Audrey Spencer

Welcome

The Audrey Spencer School Of Dance.

Established for over 60 years, Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance is a private dance school providing the highest standards of dance training for children from 2yrs up to 19yrs. The quality of dance teaching is exemplary and testimony to this is the reputation the school holds in Huddersfield. Pupils learn in a caring and stimulating environment with passionate and inspiring teachers!

Further Information

You'll really enjoy dancing whether it is a class, private lesson or social evening. We're here to make sure you have fun even if you've never danced before. Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Gymnastics, Musical Theatre and Street. All different styles of dance, each with its own style and expression. Fun to learn and a lifelong hobby which can even become a profession for some.

You'll find our staff helpful and very experienced people qualified to teach you all forms of performing arts. You can select the classes you want to attend. We can teach you from your first step right up to the most stylish expressions of dance that will bring you a new found freedom and interest.

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School Uniform

All children must have mid/long hair tied back preferably in a bun, no fringes.
Preparatory (tots/pre-school)

Pale pink capped sleeved cotton leotard, pink skirt, ballet socks, ballet shoes.
Pale pink cotton dance wrap (optional)

Lower/Upper Beginners

Royal blue ruched front sleeveless lycra leotard, royal blue short lycra skirt, ballet shoes, tap shoes.
Pale pink cotton dance wrap (optional)

Juniors

Royal blue ruched front sleeveless lycra leotard, black footless tights, ballet shoes, tap shoes.
Black cotton dance wrap (optional)

Intermediates

Black ruched front sleeveless lycra leotard, black convertible tights, black leather ballet shoes, tap shoes.
Black cotton dance wrap (optional)

Seniors

Choice of colour and style leotard for class wear with convertible tights. (Exam wear as required)
Ballet shoes, Tap shoes, Pointe shoes (as appropriate)

Street Classes and Musical Theatre Classes

Baggy clothes (eg. t shirts/hoodies/joggers) may be worn with trainers (no black soles please)

Where do I buy dance wear?

Mr Frog Dancewear: 23 Byram Arcade, Huddersfield, HD1 1ND Tel: 01484 432405
Planet Dance: 2nd floor, Carlinghow Mills, 501 Bradford Rd, Batley, WF17 8LL Tel: 0844 8870224
Contors Dancewear: 80 Huddersfield Rd, Elland, HX5 9AA Tel: 01422 374340

NB: You can also order the above uniform from Mr Frog Direct at a discounted rate.
Please call: Deborah Wills: 07773 218583 or Alexis Badejo: 07894 253145

Hoodies

Dance school hoodies and tshirts are available to order. Order forms can be obtained from the notice board in the main studio. Fill in a form and hand to Miss Jo with payment. Please note hoodies and tshirts are for use to come to and from studio. They are not acceptable in dance classes but are permitted in Street and Musical Theatre Classes.

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Class Fees

Dance fees are paid in terms of 4 weeks.
ClassCost per 4 week term
Pre-school stage class £22.00
Beginner/Junior/Inter/Senior Stage Class £28.00
Ballet only £28.00
Stage class and ballet class combined (at discounted cost) £47.00
Grade Class (if taken in addition to another class £14.00
Gymnastics £12.00
Streetdance with Booma (juniors/inters/seniors) £12.00
Private Lesson - 1 to 1 £60.00
Private Lesson - 2 children sharing £30.00

Drama/Vocal class fees (age related) are invoiced separately in terms of 6 weeks. Excellent discounts apply to dance school students dependant on the amount of classes attended per week.

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Our History

The Audrey Spencer School of Dance was established by Audrey Spencer in 1950. After learning to dance at the Nora Bray Dance School in Huddersfield where she trained with the famous Roy Castle OBE, Audrey began teaching at the tender age of 16, opening her new dance school with just one pupil during its first week! The dance school flourished and grew to become extremely successful and Audrey devoted 60 years of her life to a wonderful career in training children to dance.

The thrill of seeing a raw beginner develop through dance training over the years and become professionally successful is the reward Audrey found the most satisfying. One such pupil, David Bintley CBE, trained with Audrey as a youngster and went on to join the Royal Ballet School at the age of 16yrs. Following a successful career as a dancer with the English Ballet Company, David is the current artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet as well as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Japan. There have been numerous success stories throughout the years and pupils continue to gain careers in the West End, TV and on Cruise Ships.

In 1999 Audrey moved from the small studio space she had at Union Bank Yard into a larger studio on Queen Street South, just off Huddersfield’s ring road in the Bates Mill complex near to the University of Huddersfield. In 2010 we celebrated the school’s 60th anniversary with a special commemorative show where past and present pupils performed. This was also the year in which Audrey retired as Principal. Audrey continues to support the school and takes a keen interest in the current pupils, some of which have parents and grandparents who were trained by Audrey!

The school is in the next phase of it’s life. Joanne Perkins is now Principal of the dance school. Joanne trained with Audrey from the age of 5 through to her adult years. She has worked in a number of dance schools throughout the UK as well as Germany, gaining an abundance of experience before returning to Huddersfield and teaching alongside Audrey in 2008. Joanne is a Fellow of the IDTA and has a great love of dance teaching. She has introduced a variety of new classes and workshops to the school including street dance, gymnastics, drama and vocal coaching which means alongside the traditional and classical dance training, pupils can keep up with the latest genres.

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Festivals

Festivals and competitions are a great way to showcase the talents of the pupils. Through participating in these dance events, pupils gain confidence in performance skills and their standard of dance can develop further.

Many of our pupils (when teacher decides they are ready) can be involved in the festivals through performing in the dance school troupes (group production numbers). This creates great camaraderie between the pupils through working as a team. The pupils gain valuable experience through rehearsing and performing on a regular basis and have the chance to win medals and awards.

A number of pupils become very involved in the festivals by learning solos, duets and trios. This gives a greater all-round training in both classical and cabaret genres. It requires the commitment and dedication to practice on a regular basis to develop to a high standard and the ability to attend the three school competitions.

We enter three competitions each year as a school (beginning of July, mid/late November and Easter time). Pupils have the opportunity to enter other festivals throughout the year by arrangement with teacher.

Festivals and competitions are not compulsory to those who are not interested in this aspect. Our regular shows/concerts give the pupils a chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

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Examinations

We hold several examination sessions per year. Examinations give the pupils a sense of achievement. Working through a syllabus aids the development of technique in the various genres. The school enters pupils for IDTA examinations. We are very proud to have 100% pass rate with over 90% of pupils regularly graded at Distinction. Some pupils are honoured to also be nominated by the examiner, for the prestigious IDTA theatre awards. The graded examinations are recognised by Ofqual

Classical Ballet Exams

The pupils who attend ballet class every week (from age 5years) are eligible for IDTA main ballet exams (when teacher advises they have reached the required standard):

Preparatory; Primary; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5

Pupils then go on to the performers syllabus to study for Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 examinations.

Modern & Tap Exams

At junior level an extra class is offered to those children wishing to take Modern and Tap examinations. The pupils work through the grade system and are entered for exams when they have achieved the required standard of work.

Preparatory; Primary; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5

Pupils then go on to the performers syllabus to study for Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 examinations.

The following IDTA graded and vocational graded qualifications are recognised by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and the Welsh Government Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) and appear on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Graded qualifications: Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft
Grade QCF Level QCF Award/Certificate/Diploma QCF Credits
1 1 Award 7
2 1 Award 7
3 1 Award 7
4 2 Award 10
5 2 Award 10
Vocational graded qualifications: Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft
Grade QCF Level QCF Award/Certificate/Diploma QCF Credits
Intermediate 3 Certificate 28
Advanced 1 4 Certificate 33
Advanced 2 4 Diploma 38
Attainment bands for all the above examinations are Unsuccessful, Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Theatre Rosettes/Medal Awards

Children attending pre-school, beginners stage classes and street classes (once teacher advises they are at the required level) can be entered for Rosette tests and Medal tests. These tests are fun and a great way to build confidence in an exam situation as the children enter in groups of approx 8 (along with their classmates) and perform rehearsed amalgamations to an IDTA examiner. The teachers will advise when a pupil is ready to take a test. Please note these tests are not compulsory.

Street Dance Medal Tests

Children can work through either solo, duo or crew tests.

Musical Theatre Examinations

Drama/vocal coaching pupils can enter for group Musical Theatre Examinations where they work as a team throughout demonstrating vocal and drama exercises as well as a group performance of dialogue and song with choreography. We teach pupils from their introductory stage, through to Stage 6.

Pupils can also enter for solo musical theatre examinations when ready.

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Success Stories

Zahra Jones

Zahra Jones

Zahra gained a place on a Musical Theatre Degree at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in September 2012. She spent Summer 2013 working as a dancer at Disneyland Paris.

Anna Mair

Anna Mair

Anna trained at the Audrey Spencer School of Dance from age 5 years and went on to complete a Musical Theatre Degree at London Theatre School in 2013. Anna is now cast in the musical Wicked in the West End.

Abigail Brodie

Abigail Brodie

Abigail trained at the Audrey Spencer School of Dance from the age of 4 years. She gained a full scholarship to Arts Educational College, London in 2007 and completed a BA Honours Degree in Musical Theatre in 2010. Her professional career has included roles such as: Swing/Assistant Dance Captain in ‘Love Never Dies’, Adelphi Theatre, London; Maggie in ‘A Chorus Line’, Tel Aviv Opera House, Israel; Performer in London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony; Ensemble/Cover Ermengarde in ‘Hello, Dolly’, Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Rohan Pinnock

Rohan Pinnock

Rohan Pinnock trained at the Audrey Spencer School of Dance from a young age. He gained a full scholarship to ‘Urdang Academy’. His professional career to date has included performing in: "Mary Poppins," on tour; "Hairspray" as dancer/understudy seaweed; ‘Riverdance’ touring Dublin, Lebanan, China & US; “Joseph and the Technicoloured Dreamcoat”; “Hair” West End and Germany; “Some Like it Hip Hop” tour; “Breaking Convention” with Bird Gang Dance Group; “Scottsboro Boys” (nominated for 6 Olivier Awards).

Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong

Scott trained at the Audrey Spencer School of Dance from an early age. He toured with hit shows Spirit Of The Dance and its sister show, Spirit of Broadway, travelling to America, Asia and Europe as well a touring the UK. Scott has now settled back in Huddersfield and regularly stars in local amateur productions.

Samantha Rawles

Samantha Rawles

Samantha Rawles, daughter of Audrey Spencer trained at the school from a very early age. She has had an extensive career in the theatre and has taken many lead roles.

Julian Cannonier

Julian Cannonier

Julian trained from the age of 5 at the Audrey Spencer School of Dance. Julian first appeared in London's West End as 'Cagey Joe' in the original production of "Bugsy Malone". Other West End appearances include "Porgy and Bess", "125th Street", "Annie Get Your Gun", "A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jnr.", "Starlight Express", "Five Guys Named Moe" , "Miss Saigon" and "Dancing in the Streets." Currently he is appearing at the London Palladium in the hit West End Musical Sister Act.

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Dancing

Class Styles

Learn more about the wide variety of dance styles and expression you can learn at the Audrey Spencer School Of Dance.

Ballet
Ballet
Ballet has a technique which is the foundation of all dance.
Modern Jazz
Modern Jazz
Express emotion in a variety of musical styles.
Tap
Tap
Explore rythms whilst learning this unique form of dance.
Street
Street Dance
Discover an explosion of hip-hop and pop.
Musical Theatre
A fun combination of drama and vocal skills.
Tots
Tots
Take the first magical steps to becoming a performer.
Gymnastics
Gymnastics
Build strength and flexibility, to enhance tricks and tumbles.
Theatre Craft
Theatre Craft
Learn the magic behind your favourite musical theatre shows.
More Class Types
Ballet

Ballet

Ballet for pleasure, Ballet for the more serious-minded. This classical style of expressive movement has something to offer for everyone. Ballet dates back to the 17th century. The conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today. Choreographers have been influenced by composers through the ages. Ballet has a technique, which is the foundation of all dances.

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Modern Jazz

Modern Jazz

Modern Jazz is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre, one minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a funky jazz style. You may explore contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood, whatever the atmosphere of the class, it will be a wonderful opportunity to react and interact with other members of the class and really dance to express your feelings.

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Tap

Tap

Tap is rhythm - rhythm is tap. Its origins are many and varied. Americans claim its origin dates from the African Jazz age. The Irish stake their claim to the Jigs and Step Dancing. The English relate back to northern Clog Dancers but whichever one chooses to believe, Tap is as popular today as it was in the heyday of the great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals.

Evergreen shows, 42nd Street and Crazy For You, and the more recent Stomp and Tap Dogs highlight the great diversities of style and music in tapping. The IDTA has recently launched its new Tap Grade Examinations. Thousands of examinations and medal tests are held each year for childrens, students and professionals and a wide range of tests are available for adults of all ages. A gentle, rhythmical and enjoyable way to keep fit!

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Street

Street

Have you ever seen the hottest pop band's music video or performance on Top of the Pops? Then you will already know what Streetdance looks like. Streetdance takes any form of popular music - from pop to hip hop - and choreographs routines to the beats. We have seen that, only too often, the most successful pop acts have made it big by combining Streetdance routines with their tunes and lyrics.

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

So you wanna be a star? Or maybe you just want to have the moves - and the fun - of the stars. So start with the IDTA's Musical Theatre Syllabus! A fusion of all modern music and dance styles, Musical Theatre takes you to inspirational heights. The spotlight's on you!

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Tots

Tots

A well-structured class teaching the basics in theatre dance, complimented by story dance, song & dance and mime to stimulate their imaginations and prepare them for our beginners class. The ideal class in which to start with nurturing, experienced teachers who love working with and developing this age group.

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Enhancing other dance genres to add the excitement of tricks and tumbling make this a popular style. Strength and flexibility are the core features of this class aiding agility and athleticism.

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Theatre Craft

Theatre Craft

This most exciting dance form encompasses the wide spectrum of productions that are Musical Theatre. Shows like Grease, My Fair Lady, Bombay Dreams, The Lion King etc all diverse styles but all embraced by the Theatre Craft Title. A dance form for theatrical performance, preparing the body physically through exercise and stimulating artistic ability through dance movement, improvisation and interpretation of music. The use of hand props, make up and much more - it provides all the 'must have' qualities for today's amataeur and professional dancer.

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Schedule

Class Times & Events

Take a look at our timetable to see when each class is on.

Mon,24th Jun
Private Lessons
16:00 17:30
Grade 1 Ballet
17:30 18:30
Private Lesson
18:30 19:00
Advanced Ballet
19:00 20:00
Advanced Pointe
20:00 20:30
Intermediate Ballet
20:30 21:30
Tue,25th Jun
Private Lessons
16:00 17:00
Preparatory Ballet
17:00 17:45
Private Lesson
17:45 18:15
Senior Ballet
18:15 19:15
Senior Acrobatic Arts
19:15 20:15
Senior Body Conditioning
20:15 20:45
Wed,26th Jun
Private Lessons
16:00 17:30
Grade 3 Ballet
17:30 18:30
Private Lesson
18:30 20:00
Senior 1 Stage Class
20:00 21:30
Thu,27th Jun
Private Lessons
16:00 17:00
Primary Ballet
17:00 18:00
Private Lesson
18:00 18:30
Grade 4 Ballet
18:30 19:30
Grade 5 Ballet
19:30 20:30
Pointe
20:30 21:00
Fri,28th Jun
Private Lessons
16:00 20:30
Sat,29th Jun
Primary Theatre Craft
9:00 9:45
Grade 1 Jazz/Tap
9:00 9:45
Junior Stage Class
9:45 11:00
Upper Beginner Stage Class
9:45 11:00
Grade 4 Tap
10:15 11:00
Senior 2 Stage Class
11:00 12:15
Junior and Intermediate Acrobatic Arts
11:00 12:00
Junior Street
12:00 12:45
Lower Beginners Stage Class
12:00 13:15
Intermediate Stage Class
12:15 13:30
Stage Tots
13:15 14:00
Grade 3 Tap
13:30 14:15

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Contact

Get In Touch

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want to take those first magical steps towards a life of dancing.

info@audreyspencer.co.uk 07983 419 570

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