An update on ballet classes for October… I can now confirm that sadly the URC will not be re-opening its hall until the new year, because of staffing issues compounding the complications of Covid19 compliance. So I will be continuing to teach online until Christmas at least.
During October I will be teaching the following adult ballet classes from my kitchen:
Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate
Thursdays 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturdays 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners (series of 5)
Please email me if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation for any of these. The charge for all classes is now £7 and the Adult Beginners series of 5 is therefore £35, but please let me know if you have issues of affordability.
If Zooming is not your thing and you prefer to be back in the studio, Oxford dancers will be very glad to know that Ségolène Tarte is now teaching a range of classes for dancers from Improvers through to Advanced; at St Matthews Church Hall on Mondays, at Mortimer Hall in Marston on Tuesday evenings and just starting at Wolvercote Village Hall on Friday evenings, with full safety measures in place. You can find details on her blog here: and here is a link to her most recent newsletter with further information; also some superior face masks for sale! Please note that because numbers are limited you will need to register in advance to attend any of these classes.
And for working in your own time and at your own pace, remember you can always sample the “Enchaînement of the day” series on YouTube here …
Keep on dancing!
Here we are at the beginning of September… a long update with information about classes going forward.
At the moment sadly the URC hall is still not open, although they are doing risk assessments; so I am as yet unable to return to offering live classes there. So for the time being I will continue with teaching the following ballet classes online via Zoom:
Thursdays 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate (resuming on Monday 7th September)
Saturdays 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners (series of 5 from Saturday 3rd October).
Please email me if you would like to receive the relevant Zoom invitations for any of these classes. I have had to increase my charges to £7 for all classes.
As I was working on a project through August I will be taking a short digital detox holiday from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th September, so there will be no classes over this brief period, but all classes will resume in the week commencing Monday 28th September. I am not planning too far ahead in case the situation changes, but am likely to continue online classes into November.
However if Zoom is not for you there are some alternatives… great news that Oxford colleague Ségolène Tarte will be resuming teaching next week from Monday 7th September and offering two live classes as follows:
Mondays 1.15-2.45pm for adults with prior experience of ballet, St Matthew’s Church Hall, Grandpont, Oxford OX1 4LW (Ségolène maintains this popular class originally set up by Karen Sellick)
Tuesdays 6.15-7.45pm for adults with prior experience of ballet, Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, Oxford OX3 0PH
Full details of these and the very thorough measures she is taking to ensure the safety of all participating can be found in her new newsletter, accessible here:
Do be aware that because of spatial distancing and limited numbers it will be necessary to pre-register for these classes.
As the URC is not open Ségolène’s usual Friday evening classes there are until further notice being subsumed into one remote online mixed level class 6.15 – 7.45pm accessible via Webex; full details and invitation link in her newsletter.
Other online alternatives: I have just made a film of adult beginners’ class material that the group did with me via Zoom in July, so that people can continue working on it independently. This consists of my teaching the warm-up, barre and centre practice enchainments, and is available on Vimeo for £25 via a private link. Do email for details if this would be of interest. I would also remind you of the series Enchaînement of the day that I was posting on YouTube from March to June which continues available free here on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel. The level of these individual enchaînements is variable, some simple and some more complicated, but all very much designed to be done at home in a small space, in your own time and at your own pace. Check them out if you have not already…
One last treat; you will no doubt have seen some of the imaginative responses to lockdown that have been circulating from professional dancers all over the world, some touching and some very amusing. Here is one which really inspires; gorgeous dancers from New York City Ballet in a beautiful setting, and virtuosic shooting and editing – highly recommended, enjoy!
Following a successful first series of BiSS Thursday morning ballet classes by Zoom for advanced and experienced dancers, I will be continuing Thursday teaching throughout July with further classes on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July at 10.00-11.30am. If you are interested in attending, please do contact me at email@example.com to request an invitation – which will be valid for all of them.
The Monday Kitchen Classes 5.30-7.00pm are also continuing until 27th July; if you would like an invitation please email.
Saturday 4th July 10.00-11.15am saw the first of an experimental series of 5 Zoom classes for adult beginners, with further classes on 11th, 18th, 25th July and 1st August. Please contact me by email if you would be interested in attending such classes in future.
I will be taking a brief break from teaching after that, but plan to resume online teaching via Zoom from 20th August. No news yet as to when it may be possible to return to live studio classes at URC… will keep you posted of any developments.
Following a successful first series of ballet classes via Zoom, I have scheduled a new series of a further seven Kitchen Classes for experienced dancers, starting this coming Monday 15th June 5.30-7.00pm, and continuing until the end of July. If you would like to attend any or all of these, please do email me soonest so that I can send you an invitation for the new Kitchen Class series; this new link will be valid for all seven classes. The suggested donation rate per class will remain the same for this series at £5. Please do pass the word to any colleagues or students who might be interested, with the message that people should contact me with any concerns about affordability.
The current Zoom series of Thursday morning classes 10.00-11.30am will be continuing till 2nd July; and I plan to run a further series of these after that. As with the Kitchen Class series, please email me for an invitation. And you can meanwhile continue exploring ballet enchaînements from some of these classes as well as others via Enchaînement of the day on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel
Please contact me if you have any queries.
Looking forward to seeing you in class on Monday!
An annual spring social gathering in our road about recycling and exchanging household stuff, plant cuttings, and meeting the neighbours over a mug of coffee and home-made cake was sadly impossible in its usual form this year while observing guidelines for social distancing. So alternative ways to share and promote community spirit were proposed by the tireless organisers, encouraging all to contribute in other ways, with people posting up poems and images for passing residents to enjoy, and a moment to come onto the street to greet each other from a suitable distance. I devised a topically themed physically distanced Scottish country dance which we could participate in without breaking the rules – and much entertainment and amusement was had by those who wholeheartedly joined in or watched. Accompaniment on the bagpipes from husband Peter was a medley including “Cock of the North”. Feel free to use the instructions below in your own street…
An update on Ballet in Small Spaces classes happening via Zoom…
The Monday 5.30-7.00pm Kitchen class series continues up to and including Monday 8th June; after which a new series will begin, details to be posted. However this week on Thursday 21st May I am resuming my previously regular Ballet in Small Spaces Thursday 10.00-11.30am morning class, aimed at experienced dancers of intermediate to advanced level, to see if this provides a viable and useful alternative for people. Please email to let me know if you would be interested to join this class and I will send you an invitation for the series which will last till early July. As with the Monday Kitchen classes, there is a suggested contribution of £5 per class. Please do pass the word to any colleagues or students who might be interested, with the message that people should contact me with any concerns about affordability.
Meanwhile for those who prefer to take their time in learning and work at their own pace, the Enchainement of the Day series continues on YouTube; check them out here and give them a go! This is an evolving work in progress, so comments, feedback, requests and even likes would be greatly appreciated…
Following last week’s experiment I will be teaching Kitchen Class by Zoom on Monday 27th April 5.30pm till 7.00pm. The plan is that this Monday open class of approximately Intermediate level will continue on a regular basis until early June; and as necessary from then onwards. In order to cover costs I would like to request that those attending each class make a suggested donation of £5.00.
A big thank you to those who attended last week for your very helpful feedback; I hope that lessons learned from this will help the class to run more smoothly and give you all a better experience. Getting the best from this medium is a work in progress…
If you would like to attend, please drop me an email soonest and I will send you an invitation and payment details. If you are worrying about being able to pay please let me know.
Looking forward to meeting up for class tomorrow,
Take care and stay safe!
I am taking the plunge – and will be teaching class live online from my kitchen via Webex on Monday 20th April at 5.00pm. This will be an approximately intermediate level class, with options to do simpler or more complex versions of the enchainements and to accommodate your particular environment, and will probably last 1 hour 15-30 minutes.
This is new territory for me. There will therefore be no charge for this class, but I would really appreciate feedback afterwards on how it works for you. I hope that I can continue to offer this on a regular basis while we are all locked down, and there would in future be a nominal charge.
If you would like to join Kitchen Class please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send an invitation with a link…
I will be continuing to post an Enchainement of the day as regularly as possible on YouTube for those that prefer to work in their own time and at their own pace. You can find all those posted so far on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel here.
Taking this opportunity also to flag up Ségolène Tarte’s tremendously helpful blog post on her Dancing Convolutions blog here about doing classes at home; not only providing wise advice about safe practice, but also a great list of tried and tested suggestions for classes in different styles and formats:
I can completely endorse her recommendation of the lovely warm-up she found by dancers from the Slovenian National Theatre, accessible to all, just follow along here and enjoy, an uplifting way to start the day…
See you in class…
I hope that you are coping with the continuing lockdown, and despite this able to enjoy the spring weather a bit.
Ballet in Small Spaces has been searching for online ways to help people keep their ballet practice alive in the smallest of spaces. Some have already checked out my series of Enchainement of the day Instagram posts at susiecrowbiss. As there appears to be a restriction of 60 seconds now on videos on Instagram, I have taken the decision to transfer this to YouTube. You can now find the continuing series on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel here:
I will continue to post announcements on Instagram as further material goes up. The idea is to provide barre work and centre work enchainments for you to work on in your own time and at your own pace. Please do subscribe and post any questions or comments; we are all learning here, and I would welcome your feedback…
I hope you are keeping well, and despite the current extraordinary and restrictive circumstances are at least able to enjoy something of the beautiful spring sunshine… Here are some suggestions to mitigate the current lack of dance activities, which have had to close down to maintain social distancing and combat the spread of Covid 19.
In these extraordinary times Oxford Dance Writers plans to keep going on a regular basis, despite the lack of performances and events to flag up and review. As we all seek for ways to keep dancing practice alive at home, as well as other content ODW hopes to provide a place where those of us that love dance can find out more about, and discuss, the vast array of training material available online. Check out Sonia Tycko’s useful starter guide and suggestions here
As a contribution to this cornucopia, I have finally joined Instagram, where I am posting short enchainments on a daily basis from my kitchen; look for the Enchainement of the day at susiecrowbiss…
Do consider posting a comment on Oxford Dance Writers in response to what you read there; ODW would welcome your thoughts and recommendations, however brief. If you are interested in writing a more substantial piece about the dance that you see online, either performances, dance videos and films, or training resources, please email email@example.com.
Take care and stay safe,