Newsletter 2019/2020

August 29, 2019

I hope you have all had an enjoyable Summer break, as the start of the Autumn term is rapidly approaching, I thought it would be best if I write to everyone with some important dates and information.


You may now have received your Autumn term invoice, (we are sending these out early so that you can check the classes your child had been enrolled in) please let us know ASAP if your daughter/son has been registered for a class that they cannot attend, likewise if there is a class that you were hoping to attend that is not on the invoice please let us know so we can enrol them.  
Invoice payments are due by the end of September, please get in touch if you need to discuss this.

Term Dates

START OF TERM – W/C 16th September
HALF TERM BREAK – W/C 28th October
EXAM REHEARSAL – 1st December
EXAM DAY – 8th December
LAST DAY OF TERM – 14th December


We are thrilled to announce that the results came in for our Summer Term Exams this month and they were fantastic, a big well done to all those who participated. The exam days went very well and our examiner was Paul Doyle. We have not yet received the paperwork and medals but they should be with us by the time term commences.


Now our Summer Exams are over we have availably for Private or Shared lessons. Please contact Hilary for further information.


Now is the time to start thinking about choreographing a piece in ANY dance style (max 2 mins) for our Spring term Choreography competition. – We haven’t set a date yet, however its never too early to start thinking about what you would like to do. Hilary is always available to give advice or talk through your ideas with her. We will ask for commitment before Christmas, to ensure we have enough entries for a vibrant and exciting competition. Keep your eyes peeled for further information regarding dates and venue.

We are also planning to hold another Professional workshop with Michael Berkin following the successful Sleeping Beauty workshop last October. We will be in touch with more details in due course.


This is a friendly fun competition in which children aged 7-17 who have not yet taken any vocational exams (such as Intermediate Foundation) can participate. The prizes for this competition include tickets for the Royal Opera House as well as others for runners up and certificates of participation for each candidate. Students need to be entered in the County in which they take their classes, so if this is of interest then please get in touch and we can advise of the correct date, class and venue for each student. The adjudicator for this competition will be the very popular Darren Parish. We need to hear from you as soon as possible as classes are filling up for this competition.


English Youth Ballet – Congratulations to a large number of our dancers who were successful in being selected for the next production of EYB’s ‘Cinderella in Hollywood’. The performances of this will be at Kings Theatre, Southsea on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November. It would lovely to see as many students and families there to support them.

Grace Jenner – I was delighted to hear from our former pupil Grace following her recent successful completion of her 3rd year with Ballet West receiving a First-Class Honours degree. Grace also received a Distinction in her Advanced 2 Royal Academy exam. She is now auditioning for a place in a ballet company – Congratulations Grace.

Surrey Youth Ballet – Congratulations to Maya Haldenwang and Scarlett Whitton who successfully auditioned for a place in Surrey Youth Ballets performance of Swan Lake taking place on 9th and 10th November. As you can imagine these places are highly sought after and the competition is of a very high standard.

We also have a number a students who are taking part in the CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) scheme. This is a Government enterprise to encourage and support the UK’s most talented young dancers.

Becky Pennant has been performing with the West End Kids sing and dance troupe at prestigious events all over London for the last year and continues to do so.

We have other students who were successful in auditioning for places in Ballet Boost and Cecchetti Scholars.


Some of you will have received an invite to join the Repertoire class and/or Advanced Foundation – please could you let Hilary know if you DO OR DO NOT wish to take these classes. – these classes can only go ahead if we know in advance how many students are participating.


Graded and vocational graded examinations in dance at RQF Level 3 are allocated points on the UCAS tariff. This means that candidates who have achieved a pass or higher in Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation, can use their RAD exam result towards their points tariff when applying to a relevant course at a university or higher education in the UK.
The Royal Academy have a table which shows how many points each exam level is worth –

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Website and Facebook for news and updates as they happen throughout the year.

Best wishes for the rest of the Summer

Hilary Marston School of Ballet

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