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RYDA at Spotlight 2021

Dear Parent/Guardians & Dancers

I am writing to inform you of the wonderful opportunity you or your son/daughter has chosen to be a part of.

We are very proud to announce that we are running the 17th Spotlight Dance Show featuring Rutland Primary Schools and Community Dance Companies including Rutland Youth Dance Academy students. The date for the Community showcase is Saturday 26th June at the Corn Exchange Theatre, Stamford

I hope you can appreciate a lot of preparation is required, therefore, with your permission, we would like all performers to spend some time at the theatre to go through final rehearsals, light and sound organisation and dress rehearsals prior to the Evening performance.

Dress Rehearsal and Performance Times

Dress Rehearsal

SHOW ONE – Saturday 26th June 9am to 12pm

SHOW TWO – Saturday 26th June 1pm to 4pm

Evening Performance 

SHOW ONE – 5.30pm

SHOW TWO – 7.30pm

RYDA Groups and Show Allocation

The groups involved in each show are as follows:-
Show 1 – Step 2 It, Year 7/8 Street Dance, RYDC (Advanced Street), Adults Street Dance, Adults Contemporary, All Stars.
Show 2 – Year 7-9 Contemporary, Year 9 Street Dance, Dad’s That Dance, All Stars.

PLEASE NOTE – All Stars will be performing in BOTH shows

Dancers will need to make their own way to the theatre for their dress rehearsals at the times above.

You will then need to be back at the Theatre 30 minutes before the show start time at 5pm and 7pm.

Covid Procedures

Even though the show dates are after the scheduled final easing of the national restrictions, we want to reassure you we will be running the event as Covid Safe as we possibly can. Therefore, there will be some changes to the procedures that we have done in previous years. These include:

  • Groups will be allocated a specific area in the theatre audience to sit throughout the dress rehearsal
  • No groups will share dressing rooms with other schools
  • There will be no mixing of groups back stage
  • There will be no mixing of groups during the transitions of each dance
  • We won’t be performing a group finale with all performers on the stage at the same time. We will however be designing a covid safe finale in order to finish the show appropriately
  • We will follow theatre guidelines re the audience and what procedures they will need to follow. These are currently unknown and we hope we will have further information closer to the date


The Theatre will be selling all the tickets directly to spectators. I have detailed below the various options available to spectators:

As the theatre is not clear at present of the regulations or procedures they will need to follow come the next easing of national restrictions on the 21st June, we will not be opening the ticket office until the 21st June. If it becomes clearer before this date, then we will inform you that the ticket office will be opened at an earlier date.

Ticket Price – £10 adult, £6 Junior (under 16) & Concession.

Methods of purchase

  1. Buy direct from the Box Office at the theatre – Cash payment –  £10 Adults, £6 child (inclusive of Booking fees)
  2. Via Phone from the Box Office (01780 766455) – Same prices as above
  3. Online purchase via – Same price as above.

Evening Performance Arrival/Drop Off Procedures

Performers will need to be dropped off at the performers’ entrance, which is actually at the back of the theatre 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.  I will show all students where this is so that they can show you at drop off.  After the evening performance, you can then collect them from this same point.

Parents will be informed at the end of each show by event organiser Chris Thomas where and how to pick up their children. Any parents who are not watching the show will be informed closer to the event where to collect their child at the end of each show.


Please be aware that parking is limited in Stamford all through Spotlight week. You will need to take this into consideration with your travel time  and being able to get to Stamford early enough to find a parking space and walk to the theatre to either drop of your performer and/or take your seat for the show.

Performers Licence

We are required by law to provide your son/daughters name, dob, address and school to the local authority on application of a performers license for this event.  The purpose of the license is to ensure children’s safety as there is alcohol on sale at the event and to confirm children are not being paid to perform.  The relevant local authority will hold this information on record for a minimum of 6 months and will not share this information with third parties.


Please go to to check what you or your son/daughter will need to wear for costume.  There is generally no charge or a minimal charge for these – they are things you will need to source.

Please complete the form below to consent to you or your son/daughter taking part in the event, agree to the term and above and provide emergency contact details. 

If you or your son/daughter does not want to or is unable to attend you are still very welcome at class this term but please do let me know as soon as possible by emailing me at [email protected]

    In the case of an emergency please contact the following

    I consent to myself / my child named above attending the relevant dress rehearsal for Spotlight Dance Festival and taking part in the performance on Saturday 26th June.

    I / They will make their own way to the Theatre for the dress rehearsal - 9-12pm Show 1 & 1-4pm Show 2, and be collected from the Theatre at 6.45pm Show 1 or 8.45pm Show 2 following the performance.

    I understand the local authority (Rutland and Lincolnshire) will hold relevant information about my child's involvement in the event with reference to licensing. Please note this is only applicable for dancers under the age of 18.

    *Required Field

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    5:30-6:30pm - Advanced Street Dance
    6:45-7:45pm - Advanced Contemporary
    8:00-9:00pm - Adults Street Dance
    4:30-5:30pm - Beginners Street Dance
    5:45-6:45pm - Beginners Musical Theatre
    7:00-8:00pm - RYDA Stars Extra Session
    4:30-5:30pm - Intermediate Street Dance
    5:45-6:45pm - Intermediate Contemporary