On Wednesday 31st July we held a full day workshop with the theme of "Ice Age"
A demonstraton of exam dances was held on Saturday 6th July at the Repertory Theatre. Phew it was a very hot day! But everyone pulled out all the stops and gave 2 excellent performances.
A large number of pupils took their examinations which were held on Sunday's 12th & 19th May. Everyone was successful in passing ther exams - Well done to you all.
On Saturday 9th February, 22 of our pupils performed at the Regent Theatre in the 013 Dance Festival. This year's theme was music from the movies. We performed to a mix of music from "Happy Feet", "Shark Tale" , "Finding Nemo" , "Madagascar"
On Sunday 16th December at the Repertory Theatre we performed our one day show "Shout". The theme for this show was Legends of music & "1960's". This included tracks by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Queen, Blondie, Michael Jackson.
Over the summer school holidays, we held 2 Dance workshops at our Studio. These proved to be very popular and everyone had a great time learning a complete routine in one day. Parents were able to see how well the pupils had done when they performed their dance at the end of each workshop.
The workshops were held on Wednesday 25th July and Wednesday 15th August.
The show was called "Showstoppers" and as the name suggests, included the best remembered songs from a wide selection of musicals. In fact, we danced to music from 38 musical shows ranging from as far back as "42nd Street" to "Legally Blonde" which is one of the most recent shows to be produced. Our show concluded with a selection of songs by artists who have appeared in show stopping shows in Las Vegas.
On Saturday 28th January we took part in the Regent Theatre's Annual Dance Festival. The theme of the Festival this year was based on the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger. We had 22 dancers on stage representing Buttermilk Dance Academy.
On Sunday 18th December, our older pupils performed "Spotlight" at the Repetory Theatre. The dances in the show were linked together with each of them having a colour in the title of the music. The final section of the show was based on the music from the film "Burlesque".
There were 2 performances - 4.00 p.m. & 7.30 p.m.
On Friday 28th October we held one of our special themed nights - a Halloween Dance Session at Werrington Village Hall 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. This was for ages 6 to 10 years.
On Saturday 29th October, we repeated it again at our Studio - 10.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.
Look at all the photographs to see all those weird and wonderful outfits!!
PINK ZUMBA DAY
IN AID OF
THE BREAST CANCER
On Sunday 16th October we held a special charity day. From 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. we had a Zumba Fitness session. We raised £235 which smashed our target of £100. Well done to everyone who supported this event. On the day, everyone had to wear something pink Have a look at the photos!.
The first of our summer workshops took place on 27th July and the theme for this was "Rihanna" The second workshop took place on 17th August with a theme of "Pink".
On Saturday 2nd July we performed 2 shows at the Repertory Theatre, Stoke. This was the first time that we had held this event at this Theatre. It was a display of all the exam dances which gave family and friends the opportunity to see all the hard work that pupils had put in over the previous few months in preparation for their exams.
We held 2 examination sessions - the first on 22nd May and the second on 19th June. Everyone did extremely well despite some nerves on the day.
After many months of building work. we officially opened our new extension. This now means that we have 2 studios, a large reception and waiting area and new changing room. We have also incorporated a Dancewear shop. The outside of the building has also had a face-lift making it look like a brand new building.
On 20th April we held our "Katy Perry" workshop.
In January 2011 we once again performed on stage at the Regent Theatre taking part in their annual Dance Festival. The theme of the Festival this year was anything local and world dance. For the local part of the theme we performed to the Hall of the Mountain King which is the music used in the Alton Towers adverts. For our world dance section, we danced to the music of Moulin Rouge with its French connection.
For one night only on Sunday the 19th December we performed at the Reportory Theatre Stoke.
This special Christmas Show was performed by the older pupils of the Academy. This made a great Christmas treat for our younger pupils to go along and see what they will be doing in the future.
For our Werrington pupils we held one of our special theme nights on Friday 29th October-No prizes for guessing that it was a Halloween night.
On Saturday 16th October a number of our Werrington pupls peformed at the Methodist Church's Autumn Fayre.
Early October saw the start of the refurbishment of our Studio.
On 5th October we celebrated Buttermilk's 35th annivesary.
On Saturday 11th September, a number of pupils performed at Kisgrove Sports Centre's Open Day.
Over the summer we held a number of full day work shops. The first took place on the 28th of July. the theme for this day was LADY GAGA and was for 6 to 12 year olds. The second work shop was held on 11th August for those who are 12 years and over. This day was based on contemporary style of dance. The third workshop was on 25th August and the theme for this was GLEE and was for 6 to 12 year olds. All three of the workshops were held at our studio and ran from 9.30 to 3.30. The workshops were not only for pupils of the dance Academy, but for anyone interested.
In April we presented our show "DANCEWORLD" at the Repertory Theatre, Leek Road, Stoke. The first performance was on Tuesday 13th April 2010. and continued each night until Saturday 17th April with a Saturday matinee performance.
The Show featured music from 6 musicals - each one represents a continent including both North and South America.
Europe's musical was "Summer Holiday"
North America's musicalwas "West Side Story"
Africa's musical was "Lion King"
Asia's musical was "Jungle Book"
South America's musical was "Evita"
Australasia's musical was "Priscilla - Queen of the Desert"
In January 2010 we, once again, returned to the Regent Theatre, Hanley to take part in the annual Dance Festival. The theme this year was "10"
Our dancers performed 3 Michael Jackson numbers - one from the 70's, the 80's & the 90's.
On Sunday 12th July 2009, we performed 2 shows at the Queen's Theatre, Burslem. This was a display of all the exam dances which gave family and friends the opportunity to see all the hard work that pupils had put in over the previous few months in preparation for their exams.
Congratulations to everyone who took their examinations in June 2009
We achieved a 100% pass rate with great comments from the Examiners - Keep up the good work.
THE HISTORY OF BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk Dance Academy originated in Kidsgrove in 1975 with classes being held at the Methodist Church Hall. As time went on, the school continued to grow and it became obvious that we needed our own premises. After quite a big refurbishment, Buttermilk Dance Academy was born above the Co-op in Butt Lane in 1984. We had 3 studios and introduced many new classes including Tea Dances in the afternoon, Body Popping, Callanetics. Line Dancing and Yoga.
Each year we produced our annual show at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre which usually took place in May. Examination sessions were held in November and we finished the year with a Christmas show which was performed in our studio.
In late 1998 we moved out of this building and returned to Kidsgrove Methodist Church for weekday classes and Kidsgrove Scouts for our Saturdays. But it didn't take long for us to feel the need for our own premises again. By the end of 2000, we ended our search and picked up the keys to the building we have today (which was previously a bank). This then was the start of a 6 month conversion to turn it into a Dance Studio. During this period we also started to use the Repertory Theatre for our shows and also started our classes in the Werrington area
TO LOOK AT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PAST SHOWS SELECT A YEAR:-
TAKEOFF - 2006
DREAMIN' - 2007
DANCEFEVER - 2008
DANCEWORLD - 2010
ONE NIGHT ONLY- 2010
SPOTLIGHT - 2011
WE WILL BE ADDING MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
SO KEEP LOOKING - IT COULD BE YOU.