The New Year is approaching and we have been reflecting on this past year for Leap Dance Midlands. Gosh what an amazing year it has been!
During the 2020 Winter lockdown I completed the Ballet Be Fit Instructors course to keep me fit and focused during a difficult time and launched my adult classes on zoom. Whilst teaching adults online the parents started asking me if I did children’s classes that their children could join. I had completed my RAD teacher training and had been teaching for other people but was so full of ideas I wanted to try for myself. So I thought why not do it now and so Leap Dance Midlands started on zoom during the Winter lockdown 2021 and we have never looked back. The children and their families all joined in and we had such fun in difficult circumstances. Once restrictions eased we opened in two villages- Tutbury and Willington/ Repton. Soon the classes were getting full and so due to demand we opened in Anslow and started two extra classes.
2021 has been a hectic year but also a total dream come true for me. I want to thank the Mums who inspired me and believed in me who gave me the confidence to do it for myself and create Leap Dance Midlands. I want to thank all the children and their families who have joined our wonderful dance community.
Our aim was to provide a supportive and inclusive dance community where families can come together and benefit from high quality, creative dance teaching in local villages in Willington in South Derbyshire and Anslow and Tutbury in East Staffordshire, near Burton on Trent. Where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy dance, from toddlers to adults. We aim to provide classes for all ages and abilities. We believe ‘Dance is for everyone.’
This year we have not only brought RAD ballet, tap, modern and musical theatre dance to Anslow, Tutbury and Willington/ Repton. We have also participated in the National Tapathon and been part of the Guinness Book of World Record attempt. We have had Halloween workshops, bring a friend dance party classes and benefited from learning new dance styles with our Guest Teacher. We have enjoyed our Nutcracker workshops and learnt about this famous children’s ballet, it’s music, characters and using mime in ballet.
As importantly we have developed kind and supportive classes where the children and their families have learnt about and done fundraisers for charity. We have raised money for Children In Need and donated to Burton Hope a charity for local vulnerable people. The families were so generous we could only just fit all the donations into the car to deliver them to homeless and the elderly in Burton.
We are so proud of our dance family and what we have all become. 2022 is only going to grow, develop and improve for Leap Dance Midlands and we are so excited for all the new ideas it will bring for us all.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.