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August 2016 – Phoebe and Delilah performing in Annie

A huge well done to Phoebe Ballantyne and Delilah Clark who will be performing in Annie at the Theatre Royal Windsor from Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th October. Please go along and support them!


August 2016 – Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Miss Yolanda who had a beautiful wedding during the Summer Holidays.


July 2016 – Performance at The Royal Windsor Show

What a wonderful way to end the school year! Azure Theatre School and The Urban Dance Company rocked it today at The Royal Windsor Show. Proud as always!


July 2016 – Exam Success!

Well done to our RAD Intermediate Foundation Ballet Girls:-
Emily Dew Gosling - Merit
Hollie Burgess - Merit
Francesca Mennone - Distinction
Wonderful! These girls will now be working towards their Intermediate Ballet Exam which is equivalent to a GCSE A-C Grade. Thank you to Miss Yolanda for working so hard!
Congratulations also to all the adult tappers who achieved Merits in their ISTD Popular Tap Test Level 2.


June 2016 – Mid Bucks Festival

Huge congratulations to all the students who took part in the Mid Bucks Festival over a number of weekends in June. Miss Kelly is so proud of every single performer. We achieved numerous place medals across genres and ages, and also won the Inter Cabaret Group Trophy.


June 2016 – Matthew Humphreys is a Janet Cram Awards Finalist

Matthew Humphreys danced confidently at the recent Janet Cram Heats and impressed the ISTD judges to secure a place at the Finals in London. He was the only boy in his category to reach the Finals and performed amongst 31 girls from across the country. Well done Matthew!


May 2016 – Exciting news for Francesca Mennone

We're delighted to announce that Francesca Mennone, recently seen as the 'Queen of Hearts' in our Dance Show, has added to her ever growing list of achievements and successes. We heard yesterday that she has been accepted into the Birmingham Royal Ballet Summer programme, held at Elmhurst School of Ballet. We are so very proud of you Francesca!


February 2016 Azure Show - 'Dare to Believe'

We're very excited about our forthcoming show, taking place on 12th & 13th March 2016 at the Desborough Suite Maidenhead!




October 2015 - Maidenhead Dance Festival & ISTD BAllet Awards

Selected students performed at the Maidenhead Dance Festival held at the Town Hall during the half term holiday. Standards were extremely high but Azure students achieved several place medals:
Alexia Richardson
Honor Hardiman
Helena Kennedy
Matthew Humphreys
Charlotte Jones
Charlotte Harrison
Klara Ahlgren
Phoebe Ballantyne
Emily Dew Gosling
Francesca Mennone
Francesca Mennone came first in her ballet section, and jointly won the Trophy for Ballet for the whole dance festival. She performed again at the special 50th Celebration at Norden Farm in early November. 

ISTD Junior Ballet Awards
Helena Kennedy and Matthew Humphreys both entered the ISTD Junior Ballet Awards held in Radlett, Hertfordshire. It was a great experience for them both. They danced beautifully and we are proud to have them represent Azure.


August 2015 - The LK Project

The first ever "LK Project" was held in August and proved to be a great success. 
During the week long intensive dance programme, students learnt dances from different genres with special guest choreographers. The week ended with a spectacular full stage show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the student's friends and family.
Next year, there will be 2 "LK Projects" running during the Easter and Summer holidays. Watch this space for more details...


July 2015 - Exam Success!

We had exams in July - 3 full days of ballet, modern & tap exams with brilliant results!

Top 2 ballet results:
Francesca Mennone - 89%
Elen Anderson - 88%
Top 2 Modern and Tap Exams results:
Phoebe Ballantyne, Grade 4 Modern, 95 marks
Matthew Humphreys, Grade 4 Modern, 94 marks

Well done everyone!


July 2015 - Dance Teacher Hub Awards

Congratulations to Miss Kelly, Principal of Azure Theatre School, who was awarded runner up position in the 'Dance Teacher of the Year' category of the Dance Hub Awards.
In this first year of awards there were over 100 entries and more than 15,000 public votes!


June 2015 - Vote for Miss Kelly!

Miss Kelly, Principal of Azure Theatre School, has been shortlisted for 'Dance Teacher of the Year' in the Dance Teacher Hub Awards! Click though to vote before 10th July -


March 2015 - Exam Success!

Fantastic exam results at Azure Theatre School...

Modern and Tap Exams
Excellent marks were achieved across the board, but special congratulations go to the three top marks of the day:
Matthew Humphreys, Grade 3 Tap, 91 marks
Charlotte Jones, Grade 3 Tap, 90 marks
Francesca Mennone, Grade 5 Modern 89 marks

Ballet Exams
Outstanding marks were also achieved in the ballet exams including:
Matthew Humphreys - 97%
Helena Kennedy - 96%
Honor Hardiman - 94%
Eliza Stevenson - 91%

We're so unbelievably proud of everyone - WELL DONE!


February 2015 - Congratulations!

24th February 2015 - Congratulations to all students who took part in the Royal Berkshire Festival this week. We are so proud of all of the performances. So much to be gained from dancing against some fantastic competition at such a beautiful venue and a few medals to show as well! Fantastic!"


December 2014 – Hollie Burgess in the Radio play Good Omens

Congratulations to Hollie Burgess who is playing the part of Pepper in a special audio series of the 1990's novel Good Omens to be broadcast the week before Christmas on Radio 4.
Well done Hollie!


November 2014 – Azure students performs with English Youth Ballet

Helena Kennedy, age 8, from Cookham and Francesca Mennone, age 13, from Burnham both auditioned successfully to perform with the English Youth Ballet. After months of rehearsals, they performed alongside professional principal dancers in their production of Swan Lake at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking on 14th - 15th November 2014.


October 2014 - Middlesex Dance Festival

Well done to all the students who took part in the Middlesex Dance Festival on 30th October 2014.
A very successful day as everyone who took part achieved a place medal. Congratulations!
Alexia Richardson - 1st Modern Solo, 1st Tap Solo
Milly Taylor-Johnson - 1st Ballet Solo
Millie Stebbings - 2nd Ballet Solo
Mia Jackson - 1st Song and Dance Solo
Martha Goodridge – 2nd Modern Solo
Hero Meyer - 3rd Modern Solo
Matthew Humphreys - 2nd Ballet Solo, 2nd Tap Solo, 2nd Modern Solo
Hollie Burgess - 1st Modern Solo, 1st Ballet Solo
Emily Dew Gosling - 1st Tap Solo, 2nd Modern Solo
Phoebe Ballantyne - 2nd Tap Solo
Charlotte Jones – 1st Modern Duet, 1st Modern Solo, 1st Tap Solo
Klara Ahlgren - 1st Modern Duet, 2nd Ballet Solo, 2nd Modern Solo



11th – 15th August 2014
10am – 3pm
St Piran’s School, Maidenhead

At the Azure Summer Camp students work on their favourite songs, dances and scripts from popular musicals with a performance at the end of the week for family and friends. Also we play lots of games inside and out, take part in stage crafts, a talent show, a sweetie hunt and lots more…….

The fun-packed week is supervised, as always, by CRB checked, qualified industry professionals dedicated to providing the students with the skills and energy to make it an unforgettable week! Students are split into relevant age groups to ensure they get the very best from the entire week.

Fees: £130 per child, with a 50% sibling discount, this includes a free t-shirt.

Please note, we may be able to offer 'out of hours' care at an additional fee, depending on numbers, please let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

Last year's camp sold out, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


June 2014 - Mid Bucks Performing Arts Festival

Huge congratulations to all the Azure students who took part at the Novice Dance Festival on Saturday 7th June 2014.
Ten dances were entered and all ten dances were awarded a place medal. Also at the end of the day, three students were presented with trophies for the best overall performance, and the highest mark for tap and modern solo dance.
Klara Ahlgren - 2nd Ballet Solo, 1st Modern Solo, Adjudicator's Choice for Best Performance of the Day Trophy
Alexia Richardson - 1st Modern Solo
Martha Goodridge - 3rd Modern Solo
Charlotte Jones - 3rd Modern Solo, 1st Tap Solo, Highest Mark of the Day for Tap Solo Trophy
Matthew Humphreys - 1st Ballet Solo, 1st Modern Solo, 2nd Tap Solo, Highest Mark of the Day for Modern Solo Trophy
Milly Taylor-Johnson - 1st Ballet Solo


March 2014 - 'Dance Through a Year'

Over the weekend 15th /16th March, Azure Theatre School took over the Desborough Suite in Maidenhead to perform our biannual dance show 'Dance Through a Year'. There were four shows over the weekend and more than 200 students performed.
Students were also joined by special guest Matt Flint, winner of the BBC's 'So You Think You Can Dance' in 2011.
Principal Kelly-Marie Gibbs said: "All the children and teachers worked so hard for months and it really paid off. They put on a fantastic show and really did themselves and the school proud."


DECEMBER 2013 – Middlesex Dance Festival

Azure students performed amazingly well again at the Middlesex Dance Festival on 19th December 2013. We had nine entries and gained nine medals plus the Adjudicator’s Choice Award for Matthew Humphreys. A brilliant way to end the year!
Alexia Richardson - 1st Modern Solo
Martha Goodridge - 2nd Modern Solo
Matthew Humphreys - 3rd Ballet Solo, 1st Modern Solo, 3rd Tap Solo, Adjudicator's Choice Award Trophy
Charlotte Jones - 3rd Modern Solo, 1st Tap Solo
Milly Taylor-Johnson - 2nd Ballet Solo
Klara Ahlgren - 1st Ballet Solo


October 2013 - Azure students in National Theatre documentary

Azure Theatre School students were honoured to be asked to appear in a short documentary filmed for the National Theatre in response to their recent production of The Light Princess.
They came to our Friday ballet sessions and filmed Azure students in their dance classes and conducted some short interviews.
Click here to view the film.



8th – 12th APRIL 2012
10am – 3pm
St Pirans School, Maidenhead

Spend your Easter holiday exploring the exciting world of Musical Theatre!

Join us for five fun packed days where you will have the opportunity to show off your creative side and have a go at all aspects of performing arts from your favourite shows!

Students will be kept busy and entertained with songs, script and choreography from the best the West End has to offer,  working towards a performance for family and friends on the final day…...
As well as performing, students can expect to work on various stage crafts,  partake in an ‘Easter Egg’ hunt, make new friends, find new confidence and have a lot of fun.....

Our Easter Camp is run by CRB checked, industry professionals dedicated to providing you with the skills and energy to make it through an unforgettable week!

£130.00 per child
50% discount on course for siblings
Please provide a packed lunch and water bottle daily.



November 2012 - Middlesex Dance Festival

Azure students gave great performances and achieved fantastic results at the Middlesex Novice Dance Festival on 4th November 2012 - 2 gold medals, 3 silver and one bronze!
A big 'well done' to all students who took part and particularly to those who achieved placings:

Emma Sheehy - 1st Place C Modern

Matthew Humphreys - 1st Place A Modern

Emma Lewis and Amber Young - 2nd Place Inter Classical Duet

Olivia Brooker and Georgia Meakes - 2nd Place Inter Stage Duet

Matthew Humphreys - 2nd Place A Ballet

Francesca Mennone - 3rd Place C Tap


October 2012 - Congratulations!

A big well done to all students who auditioned for panto recently!
Special congratulations go to the following Azure students who were successful and will be appearing in Cinderella at the Compass Theatre, Ickenham from 13th - 29th December 2012:  Martha Pardoe,  Holly Leedham,  Emily Dew Gosling, Carris Lords, Olivia Brooker, Lilliana Carri, Francesca Mennone, Thomas Bristow and Phoebe Ballantyne.
See the Compass Theatre web site for more information including ticket bookings.


September 2012 - NEW! Drama & Voice Tuition

Lively, creative, one-to-one drama tuition designed to develop the skills and character of the young performer.  Students enjoy playful sessions that explore technique to nurture an understanding of how to optimise use of the voice for performance, guidance and practice on how to respond to a variety of texts, and exercise to develop confidence through comedy, improvisation and role play.

Tutorials are tailored to meet individual needs, whether that is purely to have fun and build confidence, or to work on specific performance material, or both! 
Tuition is also available for recognised qualifications such as LAMDA examinations*, and to learn audition or interview technique for entry to drama schools and colleges.
30 Minutes: £30           60 Minutes: £50
Discount for block bookings available - please ask for details.
Tutorials are currently available on Saturdays from 2pm. For bookings contact Doug on or 07850240282     
Doug Crossley is a professional actor, writer and facilitator working in theatre, television and education, and has lead workshops with some the leading drama facilitation and arts education providers including: Stagecoach, InterACT Drama, Speakeasy4Schools (now part of Cragrats), and National Youth Theatre.  He is co-writer of Action Transport Theatre’s recent production "12 Miles From Nowhere”, written for, by, and with young people, that has been nominated for the Best Play Award at The Writers Guild of Great Britain 2012.

*For info on LAMDA Exams:



June 2012 - Reach Azure Summer Camp


When: 6th – 10th AUGUST 2012, 10am – 4pm
Where: Larchfield School, Bargeman Road, Maidenhead SL6 2SG
For children aged 5-16

Spend a week of your summer holiday exploring the exciting world of Musical Theatre!

Join us for five fun packed days where you will have the opportunity to show off your creative side and enjoy scripts and music from well known theatre and film productions.

Our Summer School is run by industry professionals dedicated to providing you with the skills and energy to make it through to your theatre performance on the last day!

£120.00 per child
50% discount on course for siblings

(Please provide a packed lunch and water bottle daily.)



May 2012 - Azure students 'Dance Around the World'!

On the 25th and 26th May 2012, 170 local children performed in the Azure Theatre School Summer Show. There were 3 performances at Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead on Friday and Saturday.

The performances featured local children aged 3–18 who attend Azure Theatre School’s dance and drama classes in Maidenhead, Cookham, Slough and Marlow.
The show was themed ‘Dance Around the World’ and featured many forms of dance including ballet and tap performed to music ranging from ‘Tie me kangaroo’ to ‘Step in Time’. The children performed to a total audience of just under 675 people.
 "All the children and teachers worked so hard for months and it really paid off. They put on a fantastic show and really did themselves and the school proud!”, Kelly-Marie Gibbs, principal, Azure Theatre School.
Kelly-Marie added "It’s been a fantastic experience for the students to perform at a venue like Norden Farm . The audiences seemed to really enjoy the show and we’ve had lots of great comments from parents.”

"We also had great support from local businesses who donated some lovely prizes for our raffle, helping to raise just under £600 for The Histiocytosis Research Trust -
View photos from the Show -



March 2012 - Great News!

Some pieces of recent great news from Azure students...
Martha Pardoe landed a role in a one off performance in London's West End. She appeared in 'A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER' at The Lyric Theatre on 26th March alongside Eve Ensler, Trudie Styler and comedienne Meera Syal.
Emma Sheehy from Saturday Stage School will be appearing as Annie at Theatre Royal, Windsor in June.
Mike Workman from Stage School has also landed the title role in Sweeney Todd, being performed at Farrer Theatre, Eton in July.
Fantastic achievements - well done!


February 2012 - Azure mentioned on Radio 2!

On 25th February 2012, we helped The Brownies Burnham Beeches Division celebrate 'World Thinking Day' by running a special dance workshop.

Everyone had a great afternoon and we even got a mention on Aled Jones' 'Good Morning Sunday' programme on Radio 2!

Listen on iplayer - We're about 2 hours, 24 mins in!


January 2012 - Exam Results

Our Modern and Tap exam results from the session on the 11th December 2011 are in. The results are fantastic - a big ‘well done’ to all students and teachers involved!

Modern Grade 6
Annie Hodgson - Merit
Isabel Robertson - Distinction
Olivia Easter - Distinction
Melissa Surman - Distinction
Florence Bedford - Distinction
Caroline Basra - Distinction
Meggan Goodridge - Distinction
Fleur Clarke - Merit

Modern Grade 2
Thea Viner - Distinction
Sophie Klemmer - Merit
Lara Thornton - Merit
Matthew Humphreys - Distinction
Zoe Subramanian - Distinction
Sophie Baumhardt - Distinction
Lucy Thornton - Distinction
Modern Grade 1
Isla Viner - Distinction
Jessica Leonard - Distinction
Robert Murray - Distinction
Tap Grade 3
Olivia Brooker - Merit
Thomas Bristow - Distinction
Georgia Meakes - Distinction
Natasha Ali - Merit
Francesca Mennone - Distinction
Liliana Carri - Merit
Bronze Jazz
Nia Acquaye - Distinction
Samantha Stoneman - Distinction
Kim Bansi - Distinction

Grade 4 Modern
Charlie Harris - Distinction


Autumn 2011

Summer Show 2012 - We’re well into the planning for our Summer 2012 Show. Our performances will take place on 25th and 26th May at the Norden Farm Arts Centre and all Azure students will be involved in what promises to be a fantastic event! More details will following the New Year.
Recent successes
Some fantastic recent achievements...

Azure student, Emma Lewis performed in a beautiful production of Coppelia with the English Youth Ballet at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on 2nd and 3rd September.

From 25th – 29th October, Joseph Bristow performed the lead part in Oliver at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. He did a fantastic job and really did himself and us proud.

We had a great day at The Middlesex Novice Dance Festival on 27th October. We had 11 entries and all students received a distinction mark for their performances. We also had the following placings:
Matthew Humphreys - 2nd in Baby Modern
Thomas Bristow - 1st in C Tap
Francesca Mennone - 1st in B Tap
Olivia Brooker - 2nd in D Modern
Sophie Javadi Babreh - 1st in E Modern
Lucia Cappiello - 1st in F Modern
Lilana Carri - 1st in C Song and Dance
Sophie Baumhardt - 3rd in B Modern
Sophie Renaghan and Lucia Cappiello - 1st in Senior Modern Duet

Well done to Isla Viner and Zoe Subramanian who took part and both got a distinction mark in their categories.
We also won an award at the end of the day for the highest mark at the whole festival, won by Lucia Cappiello for her Modern Solo.

Congratulations to Emma Sheehy, Lilliana Carri, Olivia Brooker and Thomas Bristow who auditioned successfully and will be appearing in Dick Whittington at the Compass Theatre, Ickenham from 14th – 29th December:

Well done everyone!


Summer 2011

It's been a very busy and rewarding Summer Term...

Our Summer Show, Peter Pan, took place at the West Wing in Slough in early July. Performed by our Stage School students, it was a huge success! - See the Gallery for photos

Our term was made even better by some fantastic exam results! Our Maidenhead and Marlow students took Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 ISTD Imperial ballet exams in June and we had Modern and Tap exams back in March. Everyone did really well and our results reflected this.

There have been other successes... An Azure student gained a silver medal at the Woodley Festival of Music and Arts and one of our students won a scholarship to join Redroofs.

Azure students have also been very busy auditioning for roles including a new film with the director of 'The Kings Speech' and for Billy Elliot and Oliver.


Winter 2010

Azure's got talent! - Our talent agency 'Reach Azure' has continued to go from strength to strength and we've had a few recent successes...

Two of our Saturday Stage School students successfully auditioned with a leading West End casting director for a production of High School Musical at the Wycombe Swan. Both girls were successful and will be joining the cast for performances over Easter - a great achievement!

One of our Maidenhead ballet students attended an audition in February for the Berkshire Youth Ballet Summer project. She was successful and will be performing in Coppelia in September alongside a very talented cast and respected ballet company.


Autumn 2010

Here's just a taster of what's been keeping us busy over the last few months...

This year's Summer Show, 'Legend', was held at West Wing. It was a great success with 200 children taking part and raised over �600 for Rosie's Rainbow fund.

Our next exam session for tap, ballet and modern has been scheduled for March 2011.

We're extremely proud that two Azure students made it to the final seven in 'Sound of Music' UK tour auditions. We're also very pleased to say that another student successfully auditioned for the 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' pantomime at the Compass Theatre, Ickenham. Both these opportunities came via our talent agency.