There are 2 terms per year (culminating with a production each term)
Pantomime Term runs from approx 2nd Saturday in September until first weekend of the following January.
Summer Term runs from the end of January/beginning of February until mid June.
Current class times :
|CLASS A||9.15 – 10.15||4 to 6.5 year olds|
|CLASS B||10.15 – 11.15||6.5 to 7.5 years|
|CLASS C||11.15 – 12.15||7.5 to 9 years|
|CLASS D||12.15 – 1.15||9 to 11 years|
|SENIORS||1.15 – 2.15||11+ years|
Classes are split in to different age categories. The ages are combined and not restricted to school year groups. Children are placed in the most suitable group for them firstly considering their age and then their ability. In order to develop a child’s confidence it is important for them to be placed where they can feel happy, relaxed and able to thrive.
It does not benefit a child to move up an age bracket if they are considered ready for it. This can often have a negative effect as they feel misplaced amongst their peers. Muffin has decades of experience and you can rely on her opinion to guide you as to the most suitable class for your child.
Wherever possible friends of a similar age will be kept together, but please remember this is an activity that is pursued for the love of the hobby, and that all the children make new friends.
Saturday classes are held at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Walton Avenue, Henley on Thames, RG9 1HT
Productions are held at the Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BP
Please register your child with our on line waiting list form.
This is not a commitment to attend, but merely registering your interest.
You will be contacted towards the end of the previous term with information regarding an upcoming space, timings etc.
At this point a commitment to join for the term would be expected.
As class sizes are kept small and as balanced as possible for all ages, there are only a limited number of places available each term. It is hoped that you will have enough confidence that your child will enjoy this activity that you will sign up and commit to the term, thus securing one of the limited places. We ask for a minimum two weeks attendance from a new pupil: the first week all is extremely new, and can be a little unnerving for a young child; the second week it has become a great deal more familiar and they are able to make a more educated decision as to whether it is their cup of tea, or not.
Most children know instantly if they are going to enjoy it. Very rarely we have children who do not wish to complete the term for whatever reason, and after the two week trial you are entitled to a full term’s refund less a £15 administration fee. At this point we are often able to fill the place, but further in to the term most children have committed to hobbies and are unable to take on a new extra curricular activity.
Throughout the term, we are working towards a production, so it is not a great atmosphere to have children dipping in and out for “trials” as they will not be familiar with work we have already covered. Older children may visit a class during the term to get a general feel of what we do, but this is not suitable with the younger children as they find it too distracting.
We hold two productions each year at the Kenton and I strongly advise anyone thinking about joining to watch one of these to gauge what we’re about.
As a small business, it is important to balance the numbers and class sizes, hopefully this explains the “trial period” system that has been in place for decades.
- All children (except Seniors) require black ballet shoes (or black plimsolls for boys) and black tap shoes.
- Please see our stockist Dancia for details. Visit Dancia website : www.dancia.co.uk/dance-shop/reading/
- Clothing: children can wear anything they like each Saturday, as long as it is practical for the purpose.
- The classes are fun, but the end result is of utmost importance. Please ensure you are available for performance dates before signing up each term
- Energy and enthusiasm. Skill is not the key, we will work on that, but the desire should be there!
- Commitment and regular attendance. A production is a team effort
- Parents are asked to help with at least one performance of the Pantomime: chaperoning in the dressing rooms, costumes, rope pulling, props… whatever skill might be helpful. It is a big event and impossible without a little help from parents.
- Costumes are provided for the Pantomime
- Costumes for the Summer Show are to be provided by parents – this is normally something very easy, or colour coded for example.
- Fees must be paid in advance of the term.
If you need more information then please contact me.