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DANCE AFTERNOON

Save the dater an afternoon of quality and fun for all ages the 7th January 2018.
There will be much dancing, fun competitions, afternoon tea and a demonstration from a world class couple all the way from the US of A. Keep checking back to find out when tickets are available as this is sure to sell out. A greta Christmas gift idea for any dance lover.

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KEIGHLEYS FIRST BALLROOM

Keighley’s first ballroom is the latest feature to be added at a famous mill, thanks to its newest Clock Tower tenant.

AW School of Dance, an established dancing school that’s been running for over eight years, moves into Dalton Mills in Keighley on September 1st.

Andrea Wortley, who owns the business, offers dancing for all ages from baby ballroom for pre-schoolers to first dances for wedding couples, as well as a range of popular dance classes for children and adults.

Andrea has transformed the second floor of the mill’s clock tower into a dazzling ballroom, complete with brand new flooring and a glitterball, which is waiting to be delivered!

Andrea, a qualified teacher and examiner with the UKA and IDTA, moved the school from Silsden to Keighley because she thought the Grade II* listed former textile mill would make the perfect backdrop for ballroom.

She says: “'Having my own ballroom is something I have dreamed of for many years. The space within Dalton Mills seemed perfect, and it’s very exciting to see it all come together and be a part of the renovation of the building. The whole school is looking forward to having its home here, and we are just awaiting the delivery of the glitterball!'

Dalton Mills is undergoing a multi-million pound restoration at the hands of Bellissimo Investments, which bought the mill in 2013. The previously renovated Clock Tower is almost fully occupied, and it now boasts a meeting room available to hire, along with a diverse range of tenants.

Restoration of the Genappe Mill, which faces onto Dalton Lane has made great strides, and the extensive roof repairs and sandblasting to the front have received an incredibly positive reaction from local residents. The next phase of repair will be the mill’s Water Tower, which may need to be disassembled and rebuilt before the Genappe Mill can be completed.

There has been interest in the forthcoming space from both local and national companies, and Dalton Mills has a list of potential occupiers from office, retail and leisure sectors. The mill also remains popular with ghost-hunters, with spooky tours from a number of companies taking place at the site.

AW School of Dance is running an open day at Dalton Mills on September 19th so Keighley residents can find out about their wide range of classes, sample the dancing, and see the full impact of the new ballroom for themselves.

To find out more about the classes and workshops that Andrea runs, visit www.awschoolofdance.co.uk, or call 07919 820375. For details of the office and retail space, or meeting hire, at Dalton Mills, visit www.daltonmills.co.uk.


For more information about this press release, or Dalton Mills, please call Laura Bacon on 07534 975161 or email laura@kudospr.org.uk
There is a few pics of the new Studio by clicking on the image below, and there will be lots more to follow.
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ROBIN WINDSOR'S VISIT

It was a normal day, scrolling through everyone’s latest posts on FaceBook, when I came across a particularly interesting post: Robin Windsor had made an announcement that he was considering visiting dance schools across the country, and interested Principals should contact him via FaceBokk Messenger.

I knew I had to try to get him to visit us, in Silsden, West Yorkshire, especially after being bombarded by messages from my pupils almost begging me to take part. However, on communicating, initially on FaceBook, then by email, with Robin it soon became apparent that it was almost impossible to get a mutually convenient date and I began to believe that it simply wouldn’t happen – never mind!

Then I found out that my friend and colleague, Vicki Smith from Hull in East Yorkshire, had already been in touch with Robin, and had already been able to arrange a date with Robin, for him to visit her studio. I know Vicki well, from meeting at Congress and local IDTA Area meetings, so I got in touch with her and jokingly asked if she could persuade Robin to fit in her venue as well as mine, in the one day. Unbelievably she managed to get him to agree, if between the two of us, we could make the work.

It was tough, but we worked out that it was possible for Robin to travel up from London, take a two a half hour session at each venue, travel between the two venues and travel back to London in one day – with approximately 10 minutes in the schedule to spare.

Cue one very nerve-wracking day ahead!

On the morning of Sunday 19th October 2014, the train to Leeds station was delayed, and we already had the closure of the Leeds inner Ring Road to contend with, but surprisingly, everything went according to plan: He arrived at Leeds Station from Kings Cross, only ten minutes late, was accosted by passers-by, in the station, who wanted photos and autographs, but we got him to the car safely for the hour long journey to Silsden.

From my point of view it was fantastic to give my school (predominantly social dancers) the experience of a celebrity visit, and some strictly glitz in the form of learning a cha cha cha routine, that had actually been seen on the show! Feedback from the pupils was excellent, with everyone having enjoyed themselves immensely, and still talking about the experience long after it was over.

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Robin came across as a true gentleman and great fun, helping those out who struggled, sharing some inside gossip from the show and spending time with each and every dancer involved in the day. There was even enough time for photos and questions until Robin was sadly whisked away by Vicki to do it all again at her ballroom…

Thanks must go to Vicki in allowing us to piggyback on her day, especially when we realised how many requests he had had, and how few he actually went to visit. I think it just goes to show that a little co-operation really can benefit everyone!

As Andrea has said, I’d already made arrangements for Robin to visit my studio, so when Andrea asked if she could share the date, it seemed logical, as we’d be able to share the cost of Robin’s travel, which would benefit is both as well as him.

We’d had several attempts at arranging the timetable, but after initial complications, we arranged travel and venue times to coincide: Andrea would be in charge of getting him from Leeds station to Silsden, and I would travel to Silsden to chauffeur him over to Hull. It was possible, so we finalised the details, keeping in close contact, in case there were any changes.

I drove across to Andrea’s studio, just after lunch, after having a relatively quiet morning, but aware of Robin’s delayed train, so concerned that the schedule was already behind.

I arrived early, and waited in an adjoining room while Robin completed his second class for Andrea; I couldn’t hear exactly what was being said, but there were sounds of laughter, so I assumed everyone was enjoying the experience, which was a relief to know, as I was hoping that all my pupils would enjoy the experience too.

Once he was finished, I was introduced to Robin formally, them Andrea & I took the opportunity of having some photos taken before I had to usher him towards the car park.

Fortunately the drive was easy and uneventful; Robin was very easy to talk to especially the dance based chit-chat. During the journey, Robin had to relay his entire weekly blog via phone to a BBC reporter, which was interesting to hear before the general public got to know his thoughts, so that gave us more to talk about, once he’d completed the interview.

Once at our studio, the format was similar to Andrea’s experience; we had a social dancers’ class first, followed by a competitive couples’ class, and both groups thoroughly enjoyed his choreography and delivery. It was good for my medallists to be given some hints and tips on performance, from his point of view, especially as we had our Medal Test the following week.

We also had the added excitement of having BBC Look North covering the event from one of our juvenile couple’s point of view; we had presenter Kate Sweeting at the studio, interviewing Robin on his thoughts about my young couple, Lewis Tutty & Olivia King, as well as interviewing me about the benefit of having a celebrity dancer visiting our studio. The finished piece was broadcast the following day as part of the local news; we’ve linked it to YouTube, so that our pupils can see it again… https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWAFXIgfA0E

I got to partner Robin for both classes, which was nice, as I’m usually dancing as man, but he also partnered some of my lady pupils, which they were thrilled by. Everyone got chance to have their photograph taken with Robin, as well as having books & other memorabilia autographed, before I had to get him back into the car for the short drive to the station the get onto the train bound for London.

With thanks to Andrea, for organising her side of the schedule, and to Robin for being so entertaining and charming all day, a good day was had by all. We’d definitely do it again, if any of the other Strictly pros decided to take time-out to support dance schools that work so hard promoting dance at local level.


Andrea Wortley & Vicki Smith



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*News Letter March 2014
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*News Letter January 2014
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Great to see parents getting involved in the Christmas Party. I think its safe to say that some of the children were a little embarrassed' Click here



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Congratulations Wendy coming 4th and 6th in the Nationwide Modern Sequence and Classical Sequence National Finals respectively.

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And also thanks to partner (and daughter) Becky Miller.


*News Letter April - May 2013 (Adults)
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Sunday 28th April – EXAM DAY
Sunday 12th May – no classes
Sunday 19th May – no classes
Thursday 23rd May – All classes and lessons at St Peters
Thursday 27th May – All classes and lessons at St Peters
Sunday 7th July – no classes
Tuesday 9th July – no classes
Monday 5th August – Sunday 18th August inclusive – no classes (dance school closed)

On those evenings where there are no classes, if you wanted to come another evening instead, please come and let me know and I’ll find one to fit you.


SOCIAL NIGHT:

The last social night was great fun. Many thanks to all those who contributed to a fantastic night out. The next one will be August 23rd, and again, all are welcome.

EXAM AND COMPETITION NEWS:

Many thanks to all who came to support our dancers at Blackpool at the Nationwide competitions. No silverware this year, however, everyone danced their socks off, and did the dance school proud! Thank you to all competitors and partners involved.
Exams are on Sunday April 28th, I’m sure the results will be fantastic.


I think that’s everything for now – here’s hoping for some good weather soon!

Best foot forward!!!!!!!!


HAPPY DANCING

Andrea Wortley


*News January 2013


Exciting News:  AW School of dance can now offer Ofqual accredited examinations which gain points for your future further education. Please call for more details, or ask in class.


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Here are some of our exam candidates receiving their awards.  Well done all!


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'Wendy on her success at the National Finals at Blackpool, bringing home the first piece of silverware for AW School of Dance - well done Wendy and partner (and daughter) Becky'

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Two of our dancers before their LIVE performance on the One Show on Wednesday night - well done Chloe and William.

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