Contact Details and Map to St Bartholomew's Church Hall.
Principal: Mrs Kathryn Lawrence tel: 07710 455337
St Bartholomew's Church Hall has an excellent, well-maintained parque wooden floor which is ideal for dancing. There is parking outside the hall, on the nearby Boroughfields Car Park and on the High Street (pathway through church grounds).
Directions via Google Maps
Download Emergency Contact Form
It is important that the school has full information on each dance student, in case of emergency. Not everyone has Microsoft Word, so the form is also provided as an image, which can be saved and/or printed on your computer as if it was a picture and then filled in by hand.
The emergency contact form can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document HERE (fill in on screen, or print and complete by hand). Please fill in a form for each child you have attending the dance school and pass the completed form(s) to Miss Kate. Free Microsoft Word Reader download HERE
If the dancer's contact or medical details change, please fill in a fresh form. Thank you.
DANCE CLASS NOTES
All Classes are multidisciplinary, in that each child will be taught elements of ballet, tap and modern/jazz dancing.
Newcomers should wear comfortable clothes in which they can stretch, bend and leap etc. Once the decision has been made to continue classes then the appropriate dancewear must be worn. Supplies are available at very reasonable costs from the school and prices are posted on the noticeboard in the foyer. (Pre-schoolers are welcome to wear their favourite leotard/tutu). Pre-school children must be accompanied throughout the class by a responsible adult. Parents/carers may watch the older dancers' classes on the final session of each term.
Basic dancewear is a royal blue leotard and skirt for the infants/juniors and black for the senior dancers; ballet shoes and (for school age dancers) tap shoes. Wootton Bassett School of Dance T-shirts are also available, and with black lycra jazz leggings are the favoured dancewear of our more body-concious older dancers! Jazz/modern dance shoes are required for some public performance shows and festival dances, and are also permitted in class. Optional Wootton Bassett School of Dance fleeces and jogging suits are ordered in batches - see Miss Vicky for details. All essential dancewear is obtainable from Miss Kate and Miss Vicky, who are happy to discuss prices and extras. If dancers wish to upgrade their tap shoes, heel taps are available from Miss Kate. The trophy/key-cutting/cobbler in Apsley Arcade will fit heel taps (at a very reasonable price!), but does not stock his own supply.
LEOTARD WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
All leotards should be hand washed inside out, preferably in cold water and immediately hung to dry on a coathanger. Keep away from heat.
DO NOT: Use bleach or detergents.
DO NOT: Tumble dry or iron (or let a hair dryer anywhere near).
DO NOT: Rub or scrub foil print or metallic garments.
DO NOT: Hang over radiators.
Foil print and metallic finishes may fade or dull with wear and repeated washing. Areas that incur friction or abrasion (eg: that get scraped across the floor a lot) may show some loss of foil. Damage can be kept to a minimum by avoiding wearing metallic/foil competition garments for general classes or practice.
WOOTTON BASSETT SCHOOL OF DANCE was formerly known as Maureen Cockram School of Dancing. Kathryn Lawrence took over the school when Maureen Cockram retired.
Miss Kate continued to run the dance school under its original name until 2005, when the name was changed to Wootton Bassett School of Dance. She has now been joined by Vicky Lawrence. Both are fully qualified dance instructors. Vicky is also qualified to teach Zumba dance fitness and runs the school's dance limbering sessions.
EXAMINATIONS: The ISTD dance syllabus is followed, offering graded examinations in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern Theatre Dance. At grade 4 these are recognised as GCSE level qualifications and a pass at grade 6 awards UCAS points towards university entrance.
THE DANCE SHOWS: The dance school's showcase event "LET's DANCE" is produced every other year. Every dancer at the school is invited to take part. After the closure of the town's old secondary school, which had a traditional hall and stage, the event was moved to The Ridgeway School in Wroughton. To accommodate the audience, there is a run of three performances and a professional film company produces a DVD of the entire show. For 2012, fundraising has begun to perform "LET's DANCE XIII" at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon - the first time in a 'real' theatre.
FESTIVALS: Dance festivals give dancers the opportunity to compete against dancers from other schools around the region in solos, duets, trios and group dances. They are open to all standards from pre-school and novice through to 21 year olds on the edge of a dance career.21. Wootton Bassett School of Dance gives individual training to anyone wishing to compete in festivals at any level, at very low cost to parents/carers. Travel to and from festivals is the responsibility of the dancer's parents/carers, though lifts can be arranged. The entry costs for festivals varies, though is often around £5 per dance for solos.
WEBSITE: WOOTTON BASSETT SCHOOL OF DANCE website was launched soon after the name change. It can be accessed from two separate urls: www.freewebs.com/wbdance and wbdance.webs.com (no "www"). The website was created by J.Georgiou using a combination of Webs.com template and CSS code.
OTHER ONLINE PRESENCE:The dance school is also represented on facebook: FRIENDS OF WOOTTON BASSETT SCHOOL OF DANCE and WOOTTON BASSETT SCHOOL OF DANCE. Some dances have been uploaded to YouTube (search under the dance school name). One of the dancers also made a BEBO page of the dance school.
MUSICAL THEATRE: The dance school offered musical theatre classes, with excellent results and 100 percent examination pass rate (London College of Music syllabus). However, these classes have been suspended until a replacement of the same high calibre of the tutor who has retired from class teaching can be found.