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Guidelines to Dancing School Holidays

Half terms in February, May and October - ONE Saturday off

Easter and Christmas - TWO Saturdays off

Summer - SIX Saturdays off


Continuity is very important to ensure that pupils can make progress.  Nottingham city schools now take two weeks holiday in October, while the county still takes one week.  Therefore we take the middle Saturday of the city holidays, to keep it in line with the county.

It is recommended that pupils attend classes regularly and do not arrange social events at times when classes are on.  


Pupils are advised to make a note of all the dates on the calendar below, so that they don’t miss opportunities to perform or take exams.

We operate on a two year cycle.  From September to February/March of one year, we work towards a show.  From February/March to July of that year, we work towards exams, but also perform at Arnold Carnival in June.  During the next year, we work on exams throughout the year, as well as performing at Arnold Carnival in June.  If we are offered other performance opportunities we may take them, as long as it fits in with our other activities.  Pupils may have an opportunity to take 1 or 2 exams in each subject they study in the 18 months when we are not working on our main show.  There may appear to be a lot of exam dates shown on the calendar below, but this is to ensure that there are enough exam sessions to give all pupils an opportunity to make progress - it doesn’t mean dancers will be taking exams on all of these dates.  We have over 130 dancers taking exams in 4 different subjects, in 35 different groups.  To ensure that dancers make expected progress, it is recommended that you try to keep exam dates free, until you know who is taking exams that day. Please also bear in mind that if classes are missed in the six weeks before exams, this may be detrimental to the candidates results.  Exams and events are usually in school term-time and we take no responsibility for pupils missing exams due to absences during school terms.  

Whilst only some adult dancers take part in the show, ALL children and teenagers DO to take part in all performances as it lets down other children in their class if they are missing both for rehearsals and performances.  Illness cannot be helped, but dates are given early enough ahead so that everyone knows about them.    Performances at 1-3 summer events (lasting 30 minutes) in June and September each year, and our main show every two years over 2 weekends is not a huge commitment, when some schools do an annual show with performances over full week, plus competitions and festivals.  Performance opportunities are important as they help with performance and presentation in exams and build up a dancer’s confidence.  

Lesson fees should be paid at the FIRST lesson of each new half term, except for new pupils who pay weekly during their first half term.

Dates shaded dark grey are holiday dates

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Due to the huge variation in dates of schools breaking up for summer in 2017, and due to Splendour, we will not be holding classes on 22 July 2017.  There are no classes during August

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November 2017

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December 2017

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January 2018

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Exams

Exams are planned for

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Exam Fees for the above dates will need to be paid by Saturday 14 October

Pupils need to attend regularly in September so we can decide who will take exams and whether we need all 3 exam dates

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There will be opportunities to take exams on the dates below.  Fees due before 12  May .  We will not know which ones until May.  Also, please note dates of Arnold Carnival.  One of the dates below may be a Community Centre event

We hope to hold exams before Easter.  Fees would be due by 10 February

Tapathon in aid of Children In Need - 19 November

Payments due in September - see emails

We will perform at Arnold Carnival in June