Horsham School of Dance (HSD) is re-launching under new ownership! Annie Dunkley, a Royal Ballet trained ex professional dancer, is taking over as principal from September and, to celebrate, HSD are hosting a free ‘Funday Sunday’ event on Sunday 8 September.
Established in Horsham since 1925, Horsham School of Dance is one of the area’s most respected dance schools – providing an outstanding training in ballet, tap, modern, contemporary dance and musical theatre. Every year, HSD dancers are chosen to perform in the local Pantomimes in Horsham, Crawley and Dorking, and the school’s students have 100% pass rate in their ballet, tap and modern exams.
Annie has taught ballet at HSD since 2011, shortly after moving to Horsham from Wimbledon with her family, and this year she takes over as principal after the previous owner, Rosemary Walters, retired from the school in the Summer.
“I’m really keen to get the whole community involved in dance, and as part of our re-launch ‘Funday Sunday’ I’m inviting families to participate in a free Family Ballet Workshop. I have taught all ages, from 2 to 92, and have led family workshops at the Royal Opera House, and for English National Ballet at the Coliseum and the Royal Albert Hall, so I know I can get everyone up and dancing – even if they don’t know the first thing about ballet! Very young children love dancing with their parents and grandparents – no leotards or tutus are required, although they are always welcome of course!” explained Annie.
The ‘Funday Sunday’ event begins at 2pm and there are opportunities to try out some of the other classes on offer at Horsham School of Dance – Tap and Modern, Musical Theatre and Contemporary Jazz, culminating in the Family Ballet Workshop at 4pm. You can also learn how to style your hair like a ballerina, and chat to some of the school’s current students and teachers.
‘Funday Sunday’ takes place on Sunday 8 September from 2-5pm.