Dear Parents and Carers,
Can you believe we are reaching the end of another school year? It has been such a wonderful year with the addition of a variety of classes and lots of new VBDancers joining the school too. Lots of students have taken more of their ISTD exams, and everyone’s work is going from strength to strength, which is exciting to see! I’m sure we are all looking forward to the summer break where we can re energise and spend quality time with our family and friends before the Autumn term is upon us again in September. It will be here before we know it!
Check underneath for some upcoming dates and other important info as we head towards the Summer Holidays.
Leading up to the end of this term, we have had to change venues for certain classes due to different school events clashing with our lessons. Please read carefully through the list and note down any changes, as I know it can be easy to forget!
Tuesday 19th June:
Funky Jazz AND Grade 2 Modern will be held in the Studio at Birchwood Grove for this week only.
Grade 4, 5 Modern and Grade 5 tap will be held at the Woodlands Meed College site next door to Birchwood Grove as normal.
Grade 3, 6 and Intermediate Modern classes will be held at Woodlands Meed School, Chanctonbury Road.
Tuesday 10th July:
Venue change- Location to be confirmed.
Friday 13th July:
Miss Bremner and Miss Sophie will relocate to Croft II, Burgess Hill Girls.
Classes will commence at 3:30pm and Ballet Club parents will need to bring the children over to class on this date.
REMINDER: NO CLASSES on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th June at Birchwood Grove and Burgess Hill Girls.
End of Summer Term
Main School including Thursday Pre School Ballet – finishes on Wednesday 25th July.
Saturday School including Saturday Pre School Ballet – finishes on Saturday 21st July.
Burgess Hill Girls Weekday Clubs – finish Tuesday 10th July
Manor Field After School Club finish Wednesday 18th July
This will be available to view on the website this week. We have tried our hardest to avoid too many changes, but please check carefully. Hopefully this will give you all enough notice to plan accordingly.
We will be in touch with Pre School pupils who will be moving up to the main school to check what your preferences are for ballet classes in September. We have options available on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons.
These will be sent out week commencing 9th July and will be due for payment promptly by Tuesday 31st July. If you wish to add any classes to your schedule please get in touch wish us ASAP.
Teddy Bears Picnic
Due to issues with venue availability, our Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been changed to Saturday 14th July from 1.30pm at Burgess Hills Girls School. Open to all VBDancers and their parents and guardians from pre-schoolers up to Year 2, come along for an afternoon of family fun. All you have to do is drop us an e-mail to let us know you will be attending. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
As you have probably heard, we are extremely excited to bring back our great Summer Club this year from Monday 30th July- Friday 3rd August. Guaranteed to be a fun-filled week of dancing and games and lead by a team of expert tutors, it all culminates with a brilliant performance for friends and family to enjoy. Don’t forget Non-VBDancers are also welcome!
More information can be found on the website by clicking here or get in touch if you have any queries.
Miss Cara Leaving
We are so sad to have to announce that Miss Cara will be leaving VBDance at the end of this term. Due to the relocation of her boyfriend’s work, she will be moving further North over the Summer. She has been such a valued member of the team over the last few years and will be sorely missed. We all wish you the best of luck in your new adventures and know you will make a success of whatever you set your mind to!
Welcoming New Members to Team VB
Whilst it is always sad to say goodbye, we are excited to welcome 2 new teachers into the VBDance family this September. Charis Holdsworth and Abi Whiffin who both bring a tonne of passion and experience with them having worked at different dance schools across Sussex and we are excited to welcome them to team VBDance.
Miss Bremner – Maternity Leave
As most of you will be aware, Miss Bremner is expecting baby number 2 at the end of September! Maternity cover is sorted for her classes, and the office will be open as normal should you have any queries over the school holidays or once we return to classes for the Autumn term.
Miss Meghan’s New Additions
I am sure you have all heard by now, but we wanted to send big congratulations to Miss Meghan and James again on the arrival of their gorgeous girls Poppy-May and Darcy-Rose. We are so excited for you to experience motherhood and we are sure you are doing an absolutely fantastic job!
Autumn Term Dates:
Main School including Thursday Pre School (13 week Term)
Tuesday 4th September – Friday 7th December
Half Term (no classes Tuesday 23rd October – Friday 26th October
Saturday School including Saturday Pre School (13 week Term)
Saturday 8th September – Saturday 8th December
No classes 27th October
Burgess Hill Girls Weekday Clubs (12 week Term)
Monday 10th September – Tuesday 11th December
No classes Monday 22nd October – Friday 2nd November
Manor Field Ballet and Jazz Clubs (13 week Term)
Wednesday 12th September – Wednesday 12th December
No classes Wednesday 24th October
VBDance Show 2019
Last but not least, we wanted to put out a reminder for our 2019 main school show taking place at The Hawth Theatre.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March – Dress Rehearsal
Friday 22nd March – Technical Rehearsal
Saturday 23rd March – Matinee and Evening Performance
If anyone would like to help or chaperone, then please get in touch ASAP. Any help is greatly appreciated as we simply cannot do it without you!