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Temporary online dance class timetable

Dancers cheering at SK Dance Studio Wigan

As you’ll be aware, SK Dance Studio is temporarily closed due to the social distancing rules around Coronavirus.

It’s a worrying and very strange time for us all right now, with unprecedented disruption to all our routines.  From the outset, Susan has been really keen to ensure dancers have the opportunity to continue both their dance education and their learning routines until we can re-open the dance studio, so wanted to offer a timetable of online classes that students can enjoy from home.

We’re delivering our online dance classes using the Zoom App

Susan and Miss Kimberley have spent the last few weeks testing out the technology and running the first of our online dance classes.  We’re delighted to now announce a weekly schedule of classes for SK Dance Studio dancers to enjoy.  All online classes will be delivered via the Zoom App – which is free to download and use.  You can learn more about using the Zoom App below.

Online dance class timetable now launched – Starting 3rd April 2020

Our temporary online dance class timetable is below.  Classes will be held at the same time every week.  To join a class, you’ll need to download the Zoom App (instructions below) and use the special code we’ll send you.  For security reasons, we’re not publishing the class codes here.  Susan or Kimberley will send you the class code you need directly.  If you don’t receive one, please contact us – it may be because we don’t have up to date contact details for you.

Day Time Class Teacher
Mon 7:30 pm Adult Ballet: Beginners and Improvers Susan
Tues 7:00 pm Students Tap & Modern Kimberley
Tues 7:30 pm Adult Tap: Improvers Susan
Tues 8:30 pm Adult Tap: Advanced Susan
Thurs 7:30 pm Adult Tap: Beginners Susan
Thurs 8:30 pm Free ballet class for Advanced Adult Ballet and Students Susan
Fri 3:00 pm Mummy & Me Ballet Babies Susan
Sat 10:30 am For dancers usual attending our Saturday 10:30 am class Susan
Sat 11:30 am For dancers usual attending our Saturday 11:30 am class Susan
Sat 12:30 pm For dancers usual attending our Saturday 12:30 am class Kimberley
Sat 1:30 pm For dancers usual attending our Saturday 1:30 and 2:30 pm classes (joined together) Kimberley

About Zoom
Before class, you need to download the Zoom app or go to Zoom in your browser on your computer. Once you’ve done this, the easiest way to access your class is to just click on your live class link and it should open you up into the correct class.

Your Zoom control panel
Generally, all participants will be muted (which is so you can hear Susan or Kimberley). During the class if we open up for questions, you will have the option to unmute and share your video. You can control your microphone by clicking on the microphone button on your control panel. If it’s green, it’s on! We can hear you. If you see it’s black and has a red slash through it, it’s muted. On the app, this is at the bottom in the left hand corner. You have the option to share your video too, by clicking on the video camera. It would be very valuable to Susan and Kimberley to be able to see your child dance whilst teaching, just like in class!

This is all very new, not just to you but to our teachers too. So please bear with us if we experience any kinks. It is important to Susan to try and keep some of the children’s normal lives intact while we navigate this crazy situation. They can all still see their dance friends and have some interaction with what they are used to.

Class fees
With the introduction of this online class timetable, we hope you’ll continue your direct debits payment so we can keep our staff and keep the business running until we’re all back on our feet in the dance studio. However we understand that during this time, some families may be struggling. If you find yourself not being able to afford to continue, please do contact us so we can work something out.  Our dance family is so important to us and we’re really grateful for all your support and patience during this time.

Stay safe and take care x

 

Dancers cheering at SK Dance Studio Wigan

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: Temporary closure of SK Dance Studio

Coronavirus update

As you’ll be aware, the Government has today announced that schools in England will close on Friday this week as part of efforts to help delay the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We’re heartbroken

In line with this advice, it’s with a very heavy heart that Susan has today announced that SK Dance Studio will also temporarily close after classes on Friday until further notice. We’ll keep communicating via our Facebook and Instagram pages, so please do look out for updates.

Dance show postponed

Given we don’t know at this point when we’ll be able to re-open the dance studio, we have no choice but to postpone our show that was scheduled for July 3rd and 4th. We know this is really disappointing given how hard all our dancers have been working, but we will reschedule as soon as possible, probably in the Autumn. Please do keep practising your dances at home!

Virtual classes hopefully coming soon

Susan is really keen to ensure dancers have the opportunity to continue their dance education and their routine at this time. Her intention is to run some classes virtually. Like many small business owners, Susan now has a lot to do to work through her continuity plans, so your patience at this time is very much appreciated. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible with the details.

In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of each other.

The SK Dance Studio Team x

Ballet dancer Violet appointed as ambassador for Russian Pointe Brand

Russian Pointe Brand ballet ambassador

Big CONGRATULATIONS to SK Dance Studio ballet student Violet who’s been appointed as an ambassador for dancewear company Russian Pointe for 2020.

As an International RP Dancer, she’ll be representing the brand throughout the whole of this year, so watch out for her posts on Instagram – search her Instagram handle @violetmaedancer to follow along, or visit her account here.

As well as her classes with SK Dance Studio, Violet is currently in her third year of training on the Cecchetti Associates programme where she’s trained by a faculty made up of ex professional ballerinas, Royal Ballet School trained teachers and tutors from the likes of Tring Park and The Hammond.

She also takes a weekly class with Royal Ballet School trained ex London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) ballerina Kate Simmons as part of the KS Dance Classical Associates programme.

We’re sure you’ll be an amazing ambassador Violet – Congratulations!

Photo by: Dancer’s Lens Photography

Russian Pointe Brand ballet ambassador

Try two FREE sessions of any dance class in Jan 2020

Dance class at SK Dance Studio Wigan


Our New Year’s Dance Class gift to you…

We’d love you to enjoy TWO sessions of any SK Dance Studio dance class that you don’t currently take, for FREE during January 2020.

You can choose from ballet classes, tap, modern, acro or street dance classes – all taught by fully qualified teachers in our beautiful dance studio complete with a fully sprung dance floor.

Dance Class Timetable

Check out our class timetable to see the full range of classes that are available. Classes resume after the Christmas break on Saturday 4th January 2020.

And the best bit? This offer is also open to both non SK Dance pupils AND adult ballet and tap classes too, so there’s never been a better time to try something new.

Contact us today to book your child’s free sessions. But hurry as class sizes are limited.

We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone in 2020 and to starting work on our summer dance show. It’s going to be amazing! Have a great New Year everyone.

Acro & Street Dance Classes now on Wednesdays

Acro Class at SK Dance Studio, Wigan

We’re so excited to announce that we’re starting a new course of Acro and Street Dance classes!  We’ve listened to feedback from parents and as a result, we’ve moved these popular classes to a weekly term-time Wednesday slot on our timetable.

The first classes in the new Wednesday slot will be on 30th October.  And we’re also holding them at our main studio in Appley Bridge, where we have a fully sprung dancefloor!

Both Acro and Street Dance classes are open to boys and girls aged 4 through to teens, regardless of whether they currently attend SK Dance Studio’s other classes.

Acro and Street classes are charged in blocks. The first block is for 7 weeks at just £28 for Street, or £35 for Acro. Places are strictly limited, so contact us now to book your child’s place. Big thank to to Dancer’s Lens Photography for this beautiful photo from our last show! ( www.facebook.com/dancerslens).

Acro and street dance classes for kids of all ages at SK Dance Studio, Wigan

SK Dance Studio classes over Easter 2019

Tap dancers at SK Dance Studio Wigan
Put your hands together – the 2019 Easter holidays are here! Well, for some pupils at least.  This year the Easter school holidays are quite different depending which school you attend, so to avoid any confusion, we’ve noted down below how the Easter break affects classes at SK Dance Studio.

Easter 2019 classes at SK Dance Studio

  • W/C Mon 8th Apr: All classes as normal
  • Sat 13th Apr: All classes as normal, but no 2.30pm ballet
  • W/C Mon 15th Apr: No weekday classes
  • Sat 20th Apr (Easter Sat): No classes
  • W/C 22nd Apr: No weekday classes
  • Sat 27th Apr: All classes as normal
  • W/C Mon 29th Apr: All classes as normal
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to message us via our Facebook page.
 
Tap dancers at SK Dance Studio Wigan

SK Dance Studio’s Grace is off to dance in New York

Dancers Backstage at SK Dance Studio Wigan Show

GRACE IS DANCING IN NEW YORK TONIGHT!

We’re so excited for SK Dance Studio pupil Grace who’s dancing at the Town Hall Theatre on 43rd Street in New York TONIGHT!

The Town Hall Theatre is one of New York City’s premiere performance spaces for music, dance, and other performing arts. It seats around 1,500 people, so it’s sure to be a fabulous experience for this young SK Dance Studio pupil.

Grace will be taking to the stage with the Inspirations performance dance group, with whom she performs alongside her ballet, tap and modern training at SK Dance Studio.

The Inspirations are a dance show team who take part in a variety of performances. They were formed to support Rock FM’s “Cash for Kids” charity and through their events, have helped to raise thousands of pounds for underprivileged children in Lancashire.

We’re sure you’ll be amazing Grace, and can’t wait to hear all about your stateside adventures!

Please join us in wishing Grace good luck!

Photo: Dancer’s Lens Photography

Dancers Backstage at SK Dance Studio Wigan Show

Isabel offered place on the School of Ballet Theatre UK’s Associate Programme

SK Dance Studio, Wigan - Ballerina

Huge congratulations to SK Dance Studio ballet pupil Isabel.

After her recent successful audition, she’s been offered a place on the School of Ballet Theatre UK’s Associate Programme. This prestigious training school is attached to the professional ballet touring company, Ballet Theatre UK.

What’s more, Isabel has also secured a place on their summer intensive course and will be off to train with them in just a few short weeks.

“Isabel has been dancing at SK Dance Studio since pre-school age and has blossomed into a beautiful dancer. She is particularly focused on her ballet studies and has worked incredibly hard on her technique” said SK Dance Studio Principal, Susan Kielb. “I’m thrilled that Isabel has been offered a place – it’s testament to all her hard work and dedication”.

As well as training at SK Dance Studio, Isabel also trains weekly with ex professional ballerina and Royal Ballet School graduate Kimberley Berkin as part of the PDE Associates programme in Leeds.

Please join us in congratulating Isabel on her amazing achievement.

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SK Dance Studio, Wigan - Ballerina

Violet wins Cecchetti Ballet Associates place for 2nd year

SK Dance Studio, Wigan - Ballerina

CONGRATULATIONS to SK Dance Studio ballet pupil Violet on securing a place for the second year of her training on the Cecchetti Ballet Associates programme.

Existing associates must audition along with new applicants in order to keep their place, so this really is great news. Violet will continue training in September with the Northern Cecchetti Associates group.

The associates programme is run by the Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty of the ISTD. It offers young dancers the opportunity to work with an array of amazing teachers who trained at, or teach at top schools such as the Royal Ballet School, Tring Park and The Hammond.

As well as training at SK Dance Studio, Violet also trains weekly with ex professional ballerina and Royal Ballet School graduate Kimberley Berkin as part of the PDE Associates programme in Leeds.

“Violet is a very dedicated dancer with a particular passion for ballet. Her first year of training on this prestigious programme has really helped her hone her craft, particularly her performance quality thanks to repertoire as well as technique classes” said Susan Kielb, Principal of SK Dance Studio. “I’m sure she’ll go on to build on this during her second year of training and bring everything that she learns back to SK Dance Studio to apply in her exam classes.  We’re all very proud of her”.

Please join us in congratulating Violet on her achievements!

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SK Dance Studio, Wigan - Ballerina

SK Dance Studio presents “The Greatest Show” – Rehearsal schedule

SK Dance Studio presents Greatest Show Logo

We’re super excited to tell you about our upcoming SK Dance Studio whole school dance show – entitled “The Greatest Show”.

All our dancers have been working really hard to prepare a stunning showcase of dazzling dance numbers for your enjoyment.  There’ll be something for everyone including high energy tap, beautiful ballet, sassy street dance, toe tapping jazz and modern, gorgeous lyrical and more!  Almost all of our class groups will be taking part, from our pre-school “baby” class which always steals the show, through to our amazing adult tap group.

When?

  • The show will run for two consecutive nights – Friday 13th July and Saturday 14th July 2018.
  • Curtain goes up at 7pm.  Dancers should arrive at the theatre by 6pm.

Where?

  • Preston Playhouse Theatre (Market St West, PR1 2HB)

Tickets

  • Tickets are available to buy online via Stage Stubs here.

What about rehearsals?

  • We’ve been rehearsing in class and will continue to do so right up until the show. We really appreciate your support in ensuring children attend all classes. This minimises disruption to learning as teachers work on choreography, patterns and placement.
  • There will also be rehearsals at the theatre in Preston throughout the week before the show. It’s compulsory that all pupils attend theatre rehearsals in line with the schedule shown below.

SK Dance Studio 2018 Show rehearsal schedule