Annual Stage Festival 2017

Jaide’s Stage Festival 2017



Jaide’s Stage Studios, Sandra & Jaide Ellery-Martin, hosted their Annual Competitive Festival over the last two weekends at Lutterworth College Theatre. The festival runs from 9am until 8pm with non-stop dance over four full days.

Nine schools from various parts of the country, Rugby, Gloucestershire, Nuneaton, Leicester, Birmingham, Leamington & Derbyshire all competed against each other in various categories and ages from baby sections through to 20yrs plus. Categories included, ballet, tap, modern, song & dance, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, greek, character & own arrangement sections.

Jaide said, “We have had an absolutely amazing two weekends and I couldn’t be more proud of my students !! Weoffer a separate competition class where our students audition and are then selected having passed a series of set exercises including various tricks & stunts, and these students are invited to participate in not only our festival, but further afield.

We entered a total of 31 routines of which we had 28 placed, with Seven 1st places, Eleven 2nd places, Six 3rd places and Four 4th places! To top that off, we won an array of trophies that were totally unexpected but very well deserved! Summer Harvey- Highest Mark ‘A’ Novice Solo, Izzy Henden Highest Mark ‘C’ Novice Solo, Sophie Goldsworth-Linnel, Summer Harvey & MarthaKasonso- Highest Mark Primary Trio, Regan Arnold, Jaide Rollins, Isabelle Stewart & Kenzie Wilkinson- Highest Mark Junior Quartet, Summer Harvey- Most Promising Primary and Isabelle Stewart- Most Promising Inter!

The competition was adjudicated by Miss Pam Chater, who is a Senior Examiner with the British Theatre Dance Association and Head Examiner, having adjudicated throughout the UK and abroad including New Zealand, Canada, China, South Africa, Dubai, Qatar, Portugal & Malta.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who volunteered so much of their time to help run this festival so smoothly, and to all the performers from the opposition who made it so friendly

Please check some pictures from the festival in our gallery.


Now in its 5th year, the Dance School of the Year Awards was founded by Anne Walker MBE to celebrate the achievements of theatre dance schools who so often do not receive the recognition they deserve.

From the thousands of dance schools of all sizes across the UK and Europe, 34 schools including ‘Jaide’s Stage Studios’, based in Rugby, Warwickshire, have been shortlisted across four categories which are:

  • Up to 100 students
  • 100-200 students
  • Over 200 students
  • Vocational Schools (Vocational is a full-time school whose primary purpose is to prepare students for a career in dance and the performing arts)

Receiving our Finalist Certificate at the Awards Ceremony for ‘Dance School of the Year 2017 UK/Europe’
Thanks to Anne Walker MBE for a fabulous evening. #mumanddaughtertimeawardshardworkspaysoff

Judges this year were

  • Entrepreneur and Businessman Paul Haigney
  • Francesca Filpi who danced with The Royal Ballet Company for many years and is now a teacher, judge and adjudicator
  • Broadcaster and journalist and life-long dance supporter Angela Rippon CBE

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which will be held at a glamorous black-tie event at the Woodbury Park Hotel in Devon later this month.

As well as winners in each category there is an Overall Winner who will be crowned Dance School of the Year 2017. Trophies are awarded to winners of all categories as well as prizes provided thanks to the generous sponsorship of Everywoman, Dancing Times and Creative Mouse.

Anne Walker MBE, a former dance teacher who has founded and run a number of businesses including International Dance Supplies, created these Awards to celebrate this incredible industry. She says: “Dance teachers should be applauded and celebrated. So much more than just a teacher – they are almost a substitute parent to many of their students as they are role models, mentors and social workers, offering support, stability and a disciplined approach to life. They instil a love of dance, music and theatre which will hopefully turn many students into tomorrow’s theatre-goers if not performers or teachers.

Photo: With Angela Rippon CBE

Fellow dance teachers have supported me in my career over many years and now I hope, through these Awards, we can all celebrate the life-long passion for dance and the achievements of theatre dance teachers everywhere.”

Thank you so much for all the lovely messages of support everyone! We didn’t win the big one, but to be selected as a finalist which was open to thousands of dance schools of all sizes across the UK and Europe was an unbelievable achievement for us! We were over the moon to be shortlisted for ‘DANCE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR’ and is recognition of not only our commitment to all our students but has raised our profile as an outstanding local business. How proud are we!! Jaide and I had a fantastic evening at the awards event in Devon, (I even had a glass of wine), met some lovely dance teachers and even managed to get a selfie with Angela Rippon CBE who wished us all the best and good luck for the future! Massive thanks to Anne Walker MBE who created these awards to celebrate the dance industry and who organised such a fantastic event – we look forward to being nominated again next year! xx



March 2017 – Exam Results

An IDTA Examination session was held at the studios with students maintaining our 100% pass rate.

A special mention must go to students Isabelle Stewart who received a fantastic mark of 91 for her ‘Freestyle Bronze Two Award’ and Isabelle Henden who also received a brilliant mark of 91 for her ‘Freestyle Silver Award’

Charity Haircut

Jaide’s Hair Cut for the ‘Little Princess Trust’ – 30/9/17


Jaide Ellery-Martin Principal of Jaide’s Stage Studios, a performing arts school based in Rugby,  decided after having long hair for years and reading about children who lose their hair through Cancer treatment and other illnesses, that she would have it cut to raise money for the ‘Little Princess Trust’.

Jaide said, “It costs around £500 to make each individual wig, so I set up a ‘Just Giving’ page which encourages sponsors to donate money towards this amazing cause and provide real hair wigs for these sick children. I was very nervous and apprehensive, and really admire those who actually shave their heads, and this was a massive decision for me to make. As a dance teacher I need to set an example to my students so it has to be a certain length to be able to wear it in a hair bun, and I can just about manage it with the length it was cut. Jess Warren of Lisa Collins Hairdesign, based in Norton Leys, Bilton, put me at ease and did an amazing job free of charge, and I love my new hairstyle. I managed to raise a total of £305.00 with some cash donations, and others have still promised to donate. I want to thank everyone who gave me encouragement and donated to such a brilliant cause. I could not have done this without all their support – Thank you so much”

Collection Pote

We are delighted to be selected to have our charity pots distributed in various businesses around Rugby Town Centre for our school, which provides free and subsidised dance placements to children who are dis-advantaged, under privileged, families on low incomes, special needs & the ethnic minorities subject to funding!!! Every penny counts – thank you so much to all our local business owners !! xx


More details in our charity section on the website!

XMAS 2016

Xmas 2016 was a busy and successful period for the school:

Jaide’s students were invited by Rugby FM & Rugby Borough Council to perform at Rugby Town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on.

Weather was absolutely freezing cold, and with having a few technical problems, which ran behind time,  the students were extremely professional and danced superbly !!

The students of Miss Jaide’s commitment class were invited to perform at Elliot’s Field – Rugby’s new retail park. The students performed several Christmas themed routines throughout the day, along with additional demonstrations from the ‘Boogie Bounce’ ladies


Miss Jaide took her 3rd Licentiate Exam in Ballet and passed with a ‘Distinction’ gaining 89 marks.


Congratulations to all.


More pictures available as usually on our gallery pages


Annual Competitive Festival – November 16

Annual Competitive Festival – November 16


Every year, around November time, we host a competitive ‘Annual Stage Festival’ at Lutterworth College Theatre, and invite a number of schools from across the Country to take part including our new ‘Commitment’ class of selected students.


An independent Adjudicator along with her writer, adjudicate several categories of a range of ages in various disciplines, awarding 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th placements who are awarded with certificates and medals. The Festival takes place usually over two full weekends, both a Saturday & a Sunday, and on the last Sunday, a fabulous demonstration by Senior students perform a section of around 10/20 routines, and the weekend is completed with a selection of trophy awards.


More pictures available on our gallery page