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RYDA at Spotlight 2024


We are incredibly proud to announce that we are running the 20th Spotlight Dance Show this year featuring Rutland Schools and Rutland Youth Dance Academy students. The date for the Secondary Show is Friday 22nd March at the Corn Exchange Theatre, Stamford.

PLEASE NOTE – Due to a clash with the school musical at Catmose College, the only RYDA groups performing in this show are Advanced Street Dance (16+) and UCC Street Dance Group. All other secondary age dancers will this year perform in the Community Showcase please head over to for all the details.

Looking for Photos and Testimonials…
As you may know this is the 20th year of Spotlight and we want to put together a truly memorable show and accompanying programme to match. For this to happen we’d really like your input! If you or someone you know has been involved in a Spotlight show over the years, we are looking for photos, testimonials and written memories of your Spotlight experience from past performers and staff! Please could you spread the word far and wide to start the search for photos from previous shows that might make it into our Anniversary Programme or even be seen on-screen… All we ask is for photos and any memories or testimonials you’d like to share to be uploaded via the Spotlight website – It can be done in seconds but will add so much value to this years celebration!

Event Details 

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.

Times for Rehearsal

Providing we have permission from yourselves and your school/college we would like all our dancers to spend one day at the Theatre venue for rehearsals on Friday 22nd March. This should not affect drop off or collection times from the normal school day.

Uppingham Community College Students

Our RYDA students will need to make these arrangements through Miss Hodgson.  Please confirm with her what paper work needs to be completed to gain an authorised absence to attend this rehearsal. RYDA students will travel to and from the Theatre with Miss Hodgson and the other students involved in the event for our daytime rehearsal.

Advanced Street Dance Students 

You will be responsible for both requesting an absence from school/college and also getting yourselves too and from the venue for the dress rehearsal on Friday 22nd March. Any issues with transport please do let me know and I will help out where I can. Please arrive at theatre at 10am and rehearsal will finished at 2pm.

Evening show/Drop off Procedures

All performers will need to arrange their own transport to and from the evening performance.  All dancers should arrive at the theatre no later than 30 mins prior to their respective start time.

The show will start at 7pm on Friday 22nd March 

RYDA Performers will need to be dropped off with RYDA Chaperone at our meeting point which will be on Broad Street outside Willoughby’s and Barclay Bank.  I will show all students where this is so that they can show you at drop off.  After the evening performance, dancers can be collected from this same point. Any parents who are not watching the show should be at the collection point at approximately 8.15pm


The Theatre will be selling tickets for all Spotlight Shows.  Ticket Price – £8 adult, £4 Junior (under 16) & Concession. You can get your tickets in any of the following ways

  1. Buy direct from the Box Office at the theatre – Cash payment –  £8 Adults, £4 child
  2. Via Phone from the Box Office (01780 766455) – Same prices as above
  3. Online purchase via – Same price as above.


PLEASE NOTE – Parking can be difficult close to the theatre so you will need to plan accordingly and arrive in Stamford earlier than usual to secure parking.  There is public parking at North Street car park and Scotgate car park which are both nearby alongside other town parking facilities.

Performers License

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 your son/daughter will need to wear for costume.  There is generally no charge or a minimal charge for these and most are things you will need to source.

Please complete the form below to consent to your son/daughter taking part in the event and provide emergency contact details. 

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

    In the case of an emergency please contact the following

    I consent to my child named above attending the relevant dress rehearsal for Spotlight Dance Festival and taking part in the performance on Friday 22nd March 2024.

    UCC students travelling by bus to rehearsals will be transported with other dancers from UCC and chaperoned by a member of the RYDA team on site at the Theatre. Advanced street dancers will make their own way to the theatre for rehearsals.

    My performer will make their own way to the Theatre for the evening performance on Friday 22nd March and arrive 30 minutes prior to their performance starting at 7pm.

    I understand the local authority (Rutland and Lincolnshire) will hold relevant information about my child's involvement in the event with reference to licensing.

    *Required Field

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