Ashley Holmes Photography: Blog http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Ashley Holmes Photography ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:44:00 GMT Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:44:00 GMT http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u747697918-o634093400-50.jpg Ashley Holmes Photography: Blog http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog 80 120 Faces Arts Rothley Theatre School Show 2017 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/faces-arts-rothley-theatre-school-show-2017 This week we return to Faces Arts and their Rothley Theatre School Show 2017, which was called "Tilly" and took place at The Cedars Academy in Birstall (which incidentally was where I went to school in another century when it was known as Longslade!!  For many this was their first show and boy did they do well, especially considering how young some of them were.  We love working with Faces Arts and look forward to seeing them again in May when another Theatre School perform at Groby Community College.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Faces Arts Rothley Theatre School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/faces-arts-rothley-theatre-school-show-2017 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:43:32 GMT
AKG Dance Festival 2017 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/akg-dance-festival-2017 It was with great pleasure that we attended the AKG Dance Festival at Castle Bromwich, West Midlands for the first time.  The festival, organised by MS Dance Studios, was spread over 3 weekends and was attended by many local and not so local (Bristol?) dance schools.  An amazing time was had by all the dancers, parents, friends and relatives with some incredible talent on display.  Wishing all the schools a great 2017 and hopefully see you again next year.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography MS Dance Studio http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/akg-dance-festival-2017 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:27 GMT
Faces Arts Street Dance 2017 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/faces-arts-street-dance-2017

We kicked the first show of 2017 off with the annual Faces Arts Street Dance Show - now in our third year of covering this event.  This year the show was held at Groby Community College and it was great to see some of the older faces being joined by some new ones.  Watch this space when we return again to see the Faces Arts Theatre School's annual show in April at The Cedars, Birstall.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Faces Arts Theatre School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/faces-arts-street-dance-2017 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:33:06 GMT
The Dance Academy - "A Night At The Movies" http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/the-dance-academy---a-night-at-the-movies This weekend we returned to my old school at Longslade, Birstall (now renamed The Cedars Academy) for The Dance Academy's Production of "A Night At The Movies."  Last year we were only able to shoot their Dress rehearsal due to other photography commitments but this year we were able to cover both the rehearsal and the two Matinee shows.  With a cast comprising of Tots to Seniors the audience were treated to some all time Classics from the Movie World as well as putting on a short version of Bugsy Malone - much to the kids joy with the dreaded Splurge Guns!!  We look forward to seeing The Dance Academy again in 2017.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography The Dance Academy http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/the-dance-academy---a-night-at-the-movies Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:28:36 GMT
The Orphan - Starlight Theatre School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/the-orphan---starlight-theatre-school Last weekend we attended the Bi-annual show from the Starlight Theatre School at The Peepul Centre, Leicester.  They put on a show every two years in addition to their Annual Summer Show.  This year it was "The Orphan" and I must admit to being a bit wrong footed at the rehearsal as I had turned up anticipating a performance of "Oliver" (another well known Orphan) but instead was confronted by a red headed girl with attitude and treated to a superb performance of "Annie."  As to be expected from Starlight, the dancing, singing and acting was faultless and we wish them all success with their next production.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Starlight Theatre School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/the-orphan---starlight-theatre-school Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:28:45 GMT
Dance Angels UK - Dance Festival http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/dance-angels-uk---dance-festival This weekend we attended the first Dance Angels UK dance festival at the Create Theatre in Mansfield, Notts.  No less than seven Dance Schools attended, including several we've met before such as Footloose Stage School and Etoile Performance Academy.  A great experience was had by all the dancers, including a few "newbies" and tots.  We wish the festival all the success in 2017 when further festivals are planned.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Angels UK http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/dance-angels-uk---dance-festival Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:23:14 GMT
Footloose Stage School - "Wonderland" http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/footloose-stage-school---wonderland At the start of November the Footloose Stage School performed their version of "Wonderland" at Loughborough Town Hall.  As usual, this was a highly polished production and not a few tears flowed during the dress rehearsal as presentations were made to several original members who would be performing in their final show of the Footloose family as they prepare to move on in their careers.  The show finished on a high note with presentations by Footloose's Patron, Steven Houghton.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Footloose Stage School Loughborough Town Hall http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/footloose-stage-school---wonderland Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:25:33 GMT
Step Above Dance Festival http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/step-above-dance-festival  

The Step Above Dance Festival was spread over 5 days and 3 weekends at the end of September and beginning of October and organised by the Chater School of Dance - and they were long days too!!  Without doubt, this was one of the longest and most intense Festivals we have attended. With 8 Dance Schools in attendance the Festival was held at the Blue Coat School in Coventry.  It was lovely to bump into a Friend who was the Adjudicator and whose own Festival we had shot earlier in the year in North Wales.  There were some truly amazing performances from the dancers who ranged in age from Baby to adult.  We look forward to attending the 40th Anniversary Show next July and hopefully the 2017 Festival.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Chater School of Dance http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/step-above-dance-festival Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:44:43 GMT
Best of Britain - Dance Shack http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/best-of-britain---dance-shack Last week we returned to the Leatherhead Theatre for the second time this year to cover Dance Shack's next show - Best of Britain.  Dance Shack have expanded rapidly in the last two years adding many new areas (see previous post) and now have two shows per year.  As always with Dance Shack, there was a massive logistical operation to ensure the 170 or so dancers taking part had the right costumes at the right time for the many dance numbers in the show which, as the name implied, covered The Best of Britain.  

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Shack http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/best-of-britain---dance-shack Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:39:33 GMT
Warwick Dance Festival http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/warwick-dance-festival It was a scorching hot day when we attended the Warwick Dance Festival (which was actually held in Leamington Spa).  This was the first Dance Festival organised by the Warwick School of Dance and many Dance Schools took part and with lots of support from parents & family - far more than expected.  Over 2300 images were taken in very tricky lighting conditions and in a very hot and sticky hall - but the day went off as a great success and we look forward to seeing the Warwick School of Dance again in the future.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Photographer Leicester Warwick School of Dance http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/warwick-dance-festival Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:08:23 GMT
Amy Billington Dance Academy - 5th Anniversary Show http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/amy-billington-dance-academy---5th-anniversary-show Last weekend we had the pleasure of shooting the Amy Billington Dance Academy's 5th Anniversary show at Groby Community College.  We've been lucky to cover four of the 5 annual shows and many of the original 30 members are still with Amy today.  Incredibly, the school has grown to over 150 dancers in the last 5 years!  Wishing everyone at Amy Billington Dance Academy continuing success in the future.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Amy Billington Dance Academy Ashley Holmes Photography http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/amy-billington-dance-academy---5th-anniversary-show Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:34:59 GMT
Dance Shack - "Bring It On" http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/dance-shack---bring-it-on The end of June meant a return to the Leatherhead Theatre for our third year with Dance Shack, who have expanded rapidly in the last 3 years, with many new branches opening.  Bring It On was a combined show from the West Byfleet, Surbiton and Wimbledon arms of the Dance Shack family - and for most of the performers it was their first time on stage.  There were two shows and a rehearsal over the weekend and over 4450 images were taken.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of the stage and we look forward to returning to Leatherhead Theatre next month for the next show from Dance Shack - featuring the rest of the family.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Photography Dance Shack http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/dance-shack---bring-it-on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:02:58 GMT
Carla Price School of Ballet http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/carla-price-school-of-ballet It was a great pleasure to return to Wales at the weekend to attend the Carla Price School of Ballet's show "Tales from Beatrix Potter and Theatre Production" at the Stiwt Theatre.  After an afternoon rehearsal the very young cast went on to perform a full show and really enjoyed themselves.  We look forward to working with Carla and her dancers in the future.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Carla Price School of Ballet Dance Photographer Wales Dance Photography http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/carla-price-school-of-ballet Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:08:00 GMT
Starlight Theatre Summer Show 2016 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/starlight-theatre-summer-show-2016 The Starlight Theatre School performed their Annual Summer Show at Groby Community College earlier this month and this was the fourth year we have had the pleasure of shooting their annual show.  Every two years they also perform an additional  show in November:  In 2014 this was 'The Golden Ticket" at the Peepul Centre in Leicester and there will be another show in November this year which we hope to bring photos of in due course.  All in all the Summer Show this year was excellent (as usual) and having covered Starlight for 4 years now its nice to see the dancers growing up and improving year on year as they gain in experience and confidence.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Photographer Leicester Starlight Theatre School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/starlight-theatre-summer-show-2016 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:42:35 GMT
Bugsy Malone - Faces Arts Productions http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/bugsy-malone---faces-arts-productions We've had the pleasure of covering several productions from Faces Arts over the previous two years and last weekend they put on their version of Bugsy Malone.  I attended the two Saturday shows where we also set up a studio in between shows so we could get some fun shots of the kids in their costumes and posing with the dreaded "Splurge" guns!  Faces Arts, who are based in Birstall, Leicester, specialise in the Dancing, Singing and Acting Theatre Arts.  The kids really enjoyed themselves and had some great fun shooting up Groby College Theatre with their Splurge Guns!  We look forward to seeing Faces Arts again at their next production.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Photographer Leicester Faces Arts Productions http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/bugsy-malone---faces-arts-productions Tue, 17 May 2016 16:16:59 GMT
East Midlands Dance Festival 2016 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/east-midlands-dance-festival-2016 This weekend saw the first two days of the annual East Midlands Dance Festival with day three this coming Sunday at Wreake Valley Academy.  This fabulous event is organised by the team at the Footloose Stage School, whose dancers featured heavily in the medals.  The Festival was staged at Wreake Valley Academy in Syston and was attended by dancers from the Karen Loomes Dance Academy, Etoile Performance Academy, Team Troupers Dance Academy, The Starlets Performing Arts School of Dance, JEM Performing Arts School, Showstoppers Academy of Dance and of course the Footloose Stage School.  The Festival was expertly adjudicated by Miss Michelle from the Steps Theatre School of Dance.  Over 7000 images were taken over the weekend in a marathon schedule of two 12 hour sessions.  I look forward to the third and final instalment this weekend.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Footloose Stage School Team Troupers Dance Academy The Starlets Performing Arts School of Dance http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/east-midlands-dance-festival-2016 Wed, 11 May 2016 14:56:41 GMT
North Wales Festival of Dance 2016 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/north-wales-festival-of-dance-2016 Over the May Bank Holiday weekend we spent a very pleasant 3 days attending the North Wales Festival of Dance - organised by the Elsber School of Theatre Dance in Wrexham.  The days were long and hard work (especially as somebody forgot his monopod and had to hold a heavy camera and 70-200 lens for long periods - very painful after the first few hours!).  However, the standard of dance was amazing - especially from the smaller dancers - their skills and confidence were a credit to the Dance schools they represented.  Over 7000 images were taken over the weekend.  We look forward to working with Elsber again in the future and thank them for making us feel so welcome.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Dance Photographer Leicester Dance festival photography Elsber School of Theatre Dance http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/north-wales-festival-of-dance-2016 Fri, 06 May 2016 20:29:27 GMT
Ultimate Dance - Dance Sensations Annual Show 2016 http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/ultimate-dance---dance-sensations-annual-show-2016 It was with great pleasure that I attended Groby based Dance Sensations Annual Show - "Ultimate Dance" last Saturday.  This is the third year that I've covered Dance Sensations annual show, which is run by the irrepressible Sarah Hawksley.  The school attracts all age groups from the ever popular "babies" (some aged 2) to the adults.  As in previous years the standard of dance was superb, which is hardly surprising as this was Dance Sensations 16th annual show and some of the original members who started as children are now fully grown adults and have become teachers and why they regard themselves as the Dance Sensations Family!  I look forward to seeing next years show and wish Sarah and her team a great 2016.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes photography Dance Photographer Leicester Dance Photography Dance Sensations http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/ultimate-dance---dance-sensations-annual-show-2016 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:23:15 GMT
The Best of British from The Starlets Performing Arts School of Dance http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/the-best-of-british-from-the-starlets-performing-arts-school-of-dance This weekend we had the pleasure of shooting a new Dance School for the first time.  Although long established, The Starlets Performing Arts School of Dance advised that this was the first time they had engaged a professional photographer to cover one of their shows (in addition to the regular videographer) and were looking forward to seeing the results.  The school has dancers of all ages and the show was a very colourful and patriotic celebration of the very best of British Music through the decades.  A great time was had by all and we look forward to working with The Starlets again in the future.

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes photography Dance Photography in Leicester The Starlets Performing Arts School of Dance http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/the-best-of-british-from-the-starlets-performing-arts-school-of-dance Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:48:37 GMT
Life is a Cabaret - Footloose Stage School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/life-is-a-cabaret---footloose-stage-school Well, what can I say about Footloose Stage School - one of the hardest working Dance Schools I know?  Our association only started 11 months ago in April 2015 when we were asked to cover their 10th Anniversary show - "Fabulously Footloose" at Loughborough Town Hall.  Since then we have had the pleasure of covering no less than 6 Shows/Events for Footloose:  Following the 10th Anniversary show we were asked to cover the East Midlands Dance Festival that Footloose were hosting in May, followed by their 10th Anniversary Party a week later.  In August 2015 the Footloose Summer School put on a production of "Mama Mia."  The year was rounded off in December with the superb - "Now That's What I Call A Show!" at the Uppingham Theatre.  And here we are again in March with "Life is a Cabaret" performed at the Y Theatre, Leicester.  If you get the chance to see these guys....just go! You will not be disappointed.  I look forward to seeing our friends again in November 2016 when they return to Loughborough Town Hall for their end of year show - "Wonderland" (bet you can't guess what that's about?)  Photos from all these shows can be viewed in the View Your Photos section.

 

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ashley@ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk (Ashley Holmes Photography) Ashley Holmes Photography Dance Photographer Leicester Dance Photography Footloose Stage School http://www.ashleyholmesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/life-is-a-cabaret---footloose-stage-school Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:12:34 GMT