Vanessa Golborn School of Dance

Vanessa Golborn School of Dance

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Thank you for the online classes and activity pack - here's Anna's poem ...

Dance your worries away
And you will feel great
No you won't feel sad
Can you cone and dance along?
Even if it's not your thing, try anyway!
Last years make just popped up as a reminder. Bag tags :)
Tomorrow the sports centre have a boxing match, if you're coming in/out in the afternoon please use the blue doors by studio 2 and please use the toilets upstairs by reception NOT the ones opposite the climbing wall x
Tomorrow everyone at 4pm Alton Sports Centre!

ASCAG are running a friendly family demonstration to protest about the lack of sporting facilities in the new leisure centre and we would love to see you there for your support.

With less useable sporting space for the new centre than in the current centre, Alton and its community will have many sports that will be DISPLACED, many that will be EXCLUDED and current clubs who run at the centre will STILL have waiting lists and be unable to expand and have no squash courts to rely on for lessons, for example our lovely Vanessa Golborn School of Dance.

Please join us to show a united stand so that we can help to positively influence the planning process so we can achieve a new centre that can accommodate us ALL and that we can really be proud of.

Meeting at 4pm just before bridge by main entrance, thank you so much.
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Another amazing show with a lovely bunch of talented youngsters, a hugh credit to the school and the lovely ladies in charge, a special shout out to dressing room 5, it was a pleasure to spend the weekend with each and everyone of you, here is to the next time x💓😀
Yet another fab show with some amazing young people, all beautifully behaved and super talented a real credit to the school, special shout out to dressing room 5, it was a pleasure to spend the weekend with each and everyone of you, here is to the next time💓😀
Absolutely amazing juniors show yesterday. A huge thank you to each and every one of the team who made it happen. My daughter had the best day ever. Thank you ###
What an amazing show today!!
Thank you to everyone who made it happen today! You could see how much hard work you had all put in to it!!
Abbie loved being on the big stage!!! And every single dancer was AMAZING!!!

Well established dance school based in Alton Hampshire, running classes in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Modern, Jazz as well as Street and Contemporary.

Classes run in two (or more) studios 6 days a week in the disciplines of Ballet (RAD), Jazz/Street, Tap and Modern (ISTD) in our purpose built dance studios at Alton Sports Centre. Students range from pre-school through to adults. Exam opportunities up to vocational/professional level are offered, but not pushed on students to create a supportive atmosphere for all students, whether wanting to dan

Operating as usual

13/07/2021

TERM IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED!
Thank you to everyone for making it a wonderful summer term and have a great summer holidays. We only wish we were able to properly say goodbye to our leaving seniors and give them their last show. But ... show 2022 is BOOKED (16/17th July 2022).
No contact rules mean a cheeky bit of photoshop for the traditional lifting of the leavers!!!! 😅

TERM IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED!
Thank you to everyone for making it a wonderful summer term and have a great summer holidays. We only wish we were able to properly say goodbye to our leaving seniors and give them their last show. But ... show 2022 is BOOKED (16/17th July 2022).
No contact rules mean a cheeky bit of photoshop for the traditional lifting of the leavers!!!! 😅

[06/08/21]   Hi everyone!

Just a reminder especially for classes in Studio 2 or leaving Studio 1, please do not use the Cardiac Rehab car park for parking or dropping off/picking up. The Cardiac Rehab car park is private property with parking designated for rehab patients and is not owned by the Sports Centre so we cannot park or use this section. I understand the temptation but please park/drop off from the sports centre car park and walk round to the studio 2 door if your classes are in there. The Cardiac Unit also technically own the pavement running alongside Studio 2 and we'd like to be able to continue using this but the proviso is that we do not use the car park. Thank you :)

[06/05/21]   Reminder it is our halfterm Saturday today - 5th June. Back to class on Monday 7th - with new adult classes now running and spaces in our street classes on Saturdays.

[06/03/21]   Adult classes are BACK! From June 7th. If you would like to book your place please go onto Coacha. If you are wanting to start for the first time you are most welcome! Please e-mail me [email protected] and I will set you up with a Coacha account so that you can book in! ☺️

27/05/2021

New pre-school class - booking now. limits still apply on room spaces at present.

New pre-school class - booking now. limits still apply on room spaces at present.

04/05/2021

Congratulations to Holly who won our Back to Dance Photo challenge with this stunning photo!!!
Thank you to everyone who entered, we love seeing all of your dance photos!

Congratulations to Holly who won our Back to Dance Photo challenge with this stunning photo!!!
Thank you to everyone who entered, we love seeing all of your dance photos!

[05/03/21]   REMINDER no classes today (Bank Holiday) 😊 (we finish on a Monday in July to make up for it)

Kaitlyn Dancing To Her Dream, organized by Kaitlyn Nicholson 21/04/2021

Kaitlyn Dancing To Her Dream, organized by Kaitlyn Nicholson

CONGRATULATIONS to Kaitlyn Nicholson who has been accepted onto performing arts courses at The Hammond School, Stella Mann College and SLP College!!👏👏
Following your dreams can be tough financially, especially in the current situation. Her story is below and if you would like to donate to help her in affording full time training next year (even if it's just a little) here is her GoFundMe page is attached🥰

"My name is Kaitlyn Nicholson and I am 16 years old.

Since the age of 2 I have danced with The Vanessa Golborn School of Dance. I absolutely fell in love with dance and have literally never wanted to do anything else but perform.

I have taken all my RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and ISTD (Imperial Society of Tap and Dance) exams at each grade of Ballet, Tap, Modern and Vocational Ballet for the stages I have been at. I also do Contemporary and Street Dance, although there are not any exams in that. Most of my exams have been Distinction. I have never been lower than a Merit. Also, when I was in Year 8/9 at school, I took the GCSE in Dance and gained a Grade 8.

As I leave school this year I have been applying for Performing Arts Schools/Colleges. It was a very different way to audition this year because of the pandemic so I had to video all my auditions. I have been lucky to receive acceptance to three of the top Performing Arts Schools in the UK and I have been offered DaDa funding (Dance and Drama award) towards the course fees.

The DaDa funding pays the 3 year course fees (or the majority of it) for The Trinity Diploma Level 6 for Dance course. However, the funding does not include what is termed "maintenance", which we call accommodation and food etc. We do not yet know an exact figure at the moment to what these fees will be but "ish" they think around £6,500 per year.

Unfortunately both my parents have been made redundant because of the coronavirus, so are not able to pay towards the added fees currently. I am looking for part time work to help towards the fees (I am still at school until the end of the summer term). My parents are also exploring every avenue of charities and trusts to see if we meet the criteria for funding, bursaries and grants. It hasn't been too successful yet.

Thanks you for taking the time to read my story. I hope you can see how determined I am to take advantage of the amazing opportunity I have been given. I am determined to realise my dream of becoming a Professional Dancer/Performer. Obviously if I am not able to pay for the maintenance I won't be able to attend (all the schools are hours from home.)

If you are able to donate, help or share this page I would be so beyond grateful.

THANK YOU!!!!
love Kaitlyn"

Kaitlyn Dancing To Her Dream, organized by Kaitlyn Nicholson My name is Kaitlyn Nicholson and I am 16 years old. Since the age of 2 I have danced … Kaitlyn Nicholson needs your support for Kaitlyn Dancing To Her Dream

19/04/2021

We're BACK!!! 😁😁😁

[04/16/21]   !!!!!DANCE PHOTO CHALLENGE!!!!!
The closing date for our Back To Dance/Out of Lockdown photo is TODAY😁 We will be picking a winner at random over the weekend but there is still time to get your entries in 😊

#dancechallenge #photochallenge #dance #backtodance

08/04/2021

!!!!!DANCE PHOTO CHALLENGE!!!!!
Who's excited to get back to dance? That's right ... YOU!😁 Take your best Back To Dance/Out of Lockdown photo and send it in to us by the 16th April😁 The best photo gets a personalised VGDance water bottle 😊

#dancechallenge #photochallenge #dance #backtodance

07/04/2021

Bookings are open through Coacha!
If you have any issues booking please email me [email protected]
If you are on a waiting list for a class please contact us on Monday 12th to see if spaces have opened up.

Bookings are open through Coacha!
If you have any issues booking please email me [email protected]
If you are on a waiting list for a class please contact us on Monday 12th to see if spaces have opened up.

06/04/2021

WE'RE COMING BACK!! From April 19th our under 18s classes will resume (adults classes not allowed until May unfortunately)
We will be opening booking through coacha on Wednesday 7th April. We can't wait to get back in the studio with you all!!

WE'RE COMING BACK!! From April 19th our under 18s classes will resume (adults classes not allowed until May unfortunately)
We will be opening booking through coacha on Wednesday 7th April. We can't wait to get back in the studio with you all!!

[03/20/21]   Happy birthday to our principal Vanessa Golborn

[03/08/21]   Wishing everyone going back to school today a good day. If all goes to plan we hope to be back from the 19th April and will update soon!

13/01/2021

What's in a Ballet Shoe

The making of a ballet shoe

[01/04/21]   We will be sending out some information soon but wanted to give a brief update. While we are in tier 4 we are unable to run classes in person. We are devastated that our students' training and progress, and the school we've built, is being hit again, however we understand that the situation right now is quite serious and that this is necessary to reduce the risk to everyone. We may run some zoom classes from next week while we are unable to run in person and if you would like private zoom classes please contact your class teacher. Please stay safe everyone and take care of each other. We're all looking forward to the day when we can get back to "normal". For now we need to just get through this next hurdle. Thank you all for your continued support.

23/12/2020

12 Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

18/12/2020

Congratulations to Mira Jamias on being accepted into Trinity Laban 🤩 This year has been so hard, but with dedication, hard work and holding on to your dreams you can still achieve amazing things😁

#dance #dancersofinstagram #dancer #laban #congratulations

14/12/2020

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Zoom party on Saturday. It was lovely to see our students having a bit of fun and silliness for the end of term and pretty great for us teachers to have some fun with you all. We're so lucky to have such supportive students and dance parents and we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Here is one of the tasks they did in advance - create the Christmassiest danciest photo. Which one is your favourite?😁🎄🎄⛄️

14/12/2020

Vanessa Golborn School of Dance

[12/12/20]   Reminder there are no classes today, Saturday 12th December. Our dance term is now over for 2020

[12/12/20]   Looking forward to our Christmas zoom party 2-4 today. We're doing a taskmaster style series of Christmas and dance themed fun tasks and games. Make sure you've checked your emails for details!

[12/07/20]   **UPDATE 07/12/20**
Just a few updates/notes:

1. Please note the dates of our classes on my previous e-mail/post 5th - 11th of December. We have had quite a few people booking for dates past the 11th. Unfortunately because we are very aware that the closer we get to Christmas the less risks many people will want to take in terms of mixing we did not plan to run any classes past the 11th of December. Any bookings made after this will not be charged for and hopefully we will catch them as we issue payment requests but please do not book for dates after the 11th December.

2. We have a few classes this week that we are unfortunately unable to run due to low numbers where we are just not able to cover our costs. The classes that will NOT run this week are:
-Monday Pre School ballet (lime green)
-Monday Inter Tap (Royal Blue) - (other Royal Blue classes WILL run)
-Tuesday Junior Street (Red Bubble)
-Tuesday Gold Street (Teal Bubble)
-Tuesday Contemporary 2 (Teal Bubble)
-Wednesday Inter Modern (Teal Bubble)
-Wednesday Grade 6 Ballet (Teal Bubble)
-Wednesday Inter Tap (Teal Bubble)
-Friday Advanced Foundation (Teal Bubble)

At the moment all other classes will run, however we do have some low numbers, especially adult classes so if anyone has not booked yet please do so that we know numbers.

3. If you are unable to see a class on Coacha (that isn't in the cancelled list) please try looking on the computer rather than the app - I know a few people have had issues with classes not showing up on the app or not being able to book on the app and I'm talking to Coacha about why this seems to be happening.

4. Lastly, obviously we are unable to have a Christmas party this year, however I will be trying to organise a Zoom Christmas party on Saturday 12th of December - more details to come.

Thanks everyone and we hope you are enjoying being back for this short time before Christmas

[12/04/20]   **ADULTS**
Our classes at Holybourne Theatre, Alton Community Centre and Alton Assembly Rooms WILL run next week🙂 although the sports centre will not allow Adult Dance. We would love to see you for our class before Christmas. Please book via Coacha (payment request will be sent after booking)

[12/02/20]   Hi everyone!

Bookings are now open for our week back in the studios. We will run a normal timetable (*please see below for Adult Dance) from Saturday 5th December to Friday 11th December. Please book onto your classes via Coacha as you normally would have and payment requests will be sent out asap.

Students

30 minute class = £5

40 minute class = £6

60 minute class = £8

25% discount will be applied to total if booking multiple classes

Bookings are only confirmed once payment is made, classes are still limited numbers so first come first served. Classes may be cancelled if not enough participants to cover studio/teacher costs. All classes are socially distanced and with Covid secure regulations.

*ADULTS: Everyone Active have unfortunately decided that they will not allow Adult Dance classes to run at their centres in Tier 2, therefore our Monday Adult Jazz and Tap classes will not run this week, however our Adult Dance classes at Holybourne Theatre, Alton Assembly Rooms and Alton Community Centre WILL run

Adult Prices

45 minutes = £7

60 minutes = £8

Thank you all for your continued support, we are so looking forward to getting back in the studio to dance with you all. If we are not seeing you until January have a lovely Christmas.

[12/01/20]   Hi everyone! Just an update on where we are at. We are hoping to confirm studio bookings for 5th-11th December today and open booking for classes through Coacha tomorrow.
All under 18s classes can go ahead (this includes our 18 years olds still in full time education as DfE classes them as under 18s). However, we have a little sticking point as to whether out Adult classes can go ahead. We are working hard to figure this out asap - our understanding is that they can run so long as there is no mixing (which there isn't because everyone is socially distanced) in the same way that fitness classes are able to run. However, we are being given conflicting information and more conflicting information has been updated today which we are trying to decipher. We will keep you updated! We hope to be able to run everything for the week if at all possible!

[11/30/20]   **IMPORTANT UPDATE 30/11**
As you will be aware Hampshire is going into Tier 2 from Wednesday 2nd December as we come out of lockdown which means that we can open again😄🕺 (subject to venues). Based on feedback already given we know that many of you would like to get back into the studio for one more week before Christmas. We are currently talking to our venues and local authority about what is and isn't doable but we hope to run a full timetable for one last week from 5th December - 11th December to give our students the chance to get in some studio time. Once we have confirmation we will be opening bookings. Once booking is opened please do book into these classes in advance as you normally would on Coacha so that we are able to see who will be attending - there may be some classes that we cannot afford to run. We understand that some of you may not feel comfortable coming back to classes before Christmas so please do let us know if this is the case so that we are able to properly arrange our classes to be financially workable.

We had planned on running our Zoom classes up to last week with the intention of coming back at some point this week if possible so while we sort out returning and bookings Emily will not have Zoom classes this week - thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support for us by continuing to come to classes on Zoom, it's much appreciated. Private classes over Zoom can still run where booked.

We will be in touch asap to let you know when bookings reopen once we have confirmation of everything from our venues and local authority.

Take care and we hope to see you from the 5th - 11th back in class!

[11/24/20]   Hi everyone! We're following the news closely to see what it means for us (looks promising) and trying to gauge interest in getting back in for a few classes in between the end of lockdown and Christmas.
If we were able to open for a full timetable of live classes for a week (Saturday 5th- Friday 11th) would you let us know in the comments if:
A) you would book in to normal timetable classes for this week?
B) you would rather start back fresh with a (🤞) full term in January?

[11/10/20]   TUESDAY 10th Emily has just rung me to say her internet has gone down completely, She is gutted :( Sorry no classes tonight.

[11/05/20]   So it's official, following the vote and further details released yesterday, that we must remain closed for the period of this lockdown. We hope that it finishes when it is supposed to on December 2nd so that we can possibly get back in the studios for at least a few classes before Christmas but will have to update with more info nearer the time. Meanwhile we are hoping to attempt to set up some online classes via zoom and will update soon. We hope everyone stays safe during this time and we will see you on the other side!!

03/11/2020

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This Christmas we tell the story of a young dancer whose spirit and tenacity triumphs through the challenges of our times - thanks to a little help from her family and community. We wish you all a healthy, happy, holiday season. #AmazonUK #TheShowMustGoOn

gov.uk 01/11/2020

New National Restrictions from 5 November

*IMPORTANT 01/11/20*
We have spent today digesting what was announced by the government last night. Unfortunately it seems very clear on the government website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#businesses-and-venues) that dance classes will not be allowed to continue from Thursday 5th November. We regret that due to the way we book the venues and invoice customers that this means we will not be running our timetable this week. Because the full guidance and exemptions are not being released until Wednesday, and because we will need to talk to the venues we hire, we are going to take this week to regroup and decide how we move forward during this lockdown, whether we can run a timetable on Zoom, how to best support our staff, and how to make the best of the situation. We are gutted to say the least, and we're so disappointed that there is going to be more disruption to our students' training.
As always thank you for your continued support. We will update again once the full details of the lockdown are released and we can figure out whether we can make something work. Stay safe everyone!

gov.uk Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

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Dance classes: Ballet (RAD) Jazz/Street, Tap and Modern (ISTD), contemporary and hip hop. We also provide uniform items which can be bought from us, as well as our custom school hoodies, tops and trackies.

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Alton Sports Centre
Alton
GU34 1ST
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