Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hard to believe that the autumn term will soon be upon us… So here is confirmation of starting dates for classes – please note the later starting date for Saturday classes:

Thursday 10.00-11.30am classes will resume on 6th September.

Monday 5.45-7.15pm classes will resume on 10th September.

Friday classes for Oxford Academy of Dance will resume on 14th September.

Saturday Adult Beginners (10.00-11.15am) and Intermediate/Advanced (11.30am-1.00pm) will start on 15th September (not 8th as previously announced).

Looking forward to seeing you in class at URC…



Hope you enjoyed the spectacular athletic achievements on display in the Olympics.  I did – until I heard David Cameron’s disparaging comments about Indian dance classes in schools last Friday, at which point my blood pressure rose…

You may like to read my response to this here:

Please feel free to comment on Oxford Dance Writers, however briefly, as to what effect you think the Olympic legacy will or should have for dance – for example, whether dance should be taught as an art or as physical education? – and on David Cameron’s (or for that matter Boris Johnson’s) prescriptions for sports in the school curriculum.

On Radio Oxford lively debate about the Olympic legacy has looked not only at the pros and cons of competitive sports in schools but also at increasing adult participation in sport and exercise; I was invited to discuss this on Bill Heine’s programme on Sunday morning, and this morning joined Phil Gayle’s survey of how to keep fit after the age of 50, promoting the virtues of ballet for adults…


Met with fellow practitioner Nicholas Minns last weekend and found out about his blog Writing about Dance.  Since spring, Nicholas has been writing extended pieces on dance performances and events; observant and though-provoking.  Nicholas saw a performance of Dancing the Invisible – Late Work at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford in May, and wrote about it here.

You can also read Hannah Jelliman’s review on Arts at a Glance here.

Jennifer and I revisited the occasion on a warm July afternoon down at Surrey, looking at video footage of Late Work and considering next steps.  Initial plans include resuming the blog and also further performance opportunities – watch this space for news of this ongoing project…


Susie and Jennifer in Late Work 1st May 2012