News Jan 2017

I would like to congratulate all our pupils on a successful Pantomime season at Princess theatre Torquay. It was a fabulous show and was enjoyed by pupils and chaperones! Students who were lucky enough to take part were, Molly Mae, Alice, Kayleigh, Eloise, Ellie, Mia, Ella Marie,  plus Lea and Maddie from our partner school MCDA. We also have Freya and Phoebe who are taking part in the Newton Abbot panto. Plus Cai, Noah and Joby who played ‘Lost boys’ in the play Peter Pan at the Northcott Theatre Exeter. So well done to all!

Babbacombe Theatre new season 2017 will also have some MSDA pupils from Feb to Oct 2017, Cai ( who will be playing live drums), Alice, Mia, Ella Marie and Eloise, who will joining Tishian and Claudia on stage in this fabulous show twice a week.

We also have Ballet, Modern and Tap exams this term as well as our usual festival competitions! Happy New Year to all 🙂


Dance classes require lots of energy, strength and focus, no matter your age. In order to remain healthy and fuel your body in order to dance, a healthy snack both before and after your class is needed. By eating the right foods, you can reduce muscle soreness and cramps whilst increasing energy levels, attention span and comfort.

The amount of food you need to eat before a dance class will depend on your age, general levels of fitness and how many dancing classes you’re taking in a row.


Foods to avoid before your dance class

As well as being generally unhealthy, these foods can have a noticeable negative impact on your dancing.

Sweets and chocolate  The sugar rush and subsequent crash experienced when you eat sweets and chocolate will make it incredibly hard to focus on your dance class, leaving you feeling tired and fatigued.

Processed foods – Processed foods are generally low in protein and difficult for the body to digest, with your body having to spend lots of precious energy to do so.

Big meals – If you have a big, filling meal and then attend a dancing class, you may end up feeling nauseous, lethargic and slow and may even experience painful cramps.

Fizzy drinks – As well as making you feel uncomfortably gassy, fizzy drinks add unnecessary sugar into the body and can actually cause you to become dehydrated.

Fast food – As convenient as it may be, fast food is a terrible choice to eat before a dance class. They often cause dancers to feel bloated and gassy, and give them an upset stomach.

Nothing – If you feel hungry in the middle of your dance class, you’ll find it incredibly difficult to concentrate as your hunger takes its toll on your body. By having a snack before your lesson will help you to learn a lot more and pay attention.

Cigarettes – Whether it’s smoke or second-hand smoke, it’ll make breathing significantly more difficult and is terrible both for dancers and everyone else. Your overall health will be severely damaged from smoking or regular exposure to cigarette smoke.


What you should be eating before your dance class

Protein – Protein is filling in small amounts and will give you the energy you need for a successful lesson, but doesn’t feel heavy in the stomach.

Fruit and veg – Light and healthy snacks of fruit and veg will easily get you through a dance class, without making you feel bloated or giving you cramps.

Wholegrain carbs – Wholegrain carbs will give your body the energy needed to stay alert over a long time, perfect for a dance class.

Water – Drinking plain water before, during and after your dance class will keep you hydrated and reduce the chance of fatigue.

Potassium – Foods rich in potassium (bananas, potatoes, raisins, yoghurt, tomatoes, and cooked spinach) will help you to prevent muscle soreness and cramping, particularly if you plan to push yourself hard.


By eating healthily before your dancing lessons, you can expect to see far better results in your assessments and you’ll feel far better. You can avoid stress, injury, fatigue and soreness by eating healthily both before your dance class and in your regular life.