi, dance teacher, said “I was honoured that Heart Radio asked us to participate in this.  The dancers were very enthusiastic about being filmed and worked hard to get the choreography just right.  They all entered into the spirit of the project, and I’m pleased with the results.  We adapted the choreography so it would be appropriate for all our different classes; Jazz, Tap and even the Adult Linedance class had their own version!  They know that thousands will see them on the big screen on Sunday and are very excited!  I’m glad that DanceMatters can support Cancer Research in this way.”

DANCING AT WORK IS OFFICIALLY “WOW”!Article in Royston Crow

DanceMatters was thrilled to receive a coveted #WOW award this week. The award, chosen from a nationwide selection of companies by Jacqueline Gold, the owner of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, was given in recognition of DanceMatters’ novel corporate teambuilding workshops.  Using dance as a way of bonding a team, participants are encouraged to think through the skills they used to complete a group dance and then how they can apply those skills in the workplace.

Naomi, dance teacher, said “I’m delighted to have been given this award from Jacqueline Gold.  It’s great to receive approval for my work from the Corporate world.  My workshops are all about encouraging people to work together effectively and share the skills that the team has between them.  Dancing is a great way to make a team collaborate and reflect on how they can reach their objectives.”

DanceMatters, which also offers classes for children and young adults in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Linedancing, as well as an adult Linedancing class, has a real sense of community.  Naomi also helps bridal couples create their special first dance for their Wedding.  The school prides itself on its inclusive atmosphere, and uses Makaton signing in its Dancing Hands class for pre-schoolers as a way of introducing little ones to Ballet.

 

LINEDANCING IN BASSINGBOURN DURING BBCK@HOME

Check out this great video of DanceMatters dancing in the High Street!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5aKNfngPM&

Thanks to Adam Chipperfield for putting it together for us.  Do follow Adam on Twitter @TheDJAdz - great for all your mobile disco needs!

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT!! THE VILLAGE VOICE SHOUTS ABOUT OUR NEW CLASSES!

Article in the Village Voice - June

 

OOOOH WE’RE IN THE ROYSTON CROW…! 16th May 2013

Article in the Royston Crow

FULL PAGE FEATURE IN THE VILLAGE VOICE! May 2013Village Voice May 2013

 

DANCERS HARLEM SHAKE IT FOR RED NOSE DAY

Performers from DanceMatters had a silly evening whilst raising lots of money for Comic Relief.  We fiDanceMatters students do the Harlem Shakelmed our own version of the YouTube sensation, The Harlem Shake.  The event was held at Bassingbourn Community Centre on Thursday 14th March.

Welly boots and onesies were popular choices of fancy dress, as well as hula skirts, cowboy hats and bunny outfits.  The dancers also discovered how hard it is to keep dancing whilst wearing a Comic Relief red nose!

The dancers, aged from 10 to 29, finally raised a total of £143 by receiving ‘likes’ of the video on their Facebook page.  This can be seen at www.facebook.com/dancematters

Naomi, dance teacher, said “The dancers are a delightful group of talented, smashing young people and they were so excited to be involved in this silly escapade.  They are so well motivated when it comes to raising money for others less fortunate than themselves, so it was extra special to be able to do something crazy for a good cause.  I’m very proud of them all; not just this week for raising money but every week. ”

DANCERS HOT FOOT IT FOR CHILDREN IN NEEDChildren in Need event

Our lovely dancers had a day of dance and fun whilst raising money for Children in Need.  DanceMatters, based in Bassingbourn, learned a whole dance in a day, mixing Jazz with Tap to make a piece of mass group choreography.  The event was held at Litlington Recreation Centre on Sunday 25th November.

The dancers are encouraged to work together in order to reach their goals and the group dance challenged them to work with a range of dancers of different abilities and from different classes.  The dancers, aged from 8 to 28, gave up their Sunday and have raised £160 so far, and there is still yet more sponsorship money to come.

Naomi Wallen, dance teacher, said “The dancers are a delightful group of talented, smashing young people and they were so excited to be involved in this challenge.  They are so well motivated when it comes to raising money for others less fortunate than themselves but I still can’t quite believe how much they’ve raised.  I’m very proud of them all.  They worked really hard together and their parents were very impressed by their final performance.”

DanceMatters gets hoodies!!!!

The Hoodies have ARRIVED!!

There will be a PRIZE for the first dancer I spot wearing their DanceMatters hoody in Royston Tesco!!!

See Naomi if you would like to order a hoody

DanceMatters at Bassingbourn School Fete

Dancers step up and save the day!!

The dancers performed to a packed hall at Bassingbourn Primary School Fete despite limited rehearsal. Their teacher, Naomi Wallen, had to cancel some lessons due to the death of her Dad and so the pupils had a 3 week gap in their lessons just before the performance. Bassingbourn based DanceMatters pupils demonstrated their love of dance by organising their own rehearsals, editing the music and even tried some of their own choreographic ideas.

DanceMatters, which offers classes for children and young adults in Tap, Jazz and Linedancing, as well as an adult Linedancing class, has a real sense of community. The dancers are encouraged to work together in order to reach their goals and this proved crucial in their rehearsals.

Naomi said “I was bowled over by the dancers. I wasn’t sure if the girls would be ready for the Fete but their commitment to their dance saved the day. They arranged rehearsals amongst themselves, using their lunch breaks and meeting up after school. I have to thank teachers at Bassingbourn Village College for allowing some of the dancers to use classrooms at the end of the day. I feel so lucky to teach such a smashing group of talented, lovely young people. They danced really well and can’t thank them enough for making a sad time more positive.”

June 2012

Tuesday Tappers raise money for Sport Relief 2012

DanceMatters goes crazy for Sport Relief!

We have raised at least £112.50 for Sport Relief!!  Bassingbourn based DanceMatters pupils decided to attend their classes last week in fancy dress asking their family and friends to sponsor them.  Many of the costumes were Sport Relief red – faces were painted, hair was dyed, and there was even a Victorian bathing belle and a footballer in full Arsenal kit.

DanceMatters has a real sense of community.  The dancers are encouraged to work together in order to reach their goals.  This supportive atmosphere led the dancers to want to help make a difference to other people’s lives too.

 

The Thursday dancers join in the funNaomi said “I’m so proud of the dancers.  We’re still a growing school but they’ve raised such a large amount, and there’s still more promised.  What I was most impressed by was how enthusiastically they embraced the charity’s purpose – the senior pupils suggested that we do something to support Sport Relief and the idea just snowballed.  I feel lucky to be teaching such a lovely bunch of talented, pleasant young people.  I can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with next.”

March 2012