Welcome to Ballyhoo Dance and Theatre School

About Us

We are a friendly dance and theatre school based in the 5 valleys between Cirencester and Stroud. We offer tuition in Ballet, Modern Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre. We strive to provide a safe and happy environment for learning. Being parents ourselves the welfare of our children is of utmost importance. Also having enjoyed professional careers as performers we can bring a wealth of experience to our teaching.

Our Dance Classes Aim To…

Give an introduction to dance with a strong  emphasis on having fun!

Generate a passion for music and dancing.

Develop a sense of rhythm and musicality.

Improve co-ordination and balance.

Help children to enjoy performing and sharing new skills.

Help teach children how to work with and appreciate each other.

Introduce children to the importance of exercise and fitness from an early age.

Latest News

Ballyhoo Newsletter April 16

Summer Newsletter

April 13, 2016

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New Theatre Group Starts 5th October

September 16, 2015

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2015 Show Photos Now Available to Buy!

June 22, 2015

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Musical Mayhem Info

June 1, 2015

Teachers

Julie Henderson

Julie has worked as a professional dancer and singer for the past 24 years. Her West End  and touring credits include “Mack and Mabel,” ” West Side Story,” “Grease” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Half a Sixpence” and “Pickwick.” She has worked for award winning choreographers such as Arlene Philips, Stephen Mear, Peter Darling and Gillian Lynne. She spent 3 years performing with P&O World cruises and has worked all over the world in hair and fashion shows , car launches, corporate galas and TV appearances including  The Royal Variety Performance.

For the past 10 years, Julie has performed in and choreographed musicals, plays and cabarets at The Playhouse and The Everyman theatres in Cheltenham for “Focus theatre”   and choreographed “The Witches of Eastwick” for Blue Parrot productions at The Bacon Theatre. Julie has taught at The Stapleton School of Dancing and was a module tutor for the Performing Arts degree course at The University of Gloucestershire for 5 years. She now focuses entirely on Ballyhoo and her own children’s busy lives.

Heidi Hardy

Heidi’s career started at age 13 when she joined the National Youth Music Theatre performing at the Edinburgh Festival and prestigious theatres. At 16 she started a full time dance training at Stella Mann in London where she got her teaching qualifications (AISTD in Ballet and National.)Whilst at Ballet school she continued to perform with NYMT at Sadlers Wells.

After training she started a 3 year contract with Princess Cruises. Her last port of call was New York where she ended up living for 8 years working as a freelance dancer and teacher. In 1994 Heidi retrained as an actress  at Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway. In her final year she was chosen to perform for their Repertory  Company.

Her final US job was with Aquila Theatre Company which toured America. Returning to UK in 2001 she worked for Pop Up Theatre in London for 2 years, before settling in Chalford. For the past 10 years Heidi has taught dance on the drama course at Stroud college, has taught at the Stapleton School of Dance and has choreographed a panto at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.

In 2010 Julie and Heidi launched their first Musical Theatre workshop after which Heidi joined Julie as her partner in Ballyhoo and has now established her own ballet branch within the school.

Term Dates

Term begins w/c 11th April

Half Term w/c 30th May

Term Ends 21st July

Timetable

PAINSWICK CHURCH ROOMS

4.00-4.30 pm  Pre School Class

4.30-5.00 pm Primary Modern

5.00-5.30 pm Grade 1 modern

CHALFORD SPORTS AND SOCIAL

3.45-4.15 pm- PRE PRIMARY Ballet

4.15-4.45 pm-PRIMARY Ballet

4.45-5.15 pm-GRADE 1 Ballet

5.15-5.45 pm Grade 2 Ballet

 

FRITH YOUTH CENTRE

3.45-4.30 pm Grade 3 Modern

4.30-5.15 pm Grade 4 Modern

5.15-6.00 pm Grade 5 Modern

6.00-6.45 pm Grade 3 Tap

 

OAKRIDGE VILLAGE HALL

7.00-8.00 pm Adult Jazz

EASTCOMBE SCOUT HALL

2.15-2.45 pm Pre School

4.30 -5.15 pm Grade 3 Ballet

5.15-6.00 pm Grade 4 Ballet

 

FRITH YOUTH CENTRE

3.40-4.10 pm Primary Modern

4.10-4.40 pm Primary Tap

4.40-5.10 pm Grade 1 Modern

5.10-5.40 pm Grade 1 Tap

5.40-6.10 pm Grade 2 Modern

6.10-6.40pm   Grade 2 Tap

EASTCOMBE SCOUT HUT

2.15-2.45 pm Pre School Dance

 

EASTCOMBE VILLAGE HALL

5.30-6.30pm Jazz

STROUD CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ART

10.00 – 10.30 Pre School Dance (age 3-5)

10.30 – 11.00 Home Ed General Dance    (ages 6 and up)

Theatre Group

Theatre group resumes on Fridays in September.

Please get in touch with Heidi for more details.

Galleries

Modern / Tap / Jazz Uniforms

Modern / Tap

Primary – Grade 2

  • “Roch Valley” Nylon Lycra “Sheree ” style Leotard in Raspberry.
  • Nylon Lycra Leggings – Black (either cropped or full length)

See Below for Availability*

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Modern

Grades 3 & 4

  • Camisole cotton lycra leotard  “Nadine” (child sizes) “Brook” (adult sizes) colour “Mulberry” (Please note children’s sizes come up rather small and I would advise ordering a size larger. Straps can then be adjusted to fit snugly)

Only available from www.movedancewear.com

  • Nylon or Cotton Lycra Leggings

See Below for Availability*

ballyhoo grade 3 and 4 modern ballyhoo grade 3 and 4 modern

 

Modern / Jazz

Grade 5 and Above

  • Capezio string backed Camisole leotard ( code CC120), colour GARNET.

Available from Move Dancewear

Available from Capezio Europe

Available from Dance Gear Direct

  • Black cotton lycra Leggings (full length or cropped)

See Below for Availability*

Painswick Branch – Modern

Mondays, Primary and Grade 1

  • 1st Position Alice Cap Sleeved Ruched Leotard (Matt Nylon) “Aqua”

This leotard is ONLY available from Colour Dancewear. See Below.

  • With – Pink footless OR convertible ballet tights

See Below for Availability*

Modern / Tap

Boys

  • White Louie Leotard

Available from Move Dancewear

  • Black cotton lycra Jazz pants / black dance shorts

Available from MoveDancewear

Available from DanceGearDirect

* Uniform Availability

Items are available via many dance websites unless specified above.
Also available at “Colour Dance wear” in Nailsworth (In the “Paint a Pot” studio)
Tel: 07814391050/01453835043 Email: colourdancewear@gmail.com

 NEW Ballet Uniforms

Ballet

Pre Primary and Primary

1st Position skirted Leotard, Aqua
Pink ballet Tights
Pink Ballet Shoes

Ballet

Grade 3 Up

China Blue, capped sleeve leotard
Pink ballet tights
Pink ballet shoes ( ribbons)

Ballet

Grade 1 & 2

1st Position leotard , Bluebell
Pink Ballet tights
Pink Ballet Shoes


All uniform is available from Paint a Pot , Market Street , Nailsworth .

Ballet

Boys

White Louie Leotard
Black Stirrup Tights / Non Stirrup / Shorts
Black Ballet Shoes

Boys Uniform can be bought online at Move Dancewear

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Venues

Eastcombe Scout Hut

Nr Eastcome Allotments
Eastcombe
Stroud
Glos
GL6 7DY

Eastcombe Village Hall

Eastcombe
Stroud
Glos
GL6 7EA

Chalford Methodist Hall

Midway (Close to The Old Neighbourhood Pub)
Chalford Hill
Stroud
Glos
GL6 8EN

Chalford Sports & Social Club

Highfield Way
Chalford Hill
Stroud
Glos
GL6 8LZ

Painswick Church Rooms

The Church Rooms
The Benefice Office
The Lytchgate
Stroud Rd
Painswick
GL6 6UT

Stroud Centre for Science & Art

13 Landsdowne
Stroud
GL5 1BB

Frith Youth Centre, Bussage

On the Frith
GL6 8AG

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Ballyhoo
Tockshill Cottage
Skiveralls
Chalford Hill
Stroud
GL6 8QJ

ballyhoochalford@gmail.com

01453 885184
07970 911103 – Julie
07970 262538 – Heidi