Diverse Performing Arts School - Newsletter August 2016
We would like to begin by thanking our students and parents for your continued support throughout the year.

Here we are at the end of another busy year for our students, teachers (and parents!). We would like to begin by thanking our students and parents for your continued support throughout the year. It has been another fantastic year with exams, shows and events and none of which would be possible without the dedication from our students and parents (some of whom are unfortunately leaving us this summer - but more about that later!)

The year started off with full classes and lots of new faces, but it didn't stay calm for long! Our students had the fabulous opportunity to be part of the Dubai National Day show which included 180 performers and was televised across Dubai. This was an amazing opportunity for so many of our students who thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly as the stage was set in water! A huge congratulations to all those involved.

Dubai National Day Celebrations - some of our 'Sea Anenome' student performers.

Simultaneously, two of our students, Melissa Ramos Fiche and Maxine DeBeco were selected from the Diverse children's agency to represent her highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi of Abu Dhabi, which was televised and performed to millions of enthralled viewers, for the National Day Stadium Show in the Sheikh Mo-hammed bin Zayed stadium.

The end of Term 1 brought singing and dance assessments which were a great success and furthered the development of our students. Following on from this, a few students were selected to perform at Winterfest in the pantomime which was a truly memorable performance and we have been asked back for this year's Winterfest too!

The Winterfest Team. Oliver Ferro, Emily Savory, Melanie Becker, Hannah Morcos, Lily Naylor, Sergio Esteve, Renesa Massand and Charlotte Buxton alongside the professional performers.

Term 2 was a busy as ever with countless performing opportunities for our students, a new member of the Musical Theatre department - (introducing Harry Stone!) as well as some workshops thrown in for good measure! We invited Caitlin Gray from New York's Broadway Dance Centre along for a third consecutive year to give workshops and put together a show piece. I am sure you will agree, the end result was awesome and 'On The Move' was an exquisite performance!

We also invited Tish Tindall along to take some singing workshops. Tish is a songwriter, playwrite and performer (you can catch her at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year) and a very experienced vocal coach. The students had a ball and we hope she can join us again next year.

The end of Term 2 brought our annual show at Nord Anglia School for it's second year. The show was a joy to watch and was a tremendous opportunity for some of our youngest students who went on stage for the first time. Well done to all involved, we had so much lovely feedback from the show we are super proud of you all.

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Our students had many a great performing moment as they took part in various events during Term 2 and 3.

Ella Afgahi and Rami Hamzeh in dress rehearsal for their Dubai World Cup performance.

Some highlights were the Movado Watch Launch for Ahmed Siddiqui and Sons, our hugely popular yoga flashmob for XYoga Dubai, a fashion show for Red Tag and Dubai World Cup opening ceremony in which Ella Afghahi and Rami Hamzeh performed a beautiful duet dream sequence choreographed by Scott.


Our students with the Boxtones in the recording studio!

Some of our students were asked to sing on backing vocals for the Universal signed 'Boxtone's' new album. This was an excellent opportunity for our singers to experience album production within a recording studio and were even asked to feature in the music video, alongside many other of our students! Watch this space for the video release!


In usual Diverse fashion, the year brought many flashmobs, two for BBY UAE, the launch of the new Level Kids store at City Walk and the ADAA Football tournament in Abu Dhabi. Just as we thought the events were over for the summer, Level Kids invited us back to perform a fashion themed show modelling some of their clothes - the girls had an absolute blast!

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We had a terrific year for exams.

Starting with Trinity Drama in which Neil and his amazing drama Kings and Queens gained 62 distinctions and 4 Merits! A huge congrats to all the students and to our chief drama King Neil. In ballet, the RAD awarded many of our students high distinction scores and merits, an overall great result for the department - well done to Jackie, Tina and their ballerinas.

For LAMDA singing exams, we had some excellent results with another huge amount of distinctions and merits. Thank you to Rachel and Harry for their solid coaching for the exams.

As always, Catherine and her team of Tappers and Modern dancers excelled this year with another massive 34 distinctions and 10 merits... WOW! What an incredible result!

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This year's show 'Dancin' On The Sidewalk' was first-class as the students showcased the very best in young talent that Dubai has to offer.

The end of the year brought our sensational annual show at the Madinat Theatre Jumeirah. This year's show 'Dancin' On The Sidewalk' was first-class as the students showcased the very best in young talent that Dubai has to offer. We are incredibly grateful for the participation and support from parents throughout the rehearsal process and show weekend. We would particularly like to thank the chaperones for their superb organisation and dedication.

We would also like to thank our sponsors Cellcrypt and Afterschool.ae. They exceeded expectations in assisting us to put on such an exceptional show.

As always, we supported a charity during the show and programme and t-shirt proceeds raised 7000 AED for Save The Children. Thank you for your assistance with this, we can not wait to make the donation and change some young lives for the better!

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As we look ahead to September we are sad to know that quite a few of our students will not be coming back due to them leaving Dubai.

Crischaela Vallender and Ella Oberg will be leaving us to persue professional careers in the industry after having gained places at Laine Theatre Arts and Mountview respectively. Between them, the girls got offered places at Laine , Doreen Birds, Urdang, London Studio Centre which are all the most established Performing Arts colleges in London. Harrison Wile - another of our ex-students who left us only a short time ago, got awarded the Betty Laine Scholarship during the audition process and will be joining Crischaela at Laine Theatre Arts.

Congratulations everybody, we can't wait to follow your progress. Some students will also be leaving with their families and we are very sad to see them go. We would like to wish everyone the best of luck and we really hope that you continue your training in your new home.

We would also like to say congratulations to Zoe Stephenson who was awarded a scholarship at this year's Laine Theatre Arts Summer School to come back next year and study for free. This scholarship is only handed to one boy and one girl every year - excellent work Zoe!

On that note, we would also like to announce that Tina, Sara, Roberta and Rachel will not be returning in September. Tina has been a great addition to the ballet team whilst all of the Mini's will for sure miss Sara greatly. Roberta has been a teacher with Diverse for three years and has been an asset to the Contemporary and Dance Fusion department (not to mention her stunning costumes in our events division). Rachel has been a member of the Diverse teaching faculty for a whopping seven years and has consistently produced beautiful work throughout the year, particularly in the show.

Thanks to all for their dedication and hard work over the years and best of luck with your new ventures.

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Ex Diverse Student Makes His West End Debut!

We also have some great news, one of our ex students Devon Braithwaite has already made his West End debut in a new musical 'Eugenius' at the London Palladium - congratulations Devon we are so proud of you!


Devon Braithwaite rocking his first West End Job!

Looking ahead, we have some exciting new prospects to look forward to and can't wait to see all of our wonderful students and parents in September!
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