Without dance, what’s the pointe?

If there’s one person who’d definitely agree with the words above, it has to be the next guest on Girls Around Town!

It’s almost two years since Christina Philllips-Kelly was last in the studio with June talking about The Studio at Averham, where she runs ballet and tap classes for young people aged over 14 and for adults.

But she’s back in the studio this weekend, this time describing how she kept in touch with her students during lockdowns…

And how the recent lifting of restrictions has finally allowed them to get back to classes and workshops, among them a three-day event aimed at nine to 14-year olds taking place later this month.

Christina is over the moon about the studio’s re-opening of course but she’s particularly excited about one other piece of news she’ll be sharing this weekend – that right now one of her young students is busy honing his skills at the Royal Ballet School!

Pictured above in his ballet uniform, 14 year-old Jem Allam is taking part in an intensive summer course run by what is widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest centres of classical ballet training.

She’ll be explaining how Jem got this incredible opportunity, the kind of things he’s doing and learning during his time there and what it means not only to him but to his fellow students back in Newark and to Christina herself as his tutor.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online, on the apps or on Alexa from 11.10am on Sunday to hear what Christina has to say…

And don’t forget to Put On Your Sunday Best from 10am to join June for more local news and great music in the first hour of the show too!

Swan Lake comes to Southwell

Something for all the ballet lovers out there…

It’s probably one of the best-known, best-loved tales ever told but do you really understand the story of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake?

And did you know that ballet companies performing it can – and often do – change the ending to suit themselves?

Join the Girls Around Town in the second hour of this weekend’s show to hear Christina Phillips-Kelly describing some of the twists and turns of the plot, which centres around a princess called Odette who is cruelly changed into a white swan and must remain a swan until she finds her prince.

She’ll be sharing details too of The Studio at Averham‘s own adaptation of this all-time classic, which comes to Southwell Secondary School next month.

Raising money for the Breast Cancer arm of Cancer Research UK, the performances take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January – tickets are selling fast so make sure you’re standing by with paper and pen at the ready to make a note of how to get yours before it’s too late.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11am to 12 noon when Christina will be telling June and Rachel what’s in store for the audiences in Southwell, why she chose to go with one of the more traditional endings to the story and, before she leaves the Radio Newark studios, giving theatre-goers a two-word warning – bring tissues!!

From ballet to Borneo

An unexpected bonus on this weekend’s show – even June has only known about it for a couple of days!

Christina Phillips-Kelly of The Studio at Averham joined the Girls Around Town back in October 2018 to talk about her upcoming production of the ballet Sleeping Beauty at Newark‘s Robin Hood Theatre,

Her return visit this Sunday morning was booked a couple of months ago and this time round she has news of another special event on the horizon…

Find out from Christina what’s in store for the 20 lucky people who manage to secure a place for this one – a personal masterclass with professional ballerina, coach and choreographer Tala Lee-Turton coming to Newark in August.

And, if those places haven’t already all been snapped up, how you can get in touch and maybe grab one for yourself!

That unexpected bonus? Christina will be joined by her daughter Molly Frost who’s making a flying visit home for the Bank Holiday weekend.

When Christina was on the show last year, Molly had just headed out to Borneo to spend three months at an orangutan sanctuary there, after completing her Masters Degree in Wildlife Conservation and UAV Technology in Liverpool.

If you want to know why she was there, what she did during her stay and what she’s been doing since – and hear a bit more about the masterclass too, of course – you know what to do…

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday morning, when the conversation between June, Christina and Molly will begin with ballet and end up in Borneo!