During our school’s first anniversary we held a Talent Show for our students to celebrate their achievements over the past year. Everyone did incredibly well and, like with any birthday party, received fantastic gifts. The biggest present was the inaugural Skylark School of Dance scholarship that went to two beautiful dancers Daria and Isabel; we hope this will help you to achieve your goals and dreams. Congratulations!
On Saturday we celebrated our school’s 1st birthday. Thank you to everyone that joined us to share this magical day. Birthday wishes do come true!
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bbodance were thrilled to learn that its very own Teaching Qualifications alumni and Registered Teacher Anya Zhavoronkova has been awarded One Dance UK’s Rising Star Award.
One Dance UK’s newly-launched Teaching Awards recognise high quality dance education and dance opportunities for children and young people across the UK.
After having completed her bbodance Teaching Qualifications in 2016, Anya set up Skylark School of Dance in Bromley, Kent. Within a year, what started as a few mats in a civic hall, is now a bustling dance school with over 70 students. This week we met Anya to find out more about her teaching practice, inspirations and goals.
bbodance: have you always loved dancing?
Anya: As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved dancing. But most of all I loved getting other people to dance. I was known in my neighbourhood as the “precocious choreographer”- my hobby was rallying people together for impromtu dance routines!
bbodance: tell us a bit about your upbringing in Russia
Anya: I was born in Moscow but spent a lot of my youth in Russia’s old capital, Vladimir, and in the countryside. I draw so much of my inspiriation from my motherland, the culture, nature and its people. I know Russian politics is always in the news, but if you look below the surface there is so much more [to the country].
bbodance: what insipires you to teach?
Anya: it might easier to begin with who inspires me… my son. Before my son came along, my professional dance career was cut short due to health issues. I took on a completely different career in jewellery and fashion. So, I started to build up all these doubts about returning to teaching.
The arrival of my son was like an epiphany. I was signing his birth certificate and I had to list my occupation. I just had to write ‘ballet professional’. You know- it’s a document that he will carry with him forever!
So I had to face my fears. A month later I enrolled on the bbodance teacher training course. Shortly after I took up a job with the presitigious Natalia Kremen Ballet School, and then within a year I had opened my own school.
In addition, the joy and benefits dance has brought to my life; the art, the fun, the life-long friendships. Of course I want to offer that to others. I used to think being on stage was the pinnacle, but this is easily the best job in the world.
bbodance: what one piece of advice would you give your students?
Anya: It’s so easy to get discouraged when you’re young, I see it a lot with young male students especially, so don’t let the views of others deter you. Do what motivates and inspires you. Find positive influences where you can.
bbodance: in what way has the bbodance Teaching Qualifications course supported your teaching practice?
Anya: When I first enrolled I wasn’t sure what to expect- learning to teach is so different to learning to dance. What I really loved was that bbodance doesn’t prescribe just one style of teaching. The training is all about developing a teaching style that works for you and your students. It’s a rounded course that covers business development, marketing and the changes in our cultural landscape. It really helped me develop how I teach, so I can adapt my approach to the unexpected.
bbodance: do you have any teaching role models?
Anya: many Russian teachers, but one in particular is Miss Irina Eghorova. Irina was my very first teacher and someone who “started” all of this for me. Another very special teacher is Judy Breen, with whom I took classes for some time. Judy was my mentor while I studied with bbodance. Now, I am a guest teacher at her school in Sussex- I owe her a lot.
bbodance: what are your future plans and goals?
Anya: Hmm, in Russia we say it’s bad luck to talk about future plans. However, what I can say is that my plans are true to what we’ve discussed. I will keep refining my teaching style and the capabilities of my amazing teaching team. A lot of it will be through CPD. I want to unlock of the potential of every child, so I think my journey will never end.
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We are thrilled to announce that ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ is part of our schedule from September; an innovative programme for students to achieve their personal best in ballet.
Students will gain a better understanding of how to engage the right muscles to improve their form and fitness. Before long students will see huge improvements in their stability, strength, posture and balance…. plus it’s immense fun!
We’ll be offering classes for children (7+) and adults. Places are limited. If you’d like to know more about these exciting new classes and register your interest, then please contact us.
The end of our first year at Skylark School of Dance and what a fantastic one it’s been!
Congratulations to all our amazing students for successfully completing their first year. You all did so well and we are incredibly proud of your achievements!
Now it is time for holidays and a well deserved rest. Enjoy the summer break and we look forward to seeing you all back in September.
On Wednesday we held ballet workshops at La Fontaine Academy. What a wonderful school full of amazing students and teachers. We hope to see you again soon!
On Sunday Skylark School of Dance was recognised for a wonderful achievement; our director Anya was awarded One Dance UK’s first ever ‘Rising Star’ Teaching Award!
She offered a short acceptance speech to thank everybody who’s helped us along the way:
“I’m truly touched by this award, especially with the amazing work that Louise and Jaina [SIC – the other ‘Rising Star’ nominees] have been doing in the world of dance. I want to thank all of you at ‘One Dance UK’ for this selection. Skylark School of Dance’s first year has been a blur; a few mats in a civic hall, now a school of 70+ students, working with Bromley’s national theatre. I work hard – nearest and dearest would say “too hard” – but the collaborative spirit of everyone involved and their desire to turn Bromley into a wellspring of ballet-talent, has been instrumental to our success.
Thank you to our wonderful students, “the skylarks”, their supportive parents and our fantastic team; without them there’d be no school. I feel blessed to be working with such amazing people. Of course I’d also like to thank my family, for their patience and support along the way. In particular, I want to thank my son Leo, who’s been the inspiration behind all of this.”
Congratulations to our Skylarks that took part in this Saturday’s performance at La Fontaine Academy! We are all so incredibly proud of you, it was amazing! Next stop, Churchill Theatre.
We’re pleased to announce that our director Anya, is a finalist for One Dance UK’s inaugural Dance Teaching Awards; she’s been shortlisted for the ‘Rising Star’ category. Thank you to everyone who supported Anya. As a school, we’re incredibly excited and proud of this achievement. We’ll all be rooting for her at the award ceremony next month. (14th June 2017)