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NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET PRODUCTION - 2ND SEPTEMBER
Congratulations to the cast and all involved in the recent National Youth Ballet production at Sadlers Wells Theatre. Such a polished production and an amazing achievement in just 10 days! We were especially proud of one of our own young dancers, Tilly Wightman. Tilly, also a Senior Associate with the Royal Ballet School, was promoted to a Principal dancer by NYB and gave a beautifully poised and confident performance. And quite something to dance your first pas de deux on Sadlers Wells stage! 

The Florian School of Dance - National Youth Production
The Florian School of Dance - Summer School 2019

NEW JUNIOR TAP/MODERN CLASS - SUMMER TERM 2019
Saturday mornings 8.45 - 9.15am - Tower Arts, Kings School, Winchester

For further information or to book your place in the class please contact:
Annette FitzGerald 01794 388932/ 07802 44661 floriandance@outlook.com

The Florian School of Dance - Junior Tap/Modern Class

NEW ADULT TAP CLASSES - SUMMER TERM 2019 - TASTER SESSIONS
Tuesdays 26th March & 2nd April 2019 - St Paul's Church Hall - 19.30 - 20.15

For further information or to book your place in either of these classes please contact:
Annette FitzGerald 07802 44661 floriandance@outlook.com

The Florian School of Dance - New Adult Tap Class

NEW- JUNIOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASS - TASTER SESSIONS
Thursdays 28th March & 4th April 2019 - Tower Arts, Kings’ School - 17.15 - 18.00

Suitable for 7 - 9 year olds

For further information or to book your place in either of these classes or starting next term please contact:
Annette FitzGerald 07802 44661 floriandance@outlook.com

The Florian School of Dance - New Junior Contemporary Class

SUMMER DANCE SCHOOL
29th July - 2nd August 2019 - Kings’ School, Winchester

Ballet, Choreography Competition (Seniors only), Conditioning, Contemporary, Dance Notation, Drama, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Street Dance, Tap and Yoga. An action packed, fun week!

Juniors 5 - 8 years Half Day Course. Seniors 9 - 17 years Full Day Course

For further information and application forms please contact: Annette FitzGerald 01794 388932/07802 44661 floriandance@outlook.com

The Florian School of Dance - Summer School 2019
MUSICAL THEATRE FUN DAY WORKSHOP - MAMMA MIA!
And thank you for all your lovely feedback from the day. Here are just a couple of the messages we have received……..
I just wanted to say thank you for organising such a fantastic day. My girls had the best time. Please do some more days like today!
Thank you and congratulations on such a successful musical theatre day on 10th February. The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we were so impressed by the show at the end of the day. Everyone put in so much effort and enthusiasm, it was a delight to see.
Mamma Mia Workshop

WINNERS OF THE FLORIAN CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2018 pictured with adjudicator Stuart Taylor

Winners of the Florian Choreography Competition 2018 pictured with adjudicator Stuart Taylor.

Exam Photos May 2018

Exam Photos May 2018

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CLASSES FOR ADULTS - Due to popular demand Katy Tsangaris we will be taking 2 adult ballet
classes over the Christmas holidays at the Hyde Parish Halls to everyone involved in making the production such a resounding success.

Thursdays - 21st December & 4th January - 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Booking is essential. Please contact: Annette FitzGerald Email:floriandance@outlook.com
Cost: £7.70 payable on the day, alternatively we can add the cost to your Spring term invoice

Christmas Holiday Classes for Adults

The Florian School of Dance Show 2017 - Be Our Guest

Showreel produced by Cass Productions Ltd

CHARITY DONATION - We were delighted to be able to present Jonathon Andrew, a representative from the charity ‘Hope & Homes for Children’ with a cheque this week for £2000 -  the proceeds from our summer production ‘Be Our Guest’ at The Point, Eastleigh. Congratulations to everyone involved in making the production such a resounding success.

Presenting Jonathon Andrew, from the charity ‘Hope & Homes for Children’ with a £2000 cheque

Congratulations to Deborah, Madeleine and Tallulah Smart recipients of the ‘Bonnie Wilson Award 2017’ for their outstanding contribution to the school. Together the Smart girls make a formidable team and we can’t thank them enough for all the support, energy and fun they have brought to the school over many years and especially to the shows and summer schools.

Congratulations to Deborah, Madeleine and Tallulah Smart recipients of the ‘Bonnie Wilson Award 2017’

JULY 2017 - Our latest show 'Be Our Guest' was a huge success. Following our 5 sell out performances at The Point, Eastleigh we have received many messages of congratulations. Please see our Testimonials section for a few of them.

Our Florian boys continue to shine! Congratulations to Zeth Franco, who will be dancing with the Royal Ballet this Christmas in their production of the Sleeping Beauty. ROH from 21 Dec - 14 March '17.

Zeth Franco

Saturday 17th September and The Great Hall in Winchester was venue for a smart, ‘Downton’ themed evening in aid of the Mayor’s charities. We were delighted to be invited to perform at the event and very proud of the small group of Floriannettes who performed the Charleston with all the energy and personality that it requires. As always it was a joy to work with such professional and warm human beings.

Small group of Floriannettes at The Great Hall in Winchester for a  ‘Downton’ themed evening in aid of the Mayor’s charities

July 2016. I was delighted to join two former students, Molly Shaw-Downie and Kyle Alexander, recently for an afternoon of celebrations at White Lodge, Royal Ballet School. Both students have just completed their final year at the Lower School and are moving on. Molly, who has been a popular head girl, will be joining Central School of Ballet in September whilst Kyle is keeping his options open regarding a career in dance/drama, for the time being anyway. Well done to both young dancers, we continue to be extremely proud of you of you both.

Molly Shaw-Downie and Kyle Alexander

Congratulations to the following Florian students who have been offered places on Royal Ballet School Associate Programmes from September.

Anne-Marie Buckett has gone through Junior, Mid and Senior Associates and will be continuing with new Advanced Associate Programme in London.

Annabelle Parker will be joining Junior Associates & Zeth Franco will be going into his second year with JAs.

Anne-Marie Buckett, Annabelle Parker and Zeth Franco

Another young Florian student, Digger Carrick-Buchanan has just enjoyed a week at the Royal Ballet School Summer School, White Lodge, Richmond Park. Digger has only be dancing for a year so well done to him and all these students. We look forward to following your progress in 2016/17.

Congratulations to Felicity Bray who has been offered a place on the degree course at London Studio Centre starting in September. Felicity will be joining another former Florian student Hannah Halsey who will be going into her second year at LSC.

Felicity Bray

We were delighted to be invited to take part again in the annual St Paul's Community Day. The weather was perfect for the event last Saturday 7th May and a group of our young dancers performed with great enthusiasm. Thank you and we'll done to everyone. We hope you spotted the ice cream van on your way home!

St Paul's Community Day

On the 13th March dancers from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company were invited to join us for a day of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ workshops. A huge amount of fun was had by all and with so many former Florian students returning for the adult session at the end of the day, it really did feel like Florian family reunion!

New Adventures Workshop - Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty' - Juniors New Adventures Workshop - Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty' - Seniors New Adventures Workshop - Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty' - Advanced New Adventures Workshop - Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty' - Adults

Former Florian student, Molly Shaw-Downie winner of 2015 Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition. Molly, who is now in Year 11 and the Lower Royal Ballet School, is pictured here with the distinguished panel of judges Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet and former principal dancers Darcey Bussell and Marguerite Porter.

Ex Florian student Molly Shaw-Downie with the adjudicators Kevin O'Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet Company & two ex principal dancers Darcey Bussell & Marguerite Porter

Tilly Wightman winner of the 2015 RAD SE Region Award receiving her Award from the adjudicator, Wayne Sleep. Tilly is now in her first year at Elmhurst School of Dance, Birmingham.

Tilly Wightman winner of the 2015 RAD SE Region Award receiving her Award from the adjudicator, Wayne Sleep

Two Florian students who achieved 1st & 2nd places in the 2013 RAD SE Region Bursary Awards. Anne-Marie Buckett (far left) and Molly Shaw-Downie (centre) are pictured with Penny Parks, Chairman of RAD SE Region, Lynne Wallis, Artistic Director RAD and Gary Avis, Principal Character Artist with Royal Ballet Company.

Two Florian students who achieved 1st & 2nd places in the 2013 RAD SE Region Bursary Awards. Anne-Marie Buckett (far left) and Molly Shaw-Downie (centre) are pictured with Penny Parks, Chairman of RAD SE Region, Lynne Wallis, Artistic Director RAD and Gary Avis, Principal Character Artist with Royal Ballet Company
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