Monthly Archives: April 2014

Here are details for summer term ballet classes at URC.

Because of Ballet in Small Spaces Visible Music performing commitments, classes will resume from Saturday 3rd May. The usual schedule remains in place as follows:

Mondays (commencing 5th May): 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners
5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursdays (commencing 8th May): 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturdays (commencing 3rd May): 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners
11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced

I will no longer be teaching the Friday classes for Oxford Academy of Dance, however these resumed on Friday 25th April with two wonderfully experienced teachers and at slightly different times, revised schedule as follows:
5.15-6.45pm Karen Sellick – intermediate level with pointe work, bookable by the term or £10 per class
7.00-8.15pm Leslie Tunstall – intermediate/advanced level open class, £10 per class pay as you go
There will be no classes on Friday May 30th because of half term.
For further information about these please contact Paula Natrass:

Two further dates for your diary: please note that there will be no classes on the following days in May:
Thursday 22nd May – because of elections and use of URC as polling station
Saturday 31st May – hall in use for URC Summer Fair

No fixed plans as yet for Monday morning contemporary classes but I will keep you posted of developments on this…
Looking forward to seeing you in May!


Here are links to two short videos of extracts from Two old instruments made by talented video maker Chris Atkins and filmed on location at Braziers Park in March.  Still time to book tickets for forthcoming performances as part of the programme Visible Music, see information here.  Strong Women  Portrait


DSC_0262 Two old inst de Valois pose away web version

Two old instruments photo by Dulcy Lott

Art Jericho was packed yesterday evening for the opening of Antonia Bruce‘s Blue Moon exhibition of drawings fof dance.  The evening included brief performances by some of the dancers that Antonia has been drawing over the past months; a chance for spectators to see exactly what the artist has been striving to capture, and to see how Antonia’s evocative calligraphic images relate to and evoke real bodies in motion… here are a couple more of her drawings made in rehearsals of Two old instruments.  The exhibition continues until 11th May – and pictures are already selling fast…

Antonia Bruce Two old instruments drawing Susie rise

Allegretto by Antonia Bruce

Allegretto by Antonia Bruce

Looking through Dulcy Lott’s pictures from the Two old instruments photo shoot at picturesque Brazier’s Park on a sunny spring day in March; here is one to give a flavour of the piece in an intimate historical setting.  First glimpse of costumes by designer Ellen Nabarro, the dress realised by expert maker Roz Culling.

Susie Crow and Jonathan Rees in Two old instruments at Brazier's Park

Susie Crow and Jonathan Rees in Two old instruments at Brazier’s Park

Those of you following this blog will already have seen some of the beautiful artwork generated by Antonia Bruce in response to the Skinner Releasing Technique classes led by Lizzy Le Quesne at URC this term and last.  From 17th April to 11th May Jenny Blyth Fine Art at Oxford’s Art Jericho is hosting Antonia’s exhibition Blue Moon, which lovers of dance must not miss.  “Antonia has created a beautiful portfolio of drawings in Indian ink that articulate the language and expression of contemporary dance.  Working closely with international dancers, she draws from life in the rehearsal studio on scrolls of paper.  Antonia captures the myriad forms of movement using a ph of gestural marks that range from broad vigorous brush strokes to delicate hairline filaments.  At time she adds colour, and perhaps a pure powdered cobalt blue for texture.  Antonia’s drawings have a calligraphic quality that reflect the fluidity and language of the individual dancers that she works with; a minimal yet resonant sensibility from Marina Collard, balletic dance with an eighteenth century flavour from Susie Crow, and a rigour and dynamic that infuses the Protein Dance troupe’s street fights.”

Drawing by Antonia Bruce

Drawing by Antonia Bruce


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