Monthly Archives: July 2015

A summer lull at URC but for those of you looking for alternative classes in Oxford…

Penny Cullerne-Bown of East Oxford School of Ballet is maintaining a programme of ballet classes over the summer holiday period. She writes:
“I will be teaching an open Ballet class every Thursday 6 – 7.30 at Oxford Spires through July and up to 27 August. I will also be doing classes on Mondays, at the same time, on 27 July, 3, 10, 17, and 24 August (12 classes in all).  I may arrange further classes according to demand, possibly at Rye St Anthony School from mid-August onwards.”
You can find out more about these classes, level and price, from Penny by emailing or calling her:
Tel. 01865 847747

Laura Addison of Oxford City School of Dance will also be teaching classes on Tuesdays up to and including 18th August, 7.00-8.30pm at St Matthews Church Hall, Marlborough Road, Oxford OX1 4LW.  The level is intermediate/advanced, but all are welcome, and the price £10 pay as you go.

You can find out more about these classes by emailing Laura here or calling her on 07913 148332.


Curated by veteran dance and theatre critic Donald Hutera the vibrant GOlive Dance and Performance Festival began in London two years ago and is now moving out for the first time, with performances coming up in Oxford at the Burton Taylor Studio Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th July and in Winchester at the Chesil Theatre on 24th July.  Having performed previously for GOlive in London this year and in 2013, I am delighted to be part of the eclectic mixed bill at the Burton Taylor with colleagues Ségolène Tarte and Marie-Louise Crawley, showing pieces from the Avid for Ovid repertoire on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.  Other Oxford based artists include Crossover Intergenerational Dance with Cecilia Macfarlane, Marina Collard, hip-hop crew Beat Street and Anuradha Chaturvedi of Drishti Dance.  Exciting visitors showing their work in Oxford for the first time are Hanna Wroblewski, Sarah Kent, Mara Vivas, Shane Shambhu, Ffin Dance and Susan Kempster.  Not to be missed!  Get your bookings in soon, the Burton Taylor is an intimate venue…

You can find out more about GOlive Oxford and book tickets here

and on Oxford Dance Writers here

and for GOlive in Winchester here

And check out Avid for Ovid’s developing work here

See you at the BT…


Two of Oxford’s most experienced teachers, Susie Crow and Lizie Giraudeau, come together to give a week of summer classes in ballet and contemporary dance at URC in Oxford from Monday 3rd of August to Friday 7th August. Aimed at students and adults the schedule offers a daily two-hour morning ballet class and two hour afternoon contemporary workshop in the spacious and peaceful environment of the United Reformed Church Hall (URC) on Banbury Road in Summertown, equipped with a Harlequin sprung floor. The perfect opportunity both for development of old skills and exploration of new, to experience and enjoy a concentrated week of dancing with like-minded companions, or dip in to try something new.  Find out more… Read More

Hard to believe that two weeks has already passed since the performance of inflect, unravel at Donald Hutera’s GOlive Festival at the Giant Olive Theatre above the very agreeable Lion and Unicorn pub in Gaisford Street, Kentish Town.  A packed house, and even more packed dressing room, for this informal eclectic closing evening where Jennifer Jackson and I along with musicians Jonathan Rees and Jenna Sherry shared the bill with a rich range of dance and performance: Mamoru Iriguchi’s wacky multi-layered 4D Cinema: Screen 2, Alice Labant’s fluid solo Je m’appelle Reviens accompanied by the mysterious swooshings of her washing machine cycle; heartwarming Corali Dance Company in a summery quartet, powerfully brave Hanna Wroblewski’s dark solo My Heart became this Monster, Mara Vivas’ cool gestural Triptych and Fred Gehrig’s quizzically suggestive A Tree.  Great to be part of this vibrant sharing of new ideas in an intimate space, ingeniously lit and cheerfully compered by Donald Hutera.  The future of GOlive at this location has been somewhat up in the air of late but, with luck and perseverance, it will continue here as well as elsewhere; there are imminent dates at the Oxford Playhouse Burton Taylor Studio July 15-18 and Chesil Theatre, Winchester July 24.  More information to follow…

Sharing inflect, unravel at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Barnes - photograph by Adrian Hobbs

Sharing inflect, unravel at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Barnes – photograph by Adrian Hobbs

Grateful thanks are due to Holy Trinity Church in Barnes which afforded free space for us to rehearse in their peaceful church hall; on Wednesday 17th June we did an informal showing there for local parishioners, well received and followed by tea, chat and strawberries.  It has been great to be able to work on this piece in gorgeous studios at the Royal Ballet Senior School in Covent Garden, at the Ivy Arts Centre of Surrey University and once again at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.  We hope that there will be further opportunities to perform it, and there is another movement from Ravel’s lovely work to be developed; watch this space…

Delighted to report that Sonia York-Pryce has recently finished editing the video footage taken during her visit  to the UK in January, as part of primary research and creative practice for her PhD research project Ageism and the Mature Dancer.  Under the title Inappropriate Behaviour she has made short films of 8 dancers’ interpretations of an original movement motif of hers, set to contemplative music by American composer Bill Ryan.  Here is a link to her short compilation Interprète – the beginning featuring the British contingent; myself, Jennifer Jackson, Nicholas Minns and Ann Dickie:

And see the links below for our varying takes on her original material: – Susie Crow – Jennifer Jackson – Nicolas Minns

You can find out more about Bill Ryan and his music here

Blazing July is upon us and the end of term looms… It is also the season for summer fetes and fairs, and URC is no exception; their Summer Fete is scheduled for Saturday 11th July, and consequently there can be no ballet classes that day or on the Friday 10th evening before.  However some ballet classes will continue beyond that; see below for clarification of the last remaining classes of this term:

Friday 3rd July:  Oxford Academy of Dance classes as usual, this week taught by Susie.  5.30-7.00pm Intermediate including pointework, 7.00-8.15pm Intermediate/Advanced

Saturday 4th July:  10.00-11.15am Adult beginners’ ballet, 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced

Monday 6th July:  4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners’ ballet, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate

Thursday 9th July:  10.00-11.30am Advanced

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July:  No classes

Monday 13th July:  4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners’ ballet, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate

Thursday 16th July:  10.00-11.30am Advanced

That will be the last class of this term, after which there will be a break from the usual schedule which will resume in September.  However I will be posting very shortly with full details about the summer school that I will be running with Lizie Giraudeau at URC from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, so put the dates in your diaries now!  And I will also post about any other classes arising over the summer period for those that wish to keep their ballet going.

If I don’t see you in class, have a lovely summer!