Press & Reviews
ON SET ON THE NEW SUSAN LYNCH MOVIE “THE BOOKSTORE”
What can I say? A phone call out of the blue and I’m working on the new Susan Lynch movie, The Bookstore, starring Tim Burgess. (Read full article here)
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
“All I can say is that I absolutely love the Monday class. I think it may be the first time I have actually looked forward to a Monday morning!” (Read full article here)
BOOGIE BOUNCE COMES TO NOTTINGHAM
If cracking a sweat whilst bouncing your heart out to an array of pop bangers sounds like it'd be a laugh... then you'd be right. (Read full article here)
POETRY IN MOTION
"Each year the Cambridge University Dance Society's annual show takes dozens of dancers, choreographers and techies, thousands of hours to prepare, and this year's performance of 'Poetry in Motion' has been no exception with 92 dancers involved - possibly our biggest cast ever - we are proud to present a stunning variety of different dance styles, from A for Acrobatics to B for BreakDancing and C for Contempoary. This year the choreographers had the additional challenge of creating works based on extracts of poems, plays and novels, but they rose to the challenge with enthusiasm, finding inspiration in everything from 10th century Chinese poetry to modern rap. We are delighted to have performers from all walks of life involved in thge show, including lots of Cambridge locals as well as students. (Read full article here).
THE BOWL FULL TAPAS RESTAURANT
"As expected, the tapas were delicious, and the wines and beers (included in the ticket price) flowed freely. Guitarists, Spanish dancers and a spectacular cante flamenco singer provided entertainment from a small dance floor/stage, and a fantástico time was had by all."
“…From 8 o’clock in the evening, everyone joined in a dance party and put into practice some of the dance steps learned during the day. Diane was on the go for thirteen hours, and this wasn’t just a one off – she holds these taster sessions regularly, in addition to teaching summer schools, one day intensive courses for adults, junior classes, demonstrations and workshops for schools” Read full article here.
“…I just wanted to write and thank you so much for the fantastic performance at my husband’s birthday celebrations; it made his day.”
“… Should you be overtaken by the urge to learn Flamenco dancing, you will be delighted to know that you don’t have to hotfoot it over to Seville in order to do so. Reigning over various venues in the East Midlands, is professional dancer and Spanish Dance teacher, Diane Pickard, all ready to impart her considerable knowledge of the various forms of Spanish dancing to beginners and improvers alike.”
TASTER DAY WORKSHOPS
“… With flaming red hands and aching wrists, we moved to Tangos, and on went the swirling skirts and shawls. Here the counting was easier, but working with permanently bent knees presented a challenge of a different kind. Using our hips and trying to copy Diane’s proudly held head and shoulders and lovely arms, gave us the feeling that we were almost ready to take on the Spanish in their own field.”
“… Thank you for the excellent performance you gave us. The evening was a great success and the guests enjoyed what was a fantastic party.”
CHAIRMAN OF NORTH KESTEVEN DISTRICT COUNCIL
“… May I take this opportunity to thank you for dancing at my Proms evening on Friday. Everyone who supported the event enjoyed the quality of your performance which contributed greatly to making the evening a success”
“… One of the many highlights was the dance between the two principle dancers, Diane Pickard of Fiesta Flamenco and Nikki Mclusky of FreeSpirit Contemporary. This demonstrated how the two styles of dance could mesh together easily in a captivating way with the two dancers each showing off the very best of their genre. The audience almost held their breath at this time as their steps weaved intricately together creating a beautiful and alluring sequence” Read full article here.