The academy was first established in April 2005 with Red Shoes Academy for cheerleaders who entered their 1st competition in November 2005 where each team returned with a trophy for there routine, since this time the team has gone from strength to strength achieving even more and more trophies and winning national competitions and titles along the way.
Once off to this flying start in 2006 Hayley-anna Dancy Principal of the academy took over a smaller dance school in Lytham St Annes called Clifton Arts Theatre School (CATS), not wanting to leave the original name behind the two were combined hence the creation of today’s academy Cats with Red Shoes.
September 2008 Cats with Red Shoes opened their own purpose built fully mirrored Studio’s/gym and shop on Rear Highfield road and have now gradually build up all their equipment to include Olympic style gymnastic floor used for both gym and cheer, Beam, Vault, A-bars, tumble track, ballet bars and not forgetting smaller items such as dance ribbons, tambourines and maracas, etc for smaller ones.
In 2013 the students had began to learn skills and had built up a large show team which out grew the studio, there fore we applied for an extension, which at first was refused but then in June finally got passed, so come August the build of the new waiting area began, then Hayley and Sandy started to knock down the inside walls and remove the toilets etc, with not much time the studio re-opened after the summer holidays and success was made, the students and there families loved the new space.
In the academy we pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere and love to welcome in new members, also consistency of teachers who are highly qualified with the Royal Academy of Dance, ISTD, UKA, British Gymnastics, BCA also linked with UKCA and LAMDA.
This all helps the students to progress faster. As the academy offers many styles of Dance, Gymnastics, Cheer and Drama, we can give every member the very best start in life wether they want to pursue a career on stage/TV or just grow in confidence and make friends.
Here at Cats with Red Shoes our members always attain great examination results in all styles including Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Cheerleading, Freestyle Disco and the latest edition Drama where all members came out from their first grade with the highest level possible.
The academy also have an elite show team who perform at the Blackpool Opera House twice a year and a junior team once a year and in October 2015 our elite show team performed at Disney land Paris and received high complements from both disney land backstage crew and members of the public. We do hope to return again in the future along with any other exciting opportunities that arise. Not forgetting our new up and coming junior team which are proving to be following the elites footsteps.
Along side our multi-award winning cheerleading squad (who’s many trophies are on display in the academies waiting room) we also have our own medal winning artistic gymnast’s and all round champions, who also train very hard as do our title winning Theatre Performers of the Year for ballet, tap and modern with the academy’s trophy winning freestyle disco dancers.
Cats with Red Shoes are proud to say we have had many members go onto full time dance academies and theatre schools such as Preston Dance College, Bird, Moorland International Ballet Academy, Studio 76 and Hammond and our latest success is Branden Fowler who has secured a full scholarship for the prestigious Tring Park performing arts school in London and Royal Ballet School, he also been offered a fully paid place on there advanced classical program.
Our latest addition to our ever growing academy is ‘Red Shoes Casting Agency’. We are proud to say our members both past and present are now performing in west end theatres and traveling the world dancing on cruise ships, along with featuring on CBBC, both in TV programs and adverts.
As you can see the academy has more than just classes to offer, so why not come and join us in our homely surroundings and waiting room!
Hope to meet you soon.
Bye for now 🙂
Branden at Tring with Principal of Cats with Red Shoes Hayley-Anna Dancy.
Madison and Imogen on CBBC.