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September 2019

Welcome back from our Summer break.  The performance at Disneyland Paris was a huge success. Everyone really enjoyed the trip.  Thank you all for being wonderful.

Week one of the term is exam assessments in all classes.  Envelopes and letters will be given out during this session only.

Showtime 2019 DVDs

The DVDs are now available for collection.  Please ask Donna if you haven’t already received your copy.

Cruise Performers – 19th July to 26th 2020


Rehearsals start on Saturday 7th September from 12.00 to 12.30.  As with our last performances we are working to a professional level and require 100% commitment to rehearsals.  Donna would like all students to have at least a 90% attendance rate over the rehearsal period.  We will not have any compulsory sessions, as in previous years. There are 40 weeks of rehearsals (excluding Academy closures), and dancers are expected to attend at least 36 of them.  This excludes genuine illness.  Failure to meet the criteria will result in dancers not being able to take part in the next external performance.

BTDA Exams- attendance

Please bear in mind for all exam sessions there is a compulsory minimum 90 % attendance rate (with the exception of genuine illness) for exam lessons from the date you receive the exam letter.  If this rate is not adhered to Donna will not allow the examination to go ahead.  Refunds will not be issued.  If your child is unable to keep to the commitment, please do not enter them for the exam.

Thank you for your support.

Donna

February 2019

We are busy working towards our open house classes and Showtime 2019.  More details for each are shown below.

Open House

Our open house lessons take place as follows:
Seniors – Wednesday 6th March.  Students arrive at their normal time for lessons, parents arrive to start at 7pm

Inters – Saturday 9th March – ALL students arrive at 10.30, parents arrive to start at 1.30pm.  Audience places for inters are limited to 2 per child, due to the size of the class.

Juniors – Friday 8th March. Parents are invited to watch the whole class from the stage area.

First Steps – Saturday 9th March.  Parents are invited to watch the whole class from the stage area.

Please arrive promptly to avoid disruption to the whole class.

Showtime 2019

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th May 2019

7.00pm

The Civic Hall Bedworth

The performances will be in the evenings, but there will be a dress rehearsal on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th at The Civic Hall.  All staff, Juniors, Inters and Seniors to arrive at 2.30pm.  All First Steps to arrive to start 6pm.

There will also be dress rehearsals on Saturday 18th and 25th May at the Village Hall in Stoke Golding from 1.30 – 3.30pm.  All students to arrive for a 1.30pm prompt start.   First Steps class can be collected at 2.30pm.  Please can all Inters students be in from 10.30am on the rehearsal days.  There will be no Performing Arts classes on the dress rehearsal days.

Tickets are on sale from The Civic Hall Box office on 02476 376707 or on their website.  All tickets are priced at £11 each. As usual all profits will be donated to charity.  This time the charity will be The Down’s Syndrome Association (reg Charity No. 1061474)

As always, the show can only go ahead with the help and support of parents.  We ask that Mums could help back stage for one of the nights.  We have to have support in the dressing rooms to be able to put on the show, and really appreciate your help.  Please let Donna know if you are able to help, and if you have a preference to which night.  We will hold a meeting closer to the time to discuss what is needed, but if you have any queries, please speak to Donna.  We also hold a raffle that is drawn during the interval each night, and appreciate any prize donations.  All proceeds go to the charity.

Dads Dance

Calling all Dads!!  The rehearsals will start for the Dads dance on Saturday 16th March from 3.30 – 4.00.  Please let Donna know if you would like a place. 

Mardi Gras – 10th to 12th August 2019

Rehearsals the whole troupe will begin rehearsals from Saturday 2nd February between 12.00-12.30pm.  This will continue until to the Lee Academy show (dates above). 

There will then be two final rehearsals; on Saturday 6th July between 12.00 – 1.00 and on FRIDAY 9th August from 4.30 – 6.15pm. The last being compulsory.

Please note Lee Academy is closed for two weeks over Easter, and there will be no Mardi Gras rehearsals on Saturdays 20th and 27th April.

We are working towards a professional level and as such we require 100% commitment to rehearsals.

A reminder that all dancers and their families are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Disney.

Uniform and Dates for your diary

We have a selection of second hand uniforms, shoes and fleeces available in the school shop.  All items are priced at £3, and the funds either go to the previous owner or towards the school Christmas party fund.

First steps and Junior uniforms

Please can you order First Steps and Junior uniforms through Donna.  A sample of each size will be available to try on before ordering. The cost will be £28.50 payable at the time of ordering, cheques payable to The Lee Academy.  All first steps and juniors should wear black ankle socks with their uniforms.

Inters uniforms

Inters uniform can be purchased from Chorus Line in Hinckley.  Contact number is 01455 615533.

Boys uniform

Boys should wear a Lee Academy top with Jazz pants or black combat/ tracksuit bottoms or an all in one. For exams, the uniform is different see Donna if you are uncertain.

T-Shirts, fleeces and sweatshirts

Please order t-shirts and fleeces from Becky on a Saturday morning between 9.00-10.30am on the above Lee Academy number.  Cheques are to be made payable to S V Baldock.  We would be grateful for payment at the time of ordering, as we have to pay Mr Baldock at the time of delivery.

Dates for your diary

Showtime 2019 Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th May 2019

Showtime Dress Rehearsal Saturday 18th & 25th May 2019

Mardi Gras Final rehearsal Saturday 6th July 12-1 and Friday 9th August 4.30-6.15pm (Compulsory)

2019 Term Dates

Wednesday 20th February to Saturday 13th April

Academy closed Sunday 14th April to Tuesday 30th April

Wednesday 1st May to Wednesday 29th (Show)

Academy closed Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June

Wednesday 5th June to Saturday 27th July

Academy closed 28th July to 31st August (Exception Mardi Gras rehearsal on 9th August)

Wednesday 4th September to Saturday 26th October

Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 14th December

Christmas Party Sunday 15th December

Academy closed 16th December 7th January 2020

Classes restart Wednesday 8th January 2020

January/February 2019

Happy New Year to all Lee Academy students and their families.  We are going to be busy this year working towards our show, details are below.  We have got all exam results now and these will be given out in lessons.

Showtime 2019

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th May 2019

The Civic Hall Bedworth
The performances will be in the evenings, but there will be a dress rehearsal on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th at The Civic Hall.  We will confirm times as soon as possible.  There will also be dress rehearsals on Saturday 18th and 25th May at the Village Hall in Stoke Golding, again we will confirm times closer to the date.  We will let everyone know as soon as tickets become available to purchase.  As usual all profits will be donated to charity.

Mardi Gras – 10th to 12th August 2019

Rehearsals for Seniors only take place on Saturdays between 12.00-12.30 from Saturdays 5th January to Saturday 27th January 2019.  The whole troupe will begin rehearsals from Saturday 2nd February between 12.00-1.00pm.  This will continue until to the Lee Academy show (dates above). 
There will then be two final rehearsals; on Saturday 6th July between 12.00 – 1.00 and on FRIDAY 9th August from 4.30 – 6.15pm. The last being compulsory.
Please note Lee Academy is closed for two weeks over Easter, and there will be no Mardi Gras rehearsals on Saturdays 20th and 27th April.
We are working towards a professional level and as such we require 100% commitment to rehearsals.
A reminder that all dancers and their families are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Disney.

Thank you for your continued support.

Donna

March/April 2017

Rehearsals are going extremely well for our show at The Civic Hall in Bedworth on 30th and 31st May. If anyone is unable to take part in the show, could you please let Donna know as soon as possible.

Congratulations to two of our students on their amazing achievements. Miss Olivia Yeomans has successfully auditioned for a part time role within the Socharo Dance Company, a Bollywood group and the stage school Bodyworks in Cambridge. Miss Georgie Moore has gained a place at Cambridge University. Well done both of you!

Showtime 2017 is going to be held at The Civic Hall, Bedworth on

Tuesday 30th May and Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 7.00pm.

Please note that this is during school half term. Tuesday will be during the day and evening for rehearsal and performance, and Wednesday will be an evening performance. Further information over page.
Dress rehearsals at the village hall will take place on Saturday 20th & 27th May.

Tickets available now from The Civic Hall Box Office 02476 376707 at £11 each.

Backstage help Showtime 2017

Due to child protection procedures, all dressers MUST attend one of the two dressers meetings. These meetings will take place at the village hall on Friday 12th May 5.15 – 6.15pm and Saturday 13th May 2.00 – 3.00pm.

Please could we ask for any parents who are able to attend one of these meetings and would be willing to help with dressing at the show to register your name with Donna. It is really appreciated, and the show is only able to run as smoothly as it does with the help back stage. Unfortunately, if we don’t have enough help we won’t be able to run our show.

 Support Showtime 2017

As the show is getting closer, and we are hoping to make it as successful as possible we are asking for names to be put forward for helping with the following areas:

Front of House – selling raffle tickets and programmes

Raffle – We need help in collecting raffle prizes, and would be really grateful if someone could help with this! All profits from the show are donated to charity. This time they are being donated to Dorothea Ward at the George Eliot Hospital.

 Dads dance Showtime 2017

Calling all dads, step-dads and grandads! Rehearsals start for the dads’ dance on Saturday March 4th from 3.30 – 4.00pm. Please let Donna know if you can join the team!

Health and Safety notice

A polite reminder to all staff and students that, for safety reasons, acrylic and shellac nails should not be worn during dancing lessons.

The Cruise Performers October 14th – 21st 2017.

Rehearsals are going well for the troupe and will continue weekly up to and including Saturday 27th May 2017, then will restart on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and run through up to and including 7th October 2017. As per the original email from Debbie on 21st June 2016, all performers are entitled to a maximum of three weeks holiday during the rehearsal times. Any additional time missed will result in students not being eligible to join the troupe in the next performance opportunity. This time off does not include genuine illness. Should you need to discuss this further, please speak to Donna.

Dates for your diary

Showtime Dressers Meetings Friday 12th May 5.15-6,15pm, Saturday 13th May 2.00-3.00pm
Showtime 2017 Tuesday 30th May & Wednesday 31st May 2017
Cruise performance Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st October 2017
This term – Monday 13th February to Friday 7th April
Closed Saturday 8th April to Friday 21st April

 

Term Dates 2017

Saturday 22nd April to Friday 16th June
Saturday 17th June to Saturday 29th July
Closed Monday 31st July to Thursday 31st August
Friday 1st September to Friday 13th October

Closed Saturday 14th October to Saturday 21st October
Monday 23rd October to Saturday 16th December

September October Newsletter

Welcome back everyone, we hope you have all enjoyed the summer break. We are very excited to be starting rehearsals for our show at The Civic Hall in Bedworth in May. If anyone is unable to take part in the show, could you please let Donna know as soon as possible.

Congratulations on your exam results, the certificates have arrived and will be issued to students as soon as possible.

Health and Safety notice

A polite reminder to all staff and students that, for safety reasons, acrylic and shellac nails should not be worn during dancing lessons.

The Cruise Performers

We are delighted to announce that following the successful audition of Donna’s choreography, the Lee Academy will be performing on the MSC Poesia cruiseship in October 2017. Rehearsals begin immediately on Saturdays from 12.00 until 1.00. The troupe will now be known as the cruise performers, and the choreography will be in our show in May.

Mardi Gras – Official Photographs

The official photo’s from Her Majesty’s Theatre have now arrived. Donna will send them out with the students, unless you want to collect them.

Hall Closure October 2016

The village hall will be closed between Monday 17th and Friday 21st October 2016, therefore there will be no lessons on these days. Lessons are as normal on Saturday 22nd October.

Showtime 2017

Work towards our show will commence in September. The show dates have been set for Tuesday 30th May and Wednesday 31st May 2017. These dates fall into the May half term holidays.

Absence reporting

For safeguarding reasons, if your child is absent for any reason, please text Donna’s phone only. We would be grateful if you could please text before or during the lesson, even if you have passed on your holiday dates.

A polite reminder

Fee invoices are given out on the last lesson of term, these fees are due for payment on the first lesson of the new term. Payment can be made via cheque, cash or BACS. The Bank details are shown on the invoices, and we’d be grateful if you could confirm payment by a text message. Thank you.

Dates for your diary

Showtime 2017 Tuesday 30th May & Wednesday 31st May 2017

Cruise performance Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st October 2017

Term Dates 2016

This term: Thursday 1st September to Saturday 22nd October

2016

Hall closed Monday 17th October to Friday 21st October

Next term: Monday 24th October to Saturday 17th December

May/June 2016

Congratulations to all students who recently took their exams, fantastic results – well done!
We have booked our next exam session for Sunday 10th July, all students who have received a letter should return their fee’s to Donna by 28th May 2016. If paying online please return the envelope to Donna to help with administration.

Exciting times ahead
Due to the increase of Performing Arts courses available at A Level and Degree level and the phasing out of straight Dance courses at some colleges and universities, we feel we must respond to this in our class structures. Therefore, I am really excited to announce that I have integrated singing into our Junior, Inter and Senior packages.

We are very pleased that Thom our singing teacher has agreed to teach all age groups as part of their package.

We will issue a letter during this term to each class to break down the new timetable structure.

New Prices following the summer break
We have managed to keep our prices fixed for the last 4 years, but now has come the time to increase our fee’s slightly. We have researched the market, and our new price structure is still very competitive. We will issue a further letter to each class during this term confirming the prices for the new term in September.

Photographs – Show Costumes 2015
We now have the link to the photo sessions from our photographer Steve Hey. For privacy reasons, we will forward by email the link to any students/parents who ask. The photographs are reasonably priced at £2.40 each.

Showtime 2017
We are excited to announce that our 2017 show dates have been set for Tuesday 30th May and Wednesday 31st May 2017. These dates fall into the May half term holidays.

Absence reporting
For safeguarding reasons, if your child is absent for any reason, please text Donna’s phone only. We would be grateful if you could please text before or during the lesson, even if you have passed on your holiday dates.

March 2016

We hope you all enjoyed the Open House performances. Well done to all of the students, you were fantastic. We are busy working towards our next exam session, which has been booked for Sunday 10th April. More details will be given out during the term.

 Photographs – Show Costumes 2015
We now have the link to the photo sessions from our photographer Steve Hey. For privacy reasons, we will forward by email the link to any students/parents who ask. The photographs are reasonably priced at £2.40 each.

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras rehearsals are in full flow from 12pm-1pm. As per Debbie’s email, the coach is booked for students at a price of £16 each. Please could all payments be returned as soon as possible.
Further information regarding costumes will be issued during this term.
Children who are on the reserve list do not need to attend the rehearsal, but need to keep the performance date of 5th June free. Please note full attendance for these rehearsals is expected.
Should you have any further queries regarding Mardi Gras, please contact Debbie by email.

Singing
For the Inters audience who watched the open house – we hope you enjoyed the singing demonstration!
Spaces are available in the singing classes on Saturday from 3.45 to 4.30 at the village hall, at the cost of £4.00 per lesson. These lessons are suitable for all students from the Junior Class upwards. If you haven’t already filled in a form to join the lesson, but would like to, please see Donna.

Changes to BTDA Exam marking
It has been announced by the BTDA that from January 2016 they will no longer be awarding the Distinction grade for Prep and Primary level exams. If you have any queries, please speak to Donna.

New Pin Badges
The BTDA are now offering pin badges for students who have passed Graded Exams (Grade 1-5) in Tap, Ballet and Modern. These are available for £1, once a student has passed their exam. They are not compulsory. Please speak to Donna or Becky if you would like to place an order.

 

Lost Property
We have a lot of lost property, which due to the lack of space, we will be keeping until the end of term. Anything that has not been claimed will be donated to the charity shop.

 

October – December 2015

Dear Parents/Students

Welcome back to the new term, and welcome to our new starters. We are busy working towards the exam session taking place on 22nd and 29th November this term.

We are also looking forward to our Christmas party on December 20th at the village hall, details are below.

Changes to BTDA Exam marking

It has been announced by the BTDA that from January 2016 they will no longer be awarding the Distinction grade for Prep and Primary level exams. We are letting our parents know now in advance of the November exam sessions, in case the examiner takes the new marking scheme on board early. If you have any queries, please speak to Donna.

New Pin Badges

The BTDA are now offering pin badges for students who have passed Graded Exams (Grade 1-5). These are available for £1, once a student has passed their exam. They are not compulsory. Please see the notice board for further details.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras rehearsals will resume on Saturday 7th November from 12pm-1pm. Children who are on the reserve list do not need to attend the rehearsal, but need to keep the performance date of 5th June free.

Singing

Singing lessons will resume on Saturday 14th November with our new teacher Thom. He is holding lessons from 3.45 to 4.30 at the village hall, at the cost of £4.00 per lesson. If you haven’t already filled in a form to join the lesson, but would like to, please see Donna.

Showtime 2015 – Spot check report

Thank you again to all who helped back stage during the show. Thanks to all of your hard work we have received a positive report from Nuneaton Borough Council regarding the spot check that took place on the second night of the show. If you would like to see a copy of the report, please see Donna.

Christmas Party – Sunday 20th December

All children are invited to the academy Christmas party which will take place on Sunday 20th December as follows:

All First Steps and Junior children 3.00 – 4.30pm
All Inters and Seniors students 5.00 – 7.00pm

Dates For your Diary:

Forthcoming Exams dates 22nd & 29th November. More details to follow.
Christmas Party Sunday 20th December.
Mardi Gras show Sunday 5th June 2016.

Term Dates 2015

This term: Monday 26th October to Saturday 19th December 2015
Closed Monday 21st December to Saturday 2nd January

June/July 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Students

Congratulations to everyone for such a wonderful performance in the show, you did yourselves and us proud. Thank you to everyone for your lovely messages, cards and gifts, what a wonderful way to celebrate our 20th anniversary. As soon as the Civic Hall release the final profits we will be able to let you all know how much we have raised for our two charities.

We are busy working towards our next exams that will take place on 28th June and 5th July.  A quick note for all First Steps and Juniors taking exams, the ankle socks required are black (not lilac as printed on the exam letter). Thank you!

There are a number of unclaimed raffle prizes left over from the show. If you have any tickets, please check to see if you a winner. The winning numbers are as follows: Pink tickets 621-625, 336-340, 691-695, 581-585, green & white 146-150 and white 386-390, 381-385. We will keep these prizes until 4th July, and any unclaimed prizes will then be re-raffled amongst the students.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras rehearsals will resume on Saturday 7th November from 12pm-1pm. Children who are on the reserve list do not need to attend the rehearsal, but need to keep the performance date of 5th June free. Debbie Yeomans will be e-mailing confirmation of participants shortly.

Second Hand uniform Table top sale – Saturday 4th July!!

As we now have a supply of second hand shoes, uniforms, fleeces, sweatshirts and t-shirts, we are going to hold a table top sale. The Senior’s will be organising this. All proceeds on un-named items will go to the Christmas Party fund. The named items will go to the previous owner. The price of each item is £3. Items are still available to buy before this event if anyone is interested, please speak to a member of staff.

Singing

There are no singing lessons for the next term (13/6/15 – 1/8/15). Following the summer, there will be places available in the new class. Donna is in the process of recruiting a new singing teacher, we will issue a letter toward the end of the new term with further details.

February/April Newsletter

We are busy working towards our Open House week in February and Showtime 2015.

Congratulations to Miss Megan Truslove who has gained a place at ‘Stella Mann Stage School’ in Bedford. She will be starting in September.

The Lee Academy 20th year Anniversary Show is going to be held at Bedworth Civic Hall on

Tuesday 26th May and Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 7.00pm.

Please note that this is during school half term. Tuesday will be during the day and evening for rehearsal and performance, and Wednesday will be an evening performance. Further information over page.
Dress rehearsals at the village hall will take place on Saturday 16th & 23rd May.

Tickets are now available from The Bedworth Civic Hall Box Office 02476 376707 at £11 each.

Show Administration and Helpers

For some students on the show there is an essential ‘exemption form’ that will need to be completed and signed by parents at the open house sessions.

Dressers/Back stage help – Please could we ask for any parents who hold a current DBS form, who would be willing to help with dressing at the show to register your name with Donna. It is really appreciated, and the show is only able to run as smoothly as it does with the help back stage. Unfortunately, if we don’t have enough help we won’t be able to run our show.

Mens Dance

Calling all Dads, Grandads and Uncles!! The men’s dance will be part of the show, and we would love to see some new faces join in this time. Please see Donna, and register your interest ASAP. Rehearsals will be on Saturday 21st, 28th March and Saturday 18th, 25th April and Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May at 3.00-3.30pm.

Costumes for Showtime 2015

We have been given an idea of some of the costume prices for the show. We will be issuing bills as soon as possible, but if anyone would like to speak to Donna in the meantime, please feel free to do so.

Singing

There will be places available in the singing class after the show. Lesia would like singing students to wear a uniform, which will consist of a black polo shirt and either black leggings or jazz pants. This will be worn for lessons and performances, including the show.