Twinkle Tots Dance is 10 years old!
Upon moving to Windsor in 2006, former professional ballerina Maggie Purr dreamed of starting up her own pre-school ballet classes. So she hired Clewer Youth and Community Centre in Windsor for half an hour every Thursday morning, and walked miles delivering her hand written flyers on a shoestring budget. Little was she to know that 10 years later, this single class that started with just 5 children would have become the successful company that it is today. Skip forward ten years and Twinkle Tots Dance now runs classes in Windsor, Burnham, Bracknell, Warfield and Sunningdale and employs seven teachers. It not only offers pre-school dance, but has expanded to offer instruction all the way up to RAD Grade 4 ballet.
The classes have also moved up North to Lincolnshire and Rutland where Maggie originates from. Many children also enjoy Twinkle Tots Dance parties, where a ballerina turns up at their party dressed in a real tutu! During those 10 years Maggie has perfected the Twinkle Tots syllabus, learning what themes and adventures work best, what stories and characters capture a toddlers imagination, and the best ways to help a pre-schooler learns to explore the magic of dance, music and movement. “Each year we adapt and change our class plans to the ever changing demands of a pre-schooler. What was cool last year isn’t always on the radar of a pre-schooler this year, so we have to be very current!” says Maggie who admits that having her own 2 year old has made things much easier in this regard. “ I do test things out on Briony first!” she admits.
So to celebrate its 10th Birthday, On 27th October Twinkle Tots Dance are throwing a big 10th birthday party at Clewer Youth and Community Centre, Parsonage Lane, Windsor. There will be balloons, cakes, face painting, party games and of course lots and lots of .... DANCING!!! Maggie has managed to track down her original class of 2006 who are now 12 and 13 years old, some of whom are coming to the party, and one of whom, Grace Short has just started at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. (See photo attached) Maggie has advertised through Families Magazine right from the start. “We always ask people how they heard about our classes, and more often than not it’s through Families magazine” says Maggie, “that’s why we’ve continued to advertise through Families TVE all these years, they are so supportive of new and growing local businesses such as ours.”
South Hill Park classes start on Friday 29th April 2016 for the Summer Term!/font>
South Hill park classes start on Friday 29th April 2016 for the summer term and bookings are open via our Online Registration Portal
! Miss Laura will be running the following classes:
4:00 - 4:30pm Twinkle Tots (Age 2-4)
4:30 - 5:00pm Budding Ballerinas (Age 4-5)
5:00 - 5:45pm RAD Primary
5:45 - 6:45pm Teen Ballet (Age 12-18 Beginners welcome!)Please note
that the Box Office at South Hill Park will no longer be taking bookings for these classes. We will be running the classes ourselves from the start of the summer term. Classes will run in 10 week terms and the summer term ends on Friday 8th July 2016. Please spread the word about the classes to friends and family that might be interested!
Latest Term Newsletters
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Autumn term newsletter 2015
Burnham Park Hall Summer School, 17th-21st August 2015
Miss Louise will be running a summer school from the 17th-21st August at our Burnham Park Hall venue for children age 2 and up. This year’s theme is Flower Fairies.
There are three age groups; Twinkle Tots 2-4 year olds, Budding Ballerina’s 4-5 year olds, and RAD Ballet group for 6 year olds and up. The Twinkle Tots group meets daily from 10-11am. Budding Ballerina’s and RAD ballet groups meet daily from 11-1pm. All groups do a daily ballet class, followed by some art and craft and modern dance for the older group. The children help create their own ballet show ready to show friends and family on the Friday. You can pay per day £8 for Twinkle Tots or £12 for Budding Ballerina’s / RAD. Or you can pay for the whole week £35 for Twinkle Tots, £60 for Budding Ballerina’s / RAD. For further information or to book your place please email email@example.com
or call 07828 857061.
Latest Term Newsletters
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Spring term newsletter 2015
Parents' Watching Week 23-28 March 2015
Parents Watching Week will be held on the last week of term which is from Monday 23rd March to Saturday 28th March. Parents, friends and family please feel free to come along and see what your children have been working on this term.
Miss Purr has a little girl, Briony Ellen Skinner! - 12 January 2015
On 12th January 2015 at 4.20am, Miss Purr gave birth to Briony Ellen. Both mother and baby are doing very well. We will still reply to emails and it will be business as usual but please bear with us for the next few months if we are not as swift in answering emails and phone calls - we will get back to you!
New venue opening in April 2015 - Warfield
Watch this space for new Twinkle tots classes for Age 2-3 and 3-4 starting after Easter in Warfield at the Whitegrove Community Centre on Mondays from 1.30-2.30pm with Miss Louise. Email Miss Purr if you'd like to trial these classes.
New Burnham Venue doing really well!
In September 2014 we opened classes in Burnham Park Hall. The classes have proved to be really popular, and the feedback we've had from local families is that Burnham has been waiting for classes like ours to come to their area. The venue is also really lovely with a purpose built dance floor and cafe next door. So, it's no wonder that this autumn term we have expanded to offer an RAD Primary ballet class for 5-7 year olds on a Thursday from 4.30-5.-5pm. If anyone would like to try out this new class in the New Year just get in touch and we'll arrange two weeks of taster sessions.
Recent Term Newsletters
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Autumn term newsletter 2014
Summer term newsletter 2014
Sunningdale Summer School, 4th-8th August 2014
Once again Miss Louise will be running a summer school from the 4th-8th August at Sunningdale Village Hall for children age 2 and up. This year’s theme is Disney Dancers.
There are three age groups; Twinkle Tots 2-4 year olds, Budding Ballerina’s 4-5 year olds, and RAD Ballet group for 6 year olds and up. The Twinkle Tots group meets daily from 3-4pm. Budding Ballerina’s and RAD ballet groups meet daily from 4-5.30pm. All groups do a daily ballet class, followed by some art and craft where they make their own props for their show. The children help create their own ballet show, based around their favourite Disney characters ready to show friends and family on the Friday. You can pay per day £8 for Twinkle Tots or £12 for Budding Ballerina’s / RAD. Or you can pay for the whole week £35 for Twinkle Tots, £60 for Budding Ballerina’s / RAD. For further information or to book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 07828 857061.
The Big Dance Christmas Cracker
Celebrate the festive season by coming along to your final class before Christmas in your favourite Christmas outfit and by donating £2 you can help raise money for children across the UK with multiple disabilities and brain injuries. Join in the Fun!
To take part simply come along to your final class of the term (in the week beginning 10th December) in your favourite Christmas themed fancy dress - this could be anything from a Santa hat, reindeer antlers to a full costume or just wearing the colour red! Please bring a £2 donation which will go to the national charity The Children's Trust
Find out more at: http://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/cracker
Thank you and we hope you have a cracking good time!
Twinkle Tots nominated by Netmums!
Twinkle Tots Dance branches in Twickenham and Oakham have been nominated by the Netmums members in June as one of their Favourite Preschool activity classes.
We beat off stiff competition in these areas to reach the final shortlist. We will be displaying our certificate at the Crossway centre as we are very proud to have reached the final shortlist.
Please spread the word and let everyone know we have been nominated. You need to be members of Richmond or Rutland Netmum’s in order to vote, which many of you probably are already, but if not, it’s really quick and easy to join. You can click on this link:- http://www.netmums.com/user/
choose_location to sign in or join and then vote.
New Tap classes starting in Windsor - January 2012
We’re very excited to announce that Twinkle Tots will be opening new Tap classes in Windsor in January. The classes will take place at our existing venue for ballet classes, The Clewer Youth and Community Centre, 39A Parsonage Lane, Windsor, SL4 5EW on Saturdays during term time.
We are opening classes for two age groups; ‘Twinkle Tappers’ for children age 3-4 and ISTD Pre-Primary Tap for children age 4-6.
To book a trial class, please email email@example.com
or contact Maggie on 07828 857061. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on second classes/siblings.
Our new timetable for Saturdays beginning 14th January 2012 will be as follows:
Twinkle Tots Dance 2:45 – 3:15pm
Twinkle Tappers (Age 3-4) 3:15 – 3:45pm
ISTD Pre-Primary Tap (Age 4-6) 3:45 – 4:15pm
Budding Ballerinas RAD Ballet 4:15 – 5:00pm
RAD Ballet Exam Results
In July this year, Twinkle Tots entered 15 pupils into RAD ballet exams. Every pupil entered achieved a MERIT - Congratulations to you all! A special mention to Liliana Fleming – who is our first pupil to ever get a DISTINCTION. This was our largest exam session so far, and hopefully next time we will have enough pupils to do the session at our own Sunningdale Village Hall.
Twinkle Tots Summer School 2011
Update: Photos from the Summer School
Just a couple of photos from the Summer School below. All the girls had a lovely week with Miss Louise!
"Help create a Ballet show about a Magical World where children become fairies and princesses. Perform your show for family and friends at the end of the week!”
Twinkle Tots (age 2-4): 1-2 pm daily
Budding Ballerinas (age 4-5): 2-4 pm daily
RAD Ballet (age 6 and up): 2-4 pm daily
Places limited. Please telephone 07828 857061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to book your place!
For prices and all other details please click on our SummerSchool page above.
South Hill Park classes start on Friday 6th May!
South Hill park classes start on Friday 6th May! Twinkle Tots teachers will be running the following classes:
3:30 - 4:00pm Twinkle Tots (Age 2-3)
4:00 - 4:30pm Twinkle Tots (Age 3-4
4:30 - 5:15pm Budding Ballerinas (Age 4-5)
5:15 - 6:00pm RAD Primary (Age 5-7)
6:00 - 7:00pm Teen Ballet (Beginners welcome!)
Please contact the Box Office at South Hill Park on 01344 484 123 to book a place, or contact Lena Dee at email@example.com
Alternatively visit the website at www.southhillpark.org.uk for class descriptions and prices. All details can be found on the "What's On" link on the menu. Classes will run in 10 week terms starting Friday 6th May 2011. We look forwards to seeing you there!
New Saturday Twinkle Tots class opening in Windsor from April 2011
New Saturday Twinkle Tots class (Age 2-4) will be opening from April
at the Clewer Youth and Community Centre on Parsonage lane from 2:45 - 3:15pm. Please see our class venues page for address details. If you would like to book a place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents' Alice in Wonderland - December 2010
On Tuesday 14th December, Twinkle Tots Dance put on our first ever ballet show, Alice in Wonderland. Approximately 40 of our older pupils from Windsor and Sunningdale came together to perform to over one hundred people at Sunningdale Village Hall. For many of these pupils, it was their first taste of performing. Putting on costumes and stage make up, and remembering their steps in front of such a large audience, was quite an achievement for such young children. They all danced beautifully and did themselves proud.
Thank you to Miss Eleanor, Miss Charis, Miss Louise and Miss Donya for choreographing the dances. Thank you to all those parents and grandparents who helped put out chairs, and do the children's hair and make up. And finally thank you to all the parents who donated money at the door, raising £85.95 for Children in Need. We certainly had a lot of fun putting on this production, and hope it will become a regular fixture in our Twinkle Tots calendar! Please see more pics on the Gallery page.
Parents' Watching Week 13-18 December 2010
Parents Watching Week will be held on the last week of term which is from Monday 13 December to Saturday 18 December 2010. Parents, friends and family please feel free to come along and see what your children have been working on this term.
Alice in Wonderland - Tuesday 14 December 2010
We're very excited to announce that our older Budding Ballerinas and RAD pupils will be performing their first school show, Alice in Wonderland, on Tuesday 14 December from 6:15-6:45pm at the Sunningdale Village Hall, Church Road, Sunningdale, SL5 0NJ. Children from Windsor, Sunningdale and Twickenham will be invited to be involved. Parents, friends and family are all welcome to come along and support!
Sunningdale Summer School, 2nd-6th August 2010
For the third year running, Twinkle Tots Dance held it's very successful summer school at our Sunningdale venue. This year the children created their own 'fairytale', mixing up bits of classic fairytales and adding some of their own touches too. This included pirahna infested moats, and insisting on Miss Maggie being the wicked witch! The children enjoyed making their own crowns and wands which they got to keep after the grand finale performance on the Friday, which was received very well by parents, friends and family.
New Saturday class opening in Windsor from September 2010
New Saturday Budding Ballerinas class (Age 4-5) will be opening from September
at the Clewer Youth and Community Centre on Parsonage lane from 3:00 - 3:45pm. Please see our class venues page for address details. If you would like to book a place, please contact email@example.com
Parents' Watching Week 13-19 July 2010
Parents Watching Week will be held on the last week of term which is from Tues 13 July to Mon19 July. Parents, friends and family please feel free to come along and see what your children have been working on this term.
Celebrating 10 years of Community Spirit at Windsor - June 2010
On the 5th June 2010, pupils from our Windsor Twinkle Tots classes performed an 'Under the Sea' dance, dancing as dolphins, fish and swans, to help celebrate the Clewer Youth and Community Centre's 10th anniversary. Clewer Youth and Community centre was the first Twinkle Tots venue. Miss Maggie opened there in November 2006 with 5 children! The performance was enjoyed by friends and family from the local community, and everybody had a thoroughly enjoyable day. Well done to Liliana Jandrell, Phoebe Bartlett, Amreece Ranu and Lowena Davey who took part in the performance, and to Miss Antonia and Miss Louise who choreographed and led the performance.
Sunningdale Pupils excel in RAD Ballet Exams - March 2010
In March, our oldest pupils at Sunningdale Academy of Dance took their Royal Academy of Dance exams. It involved a trip to Wargrave, a morning off school (very exciting!) and their hair being put in a real ballerina bun. All nerves were put aside, and the hard work paid off. Maria Pyne, Anna Sleigh and Hattie Pollitt were all awarded their Primary in Dance Class Award, receiving a medal, and a certificate. Isabelle Boaler, Esther Sleigh and Mariella Trickett all passed their Grade 1 Ballet with Merit. Congratulations go to all the girls, who worked very hard in the lead up to the exams, and all deserved the excellent results they received.
Miss Donya has a little girl, Layla Zante Keys! - 25 April 2010
On 25th April at 3.20am, Miss Donya gave birth to Layla Zante Keys. Both mother and baby are doing very well. Miss Donya will be bringing Layla in later on this term to say hello. I am pleased to announce that Miss Donya will be returning to teach for Twinkle Tots on Tuesdays from September. We will also be opening a new RAD Primary class on Tuesdays from 5.15-6pm for those girls who are ready to move up from Budding Ballerina's. We will be in touch later on in the term with more details.