Dance UniformOver the past 11 years we’ve put on 8 shows with sell out audiences. We’ve also done lots of charity/ fund raising events/displays for Little Havens’ Children’s Hospice, The Forget Me Not Suite in Basildon Hospital, SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) and other charity’s.

Every student has the opportunity to dance in our amazing show (every 18 months). We don’t have a show every year as we like to give the students time to prepare for exams, other competitions, displays and charity shows. We also do this to help parents with spreading the costs of doing these wonderful confidence building events.

Each show consists of around 35 dances, with usually 2 dances per class (subject and age group).

Show time Awards

At the end of each final show we give awards to the students that have shown dedication, have worked hard/well in the Chameleon team, maybe have overcome or are working hard to overcome struggles in class and of course the most improved (Angel Hardman Award).
We also give an average of 3 scholarships to students who show potential in their dance ability and this enables them to extend their dance practice and really enhances their training.
The Bernard Ringshaw Award is awarded to the most outstanding student in all areas and was named in memory of Miss Louise’s uncle who himself was a successful entrepreneur and had built the building where we had our first studio.
The Angel Hardman Award is awarded to the student who is most improved and was named in memory of Miss Claire’s (Bailey) daughter who sadly died before hers and her sister Lucie’s birth in 2011, and after returning to teaching at the studio after this time Miss Claire had noticed the improvement in students, which gave us the idea to name the award in Angel’s honor.

Show Facts

Dance shows do cost money, however as we said before, we do our best to spread the costs out and to keep them down as much as possible. Miss Louise travels far and wide to source costumes at the most reasonable prices and also allows parents to pay into a ‘costume club’ from one year to the next. We do try our best to keep the average cost at around £30, however most Primary students come in at around £15. It’s worth noting that the more subjects a student does, then the higher the cost due to an increase in the amount of costumes.

Committing to the show costs £20 and this goes to the theatre for the show as a deposit to them.
Rehearsals cost £5 each, no matter how long we need on a particular day and are usually held on Sundays at the studio in Rayleigh. Students commit to doing rehearsals when signing up for the show and are usually expected to do no more than 3 (Primaries/Adults) or 6 (Junior, Intermediate, Senior).

Tickets for shows also need to be bought in order to come and see the show.

Forever Changing Colours – 16th & 17th July 2016 Show

Marking the 10 year anniversary of the changing of the school’s name to ‘Chameleon Theatre Arts. At the Town Gate Theatre, Basildon.

  • Director – Louise Steers
  • Costumes – Louise Steers
  • Main Choreography – Louise Steers
  • Other Choreography – Claire Bailey, Claire West, Leanne Jackson, Elicia Steers, Elle Lee and Jessica Jones
  • Lighting – Towngate Theatre
  • Sound – Towngate Theatre
  • Backstage Manager – Claire Bailey

Facts and Figures

Number of Dancers: 87
Planing: 18 months

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The Strong Back Line – 2015 Show

A variety performance with excerpts from Frozen and Teen Beach Movies, plus other classic numbers. At the Town Gate Theatre, Basildon.

  • Director – Louise Steers
  • Costumes – Louise Steers
  • Main Choreography – Louise Steers
  • Other Choreography – Claire Bailey, Claire West, Leanne Jackson, Elicia Steers and Elle Lee.
  • Lighting – Towngate Theatre
  • Sound – Terry Wyatt
  • Backstage Manager – Claire Bailey

Facts and Figures

Number of Dancers: 78
Planing: 18 months

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A New Direction ‘Take 2’ – Charity ‘Sands’

The show was in memory of Seren and Essie Stannard and was a charity show in aid of Sands, at The Eastwood Academy.

Facts and Figures

Number of Dancers: 60
Planing: Dances taken from the previous show ‘A New Direction’, with excerpts from the show and 2 weeks planning on top of the original 18 months

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