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Theatre Rehearsal Times

Not long to go until the children take centre stage at St Helen’s Theatre Royal!

Here is a list of groups times for important rehearsals at the theatre.

Tuesday 22nd October  – Normal dance uniform 

(All Groups)

Group 1      5:15pm – 6:00pm

Group 2      5:30pm – 7:00pm

Group 3      5:30pm – 7:00pm

Group 4      5:30pm – 7:30pm

Group 5      5:30pm – 7:30pm

Group 6      6:00pm – 8:00pm

Group 7      6:30pm – 9:00pm 

Group 8      6:30pm – 9:00pm

Street          6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday 3rd November – DRESS REHEARSAL 

Our Dress Rehearsal will start at 1:00pm prompt. The stage door will be open from 12:00pm.  All students will need to bring their costumes with them and have their hair up as they will on the actual show nights. Make up is not required for the Dress Rehearsal.

We will be running through the show in programme order and may have time at the end for some extra work on any numbers that need it.

Parents are welcome in the auditorium; we are only able to use the seats in the stalls.  The dress circle and circle will be closed as no one from the Theatre will be available to man them. ** Only dancers and our licensed chaperones will be allowed back stage **

Dancing with the Stars!

Dancing with the Stars!

This weekend (Sunday 21st July 2013), The Anna Shimmin School of Dance, based in Shevington, is proud to welcome James Robinson who will be running a series of dance masterclasses for students of the School.

James is a nationally-recognised dancer and choreographer who has worked on many hugely successful television series’ including The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing On Ice. He has also worked with stars of the music industry as diverse as Cliff Richard and Chaka Khan to the Spice Girls, Jessie J, The Saturdays and The Pussycat Dolls.

James will be giving three commercial dance masterclasses, each two hours long, to students aged 10 and under, between 11 and 15 years and 16 and over. Commercial dance is the high-energy, fast-paced style enjoyed by the nation in their millions on Saturday nights and this is the first time that masterclasses such as this will have been run in Wigan.

Anna Shimmin, Dance School principal, says about this weekend’s visit, “We are very excited about being able to provide this opportunity for our students to learn from one of the best in the industry. James’ work has been viewed and talked about up and down the country and we are really looking forward to learning more from him.”

The masterclasses are taking place on Sunday at the following times (please note that the masterclasses are not open to the general public; places are limited to those already attending the Dance School):

Age 10 and under:            10am – 12pm
11-15 years:                     1pm – 3pm
16+ years:                        3pm – 5pm

We would be pleased to welcome a photographer to the School if you wish to feature the masterclasses. Alternatively, please let us know if you would like us to supply photographs.

About the Dance School:

The Anna Shimmin School of Dance was founded by Anna Shimmin in 2009 after starting her successful career as a professional dancer in shows and cabarets both in the UK and abroad. The School caters for all ages and abilities and currently teaches over 180 students across a range of disciplines such as ballet, tap, modern jazz and street dance. Anna also runs pay-on-the-day zumba fitness classes for over-16s and adults. Anna and her team have an infectious and passionate love for dance and they are dedicated to passing this onto their students. The School is proud to boast a 100% examination pass rate and will be performing their annual Dance School Show, this year titled ‘Live, Dream, Dance’ at St Helens’ Theatre Royal in November.     

Where you can find us:

Anna Shimmin School of Dance
Gathurst Lane



Anna Shimmin: or phone 07738 350164

Victoria Gregson:



Twitter: @ShimminDance

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Summer School – August 2013!



Just a few places left! Book now to avoid disappointment!  





A fantastic summer school incorporating drama, dance, musical theatre and much more. All students will receive an award at the end of the course in recognition of their achievements and attendance.




AGES 5 – 14


10:00am – 2:00pm


3 day course: £35.00


To book please email

or ring

Anna Shimmin : 07738 350164.



‘Born to Perform’ Show Reviews

In November 2012, 143 of our fabulous dancers took to the stage at St Helen’s Theatre Royal.  It was without a doubt the highlight of the year and the feedback was simply outstanding.  We had so much talent bursting onto the stage and I was extremely proud to be able to showcase this;  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students for their dedication and hard work, without them we would not have had such a spectacular show and it is their passion for dance that makes my role as their dance teacher so worth while.

Please enjoy reading through a small selection of the many wonderful comments I received about ‘Born to Perform’ 2012…


“Wow what a brilliant brilliant show. We enjoyed every minute. So glad we took Abigail to watch. She was clapping and dancing along in her seat to every dance! She loved watching all of her friends up there and she cant wait to get back to dancing. Well done Miss Anna and all the dancing stars! Absolutely fab. xx” – Michelle


“Thank you so much Anna. That was without doubt the best night of 2012. The inspiration you have given the girls through all of this is more than any mum could hope for.” – Danielle 


“Well, what a show. I’ve been to one or two & this is without doubt the best i’ve seen. Anna Shimmin , you should be so proud of yourself. Your school’s first big performance that has eclipsed all other’s i’ve seen 🙂 Was a bit strange as well, seen our Meg in the group 1-2’s many moons ago, now she’s in the seniors. Many congrats Anna , all the dancers & helpers 🙂 x” – Malc


“Congratulations on a fantastic show. We are so proud of Ava + are still drying our tears from over the rainbow! You should be very chuffed with yourself because it was spectacular + every1 on stage was fab xxx” – Jessica


“So Proud (to bursting point) that my 3 year old was a part of something so wonderful last night! A bit sad its all over now and Minnie’s not having any of it, she’s adamant that she’s doing it all again tonight! Tried telling her Miss Anna needs a big sleep and a rest now but she disagrees “oh mummy-Miss Anna won’t mind!” hehe xx” – Niaomi


“So so so good !! The dancers all looked amazing, really enjoyed it. Well done to all xx” – Rebecca


“What an amazing dance school you have Miss Anna! The talent was just bursting out of every dance! Ady and I were a very proud mummy and daddy of our mini street dancer and to think she had pulled out the week before with nerves!! so so pleased you and the girls were so kind and encouraged her to perform! For her to have been part of this was magic, and the memories we will have for a lifetime, thanking you endlessly xx” Lynn 

Thank you all for your lovely comments and for coming along to support us! Here’s to the next show!

Show 2013 – St Helen’s Theatre Royal

I’m pleased to announce that after the huge success of  ‘Born to Perform’ our next show will be performed at St Helens Theatre Royal on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th November 2013!

The Dress Rehearsal will take place on Sunday 3rd November.

Further rehearsal dates and other show related information will be confirmed very shortly.

To see reviews of our last show, please see our Latest News section!




Examination Dates 2013

Sunday 28th April – B.T.D.A Examination Session

Sunday 7th July – B.T.D.A Examination Session

More information will be available soon!



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