After asking our students what they feel has been the biggest thing they can take from Chameleon Theatre Arts, a majority commented that the confidence it gives them is a big reason they continue, as well as the family feel the studio has.
We have seen improvements in coordination in children with dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorders, with their behavior and concentration too! The teachers have applied some of the learning’s Miss Louise had about this within classes and would encourage parents of children with any of these tendencies to read the book ‘Dancing with Dyspraxia’, to see what changes movement and coordination can do for a child!
For those students who are seen to be outstanding and having a flare for dance or any area within the classes, they will be invited to be part of the Chameleon Elite Troupe. These students are expected to come to extra classes and to train more regularly with other outstanding students. They will be entered for competitions and will be chosen to do more events etc. For anyone wanting to know about progressing in any chosen subject please speak to one of the teachers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in an information request on the website.
The Association of American Dancing are the association examinations are taken under and now earn UCAS points for students passing these exams. The structure of these exams means that children aren’t taught just to pass them, but gives them an all round knowledge of the steps and an ability to adapt these steps into different routines and combinations with ease.
Examinations can be taken to achieve higher levels of dance, teaching exams can also be taken once all exams are completed and we have students gaining these accreditation’s every year.
All students have the opportunity to participate in events including shows, carnivals, displays, competitions and fetes. We have previously participated in Corringham & Stanford carnival and festivals, school fetes, ‘Together Against Crime’, ‘Olympic Opening’ displays at the Basildon Sporting Village. And many more. We have also taken part in competitions across the country including the Buxton Opera House, Wolverhampton (British Troupe Championships), where our Adult Troupe won 1st place and where our Juniors won the Southern Heats (1st place) and Blackpool, where our Senior troupe won 1st place in the country for new comer to the competition. Our school has won 1st place for Major examinations, plus 1st place for teaching examinations.
Students are encouraged to audition for shows etc. to gain places in performances with the following:
- English Youth Ballet
- Young Performer’s (variety shows at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Theatre and Palladium)
- British Troupe Championships,
- AAD Gala and London Shows (Billy Elliot, Matilda etc.)
as well as students successfully auditioning for Pantomimes in local theatres every year. We have an above 90% success rate to students auditioning for parts in these companies/shows.