The Slipper and the Rose with Estelle School of Dance


To celebrate their 60th Anniversary, The Estelle School of Dance present The Slipper and the Rose – The Cinderella Musical in June,  we sat down with Trish Daniels from the company to find out more about the show and what audiences can expect. Read the full chat below


What can audiences expect to see from the Slipper and the Rose?

They can expect stunning sets and scenery, colourful costumes, beautiful dances and dancing, lovely songs from a romantic era written by the fabulous Sherman brothers, a full musical with songs dancing and lots of humour. A show for all ages a real feel good show for all the family.

What is the rehearsal process for the show? How long does it take to put the show together? 

The fund raising for the show starts 2 years before. The rehearsals start in February with the Show in June. Rehearsals take place in lessons but also every Thurs evening and every Sat afternoon including extra rehearsals for the principal roles and on  2 Sundays 2 weeks prior to the Show and all week – the week of the Show.

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What’s your favourite song from the show and why?

Hard to choose as there are so many good songs funny, romantic, solos, duets, ensembles but Why Can’t I be two people? and What has love got to do with getting married?  For their humour and catchy tunes. And Suddenly it happens and Secret Kingdom for their romantic lyrics.

Who are Estelle School of Dance and what work do you make?  

The Estelle School of Dance are one of the oldest and longest running dance schools in Swindon being set up by the Principal Pat Bennett on her 20th birthday in 1958 and bhas been run single handed by her for 60 years. They are the only dance school in Swindon to perform their shows for Charity and over the years have raised in excess of £100,000 amongst which was £5000 from Peter Pan the British Musical which they put on at The Wyvern Theatre in June 2016. This year they are performing The Slipper and the Rose in aid of The Brighter Futures radiotherapy appeal.

What are the future projects for the company?

The Estelle School of Dance is having a documentary made about it’s 60 years and the Principal Pat Bennett about her 60 years of Dance dedication and determination.

A pantomime is performed every year with the Immanuel Dramatic Society and every 2 years a show is performed for Charity at the Wyvern Theatre.


The Slipper and the Rose: The Cinderella Musical is at the Wyvern Theatre on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June.

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