Mabel Ryan Awards 2015
16-year-old Amy Waterhouse achieves outstanding success with a commendation at the world famous Cecchetti Mabel Ryan Awards held at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells. The Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards are a high profile annual event that offers students from around the world the opportunity to perform on a professional stage in an atmosphere of friendly competition.
The Mabel Ryan Awards are organised by the Cecchetti Group as part of the annual Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards. Cecchetti Classical ballet has a rich heritage and history. Enrico Cecchetti was one of the most important influences on the foundations of modern Classical Ballet training. He evolved a method of training in the 19th Century that is as relevant today as it was when he first created it. His influence on British Ballet has been far reaching and resulted in the creation of The Cecchetti Society. The Cecchetti principles of training continue to produce outstanding artistic and technically accomplished dancers, able to work with today´s directors across a spectrum of ballet and contemporary companies.
Amy currently attends the Robyn Academy in Gravesend and studies the Cecchetti method under the tutelage of Miss Mary Goodhew, former head of Ballet at White Lodge & Elmhurst Ballet School. Amy achieved the highest mark of Distinction in her vocationally graded examination and now adds her commendation at the prestigious Mabel Ryan Awards to her collection of achievements. Amy is now concentrating on her next vocational examination and plans to qualify as one of the very few teachers of Cecchetti Classical Ballet.
The Robyn Academy is delighted to announce that Aimee Tutt has joined the West End cast of the internationally award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical. Aimee is scheduled to renew her contract for a second term to perform as a ballet girl alongside the central character of Billy Elliot in Mrs Wilkinson´s ballet class. Mrs Wilkinson´s ballet girls feature throughout the show as the children´s ensemble, accompanying Billy on his dancing journey.
Aimee is thrilled to be performing as the character Sharon Percy and has been made an understudy for the character Debbie, Mrs Wilkinson´s daughter.
Aimee is 14 years old from Gravesend and is a keen competition dancer, winning numerous titles and championship events. Aimee most recently performed with Craig Revel Horwood in Peter Pan at the Dartford Orchard Theatre.
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/´85 miners´ strike, Billy´s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 10 million people worldwide and earlier this year celebrated its tenth birthday in the West End at a special performance attended by a VIP audience including Elton John, Lee Hall and Stephen Daldry.
To coincide with the birthday celebrations, Billy Elliot the Musical announced an extension to the West End run, releasing over 600,000 tickets for sale, taking booking through to 17 December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical was also announced, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016. Further tour dates and booking details will be announced shortly.
Based on the Academy Award® nominated film the show has been dazzling London´s theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005 where it received its world stage premiere. Billy Elliot the Musical has gone on to captivate audiences around the world, winning over 80 theatre awards globally including 10 Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards.
Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, is directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.
LISTINGS INFORMATION BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
Booking until: Booking to 17 December 2016
Theatre: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
Box Office: 0844 248 5000
Tickets: £19.50 – £69.50 (to include a £1.50 theatre restoration levy)
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
At the Robyn Academy in Gravesend, you´ll find a wide choice of dance and theatre classes for children & adults taught by some of the best dance teachers in the business. Whether you are looking for a class for fun or for enhanced professional training, we have a class for you!
So this weekend saw the Robyn Academy compete for the third time at the annual Gravesham dance festival in Gravesend. Our first two attempts in previous years were more akin to a baby´s first steps, so this year while I wasn´t expecting us to sprint, I was hoping to see some more confident strides. For a relatively new dance school which is growing from the ground up, I guess we are more or less where I expect us to be; showing some excellent signs of potential but still unsure about how to compete and how to win. The truth is that it takes time for a dance school to evolve a competitive ethos, especially when there aren´t seasoned festival goers for the younger dancers to take their que from. However we are definitely getting there with some unqualified successes; more about these in a moment.
Firstly though I wanted to comment on the adjudicator for the festival, Janice Fullman. Having been an adjudicator at a number of festivals myself, I know that it is difficult to get the right balance between critique and encouragement, and for the most part I thought she got this absolutely spot on. As a teacher I can have no complaints; she was fair, well balanced and made sure the performers understood exactly what she meant.
As with any festival there were a mixture of highs and lows. Overall our average scores have increased from last year and almost all of our performers showed at varying times throughout the course of the two days a frustratingly brief glimpse of the potential within. What the competition demonstrated is that it is practice that counts, (or as a famous footballer once said “competitive sport is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration”). Festivals are no different, they are by definition competitive. It´s the hours in the studio and in the bedroom honing technique that give you the strength and confidence to go out and focus on delivering a performance that wows the adjudicator.
It is therefore no surprise to me that the two personal highlights were delivered in routines by students who have practised them the most and as a result improved the most. Thomas´ 2nd place in the character solo and Graces´ 3rd place in the song and dance, showed that sustained practice over a number of months beats frantic preparation the week before.
So after a few glasses of wine and a couple of days to recuperate I am now resolved to toughen up our students and embed a competitive spirit that will hopefully support them inside and out of the studio. Over the course of the summer I will be running a number of festival workshops to ready ourselves for Swale and Orpington. These workshops will run with a set of performance promises for students around timekeeping, preparation, warming up, practice and most importantly perspiration….
Lastly I wanted to save a special mention for Maureen & Jack at Bustles & Breeches for organising their 3rd Gravesham festival. It is incredibly hard work and dancing would be all the poorer if these events did not operate. They deserve our thanks for getting this festival off the ground and I hope that it continues to get bigger and better. It is a shame that only two other local Gravesend dance schools felt able to support the event.
So onwards to next year. This year for the first time we took medals and places from more established schools and for some this came as a rather rude shock. As a school we have started to establish ourselves and we have a full diary of events through to the same festival this time next year. There is no reason (or excuse) that next year the students shouldn´t compete across the board for medals and places. I almost can´t wait !!!!
First there was a website, (Well sort of), then there was a facebook page, a twitter feed and then we launched the online portal. Today the Robyn Academy goes truly social and after many months of badgering and cajoling I have finally taken the plunge to start a Robyn Academy blog. I want to use this as an informal method of keeping you upto date with all things which are relevant to your childs dance education….and there´s alot going on in the industry which effects all dance schools from the smallest to the professional dance schools.
This co-incides with a new RobynAcademy youtube channel and a soon to be launched swish new website that follows the new branding of the Robyn Academy. Its just possible we could be the most online dance school in NW Kent.
Anyway we are all busy people and I hate being bombarded with information that is irrelevant, boring or plain irritating so I want to make sure that when I blog it is about something which is of interest to you and your childs dance education.
More information to follow soon.