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www.roxschoolofdancing.co.uk                   e-mail: sophierox@btconnect.com

Brighton and Hove Junior School Radinden Manor Road Hove BN3 6NH

Dear Parents and Students,
What a fantastic 2nd term here at the High School, it really was so scary moving after 20 years, but I can honestly say it’s the best thing that ever happened to Rox. I know we had a few teething problems at first, but now all the staff, myself included are so grateful for the amazing studios/gym we have. Both the RAD and ISTD examiners this time commented on how lucky we are to have these facilities, I think it is the high ceilings that make such a difference, plus the fact it’s so light and bright. The parking and the separate changing area well away from the parents waiting area all make for a much happier school, so many parents use to complain about the fact there use to be adults in when the children were changing, so now no such complaints! I also prefer the fact that I can now convers with the parents in the waiting room, that really helps parents to talk to me directly, the fact I’m there every Monday, Tuesday and Friday evening really helps me keep in touch with you all!! There have been a couple of occasions when we have had to move the lessons to the dining hall due to parents evening being held in the gym, which has not been ideal, but as it really is only the odd occasion there is no chance of any damage being done to the students, dancing on a non-sprung floor for one or two lessons, for some schools in church hall etc this is the normality, and as ever I thank the parents for their understanding and patience in these circumstances, the teachers now are experienced and professional enough to plan the class around this and under no circumstance would any of the staff teach if it was in any way dangerous , it would be against all their principles and insurance policies. The most important thing in any school are the teachers and the standard of the students dancing here at Rox is so high, this is down to the teaching and the hard work the pupils put in, the students are so happy with their teachers, this will remain no matter where the studios are.


Christmas Dance Workshops with Miss Natasha
Saturday 17th December 2016
1.30-3.30 Reception
3.30-5.30 Year 1 and 2
Come and have 2 hours of fun only £15.00 per student, The Workshop on 30th is full for juniors , but still a couple of places remaining for seniors

It has been lovely to see so many parents at Watching Classes this week, a massive Thank you, from me Miss Deborah and Miss Natasha for all our Christmas cards and presents, it means so much to us, we absolutely love our jobs and will give 100% to your children, to make their dreams become reality , I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year,
All my Love Miss Sophie.xxxxxx

The festival goes from strength to strength and now the first costumes have arrived for both the junior and senior groups, they look amazing. We will be starting a new younger festival group next year details to follow, but please let us know if you would like to be involved. We will also be holding a makeup and hair evening , just to help teach all of you how to do stage make up, this will be on Saturday 7th January at 5pm.

Well done to all the exam candidates this term, such dedication and commitment by all of you , I hope you all get the results you deserve, the list for next terms exams will be on the board tomorrow and the provisional exam dates are RAD Sunday 19th March and the ISTD is Sunday 26th March, so please put them in your diary, the RAD pianist rehearsal will be on Sunday 5th March and the ISTD will be on Saturday 18th March.

Many of you have asked about starting different classes ie Jazz/ Fesival / and Acro, the jazz is perfect for students in Modern classes if you are in grade 3 modern, you would be in Bronze jazz, the classes go back to back which really helps!! The students can come for a free trial and they will love the syllabus , it is so different to the modern style, it really is the best genre!! The students are able to wear any type of unitard/leotard of there choice , there is no uniform!! The silver jazz is for students in grade 4/5 modern and the gold is for grade 6 or inter foundation modern. Again please feel free to come to all these lessons for a free trial, and when the students take the exam they get medals Bronze, Silver and Gold!! The festival classes start a fresh in September so any new students wishing to join need to apply at the end of the summer term, and the costumes the students are wearing for the dance they can wear to the jazz classes as they are stunning!! The junior and intermediate Acro classes are both full at the moment , but we do have a waiting list, so as soon as a place becomes available I will let all those waiting know. There are a few places left on the senior class on a Tuesday evening.

Term Dates 3rd January- 8th April 2017
Half Term 13th-19th February inclusive
Provisional RAD Exams 19th March
(pianist rehearsal 12th March )
Provisional ISTD Exams 26th March
(Pianist rehearsal 18th March )
Festival Make up and Hair Evening 7th January

All Invoices should now have been handed out for the spring term 2017 please when making payment online p put your childs name as reference Account number 60166177 Sort Code 53-61-02, Many thanks and discount deadline 17-12-16

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