Festivals are competitions that are afiliated to the All England Dance Festival
Association and the Federation of Festivals for Music Dance and Speech.
Their aim is to provide competitive opportunities for amateur dancers to perform,
build confidence, learn from others and to demonstrate their artistic abilities before
an audience and judging professionals.
TPA will enter pupils into the festivals when we feel they are capable and willing to put the
additional work in that is required to represent the school.
TPA has found festivals provide a fantastic experience for the dancers that
participate in them. They gain experience, confidence and make lifelong friends.
It is also a lovely opportunity for dancers to work together, supporting each other
and competing as part of a team.
If you would like your child to be entered for festivals please be aware of the three C's:
Costume ~ Cost ~ Commitment
Costume: Costume, hair and makeup are required to suit the style or period of the dance.
It is the parent's responsibility to provide costumes for their child as requested by the
choreographing teacher. However, help and advice are available from the school and
experienced festival parents, please refer to our costume page.
Cost: There are many costs involved in festivals. These include:
~ Entry fees per dance
~ Rehearsal costs
~ Music costs (sourcing, cutting and copying of appropriate tracks)
~ Costumde costs, including shoes and accessories. Please note there are many costumes
available for hire at a reasonable price.
Commitment: Festivals require dedication for both Parents and Dancers. Rehearsal time is limited, so we
therefore expect dancers to attend all rehearsals allocated to them.
Local festivals are as follows;
Royal Tunbridge Wells Dance Festivals -February Half Term
Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival - February Half Term
East Grinstead Dance Festival - Weekends in April
Canterbury Dance Festival -July/August, Start of the Summer
Swale Stage Festival - Weekends in September & October
Orpington Dance Festival -October Half Term
Beckenham Festival -Weekends in October & November
Regional Semi-Finals (Cranbrook) -May Half Term
National Finals (London) - July/August, Start of the Summer Holidays
TPA have seen many successes at festivals over the past years. The National Finals that take place every two years are held in July/August. A number of dances entered by TPA into the Nominated finals, succeeded in the Regional Semi-finals and went on to compete in the National Finals with the following results.
Ist Place, Gold Medal - Song & Dance Duet -Izzy Haskett-Jackson & Jody Laughton-Zimmerman
3rd Place, Bronze Medal - Song & Dance Solo -Jess Chappenden
3rd Place, Bronze Medal - Song and Dance Quartet -Thierry Laugton-Zimmerman, Jody Laughton-Zimmerman, Izzy Haskett-JAckson & Jess Chappenden.
1st Place, Gold Medal - Song & Dance Trio -Svea Filz, Izzy Haskett-Jackson & Jody Laughton- Zimmerman.