TipToe set for their annual show

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ONE of the borough’s most popular and endearing groups, the TipToe Stage School, returns to the Towngate Theatre next month for their annual show – “Move Your Feet!”
Taking place on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April the school will be showcasing their creative and innovative talents with pupils ranging from two years to 73 taking part!

The show is a culmination of everyone’s hard work over the past year which saw TipToe being shortlisted in the Essex TV awards and being asked to perform as special guests of the Mayor in his recent gala dinner.

Alongside this the school’s Principal – Julie Barker – was awarded the honour of “Best Dance Teacher” in the recent South East Essex (Young Star) entertainment awards.
All of this combined with performances in Disneyland Paris, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall and local appearances at the Thameside Theatre have meant that the school is busier than ever as they enter their 33rd year of being open.

From opening in early 1986 with just three pupils, the school has now over 150 pupils across branches in Thurrock and Romford. They are known for their creative performances and are always in demand from local and industry producers when looking for committed and dedicated talent.

Commenting on this, Julie Barker said: “I can’t quite believe that the show has come round again – we literally haven’t paused for breath over the past year and this is down to the amazing teaching team I have at TipToe, and our pupils who remain loyal, focused and excited about the opportunities we offer them.

“I know what it’s like when joining a theatre school – it’s a big commitment! But our mantra has always been that you choose what you take part in. We don’t insist that you have to do everything when joining – the choice is yours. And you can take part in as many, or as few, shows and events as you wish.

“One thing we pride ourselves on is inclusion – whatever your ability, size, colour or background our door is always open and you are welcome. You are can be assured that you will learn in a Trusted, safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere – that is still disciplined – with training by fully qualified and DBS approved professionals.

“My Vice Principals, Sam, Quincey and Lauren, along with my Head of Performance, Elena, head up a group of teachers who are inspiring and encouraging.

“This past year we have seen pupils involved in the latest Mission Impossible film, Disney’s Christopher Robin, Wicked in London’s West End and the face of Madam Taussauds latest campaign which highlights the effectiveness of their training.

“And we are fortunate to have a great bunch of pupils and parents who support what we do. Thurrock has many great theatre/dance schools and I know how lucky I am that so many choose to come to us.

“Can I just take this opportunity to than S & J Build and John Sear Estate Agents for their kind sponsorship this year. It has made a real difference to the pupils so thank you from all of us”.

Tickets for the show are now on sale and can be bought from the Towngate Theatre on www.towngatetheatre.co.uk or via their box office on 01268 205300.
If you are interested in joining TipToe you can find them on Facebook (TipToe Stage School) Twitter @TipToe1986 or www.tiptoestageschool.com.

Or simply email julieecarter@aol.com

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