It was to be a happy and busy period in all our lives and I didn’t really understand what I was taking on when we first joined.
I thought back then, the class (in an old church hall), was just a small village thing, nothing big, until not long after we joined, tickets were being sold for a Presentation Night at which pupils were presented with exam medals. This was a chance for parents to see work other classes were doing. How wrong I was, I couldn’t believe my eyes when we walked through the door at the Park Hotel in Tynemouth and a dance display was taking place for girls aged 16, they were fantastic, so talented. I just didn’t know back then what Mrs Bentley was all about and what she was capable of. It made Sarah want to dance more.
Gradually our trips to the church hall increased and it wasn’t long before Sarah was attending a Ballet Class, a Tap class, a Stage Class and a Disco class. When I think about how many miles we covered over those years along dark country lanes, it’s staggering!
I feel that Simply Dance Academy gave Sarah a healthy respect for exercise and how to use and know her body as she grew. It wasn’t long before that confidence spilled over into other areas in her life. The school encourages respect not only for others but for self. Good old fashioned manners and a healthy respect for tutors is also encouraged.
As a mother, I feel that Sarah also learned valuable life lessons from being part of the Dance Academy. She learned discipline in herself; preparation and time management skills; learned to manage herself in regard to diarising events and organising herself in advance; she’s learned to follow instruction without question. She has also had to learn how to control her nerves and to stay calm under all conditions especially in exams and shows and most recently in TV and live concerts.
Mrs Bentley is incredibly knowledgeable as a Teacher and (having been a dancer herself), knows all the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ and ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of dance of which there are many, so advise is always there should you need it. She is also an examiner travelling up and down the country to examine other children and knows what she is talking about when she is teaching your children. So if you’re looking for the best, you’ve found it in this school.
Progression and achievement is showcased regularly in productions engineered to give pupils a stage on which to express themselves and to show their families and friends what they can do. A chance for the little ones to dress up, for the older girls to perform and for all to shine; priceless!
In all the years I have known Mrs Bentley I have never heard her raise her voice to anyone. She never asks a child to do more than she thinks they are capable of therefore all children grow in confidence, always able and willing to move on to the next step.
Mrs Bentley treats every child the same, whether they show promise or whether they have two left feet, whether they are budding stars or not, as far as she’s concerned, they are all important and are all individuals. Classes are structured for all pupils to progress whatever their level, exam results are consistently good and marks always high. The teaching staff have been/are dancers themselves, raising standards even further. In the 15 years Sarah attended Simply Dance Academy she made friendships with girls, tutors and mentors alike. It’s a friendly happy and truly exciting place to be.
Sarah is now working in London as a Professional Dancer. She has danced with X Factor, Sir Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, Il Divo, Take That, Boyzone, D’Arcy Bussell, Will Young, Pussy Cat Dolls, and Pixie Lott, the list is endless. She is having a wonderful, exciting and challenging life. Mrs Bentley gave Sarah a solid foundation and we owe a lot to her.
If you choose this School you are indeed making an excellent choice you won’t regret.