Peak Village Festive Spectacular - November 17-18 2018

Many thanks to our lovely enthusiastic audience this weekend at Peak Village, when the Christmas lights were switched on in a Festive Spectacular of gifts, food and live entertainment.

We hope you enjoyed browsing for luxury homeware, furniture, clothing, cards, gifts... lunch, tea and cakes, a hot chocolate or perhaps a glass of mulled wine... the live entertainment orchestrated by Peak FM's Craig Bailey ... and watching our pupils bringing their own sparkle to the season!

Fascinating Rhythm Tickets now available - November 1 2018

Tickets are now available for our next full school production. We will be performing 'Fascinating Rhythm!' at the beautiful Buxton Opera House on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 7pm and Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 2:30pm. Every dancer in the school is invited to perform a dance for each style that they study - and to enjoy the tremendous experience of dancing on a real stage.

Tickets priced at £14 are now on sale from the Buxton Opera House website or by telephone from the Box office on 01298 72190. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Daisy Hulbert CATS Masterclass - November 18 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have the beautiful Daisy Hulbert coming to the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing, to give two amazing CATS masterclasses:

Juniors7-10 years10:00 - 11:30Sunday 18 November
Seniors11 years upwards11:45 - 13:45Sunday 18 November

We expect the masterclasses to be extremely popular so please sign up to reserve your place at the school as soon as possible!

Daisy began training at Central School of Ballet and later Elmhurst Ballet School. During her graduation year at Elmhurst, Daisy danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet in La Fille Mal Gardée (UK tour) and the Dying Swan solo in Classical Spectacular (Birmingham NIA and Manchester MEN arenas).

Upon graduation Daisy moved to the Czech Republic to join the National Moravian-Silesian Ballet where she performed The Doll in The Nutcracker, Cygnets and Pas-de-Trois in Swan Lake, Rabbit in Snow White and was part of the Corps de Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty and The Lady of the Camellias.

Daisy made her West End debut in The Phantom of the Opera where she played Meg Giry. She is currently performing abroad playing Victoria (The White Cat) in Cats the musical.

Can You Dance? - September 2018

Congratulations to our fabulous contemporary group on their performance on the huge stage at the 1st Can You Dance? Superconvention at Liverpool's Echo Arena on 30 September.

Our dancers performed a contemporary dance to Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine, which can be seen in the video available in this link. The photos above show the scene backstage, and some of the other highlights of the show.

Summertime Special Dance Programme - July / August 2018

We are delighted to be able to offer a selection of extra-special Dancing Summer Schools this year - and to welcome international star Kimberly Wyatt to the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing!

Kimberly will run two master classes at the school on Wednesday 25 July, for pupils aged 8-12 (from 12:30 - 14:00) and those aged 13 and above (14:15-15:45)), focussing on Commercial Dance skills. The classes are suitable for both boys and girls - you don’t really need to bring heels! Heels are optional and there will be lots for everyone to learn.

Claire says ‘It is a huge honour to have one of Kimberly’s dance workshops coming to Matlock! She is an amazing dancer – as well as a lovely person - and it is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a professional who has made it right to the top in the world of Commercial Dance.’

During the One Week Summer School, classes will be held Monday to Thursday 10:00 - 15:00, including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Gymnastic Dance… and more!

On Friday 3 August there will be an examination to gain a fabulous ‘Angela Rippon’ NATD Trophy. The younger children will perform one dance in costume (which will be provided), and the older children will perform two or three dances depending on the level at which they currently study.

Anyone wishing to take the NATD Trophy examination must be able to attend on all four days, but single day tickets are also available if you can’t make the full course.

Places are limited at all of the Summer classes, so please call in to the school as soon as possible to reserve your place.

NATD Day of Dance - Sunday 29 April

As a member of the NATD North Midland Theatrical Committee, Claire is pleased to be able to invite our dancers to join a Day of Dance in Aston on Trent, near Derby on Sunday 29 April. Claire says 'I thoroughly recommend it - this day is just £10 and was super last year!'

Places at the Dance Day should be reserved directly with the NATD - click on the image for details.

Care to Dance - starting Monday 23 April

We have an exciting new class for people living with Dementia. Classes will be held on Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30, starting on 23 April.

Providing a therapeutic and creative connection to dance and music, the classes are designed to stimulate cognitive skills - improving health and self-esteem, reducing isolation, and bringing joy and happiness.

The classes are facilitated by Independent Occupational Therapist Mary Derrick in partnership with the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing, and should be booked directly with Mary. Click on the image for details.

NATD Dance Teacher Training - Sunday 22 April

We are delighted to be hosting a morning of refresher training for NATD dance teachers at the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing on Sunday 22 April. The refresher training will cover Rainbow Awards, Class Exams and Preliminary ballet as well as Junior and Juvenile Medals, follwed by a question & answer session with Lindsey Stewart NATD Examiner.

Places on the teacher training day should be reserved directly with the NATD - click on the image for details.

Ballet Workshops and Masterclasses with Michael Berkin - 3 March 21 April 2018

Trained at the Royal Ballet School, Michael Berkin has performed with Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet of New Zealand, Northern Ballet, Ballet Ireland and is Guest Ballet Master for the Northern Ballet Company.

This term, Michael is bringing his Professional Dance Experience to the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing once again - initially scheduled on Saturday 3 March but postponed until Saturday 21 April due to snow. Join us for a Sleeping Beauty Ballet Workshop or perhaps a Professional Ballet Masterclass!

Please call into reception at the school to reserve your place.

Congratulations Scarlett - April 2018

Huge congratulations go to Scarlett Richards on gaining an offer from Trinity Laban to study for a BAHons degree in Contemporary Dance!

Scarlett has danced with us since she was 6 years old. We are all extremely proud of her success and wish her every happiness.

Extra Classes for Exam Candidates and Snow Closures - March 2018

Exams that were cancelled due to snow on Sunday 18 March will be held on Wednesday 28 March.

Extra classes for exam candidates will be held on Friday 16 March:

16:15 - 16:45for the Saturday 09:00 - 09:30 ballet class
16:45 - 17:15for the Saturday 10:00 - 10:30 ballet class
17:15 - 17:45for the Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 tap class
17:45 - 18:15for the Saturday 11:45 - 12:15 tap class
18:45 - 19:30for the Tuesday 19:45 - 20:30 Junior silver ballet medal class

Don't worry if you can't make it to your exam class - speak to Claire the next time you are in for a lesson.

Anyone who has missed classes due to the snow is invited to join alternative suitable lessons in the week commencing 19 March. Please speak to Claire, Gloria, Sarah or Daisy next time you come in for class to find the best option for you.

Commercial Dance Masterclass with Tom Shilcock - 4 February 2018

Tom Shilcock has performed with Elton John, Cheryl Cole, Tulisa, Rita Ora, and has danced on The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance... and on Sunday 4 February he is visiting the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing.

Tom will be running two Commercial Dance Masterclasses on Sunday 4 February:

10:30 - 11:308 years - 11 years
11:45 - 13:1512 years and over

Please call into reception at the school to reserve your place.