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Susan Handy School of Dancing


This is the place to come to find out what's going on and coming up. There's always lots happening, see it here first.

We have some tickets up for grabs for Birmingham Royal Ballet - Variations Triple Bill at Sadler's Wells Theatre Saturday 17th October 2.30pm. Tickets cost £23.40 and are available on a first come first served basis so if you would like some do get in touch as soon as possible.

Now that we have come to end of another academic year I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday and to mention a few things.

It has been a very good year for the Susan Handy School of Dance with 100% pass rates in ballet, modern, musical theatre and tap exams and successes at both the Cecchetti Society Choreographic Competition and Classical Ballet Awards.  Very many students auditioned and gained places for the Cecchetti Junior and Senior Associates Scheme. Hetty Brake has completed her first year as a Cecchetti Society Scholar with Lauren Basra and Alice Smith who will finish their final year at Cecchetti Day on July 19th this year. All three danced in the ballet I choreographed for the Cecchetti Scholars - the Class of 14/18 - to commererate the First World War performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre in November. Florence Bedford, Tom Huxley-Golden and Isabel Robertson all gained Distinction in their Advanced 1 Tap exam.  Abigayle Holt has been awarded a scholarship to the Vocational Students Summer School at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham and Sophie Rowe The London Children's Ballet Scholarship for a Cecchetti Senior Associate.

Please do always tell me about your awards if they are connected with dance and perhaps my school.

Senior pupils have taken part in the Windsor and Eton Opera production of La Traviata at the Farrer Theatre and Cantata Dramatica production of a new opera Red Dragon, White Dragon which took place in the grounds of Cumberland House Windsor Great Park, many plays at Eton College and have danced at the Datchet Fête and Windsor Rose Show.

Phoebe Pearson-Hall and Alice Smith were asked to perform a work they had both choreographed at the 'End of the Year Show' at the Theatre Royal, Windsor in December.

One of the highlights of year was dancing at the Lord Mayor’s Show in November accompanying the float of The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers. The girls danced for the whole of the route and were a great success.

We raised just under one thousand pounds for the devastating Nepal Earthquake Appeal with a mufti week. Part of the monies went to the Red Cross and the other part to NAG Nepal which is a charity with which one of our parents, Mrs Gabriel has a connection. Both are dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake.

On the down side there was the unfortunate business of my two boxes of sheet music and major ballet scores, collected over 41 years, which were taken from the Baldwin stage after the Magna Carta Fair.  Please keep a look out out in the charity shops for any sheet music connected with dance, most of the volumes had my name on. I have a feeling they were re-cycled !!

At the end of this term we say goodbye to Caroline Basra, who is going to Birmingham School of Acting, Fleur Clarke who is going to the Institute of the Arts in Barcelona on a foundation course and Isabel Robertson who is going to the same Institute but for the three year course.  Abigayle Holt has gained a place at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Isabella Hunter has a place at the Wilkes Academy in Swindon and Alice Smith has been awarded a scholarship to the Kate Simmons Dance vocational college in Manchester.

For many years I have wanted to start an ‘elite’ group which I would like to take round local hospitals, retirement homes, schools and train for entering competitions in the future.  Miss Melanie will be running this group and we have been auditioning pupils this half term. Results will be sent out to successful students after the end of term. It is hoped to have Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Modern and Tap auditions next year.

From September a new Adult Ballet Stretch class for beginners, perfect for keeping fit, will be held on Wednesdays in Eton at 6.45pm.  Please contact the office if you are interested in having a trial lesson.
Also, please note our Musical Theatre class is moving from Saturdays to Wednesdays after school.

Lastly, I do want to thank the amazing staff at the school, the wonderful teachers, the brilliant pianists, the helpful class assistants, Jane Lidgate and Liz Penness, the dynamic Administration duo, the costume designers Sue Man and Laura Pigo, Jeanette Saunders, the uniform dept and  Sue Milne and Alan Renouf of the Baldwin Institute.

With very good wishes to you all.

Sue Handy


New Classes

Street Dance (6+) Pyrford Village Hall, Pyrford Wednesdays 4.45-5.30pm

Adult Ballet Stretch Baldwin Institute Wednesdays 6.45-7.45pm

Tap and Modern (4-6 years) Eton Wick Village Hall Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm

Tap and Modern (4+) St Giles Church Hall, Ickenham Saturdays 8.45-9.15am

Grade 3 Modern (8+) St Giles Church Hall, Ickenham Saturdays 11.25-12.10pm

Tap and Modern (5+) Salvation Army Hall, Sythwood Saturdays 10.30-11.10am

Come along for a FREE trial class.


Timetables for the term can be downloaded by clicking the links below.






 Please watch this fantastic piece of tap dancing, it's amazing. 



Files you can download

Registration Form
Ickenham Timetable Autumn Term 2015
Eton/Windsor Timetable Autumn 2015
Woking Timetable Autumn Term 2015
Grades vs Standards
Uniform Price List

Many parents ask what the difference is between Grade exams and Standard exams and classes. We have therefore included this information in our downloads section but it also has been in previous school newsletters. Many thanks.


Miss Melanie has found a great You Tube tutorial for ballet buns.

The link to view this is:-


Please watch - it will be a great help to those attempting ballet buns for the first time!


Miss Lisa has found this guide that might help you with sewing ribbons onto your pointe shoes. Happy sewing!