It is such a shame that we have been unable to do the show “For the Love of Dance” that we planned on doing way before lockdown. NOW we are having a Fete to celebrate the end of term!
As it is not possible to have a show this year or a watch week …and times are a little unpredictable, we have decided to go ahead and organise a Fete!
Classes are combining to perform something small in the form of a showcase. A Fete is not going to be quite the same as a show, as children will be able to see you so they might just watch you watching them, however I think it is an amazing idea to have something to look forward to!
I have organised a Bouncy Castle, a popcorn machine and an ice cream van. There are 2 climbing frames for children and I’ll be bringing my parachute, pompoms, hula hoops tambourines for a bit of a sensory play area and a teddy bear’s picnic area.
Christchurch School- On the Field
Costumes: I am trying to find a few costumes for the students however as I’m not charging a “production fee” I will be asking for a bit of help with providing costumes for some classes. To cover costs, I am asking for just £5 entry for anyone over 16 years old.
Volunteers: Are there any parents out there who could possible help out? The bouncy castle, the popcorn machine, the gates so no children leave without permission or parents, a few possibly to lead the children out to the Performance Area. Perhaps you could work in shifts??
For the grown ups: A Fete is always great fun for the children and I feel adults often get left out so once the performance is over and the children are returned to parents, we will have A QUEST for the adults to participate in too.
I hope for the Fete to be a fun way to celebrate the end of term, the Summer and most importantly the end of lockdown- in lots of fresh air. It is not just for DancePro Academy students so do invite others along too, everyone is welcome. And bring a picnic!
Due to the unpredictable climate we are currently in, it is hard to say whether “For the Love of Dance” can go ahead or not.
I’ve not cancelled the show as I would really like something to look forward, as I am sure you would too. It may not be the same standard as previous shows due to not being able to rehearse together however this will give the students something to work towards and focus on.
So as it stands the show is still going ahead, unless the government or theatre prevents it.
Should this happen and we are forced to not perform, I will
a) ask for a later date
b) if they can’t give us a later date, find a different venue
c) refund show fees paid/ deduct from the following term
If DPA’s booking with the Hertford Theatre is cancelled due to the corona virus, tickets bought will be refunded. As I’ve not officially cancelled the show, the theatre are not refunding tickets yet. Obviously this will change as the circumstances change.
Following the success and excitement of ‘Magical Moments,’ Prepearations have begun for our show 2020!!
I can now announce it will be called “For the Love of Dance” and we will be holding our poster competition for a student to design the poster for the show. This is used for advertising and to influence the programme. The winner will get a hoodie & 2 tickets to the show. Entries must be in by the 1st of May- Good luck! I will be planning the dances and themes for the show, sourcing costumes for each student, looking into props the children could use and of course, organising the insurances.
The Hertfordshire County Council need to know each student performing and each volunteer helping. So if you are interested in getting involved, please contact me so I can submit the paperwork correctly. If you would like to become DBS or Chaperone certified please click the links to learn more.
You can book your tickets a few months in advance at the Hertford Theatre Box office. Call: 01992 531500 or book online
I am, as always, looking for volunteers from parents to get the show on the road and as successful as possible.
Costume monitors would be in charge of the costumes for that class and items need to be named and organised so nothing is lost. You would need to bring the costumes to the theatre and then collect them at the end of the second show. Wash the costumes and return to me at a later date which will be confirmed.
Dressers: For many reasons, no parent is allowed to look after their own child backstage. However, if you would like to help out for one or both of the shows, I can organise a class for you to look after. As I have to submit to the Council all the children participating and all those helping out, it would be amazing if anyone helping has a DBS/ CRB/ Chaperone licence/ first aid etc.
Wardrobe: Can you sew? Make costumes? Most costumes will be bought/ hired but may need altering or if there is something missing, duplicated.
Carpentry/ building stuff: It is nice to have little props and sets. Would you be interested in making something?
Artists: the items that are made would need painting…
If you are interested please contact us, any help is mutely appreciated!