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SHOW LETTER 1 (October 2023)

(October 2023)

KICKS DANCE SHOW 2024

There is a lot of really important information – please read carefully!

Due to the great success of previous shows and the wonderful opportunity it gives the children,  we are heading back to The Hawth in July for our bi-annual Kicks Dance show.

Once again we have amalgamated the East Grinstead, Horsham and Crawley children to create another special performance. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to showcase their hard work on a real stage! There is, of course, no obligation for your child to take part. Although some children may find the prospect a little over whelming, experience has shown that by the summer the children are very ready and excited to be performing for you in a real theatre.

DRESS REHEARSAL – MONDAY 29th JULY 2024

Children will be required to attend to rehearse the show and run-through on the stage. Timings will be confirmed nearer the time.

PERFORMANCES – TUESDAY 30th & WEDNESDAY 31st JULY 2024 (please note this is the beginning of the summer holidays)

The show will start at 7.00pm. Children will be required at the theatre between 5.00pm – 6.00pm, depending on their class/age. The shows will finish at approx 9.00pm and the children should be out of the theatre by 9.15pm. (Pre-school children will be able to leave at during the interval, which will be approx 8.00pm)

 We are working very hard to keep rehearsal and performance times to a minimum as we are aware that our children are very young. The show is in the Summer Holidays this year so that should help. We also know what a wonderful, exciting opportunity you are giving your children by allowing them to represent Kicks. The children (and all of us!) will have a brilliant time.

Please note that one performance will be recorded and a copy will be available to purchase after the show, so by giving permission for your child to be in the show, you will be agreeing to your child being recorded. Children’s names will not be included on the recording.

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Please complete the Show 2024 form to confirm whether your child will be taking part in the show by Friday 10th November. Click here to complete the form

If you or your child are unsure, we would highly recommend that you give your permission for them to take part, as it is a lot easier to remove children than adding them at a later date.

Your child cannot take part in the show without your consent. 

Any children not taking part in the show will still be learning the dances and taking part in the classes as normal.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

As previously mentioned, to run a show, we will need lots of parents to take the chaperone course and become registered chaperones, which is a requirement of West Sussex County Council. Chaperones will be responsible for looking after the children backstage. The show cannot go ahead without sufficient chaperones so we are very grateful for anyone who is able to do the course.

  • Chaperones will be required to attend online training, organised by West Sussex County Council (or by your local council if not WSCC), at a cost of £30.00. Any parent taking the chaperone course will receive a 10% discount off the following terms fees, after the show. If you are interested in doing the course, please indicate on the form and we can send over the information.
  • Courses take place in Horsham or we may be able to organise a off-site course in January or February (start time of 4.00pm)
  • All chaperones will only be required to help with 1 show, ensuring availability to watch the other performance
  • Please note that due to strict safeguarding and children performance rules, no other adults / parents, other than registered chaperones and DBS checked adults, will be allowed in changing rooms or backstage

The show cannot go ahead without enough chaperones and DBS checked adults so we really do appreciate your help. 

FUNDRAISING

Staging a show such as this is inevitably financially taxing (hire of the theatre for performances and rehearsals, technicians, costumes, music licences etc) but as always, we will aim to keep the costumes simple and try to ask you only to provide items that may be used again.

Unlike other dance schools, we do not charge a large ‘show fee’, but instead we will be organising various fundraising events over the next few months to help raise some funds for the show. For those taking part in the show, we will be adding a voluntary £5.00 contribution per child to the Summer Term invoice to start the fundraising, please let us know if you don’t want us to apply this to your invoice.

Thank you very much for reading all of this information! We will be in touch soon with more information about purchasing tickets etc.

Please email flo@kicksdance.co.uk if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading!

The Kicks Dance Show 2024 Committee

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KICKS DANCE SHOW 2024 CONSENT FORM

Please fill in the consent form for your child/children by 10th November 2023.

SHOW LETTER 2 (February 2024)

(February 2024)

Hello, 

The children are busy working on their first dance for our Summer Show at the Hawth and costume and staging planning is well under way!

IMPORTANT DATES 

All children in Reception upwards will be required on Saturday 27th July for a short rehearsal. Timings tbc (most likely for a 30 min slot between 9.00am – 2.00pm)

The dress rehearsal will be on Monday 29th July, timings tbc. We appreciate that having the dress rehearsal on a Monday is not ideal, but unfortunately, the usual Sunday slot was not available on this occasion. We will endeavour to give exact timings as soon as possible, but previously the children have been needed from around 10.30am until 4.30pm (ish). Chaperones & DBS helpers will be needed for the dress-rehearsal

Please note that our pre-school children will not need to attend the dress rehearsal, but if they would like to come along it is a great opportunity for them to see the theatre and practice on the real stage.

Shows: Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st July 2024. Children are required for both performances.

Appreciate it’s a lot of dates so.. in summary:

Saturday 27th July – rehearsal

Monday 29th July – dress rehearsal at theatre

Tuesday 30th July – show

Wednesday 31st July – show

CLASS ATTENDANCE

It is really important that all children partaking in the show attend all classes where possible from now on please. The structure of all the dances depend very much on the whole class. If your child is poorly and cannot attend, we really appreciate you letting us know beforehand so that we are prepared – thank you.

TICKETS

Tickets will go on sale after Easter so keep an eye out for more information! As there are a lot of children taking part in the show, it is likely that tickets will be capped at 4 per family for a short amount of time before opening the tickets to everyone

COSTUMES 

We try to keep costumes as simple, easy to source and cost effective as possible for parents. 

Please note that all children (in Year 1 upwards) will need a ‘base layer’ of the following:

Girls – black sleeveless leotard & cycling shorts

Boys – plain black t-shirt & plain black shorts 

We will give more information on costumes in the coming months but keep an eye on Facebook marketplace or Vinted for the leotard if they haven’t got them from previous shows.

FUNDRAISING

As you can imagine, is it costly (but of course worth it!) to put on a theatre event of this size. Most dance schools ask for a large ‘show fee’ to cover costs of costumes, theatre hire, technicians, music licenses etc. This is not something we have ever done at Kicks, however, as previously stated and with the rising cost of living, this year we will be adding a voluntary (very low!) contribution of £5.00 to each child’s invoice.

In order to keep our ‘show fee’ so low, we will be running various fundraising events over the coming months. 

 To kick off the fundraising, we will be bringing back (by popular demand!) a few Adult ‘Kicks Fit’ classes. *Save the date* – Thursday 21st March, 7.15pm (Jubilee Community Centre)

Finally, we would just like to say a HUGE thank you for all your support so far and especially to those who have offered their help backstage as DBS helpers and chaperones. This year we have a record breaking 450(!!) children taking part in each performance, so as you can imagine the work-load for us and our staff is considerable! We really appreciate your patience, understanding and support as we communicate the various aspects of show organisation to you. If anyone else would like to volunteer to help, please get in touch.

We hope your children have a lovely half term and any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The Kicks Dance Show 2024 Committee

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SHOW LETTER 3 (May 2024)

(May 2024)

Dress Rehearsal & ticket information
THIS EMAIL IS ONLY FOR CHILDREN TAKING PART IN THE SHOW. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP.

The show is only 11 weeks away and the next couple of months are going to be busy! Please read the important information below carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

Tickets

  • Due to the number of children taking part in the show (over 400!), each family will be able to purchase an initial allocation of 4 tickets from Monday 3rd June. Thereafter, general ticket sales will go live on Monday 24th June
  • Tickets will be available to purchase directly from the Hawth
  • Pre – School and Reception children will need to be collected at the interval (approx. 8.00pm. Exact time tbc). These children can join parents in the audience to watch the rest of the show and will need their own ticket (at a reduced rate and not part of your initial ticket allocation). Due to theatre fire regulations, children must have their own ticket

*The ticket booking link and special code for priority booking will be sent out prior to Monday 3rd June*

 

Dress Rehearsal – MONDAY 29th JULY

The dress rehearsal will take place at the Hawth Theatre and it is essential that your child attends (please note Pre-school children are not required to attend, unless they have older siblings in the show or parents are helping, in which case they are very welcome). 

Please see arrival and collection times below:

DRESS REHEARSAL (Monday)

Arrival

Collection

Kicks Mix (all year groups)

KS2 (years 3, 4, 5, 6)

KS3 (years 7+)

11.00am

4.45pm

Year 1+2

11.15am

4.30pm

Reception

11.30am

1.45pm

 

Performances – TUESDAY 30TH & WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY

It is essential that your child attends both performances. We require prompt arrival at the theatre to ensure the signing-in process goes smoothly

 

PERFORMANCES

(Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st July)

Arrival

Collection

Kicks Mix (all year groups)

KS2 (years 3, 4, 5, 6)

KS3 (years 7+)

5.15pm

9.15.pm (after show has finished)

Year 1+2

5.45pm

9.15.pm (after show has finished)

Reception

6.00pm

Pre-school & Reception children may stay backstage & go back on for the finale (collection 9.15pm) OR join their parents in the auditorium (8.05pm) OR get collected after the interval (8.05pm)

 
 

Pre-School

6.15pm

 

Costumes

We try very hard to keep costs to a minimum for you and hope that anything you need to purchase will be something that can be worn again. We are finalising the details for the costumes and these will be with you shortly. A reminder that children who are in year 1 upwards require the below as a ‘base layer’
 

 

GIRLS

 

BOYS

Plain black strappy/vest leotard

Plain black cycling shorts

Plain black t-shirt

Plain black shorts

 
Any questions regarding the above please get in touch with Flo (flo@kicksdance.co.uk), Amelia (amelia@kicksdance.co.uk) or Abbie (abbie@kicksdance.co.uk).
All letters and show information are published here – https://kicksdance.co.uk/show-2024/ so please bookmark this page and refer back to the webpage for all show information.
 
Have a lovely week

The Kicks Dance Show 2024 Committee

Hear what parents said about our last show…

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for putting on such an amazing show last week.  I also wanted so say how perfect the music selections were for all the dances. I was so impressed. “

“Just wanted to say a thank you to yourself and the team, it was great to see my daughter up on stage. 2 years ago she wasn’t even talking and her obvious delays in development make this a massive achievement for her. It means a lot that she was able to crack on and get involved “

“My son has just said he’s really sad the show is over, he’s already looking forward to the next show! He’s had a great time and I’ve really enjoyed both helping and watching the show. Thank you to you all for all your hard work that has given all the children such an amazing positive experience”

“Thank you for everything – my son loved taking part in the show! I must congratulate you all on such a well run production!!  It really was amazing and so well organised!!”

“So amazed and proud of my beautiful daughter. What a brilliant show. You are amazing at your job and all the Kicks teachers too! The hard work you all put into the show has definitely paid off. Thank you so much!”

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for such a wonderful show! It was an absolute joy to be a chaperone on Monday and just wonderful to watch on Tuesday. My daughter loved every minute of it. Honestly you all organised everything so well, I don’t know how you did it! So a massive thank you to you all and the rest of the Kicks team!”