Name: Cynthia Carr - Fellow and Examiner ISTD - Review of Song and Dance albums 1 - 11
Company: Dance International Magazine (IDTA publication May 2011 Vol 9 - No 3))
Quote: At last a compilation of songs with great arrangements, full of interest and impact timed to the exact correct length. A series of eleven albums with excellent variety on each one. Guy Dearden has tremendous experience in the dance school world and has produced these in keys that are suitable for young voices. The selection is suitable for all ages. Some old favourites that never lose their popularity, along with some from all the latest shows.
Each album contains 16, 17 or 18 numbers which last for 2, 2.5 or 3 minutes. This means that all the hard work is taken away from the preparation of numbers with strict time limits, which is a real boon for teachers.
The sound is presented on synthesiser, fully orchestrated but with sympathetic adjustment of volume and orchestration for the singing sections. The music provides a good build up which helps develop a strong climax and gives plenty of opportunity for the choreographer to put his/her stamp on the selected number. Song sheets and copyright information is available for each number and it is possible to download individual tracks from each album.
I am sure you will enjoy these albums and find them a help when preparing numbers for your pupils for competition work or forthcoming productions.
Cynthia Carr - Fellow and Examiner ISTD (Ballet, Modern, Tap and Classical Greek), ARAD, MIDTA, PGCA, Honorary Life Member AED, Honorary Friend of the British Federation of Festivals and All England Dance Chairman (retired)
Name: Lynda Cardwell - IDTA Examiner - Junior Showtime 6 Review
Quote: Another extremely usable album from Guy Dearden full of arrangements most suitable for festival, musical theatre and medal test dances. Song sheets are also available from Guy's web site at no extra charge. Definitely worth checking out!
Name: Jackie Crumell - Examiner BTDA
Company: Dance 10 Theatre School
Quote: We have been associated with guy deaden for nearly 20yrs using music from the many genres available. The service guy gives has been exceptional and to a very high standard. We have had pieces recorded especially for us and these have been much better than anything else available. His website is the first place I visit for new music for my dance school especially for shows and competition pieces. Many thanks guy I look forward to many more years great service and music.
Name: Colette Fenlon-Byatt, MA Dance Studies
Company: Chiltern Dance Studio, Liverpool, England
Quote: Guy Dearden has a brilliant insight into both Teachers and children's musical requirements enhancing both solo and group performances with his vast experience in the dance world. Thank you Guy for your wonderful unique choice of music and your patience in helping me choose wisely. Nothing is ever too much trouble!
Name: Sharon Haydon
Company: Footloose Theatre Dance Academy, Doncaster, England
Quote: I have been using music from Guy for a number of years now ....the class CD`s are particularly useful for imrpovisation or just free work. Also when I have struggled to find a specific song in a backing track - Guy has been really helpful and has very kindly laid the music down for me to the correct length of time and it has worked perfectly. This is such a useful and beneficial music website ...please keep up the hard work.
Name: Michelle Hallett
Company: Shelly Academy of Dance, Rugby, England
Quote: As a dance teacher it is often a challenge to find suitable music for class and stage work but Guy gets it right every time! His tracks are inspirational and always 'just what you've been looking for!' A must for every dance teacher!
Name: Julie Hutchings
Company: Prima Stage School, Aylesford, England
Quote: I have used music from Guy Dearden’s Theatre Music Shop for many years. All the music whether for class work or shows is very inspiring and Guy will even arrange tracks to suit individual’s including track length and tempo. He is always extremely helpful.
Name: Ian Meeson, IDTA Examiner - Review of Showtime Hits 20 album
Quote: I recently purchased "showtime Hits 20". The CD is great, with such a versatile playlist of Musical Theatre instrumental tracks perfect for song and dance and show numbers. I was particularly pleased with the mixture of ages of songs, some from older musicals such as 'The Trolley Song' made famous by Judy Garland, to 'Bend and Snap' from the recent musical 'Legally Blonde'.
All the tracks are orchestrated and have a subtle melody guideline throughout, which I'm sure will be useful for students and teachers. I personally will be using the track 'Take Off With Us' from the musical 'All That Jazz'. It's a great number and although difficult to count with it's tricky phrasing, I love the challenge, as do my Musical Theatre students.
Well done Guy, I knew you were good when you accompanied my tap exam all those years ago!
Name: Juliette Sinclair - Director OTP Theatre Co.
Company: The Olde Tyme Players Theatre Company
Quote: We have been using guy's backing tracks for a few years now for our productions and we have never been disappointed. Especially the Music Hall tracks which are hard to come by. Guy has also been very helpful with editing tracks where possible. Very professional! I would highly reccomend his site.
Name: Denise Skinner - IDTA Examiner - Review of Baby Showtime albums
Quote: The Baby Showtime albums provide a wealth of old favourites and delightful compilations to introduce to to days tiny tots. Teachers will also enjoy a trip down memory lane as well as finding new inspiration in the selections.
Both albums provide a wide variety of themes suitable for show or classwork. They also contain lovely ideas for scenes such as "The Magic Doll Shop" and "In the Night Garden". Song sheets and track listings can be printed off for free from the web site.
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