IDTA Exams & Shows!
At The Nikki Jay Academy Of Dance we pride ourselves on offering All Pupils Experience in both Examinations and Performing on Stage. We alternate each year between Exam Sesisons with the IDTA and Academy Shows. Our Shows are run as professionally as possible with lighting and programmes, an interval and Finale!
We held two very successful IDTA Exam Sessions in 2018, the first in July where the whole Academy took at least one Exam and the second was in December, everyone Acheived Merit or Distinction!
We have just put on our latest production 'Encore' at The Kingsley School in Leamington. This was on July 13th & 14th and was hugely successful! Everyone perfomed their hearts out and I am beyond Proud!
Pupil Beattie Bell has recently been offered a place on The Graham Fletcher Associate Programme for September, we are so proud of her, she has come on in leaps and bounds since having her private Ballet classes with Miss Nikki alongside her other classes! Well done Beattie!
From September 2019 we will be starting work towards our Next IDTA Exam Session.
Pupil Katy Cant has recently been accepted into Laban Concervatoire of Music & Dance in London & pupil Cate Johannessen has been accepted into Acting school East 15! T
We are incredibly proud of their huge achievements!
Some of our Adult Taps appeared in one of LWMS most sucsessful shows 'Singing in the Rain' in 202016. This was held at the Spa Centre in April and had many rave reviews including people mistaking it for a Professional Touring Show! Miss Nikki Choreographed it and was immensely proud of the amount of improvement her pupils showed during tap classes in the 6 months before the show, some took leads in the production and were stunning!
Here is just a small part of one of our Reviews:
"But the crowning glory in this show (aside from the fantastic orchestra under the direction of Alastair Evans) was the exhilarating Choreography. Nikki Shurvinton did not miss a trick in the carefully executed dance extravaganza, staying true to the original,one of the shining moments came in Good Morning and the Finale of Singing in the Rain, as the entire ensamble took to the stage in an epic Tap Routine!"
Miss Nikki likes to offer her pupils as many opportunities to Perform on satge and gain experience in Auditions, the latest of these was held on the 22nd September 2014 where 8 NJA Pupils Auditioned for 'Annie' the Musical! Miss Nikki was increadibly Proud of how they performed and behaved during this very long day!
The show ran for a week at The Royal Spa Centre just before Easter and was a Huge Succsess, Miss Nikki (as the Choreographer) was increadibly Proud of the Entire Cast but Especially The Orphans and the 8 NJA Pupils who had various roles!
Using rather a quaint phrase, the programme proclaims: “Leamington & Warwick Musical Society Proudly Presents The Musical Annie”.
Judging from this performance, they have plenty to be proud of.
You know you’re in safe hands from the outset. Long-time watchers of theatre in these parts will be reassured by the involvement names like Shurvinton (choreographer Nikki and actor Graham) and Duckham (director Stephen).
But what lays to rest any fear that this may be a rather cloying, sentimental evening is the striking performance of the orphan girls, who were the outstanding members of a gifted cast. From the outset, they understand the show’s requirement for edge, aggression, energy and attitude: an early, almost violent Hard-Knock Life is one of the undoubted highlights of the night. Their New York accents too were remarkably strong.
BOTH OF THESE SHOWS WENT ON TO WIN THE NODA AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL! Congrats all!