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Looking back on the review of 2015, 2016 didn’t work out quite as expected – but in a year of global upheaval that is perhaps hardly surprising…

Following on from Two old instruments, an amazing opportunity had presented itself in December 2015 to work with Baroque musician Evelyn Nallen on a recreation of what could claim to be the first dramatic ballet in which a story was told without recourse to words, but through dance and mimetic gesture. John Weaver’s The Loves of Mars and Venus was premiered on 2nd March 1717 at Drury Lane.   His original scenario survives, and Evelyn and dance historian Moira Goff had used it as a base to put together a score of suitable period music; the idea to recreate the work incorporating some authentic dance material of the period but to reset ensembles and the gestural scenes, which Weaver had originally “attempted in imitation of the Pantomimes of the Ancient Greeks and Romans”.   This fascinating project was set to be unveiled on the 300th Anniversary in a truly period magnificent setting with a team of 14 dancers, 7 musicians and an actress. Unfortunately despite our best efforts and heavyweight support from some big names including Dr Richard Ralph, Weaver’s biographer, we were unable to raise sufficient funds; and ultimately lost our venue through factors beyond our control. The project has now morphed into an intimate play with music and authentic dance “Mr Weaver’s Dramatick Entertainment”, but I am sadly no longer involved. I will however keep you posted of performances of what should be a very enjoyable celebration of a truly notable date in the history of ballet. Read More

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December seems to have arrived all of a sudden – so here is a note of clarification about the last classes of this term at URC and the start date of next term:

Friday 2nd December:  last of the Oxford Academy of Dance Friday classes with Karen Sellick.
I will continue teaching this Saturday 3rd December and next week, so the last classes of the term will take place on Saturday 10th December.
I will resume teaching after the Christmas holiday on Monday 9th January 2017.
Oxford Academy of Dance Friday classes next term with Karen Sellick will take place on the following dates:
Jan 13th, 20th, 27th
Feb 3rd, 10th, 24th (note the half term break)
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.

Enjoy the festive season!
Susie