Newsletter December 2018!

Dear Parents and Guardians

I can’t believe we have reached the end of term already! It has been a great term welcoming lots of new faces and everyone is progressing well in classes!

Here are a few reminders for you as we approach the end of term on Tuesday 11th December.

Remaining Watching Classes

Parents and families are invited to watch all classes on the following dates

Monday 10th December

Tuesday 11th December

Exams February 2019

The Monday Grade 1 Ballet class are working extremely hard in class and some pupils will be ready to take their exam in February 2019. Please pencil Sunday 10th February in your diaries if your child is in this class. I will be sending more information about this to those involved ASAP. I am also planning a BIG exam session in the summer for lots of other classes and details/dates will be sent out in the New Year.

Choreographic Competition 2019

Next summer we will be holding the first Choreographic competition at SLH Dance Academy. This will be a fab chance for pupils to create and choreograph their own solos, duets, trios or small group pieces of any style. More details will be revealed in the New Year but your children might want to start brainstorming ideas over the holidays!!

St Mary’s Pantomime 2019

Excited that Georgie.B, Olive, Lola.M, Jessica.L and Grace.H will be representing SLH Dance Academy in the St Mary’s Panto “Cinderella”. Do go and support them as it is sure to be a fantastic show as always.

For more information and to buy tickets please see

Tickets are available for performances between Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 January 2019 at very reasonable prices.

Uniform and hair

A reminder that correct uniform MUST be worn to all classes please.  A full list of our requirements can be viewed here

Please ensure hair is neatly groomed for classes with a ballet bun for all ballet classes. It really does make a difference in how the children dance in class when they look and feel the part. Thank you to those pupils who do attend class neatly groomed and dressed correctly each week.

You can contact our uniform supplier Jenny of “Limelight Dancewear” on 01825 765555


Invoices for the new term will be sent out in the next few weeks so please keep an eye on your inboxes. Please make sure fees are paid by the due date on the invoice and remember that at least 3 weeks’ notice must be given if your child wishes to stop a class. I will assume that your child wishes to continue a class unless I am told otherwise and therefore an invoice will be sent!!

If your child would like to try a new class in the New Year please let me know ASAP so I can reserve them a space!

Pre-School classes

Have you got a younger child that watches their older siblings dance and wants to follow in their footsteps? Don’t forget we start children from 2 years old and have a few different Pre-School sessions available for the New Year on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Get in touch with me to find out more details and book them in for a taster session in January. Please do share details with any friends with little ones who may also be interested!

Beginners Tap on Mondays 3.45pm-4.15pm

I have had an increase in pupils wanting to start tap dancing this term! We do still have spaces in our beginners tap class on Mondays 3.45pm-4.15pm @ Malling Community Centre. This is suitable for children in Reception-Year 2 so drop me a message if your son or daughter would like to give it a go in January. Limited spaces available so don’t leave it too late to book in!

Tap is great for improving co-ordination and rhythm!

Ballet classes for 4 years +

As always our ballet classes are extremely busy with many classes holding a waiting list. We do however have spaces available in our Monday afternoon class 4.45pm-5.15pm for children aged 4-6years old. This is one of our only classes with spaces left for this age group so get in touch if you would like to book your son or daughter in to this class.

Term Dates for 2019

Saturday 5th January – Saturday 16th February

(No classes w/c 18th February due to half term

Monday 25th February- Saturday 6th April

Finally thank you very much for your continued support this year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Enjoy your time with your family and I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Best Wishes,

Miss Sophie xx


Newsletter March 2018

With another busy and brilliant term coming to an end please see below important information with regards to the end of this term and the upcoming summer term.

Term Dates
Last classes of this term are on Tuesday 27th March.

Summer Term commences Monday 16th April- Tuesday 17th July

(No classes w/c 28th May due to half term)

Open Classes
Due to exams for some pupils this term and the fact some classes are already starting show choreography I have decided that there will be NO open/watching classes this term for the majority of classes.

Parents are invited to watch the following classes only this term on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March:
Pre-School Ballet Monday 1.50pm-2.30pm
Pre-School Ballet Tuesday 9.15am-9.45am and 9.45am-10.15am

Summer Show on Sunday 15th July 2018 @ Priory School, Lewes
Emails have now been sent to affected parents regarding the SLH Summer Show. Please remember this involves all pupils apart from those in Pre-School ballet. Your show consent forms must be completed and returned along with participation fee by Thursday 29th March at the latest. If you have not received an email please do let me know ASAP as without a completed consent form your child will be unable to perform.

A reminder that all children in Pre-Primary and above must wear the correct uniform to all classes. Please ensure that long hair is neatly tied up for classes and preferably in a bun for ballet classes. Jenny of Limelight our uniform supplier can be contacted at 01825 765555.

We had some more brilliant ISTD exam results last term for our Grade 1 Tappers who all passed with distinctions and merits. Well done girls I am very proud of you!
Wishing 2 of our lovely Grade 1 Ballet pupils Anna and Lola lots of luck for their upcoming exam during the Easter holidays
Grade 4 Modern pupils will be preparing for exams at the end of the Summer term

Snow Cancellations
Cancelled classes on Tuesday 27th February due to the snow will be made up at the end of the summer term on Tuesday 17th July 2018.
Cancelled classes on Saturday 3rd March due to the snow will be refunded on your next invoice.

Summer School 24th-27th July
Early bird booking for our popular summer school is now OPEN! 4 days of dancing fun during the summer holidays. Email has been sent round with more details and costs. Get in touch asap to book a place or book online at:

Pre-School Holiday workshops
I am also in the process of arranging a few one off holiday workshops for our younger pupils aged 3.5-5 years old during the summer holidays. Please get in touch to register your interest. More information will be released soon so watch this space!

Malling Centre Refurbishment
As you may/may not be aware the Malling Community Centre is due to undergo a big refurbishment to provide a brand new facility for the community. It is still unknown when this will be starting but when it does take place we will have to move venues during the refurbishment I am in the process of sorting alternative venues which is proving quite a challenge! If you have any contacts within the local primary schools for the use of their hall please do get in touch. As soon as I have more information I will let you know but rest assured I am on the case!

Terms and Conditions Update
To ensure SLH Dance Academy is GDPR compliant I will be updating/reviewing my terms and conditions policy during the Easter holidays. All parents will be sent the updated conditions in due course.

Thank you for your continued support and I hope you have a fabulous Easter break!!
Bring on a very exciting Summer term!

Miss Sophie xx

What a great start to term!

Wow what a brilliant start to the Autumn term!

Everyone is working SO hard and it is lovely to welcome lots of new faces to our classes!

Many children have also been trying another dance style alongside their normal class which is brilliant.

Still spaces available in some classes so do get in touch if you want to join the SLH Dance Academy family!

Don’t forget children can start from as young as 2 in our Tuesday morning Pre-School classes for 2-3 year old. 9.15am-9.45am @ Kings church, Lewes.

As always do get in touch if you would like more information about any of our lessons.

Bring on the rest of the term!

Miss Sophie

07539215547 xx

Newsletter August 2017!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a fabulous Summer. With now over 80 students attending classes with SLH Dance Academy last term was definately a busy one and we can’t wait to get back to it this September.

I have been very busy planning the new term and we are now taking bookings for new pupils to start this September. A lot of our classes are very booked up already so please do get in touch in the next few weeks if you would like to book your child in for a taster session next term. Our full timetable can be viewed here… Timetable 2017 (1)

I have had lots of enquiries already for children wanting to add more classes to their weekly schedule.  If your child is interested in having a go at another dance style alongside their normal class  then please do get in touch ASAP. Remember we have Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz classes for all age groups throughout the week.

Beginners Tap 

This is a brand NEW class starting Tuesday 12th September 5.00pm-5.30pm @ Malling Community Centre for Receptions- Year 2’s olds who are new to tap dancing and love making lots of noise!! It follows our Grade 1 Modern class also suitable for this age group and would be great if they were looking to do a back to back class in Modern and Tap. The class will teach them the basic steps of tap following the extremely fun ISTD Primary Tap syllabus. If your child is interested then do get in touch to book a free taster. Please be quick though as I am sure it will be very popular with our younger students!


Please note that children must have the correct uniform for all classes. The only exception for this is Pre-School Ballet (2-3 year olds). I would also like to remind you that hair for all classes must be off the face and tied up neatly in a ponytail, plait, bun etc. All ballet pupils (Primary level and above in particular) MUST have a ballet bun for all classes as of September. This is so that the teacher can view their neck line easily and also makes them feel the part in class.

Uniform for classes can be viewed here. 

Jenny of Limelight our uniform supplier will be attending classes on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th September so please do go and visit her to get fitted properly.

SLH Dance Academy Hoodies, teddies, onesies and more can be purchased from the following link. They will make perfect birthday or Christmas presents for your dancer. 

Term Dates

Monday 11th September- Saturday 9th December 

(No classes w/c 23rd October due to half term)

12 week term


From September I will be making some slight changes with how I run my Pre-School classes. If your child attend a Pre-School class (2-3 year olds) then parents are invited to stay during the lesson to assist your child. However if your child is in the Pre-School (3-4 year olds) class then I will be asking parents to wait outside of the room during the lesson. I feel that this will prepare them for starting school and also will help aid concentration during the lesson. We will have watching classes throughout the year where I will invite parents to watch their child lesson to see progression.

Terms and Conditions and Safeguarding policy 

I have updated my terms and conditions and safeguarding policy. This can be found here.  By attending classes with us you must adhere by our conditions so please read through carefully.


All invoices have been sent out with this newsletter. If you haven’t received yours or if your child would like to swap days for a particular class then please let me know sooner than later.


We had 23 students taking part in ISTD Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap exams at the end of last term. Each and every child worked extremely hard in the lead up to the exams and it was fantastic to see their progression and enthusiasm. Once all the results have been received from the ISTD I will email out individually to all parents. Fingers crossed!

Summer School 2017

We had another very successful Summer School this year with students learning song and dances from Aladdin, Motown the musical, Sofia the First and Moana. I hope everyone who attended enjoyed the week and keep your eyes peeled for more holiday workshops in the coming school year.

Musical Theatre Classes

During the Summer School I had many parents enquiring about musical theatre classes. It is something that I would love to add to the SLH Dance Academy timetable so please let me know if this is something your child would be interested in and I will see if I can add some classes in from Ocotber half term. Musical Theatre would involve singing, dancing and acting (sometimes at the same time!) and the children would learn pieces from musicals and even have the chance to work towards exams.

Summer Show 2018

After the success of our Christmas performance last year I have decided that it is time for SLH Dance Academy to hold it’s first proper dance show. I am currently in the process of sourcing a suitable venue and date and as soon as this has been decided I will let you know so you can add it to your diary! More information to follow soon…

Good Luck

Good luck to all my lovely little pre-schoolers who will be starting Primary School this September and any children moving up to Secondary School. I hope they settle in well and look forward to seeing them at one of our Pre-Primary classes this term.

Finally I hope you have a great rest of the Holidays and I look forward to welcoming you all back from Monday 11th September.

Best Wishes,

Miss Sophie xx 

Mock Exam Timetable

Please see below mock exam timetable on Saturday 22nd July @ Ringmer Community College

Children should wear their correct uniform with satin ballet shoes and socks for ballet candidates. Hair should be as it will be for exam day please.

9.15am-10.00am Pre-Primary Ballet (£3.00)

10.00am-10.30am Primary Modern (£2.00)

10.30am-11.15am Primary Ballet (£3.00)

11.15am-12.15pm Grade 2 Modern (£4.00)

12.15pm-1.00pm Bronze Jazz (£3.00)

It is VERY important that all chlldren attend the mock exam as it will be their only chance to practice in the exam venue.

Any questions please do get in touch sooner rather than later.

Miss Sophie xx



Summer Club 2017 Update

Junior Summer School: 25th-28th July @ Kings Church, Lewes. SPACES AVAILABLE

Infants Summer School: 26th-28th July @ Kings Church, Lewes. ALMOST SOLD OUT

4 days of dancing fun 9.30-2.00pm each day with a performance to parents at the end of the week.

Come and learn routines to your favourite pop songs and west end shows whilst having lots of fun!

Great way to make new friends and try something new. You don’t have to be a member of SLH Dance Academy to attend.

Limited spaces available so contact Sophie today to find out more or book online at…



I am thrilled to launch information about our Summer Club 2016!! Following last years success I have decided to run it again for lots more dancing fun this summer holiday!
The Summer School will involve fun dance classes learning routines to a variety of different songs and styles such as Jazz, Musical Theatre and Street Dance ending in a performance to parents on the last day.There will be games and arts and crafts during the day as well. It will be lots of fun and is a lovely way to make new friends, stay active and keep up with the dancing fun over the summer holidays!
Infants Summer Club 5-7 years 
Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August 
Early Bird Price £30.00 if booked before 4/7/16
Juniors Summer Club 7-11 years 
Monday 15th August – Thursday 18th August 
Early Bird Price £60.00 if booked before 4/7/16
@ Malling Community Centre, Lewes. 
Please provide your child with a packed lunch, snacks and drinks for the day. 
What to wear: Comfy clothes for dancing such as leggings, shorts, leotard, t-shirt, vest. Bring Trainers. 
Children will be supervised by qualified and experienced teachers at all times. Parents are invited to watch an informal performance at 1.45pm on Thursday 18th August! 
Open to all children whether they are a member of SLH Dance Academy or not so get inviting your friends along. Tickets are on a first come first served basis and payment is required to secure your place. ** Tickets are non refundable ** 
All siblings will receive a £5.00 discount each. 
Limited spaces available so book now to avoid disappointment. Contact Sophie today to reserve your space. 


Fete Performances This Summer

Some of our Saturday morning pupils are very excited to be performing in fetes throughout Lewes this Summer. They have been working on routines in classes and are ready to entertain audiences with their ballet and modern skills!

Come and support our fabulous dancers and see what SLH Dance Academy has to offer!

Waterloo Fete- Sunday 5th June (Performing at 1.00pm)

Kingston Village Fete– Saturday 18th June (Performing at 3.00pm)

South Malling Primary School Fete- Saturday 2nd July (Performing at 1.40pm)


Half Term Halloween Fun!!

Looking for something to keep your children occupied with this Half Term?

Come and join us for 4 hours of Halloween fun on the 29th October 2015!

1.30pm-5.30pm @ Malling Community Centre, Lewes.

This one day Halloween dance workshop will be sure to entertain your children during the half term! They will learn a special scary dance routine to show at the end of the day to parents, plus there will be lots of fun Halloween games included as well! Come along in fancy dress and there will be a prize for the scariest Halloween costume!!

This workshop is open to all children aged 4-13 and your child doesn’t have to be a pupil at SLH Dance Academy to attend! It will be a great chance to have lots of fun with your friends and make lots of new ones! So please get sharing with anyone who may be interested in coming along.

The price is just £15 for the workshop and prizes will be included within the cost.

Booking is OPEN NOW….

There are limited spaces available and places will be reserved on a first come first served basis. Once payment has been received your booking will be confirmed.

Contact Sophie on 07539215547 or


Dance Club at South Malling Primary School, Lewes…

Dance Club at South Malling Primary School Lewes has launched… 

Come along and join us for an hour of dancing fun in this energetic, creative and fun after school dance club. Running Monday afternoons at 4.20pm-5.20pm in the school hall. It is open to all children in year 4,5 and 6. 

You will learn how to leap, kick, turn and perform whilst dancing to your favourite chart songs. All abilities are welcome just come along and give it a go! 

If you wish to sign up contact Sophie at or pop in on Monday afternoons to say hello! 1240352_755559081147301_4357857864523002718_n