My daughter moved to Liss Ballet School in September last year, she is eager to attend the classes and having had previous teachers, speaks highly of Yolande and her teaching style. The children are all dressed beautifully going into their classes, which I think shows the level of respect they have both for their teacher and their ballet.
The information received from the school regarding external and extra dance lessons out of term time is superb and she will be attending the Summer school in July as recommended through Yolande. A slight revision on lessons times has helped considerably, as a working mum little adaptations like that really make a difference.
Overall I am delighted with Liss Ballet School.
Sally Loomis, Alton, 2015
My daughter has been taking ballet lessons since she was 4 and she is now 9 and the lessons have fuelled a passion that is continuing to grow.
Mrs Parkin has a unique way of inspiring her students’ love of dance and helping them to achieve the best they can. Her lessons are fun and she loves the way she helps them to remember their dances by using rhymes and songs which make them laugh (they often incorporate squashed vegetables and Pixies!).
She has just enjoyed her first year as a Royal Ballet Associate alongside her regular lessons at Liss Forest Ballet School. We have seen an amazing growth in her strength, confidence and enjoyment of dance and we are sure this will continue for many years to come under Mrs Parkin’s guidance. She has made many friends over the years and the school is a very happy environment.
We are very grateful to Mrs Parkin and would recommend her ballet school to anyone thinking about taking up ballet without hesitation.
Louise Batt, Liss, 2015
I have been attending classes at the Liss Forest Ballet School for some twenty years - this in itself reflects how Yolande Parkin is able to maintain interest and enthusiasm in her classes.
This ballet school is one of the few which runs adult ballet classes, and also Creative Ballet classes for the over-60s. Not only are these age groups included in the range of classes, but they are part of the biennial school show - an event that is incredibly creative and inclusive, and is always well supported by the wider community.
As a trained teacher (not of ballet!) I know how challenging it can be to work with mixed ability classes. Yolande runs adult ballet classes in which there is a very wide range of abilities and also of ages, and this is always done in a way that is truly personalised and always supportive.
When I started ballet classes at the age of five I could never have imagined I would still be going to ballet at my age - and thanks to Yolande, I am.
SB, Havant, 2015
On the recommendation of dancing friends, I was able to re-discover my life-long love of ballet and I began to attend weekly classes. These are truly a highlight of my week, thanks to Yolande’s wonderfully creative and empathetic teaching. We are a mixed group of ages and experience, but Yolande is able to encourage, inspire and support us all to experience real joy (and a great deal of fun) in dancing. Yolande enables us to exercise both our bodies and brains with her sensible and musical approach together with a sense of humour. The class also provides a happy and friendly atmosphere with Yolande arranging social events in addition to the classes.
I feel very lucky to have discovered such a professional and knowledgeable teacher right on my doorstep, once again to be able to imagine that I could still one day be a prima ballerina!!
Jill Ellis, Petersfield, 2015
Both my daughters attend lessons with Mrs Parkin and ballet has become a big part of their lives. Mrs Parkin is such an inspirational, skilled and patient teacher who sees the best in everyone, whatever their abilities. My daughters always look forward to going to lessons and have learnt so much from Mrs Parkin including the joy of dance and interpretation of music, discipline, and teamwork.
Clare Dove, Liss, 2013
All four of our daughters have attended the Liss Forest Ballet school over the years (two still do). They have all enjoyed ballet, and have made good friends, and through the fun they have developed fantastic posture, grace and elegance. They have all taken parts in the various shows, developing their confidence at an early age. These are life skills that any child should have.
Helen Larner, Liss, 2013
I would like to express my thanks to Yolande Parkin for her excellent teaching and organisation skills. My daughter has been attending Liss Forest Ballet School for nearly 4 years and has progressed rapidly because of her approach to teaching, motivation and enthusiasm that she passes on to her pupils.
My daughter looks forward to each and every ballet class she attends and always comes home with a big smile on her face. She particularly enjoys the shows that Yolande organises, which are always brilliant. The amount of work and dedication Yolande puts into these and her school in general is admirable.
Liz Pillans, Petersfield, 2015
My daughter has been a pupil for the past 5 years and currently attends Grade 4. Since joining LFBS she has attained 'Distinction' in all her grade examinations.
Yolande Parkin is a gifted and talented ballet teacher who possesses a rare and very special quality: 'the ability to identify, nurture and bring out the very best in all her ballet pupils, irrespective of their age, grade or ability level or technical competency, and she promotes a strong ethos that enables her pupils to aspire to be the very best that they can be and to always enjoy the 'art of dance', whether it's taking ballet exams, auditions, competitions or public performances.
My daughter’s ballet journey is testimony enough of Yolande’s tutelage and I look forward to seeing how my youngest daughter's journey unfolds, as she has just started attending Grade 2.
B. Evans, 2015
My daughter has had a brilliant couple of years with Mrs Parkin at Liss Forest Ballet School. She's always very keen to get to her lessons and learn new steps which she proudly shows us all at home. Last year she took her first exam and felt nervous, but very excited. Mrs Parkin guided her well and gave her the confidence to perform to her best. The school is local but seems to have great standing, with opportunities for being involved in the wider ballet performance circuit which I hope Eloise will start to engage in as she grows in the art. We're grateful for all the support Mrs Parkin offers her and her sister who also enjoys the Tutus and Teddies class.
Rosalind Fairbairn, Liss Forest, 2015
Yolande Parkin has a natural way of connecting with her pupils and engaging their curiosity and enthusiasm for dancing; over the years my daughter has danced at Liss Forest Ballet School she has progressed at a healthy, robust rate - which provides me, the parent, with a sense of security that my daughter is getting the best balance between learning, enjoyment, sense of progress and thinking about the future.
Yolande is devoted to her school and pupils - her summer show is credit to the whole programme from tiny little Tots to the Grade 8 teens - the amount of time, energy and passion shines through in these creative, technically challenging and humorous productions.
C de L, East Meon, 2015
My daughter has spent six years learning under Mrs Parkin’s watchful gaze, but during that time has become more passionate about ballet than any of the other many activities she enjoys. I believe the school’s secret lies in many things; it’s not just the gentle but firm discipline, or consistently high expectations applied to every student and lesson (and parent!), or the care and concern with which each dancer’s physical development is monitored. Most importantly, the school is always conducted with a great sense of fun.
JG, Petersfield, 2015
Yolande has taught me for quite a while now, but she continues to inspire me and teaches to a very high standard. Her attention to detail and enthusiasm makes her a truly fantastic teacher.
Amy Thomas, Petersfield, 2014
My daughter took up ballet fairly late (she was almost 12 when she joined Liss Forest Ballet School) but she was made to feel very welcome and the tuition and support Yolande Parkin gave her was fabulous. She has made great progress in a short space of time, has a lot more confidence now and loves each and every lesson and performance.
Liz Pillans, Petersfield, 2013
Your classes have greatly helped develop her strength and also her hip stability ... thank you so much for all the lovely classes.
Mari Simpson, Nyewood, 2013