Spring 2018

StageShine (Shine / Little Shiners Children’s Musical Theatre Group)

Mondays at Our Lady of Lourdes 6-13 yr olds : 4.45pm – 6.15pm (£60 per term).  Free trial lesson available Classes start back on 8th January 2018.  Next production will be excerpts from Annie and The Addams’ Family Musical.  The show will be in June, date to be confirmed.


Summer 2018 Show at the The Princeshall Aldershot, Sunday 8th July

This show will include all members of the school and will celebrate Angela Cantan’s 50th year of teaching dance in Haslemere. Further details will follow in the Spring Term.


RAD Ballet Exams

The next session will be at the end of March 2018. 


Modern and Tap Exams

We joined Godalming School of Dancing in December for some Modern and Tap exams.  We are planning our next session with details to follow in the Spring Term.


British Arts

We had a very successful first session on 9th December.  Our next session is the 21st January.  Don’t forget to book any choreography with Angela.  The Havant semi-finals are the 17th and 18th March.  So please keep this weekend free.  


Chichester Music Festival

Entries have already been made.  But don’t forget that if you are in a group, keep the 10th – 14th February free.


Summer School

Summer school will take place on 30th July – 3rd August 2018, 6th – 10th August 2018. We will be performing a musical in a week. Please email us for details.  We are also planning a dance Summer School.



If anyone would like an HPA hoodie, t-shirt or onesie please order from Marie. They are available in navy, black or hot pink.


Dance Shop and Second-Hand Festival Costumes

Marie holds a shop alternate Saturdays at Haslewey from 10.30 – 1.00pm.   Please come and see her if you have items to sell.  The shop also has new dancewear or can order your requirements.


A Big Thank You

Thank you to all the parents who helped with our Fundraising Concert for ‘Challenges’ Charity at Alton, on 2nd December.  We have yet to tally the final count up but it looks again as if we have raised over £250.  We’d like to thank Haslewey for loaning us the premises free of charge so that all money raised went directly to the Charity. We are looking forward to the whole school being together at the Princes’ Hall Theatre Aldershot for our 50th Anniversary Show on 8th July 2018.




As usual, HPA has continued to achieve outstanding success in dance competitions and examinations.  In RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap exams, the school maintained its track record of 100% gaining Merit or Distinction.  At the British Arts Awards National Finals held in London, pupils competed with dancers from all over the country. In the Group Section, Bake Off, The Prop Box, Evacuees and Mexican Fiesta won first places; Valse Classique, Human Trafficking, Me Before You and On Top of the World gained second places whilst Girl on a Train achieved third place. For individual dances, first places were awarded to Darcy Adams (Modern), Darcy Adams & Sophie Mullee (Modern Duet), Shakira Alleyne & Tia Alleyne (Modern Duet), Martha Woods (Ballet Solo), and Isobel Chatten & Katiana Whatling (Character Duet). Martha Woods also won the Senior Novice All-Rounder award. Achieving second places were Emma Taylor-Eardley (Inter Novice Song & Dance), Tia Alleyne (Modern Solo), Darcy Adams (Senior Lyrical), Martha Woods (Modern Solo) and Sophie Mullee & Maryam Likohugu (Character Duet). Shakira Alleyne and Maryam Likohugu came third with their Lyrical Duet. At the Hampshire Festival, Sophie Weekes won both the highest mark Lyrical Cup and the highest mark Greek,/National Cup.  I’m A Celebrity won the highest mark Classical Trio Cup. At the Guildford Festival, Maryam Likohugu won the National Cup. Finally, congratulations to recent ex-pupils Jerome Barnes  who has been given a full contract with the Scottish Ballet Company, Jessica McCluskey who has just completed a professional West End run of Stepping Out and Sofia Zaman who has been offered a third year at the Royal Ballet White Lodge School following in the footsteps of Jerome Barnes.  On a non-dancing theme, Michelle Breese has just qualified as a doctor.


Don’t forget 2018 is Angela Cantan’s 50th year of teaching dance in Haslemere!  Special events are now being organised.  More details to follow.


If you have any suggestions for future classes or workshops, we would be grateful to receive any feedback.


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