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Half A Sixpence - Update

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Dear Parents and Students,

Well, the second week has been a lot smoother in our new premises. Thank you all for your patience during the transition, and thank you for all the lovely emails from so many of you, I cant tell you how much it means to myself, Miss Natasha and Miss Deborah, as we really do have your son’s and daughter’s best interests at heart and your loyalty makes it all worthwhile. Thank you to all of you that have now paid your invoices, and I am still sending some out this week, and if you haven’t got one still please let me know, and if you have one and still haven’t paid could you please do this ASAP!!

So, Half A Sixpence is full steam ahead now and the numbers, acting, singing is all looking/sounding amazing, and if you haven’t got your tickets yet please do, Sunday night is almost full!!

COMPETITION TIME – we need you the children/students to design the Half a Sixpence poster and programme cover. The closing date for this is Wednesday 20th June, so please get drawing/designing! Please put your name and age on it and leave it with one of the teachers. Good Luck!!

Full Cast Rehearsal – Tuesday 19th June from 7.00-7.30pm. We will run the finale with all cast members. Students don’t need to come in dance clothes, we just need them to know where and when they will be on the stage during the finale. It is quite daunting for the younger students as there are so many on the stage at one time, but it’s always best to have rehearsed this before we get to the theatre. If any parent has a business that they would like to advertise in the programme please let me know… a full page is £100.00, half page £50.00 and quarter page £25.00.

Any of the younger students who are not in the show, please do come and see it at the Old Market. We do a show every three years and before you know it, it will be your son or daughter on that stage! It will give them an idea of what they will be doing in the future. We have matinée on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July at 2.30, so go to the Old Market Website to book tickets or call the Box office on 01273 201801 or tom.tickets.red61.comde

Thank you to all the parents who have already volunteered to chaperone shows so far, but I do still need more as we have four shows to cover. Many students have never done a show before, and the parents have asked whether they have to do all four shows and the Friday, technical/dress run, YES…. this is absolutely vital they are here for all shows and the Friday when we first get into the theatre.
The chaperones will do the students hair and make-up once at the theatre, but you have to buy your son/daughters make-up, foundation (to match their skin colour), eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, blusher and eyeliner, plus you will need hair things – exact hairstyle details will be posted soon, so you will know if you need pins, grips, hairnets etc…

Costumes – The students will be trying on costumes over the next two week. As soon as I know each student’s sizes I will let you, the parents, know as many costumes prices vary depending on the sizes:

Senior Tap (Girls) Small /Medium and Large Adult – £33.00 plus VAT
Small/Medium/Large /X large Child – £31.00
Black Tap Shoes – already have
Black fishnet tights – £4.00
Junior and Senior Boys Black Tap Trousers – should already have them if not £21.00
Gold waistcoat Small/Medium/large Adult – £15.00 plus VAT
Small/Medium/Large/ X Large Child – £12.00
Black Tap Shoes – already have
White Shirt Small/Medium/Large Adult – £TBC
Small/Medium/Large/X Large Child – £TBC

Junior Tap, Gold Sequin Dress (Girls) Small/Medium/Large Adult – £29.00 plus VAT
Small /Medium/ Large/ X Large Child – £27.00
White Parasol – £3.50

Jazz (Girls) Small/Medium/Large/X Large Child – £23.00
Small/Medium/Large/X Large Adult – £26.00 plus VAT

Boys Gangster Suit Medium/Large/X Large Child – £21.00
Small/Medium/Large/X Large Adult – £26.00 plus VAT
Red Tie £5.50 Child – £7.00 Adult plus VAT
Black Jazz Shoes – already have

Show Modern
Senior Girls Blue and black netted hot pants Small / Medium /Large /X Large – £30.00 plus VAT
Large/ X Large Child – £24.00
Boys – White Shirt – Small/ Medium/ Large X Large Child – £16.00
Small / Medium / Large/ X Large Adult – £20.00 plus VAT
Black Trousers – already have
Black Sequin Tie – £7.00
Black Sequin Braces – £2.95
Junior Girls – Pink and Silver Dress Small/Medium/Large/ X Large Child – £24.00

Junior Ballet (Thursday)
Pinafore and Hat- Small/Medium/Large Child – £21.00
White Blouse – Small/Medium/Large Child – £10.00
White National Knickers Small/Medium / Large Child – £8.00
Pink Ballet Shoes – already have

The other costumes we should have selected soon and will send out the details ASAP. All the costumes have to be paid into account number 60278463 sort code 53-61-02 and it’s important you put your son/daughters name plus costume. As you can imagine there are over 500 costumes to order!!
As soon as the payment is received the costume will be ordered. Once you have the costume it is imperative you name every item as there will be so many students with identical costumes. Can you please check that your child has tried on a costume and then I can get lists out with each students costume size, so you as the parent knows how much you need to pay. Please do email in if you have any questions, I’m here to help!!

Kind regards
Miss Sophie

ROX Newsletter - June 2018

Spanish Dancer

Dear Parents and Students,

I do hope you had a lovely restful half term, attached is the final updated timetable again! I do apologise it was difficult to juggle everything around with the earlier start times, please check as Monday is now slightly different and Thursday is a lot different!! Wednesday, Friday and Saturday remain unchanged. Please remember that we are now at Cardinal Newman and yes, the car park is for use by the Rox parents so you will never have a problem parking again! For all the high school students that stay to after school club, I have organised some senior students to collect the girls from the afterschool club and walk them to Cardinal Newman, if you would like this please let me know and I will liaise with Jade to let her know who is being collect by Ruby and Evie.

Congratulations to all the students that took part in the Croydon Festival, best results ever and these will be posted as soon as all the dancers have finished competing. To any Rox students that would like to join the festival groups all the new dances are starting after half term, so please do come along and try it out.

The show is going extremely well and the students have all be hard at work leaning the dances, and lines etc., the chorus singing will start after half term and there will be details of costumes and make up for each number …. it really is going to be an amazing show. Just to confirm the Dress rehearsal/Technical run is on Friday 6th July at the Old Market from 4.00-8.00 for the younger students, the older students might have to stay until 9.00pm so please be prepared for a long night! It is compulsory to attend this evening in order for your son/daughter to perform in the shows on the Saturday and Sunday. Bring plenty of water and packed lunch, no chocolate and only water to drink in case of spillage on costumes!

I will need chaperones for the Friday evening plus both shows on the Saturday and Sunday, if you would like to volunteer please let me know.
The tickets for the show will go on sale on Monday 3rd June from the Old Market, the phone number is 01273-201801, it is first come first served and all the seats are numbered so please don’t leave it too long. There are four shows in total 2.30 and 7.00pm on both 7th and 8th July and the show will last about 2 hours with an interval. There is a bar there for refreshments and you can collect the students between shows, they just need to be at the theatre one hour before each show to get hair and makeup done.

Just to update all the students representing Team England in the Dance World Cup in Barcelona – only 20 days to go now!! I’m sure you are all beside yourself with excitement, I know Miss Natasha is! There has been a slight hold up on the GB tracksuits, but I have been assured they will be here before the 21st. Now we just have to work harder than ever to get the results you all so deserve, fingers crossed, and hopefully the trip to Spain will be something you all remember forever… such a great team.

Thank you all for your constant support, this has been the most challenging of terms that I can ever remember. But the future is really looking bright, and my magnificent staff have stayed professional throughout…

Kind regards
Miss Sophie

ROX Newsletter - May 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

I’m delighted to announce that we will be moving Rox from Monday 4th June 2018 to Cardinal Newman School, The Upper Drive, Hove, BN3 6ND. There we will be using the Dance Studio and the Gym. The parking facilities are excellent, you drive in through the gates and head past the main building towards the 6th form block, and you will hopefully see the dance studio and park as close to that as possible. We will have signs out to help you during the first week as it is all brand new and a very large school, but once you have done it once it is really easy!

We are now able to start at 5.00pm in both the Dance Studio and the Gym which means some classes can run earlier, and some slightly later! So please please check the timetable as we have tried to keep everything as close to the original timetable as possible. All Classes on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday’s are exactly the same, there are no changes at all, so please pay special attention to the times for Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Any problems or questions please contact me directly.

The show is progressing at an amazing rate and the dance numbers are almost all finished. It really is very exciting and we will start letting you know about costumes after half term to get them all ordered, and then hair & makeup!

I would like to call extra rehearsals for the Drama students on Tuesday and Wednesday 22nd and 23rd from 7.30-8.30 (all students in LAMDA drama and all the students with speaking parts) including the boys please (Bertie, Jimmy , Lucas, Barney and Ronan). If you are in a lesson please let me know so I know which characters we will be working with.

Many of you have asked about buying tickets, these will be sold directly from the Old Market box office and will be on sale after half-term, it is first-come-first-served so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Thank you to all the students and parents who came to watch the Dance World Cup Showcase on Friday evening. It was such a wonderful evening, the dances and all the dancers looked just stunning! A special congratulations to Miss Natasha on all the hard work that has gone into this, as it really is going to be a time these students will never forget. We raised £320.00 in total, so thank you to everyone. Please do come to the next fundraiser which is on Saturday 2nd June, a quiz night with Fish and Chips!! It will be a great night. For all of you that were not able to come to Friday’s Showcase we will be doing another one in June just before we go, so if you can come, please do.

Summer Camp is back by popular demand. This year it will be at Cardinal Newman and from 20th-24th August (9.00-4.00 £175.00 for the week). It really is the best week and the children are exhausted by the end!!

I know it’s a lot to take in, but I really believe this is the beginning of a great new start,

As ever Thank You all for your constant support, it really does mean everything to us,

Kind regards
Miss Sophie

ROX Newsletter - March 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

I can’t believe that’s its almost the end of another term, and what a fantastic term it has been. Best of luck to all the students taking their RAD ballet exams on Saturday and Sunday, please remember to arrive one hour before the exam with all your clothes washed in pristine condition and all your hair things (girls) hairpins, grips, hair nets, hair elastics , the same colour as your hair , hair gel and hairspray, and the dirtier the students hair the easier it is to put up, clean bodies dirty hair!! All the exam times are on the board if you are not sure, please just ask.

It is so lovely to do the mock exams as always I’m amazed at the difference in each and every exam candidate from the beginning of term to now, the hard work from both the students and Miss Deborah has such great results, you as parents should be very proud.

The ISTD exam pianist rehearsals are next weekend and the exams the following Tuesday and Wednesday, the 27th and 28th I do apologise that some emails had the wrong dates on the days which caused a great deal of confusion!!

The watching classes start on Wednesday 21st March and finish on Tuesday 27th March, this is most confusing as it starts midweek, but just to confirm to everyone so no one misses the opportunity to see their children’s progress and chat to the teachers. Friday students have their Watching Class this Friday 16th March due to a function at the high school, class is as normal 23rd but just watching is a week early.

Well done to all the students who have performed in the Hastings Festival, the most amazing results and how well the students work as a team, this really shows with the chemistry, trust and respect that is reflected in their work. A Very big thank you to all the parents, the dedication needed to commit to the children’s “Hobbies” is endless, without you it wouldn’t be possible, and of course Miss Natasha with her wonderful, exciting choreography, she has been working 7 days a week and will need the Easter Break to recover!!

Congratulations to all the LAMDA students again achieving such high marks, Mr. Alex always says the standard of the student’s drama is outstanding.

So its three years since the last show…… where has the time gone?! This is the most exciting term for most of the students, all the hard work all the hours practicing technique, at last, pays off, the students get to shine on the stage in front of all their friends and family. This year’s show is “Half a Sixpence” all students from Grade 1 up are invited to perform and it’s so lovely to see the youngest students performing alongside the most senior students, many of who have there GCSEs at the same time, and they are the inspiration to the future generations of Rox, the memories of the show will last forever.

All the students who are in Baby Ballet/Modern/Tap, Pre-Primary and Primary, these will remain the same timetabled classes on the same days, some might have moved times slightly, we have tried to keep it as close to the original as possible. You will see from the new timetable that grades are now combined, again we have tried to keep the days exactly the same as the ones attended by the students from the spring term as much as possible, many are doubled up, your son/daughter only has to attend one of these classes , all I need you do is let me know which one, i.e. Monday or Thursday.

There is a technique class attached to each of the show classes, this is because some students are unable to perform in the show due to being away for the weekend of the show, so they will attend just the technique class, for all the other students in the show we strongly advise taking the technique class as well, just to keep the students technique up until September when we resume with syllabus classes again, I know this is an extra expense for many of you, but it is only once every three years and if you think of it the same as when you do an exam and have an extra coaching class per week. This will maintain all the students who will be taking their RAD and ISTD exams in December, without it that wouldn’t be possible.

The Show is at the Old Market, which is just off Western Road in Hove, it is an amazing Theatre and easy to get to on public transport as parking is not the best! pretty much the same as all Brighton! The changing rooms are lovely, there’s a great bar and its close to all restaurants etc. The technical/Dress Rehearsal will be on Friday 6th July from 4.00pm and can go on until 9.30-10.00pm so that’s a long night… Then we will have two shows a matinee on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th so each student will perform in 4 shows. We try to keep the cost for the costumes down to a minimum and they are between £15.00-£30.00 each depending on the genre, i.e. Tap/Modern/ Jazz or Ballet, then the only other cost for the students is the makeup, which once they have bought it will last a lifetime!!

Tickets go on sale about a month before the show and they are on a first come first served basis, but with four shows I’m sure you will all get to see the show at least once! We will, of course, have the show filmed so you will be able to buy a copy if you would like. Many students are already asking about auditions for the parts, this I will do over the Easter Holidays as I like all the staff to be present during the audition process, so if you would like a speaking/ singing role please email me so I can arrange an audition.

I am so excited for the next few months, not only the show but the Dance World Cup in Barcelona…… The children really are our future, and it will be brilliant.

Thank you for all the really lovely comments about the new website, Congratulations to Rob who designed it, and now that its run by one of the amazing Dads he will be able to update it weekly to keep it current, that is amazing!

Summer School dates will be out very soon as I know so many of you want to book again, we do have 30 places for August so don’t panic… if you haven’t attended before you must as the children love it.

I’m sure once you have read everything if your an “old “ mum of 10 years at Rox or it’s your first show there will be plenty of questions, please just ask and yes we will need chaperones for the show so you the parents can get involved as well, just not on the stage!!

Lots of Love
Miss Sophie

ROX Newsletter - January 2018

January 2018 News

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all, I do hope you all had a lovely relaxing break and now back to lots of hard work for the next two terms. I can’t believe it’s Show Year again!! Where have the three years gone. Congratulations to all the students who got amazing RAD and LAMDA results. Just to remind you that LAMDA is now on a Thursday (6.30-7.30).

The ISTD results are now in, fantastic results! 24 Distinctions which is 80% and over and 9 Merit which is 65% and over. Well done to all the staff and pupils, I’m so very proud of you all.

Hopefully, all of you are aware that 25 of our amazing students have been selected to represent Great Britain as a part of Dance World Cup in June in Barcelona. We are fundraising to ensure all our students can compete. There is a raffle costing £10 a ticket and the winner will get a free class next term. If you would like to buy a raffle ticket please talk to either Ruby or Evie on reception. If anyone has any other ideas to raise some money they would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know if you have a local business that wants to donate something?!

Another reminder that Miss Natasha’s engagement party is on January 27th and we have a card at reception if any students would like to sign it and put some money towards her engagement present. I feel this is a better idea than personal gifts as she is moving into her first home and desperately needs a bed. So between us, it would be lovely to collect a substantial amount!!

Thank you to all parents who have paid their invoices this term. If you haven’t received one or it’s wrong in any way then please let me know. Unfortunately, I think some parents didn’t quite read the invoice properly and have paid the discounted fee, even though that was only payable up until the 16th of December, after that date so please can you check the dates on the invoice, and if you have paid the wrong amount I will email you ASAP.

On Thursday 18th January, a tuck shop will be opening in the waiting room. All money raised will go towards the Dance World Cup funding, so please support this and buy buy buy!!

Summer Term 2018 is “Show Term”, for new students this is something we do every 3 years. This year the show will be at The Old Market, which is at 11, Market Street, Hove, which is a fantastic venue. The dates are Dress/Tech Run (6th July) and two shows per day (Matinee and Evening – 7th & 8th July). All students from Grade 1 can be in the show. Auditions for parts will be after half term. It really is a great experience so I do encourage everyone to take part!