Happy New Year!

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Hellooo blog readers, I hope you have all had a good Christmas. Sorry for the long time – no blog! Hope enjoyed my latest YouTube ‘Mistletoe’ on Christmas Day. Thank you for all your lovely comments about it, they made my Christmas!

So I want to wish you all Happy New Year and this year I’ve made some New Year’s Resolutions! (*gasps*) so I thought I would share them with you and hope you will send me yours too (just add a comment to the blog).

  1. Blog more!!!! I really don’t blog enough, so this year I’m going to blog more as I’ve been inspired by fellow bloggers like Lucy Powrie, Amelia & Grace Mandeville and Zoe Sugg.
  1. Keep more secrets – ok this is a bit of a silly one but I thought I’d include it anyway. I’m one of those people who’s really bad at keeping secrets! But I feel like now I need to be a better person and try to keep them more. Don’t know how long it will last though, oops!
  1. Push myself more (well this makes me sound very mature!) No, really I think I need to push myself to practise my piano for longer, to practise my singing exam exercises more often, try harder at everything I do because I am really lucky to have the opportunities and support I have i.e. lessons in singing, dancing, acting and piano. This is going to sound really cheesy but it’s what I love doing and other people like me can’t even think of being able to this.

Thank you to everyone who helped in 2015 with fundraising and sponsorship. Thank you to everyone who gave me some money towards my lessons for Christmas – it’s all helped with our fundraising  drive. Let’s try and make 2016 even better!!!

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Thanks to Exeter Music Holiday School

We’re so grateful to all our very special sponsors who help make it possible for Natasha to attend Italia Conti Performing Arts School every Saturday and have private singing and piano lessons (more details here).

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Our newest sponsor is Exeter Music Holiday School. They’re based at Magdalen Court School on Victoria Park Road in Exeter. The music school is a creative way for children in Devon to immerse themselves in musicality, a great alternative to Holiday Childcare that is open during EVERY School Holiday. It’s open to budding musicians of all abilities. Click here for more details about dates and how to book. Laura and Ruth would love to hear from you.

Exeter Music Holiday School (EMHS) provides a whole range of instruments from woodwind, stringed, electronic to percussion for the children to try out and perform with along with improving their vocal abilities. The children also get to compose their own music and songs and recordings can be taken home.

Exeter Music Holiday School also provides workshops for events in Devon plus one-to-one music tuition/private sessions.  Check out the gallery on the website to see what fun the kids have every school holiday.

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If you do contact Exeter Music Holiday School, please remember to say you heard about the school from the Natasha Pavey website that they sponsor. Thanks.

Fundraising Update

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting Natasha. Here’s a little update on how the fundraising is going.

  • Donations on the GoFundMe page have raised £225 so far – thank you to Rachel, Marieke, Shirley, Bob, Lyn, Andy & Debbie.
  • Our Christmas Craft Fayre on 21/11/15 raised a fantastic £208 – thanks to everyone who helped.

That’s £483 raised in total so far and ……..only £1717 to go !!!

How you can help today:

  • Make a donation from as little as £1 on Natasha’s GoFundMe page.
  • Become a business sponsor – please read more here
  • Like Natasha’s Facebook page and post a link on your Facebook page to encourage others.

Thanks everyone x

Sharon (Mum)

Celebrating with a hot chocolate after performing at the Speech & Drama Festival in Plymouth
Celebrating with a hot chocolate after performing at the Speech & Drama Festival in Plymouth

My first festival

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Hiya people, hope you’re all well!

In a past blog I think I mentioned I’d been entered into the Plymouth Festival of Speech and Drama by my drama teacher at Italia Conti…..

Anyway it was last Thursday. I had to get the day off school to go and it took me and Mum two hours each way to get there on the train and a bus.

I was entered into two classes – Novice Verse Speaking and Improvisation Story Telling. First up was Improv Story Telling which is basically where the examiner gives you three items and you get ten minutes make up a story including them. I liked this class because I had lots of friendly competition. There were only three of us, me and two others from my acting class who are my friends. I was so surprised because there was only one point between us all! I didn’t win but I was really happy with a commendation.

The other class I was in was Novice Verse Speaking which is simply performing a poem. There were 13 of us in this class. I chose a poem called Why do I have to clean my room by Jack Prelutsky. I got a Merit for this which I was very pleased with. It was really interesting watching others perform their pieces and getting feedback from the examiner Stephen Owen (he was very funny!). The main things I learned were to speak a bit louder and speak much more slowly (that’s hard when you’re nervous!). Mr Owen mentioned that I was good at facial expressions and eye contact with the audience.

Thanks for reading again – we are fundraising to pay for my classes in singing, acting, ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre and piano – more info here.

Bag it !!!

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Hey people, you’ll never believe it but I’m now a ……(wait for it)…….. professional blogger!!! I know it’s pretty unbelievable isn’t it? This is so cool! I now have three lovely sponsors, hopefully more soon. Watch out Zoella!

Thank you to the fab-u-lous (darling!) Dancewear Central who are now one of my wonderful sponsors. They have sent me some awesome dance related products which I’m gonna be reviewing for them. I’m starting today with this gorgeous Danshuz Dance Attitude Tote bag which I’m holding in the pic above. I’m really happy to own this bag now and I will take it to Italia Conti Drama School this Saturday. I think it’s really practical as it holds more than it looks which is useful as a dancer because you’ve always got lots of bits and bobs to stick in your bag.

It’s really nice and colourful with dance related words all over it. Also it has a handy pocket on the front with a cool stylish zip.  It can be used as a shoulder bag with the long handles. And lastly it can be tightened so nothing falls out which is useful because as a busy dancer you are always up and down so insuring nothing falls out is one less thing to think about.

Check out the Dance Attitude bag yourself by clicking here – it’s only £12.95. Dancewear Central does lots more bags too – see the whole range here something for every dancer and super fast delivery.

Hope you liked my first review. I’m busy at the moment trying to perfect a new song for you to add to my You Tube channel. See you again soon x

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Award Ceremony

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Hello people, I hope you are all well!

A couple of weeks ago I got a letter from school, (don’t worry I’m not in trouble!) I was very surprised when I opened it because it was an invitation to the award ceremony at school.

The ceremony was on Thursday evening, we had to wear smart clothes so I had to wear a dress (yuck – I don’t like wearing dresses!). It was very exciting though and I was really nervous – I had to go up in front of everyone to collect the award on the stage. The award was for the most improved in music in my year!

It was great to be there with some of my friends who also won awards. Well done to Naomi for winning highest achiever in art – you are an amazing artist. Congrats to Finley for winning an award in IT, you really deserve it. Also Katia for also winning an award in music – you are so talented and your performance was awesome! Ellie and Isabel both won awards in French – bien joue. I must congratulate Lauren for her maths award, well done. Finally Maisie for the Pastoral award – congrats.

Thanks to Cherry for making a donation to my course fees (read more about this here) and getting us started with business sponsorship – if you are reading this and run a business and want to help – click here.

The easiest way to help is on my Go Fund Me page – thanks everyone. Have a fantastic week.

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Natasha in Narnia!

With The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe cast
With The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe cast

Natasha had several parts in the acclaimed ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe‘ musical in Summer 2015 – directed by the talented young director Alex Jackson. This was a collaboration between local theatre groups Honiton Pantomime Society and the Honiton Players in the form of the Honiton Community Theatre Company.

Director Alex Jackson Director says:

“Natasha is a committed and hardworking cast member who listens well to direction and is always friendly and polite which is a real asset to the cast of the show. I really hope she’ll join us for more productions in the future and look forward to seeing her improve further as she grows up.”

Find out more about Natasha’s story here.

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On the keyboard

Natasha’s Piano teacher is the fabulous Emily Miller – a talented local multi-musician herself – see www.emilymillermusic.co.uk. Emily says:

Natasha is learning the piano with myself, she is a very keen learner and works really hard to achieve good goals. I have only taught her for a few months and have been amazed at her progress, she passed her grade 1 ABRSM piano exam and I am very proud of her achievements, she is a joy to teach.”

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colours in your mind”
Maria Cristina Mena, The Collected Stories of Maria Cristina Mena

Find out more about Natasha’s story here.