Monthly Archives: December 2015

A year of dancing, teaching, study and music…

On a quiet day in January at the Ivy Arts Centre in University of Surrey Jennifer Jackson, Nicholas Minns and I danced for Sonia York-Pryce as part of her research into ageism and the mature dancer, improvising on her material. This enjoyable experience resulted in short individual interpretations, which along with those of other dancers in UK and Australia Sonia edited into an atmospheric compilation, Interprète/Inappropriate Behaviour. Shown to acclaim as an installation at the Whitebox Gallery of Queensland College of Art at Griffith University in August it subsequently won the Gold Medal in the first ever Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition here in the UK. You can read more about this and find links to the films here

Dancing continued in February with a further performance of Two old instruments with viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees in the impressive Hive library in Worcester; read about this here. We prepared for this with rehearsal at Didcot’s welcoming Cornerstone Arts Centre; and were back there again in June, this time with Jennifer Jackson and violinist Jenna Sherry, to work on another musical collaboration. Set to Ravel’s beautiful and richly complex Sonata for violin and cello, inflect, unravel received an informal showing in the Church Hall at Holy Trinity Barnes on 17th June before its first formal performance on 18th June as part of Donald Hutera’s vibrant GOlive Festival at the Giant Olive Theatre in Kentish Town. Read More


As from the last classes on Monday 14th December all ballet classes at URC are on a Christmas and New Year holiday break.  However classes will be recommencing with the usual schedule in January 2016 as follows:

Friday 8th January 2016:  Oxford Academy of Dance classes with Karen Sellick will resume; Adult beginners 5.30-6.45pm, and Intermediate 6.45-8.15pm.

Monday 11th January 2016:  Susie will resume teaching her normal weekly schedule from this date, with Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm and Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm. First Thursday class of term will be on 14th January and first Saturday classes on 16th January.

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas, and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!