Monthly Archives: September 2017

Delighted to alert you to the news that Ségolène Tarte has confirmed that she will be teaching a new ballet class on Tuesday evenings at Mortimer Hall in Marston, starting from 26th September, and every Tuesday evening until (and included) 19th December, see below for full details.  Ségolène has been an inspiring presence in URC classes both as a dancer and more recently as a teacher, drawing on her European training background to bring an enriching and distinctive flavour to her classes.  A great addition to Oxford’s ballet teaching provision – enjoy!

18.15 – 19.45 Advanced adult ballet @ Mortimer Hall (OX3 0PH)

She will also consider doing an improvers/intermediate adult class if there is sufficient demand.
The price for a class will be £10 pay-as-you-go.

Mortimer Hall is a lovely village hall with a sprung floor. There is an area for changing in the adjacent room, although no showers, and full access to the kitchen.  It is located at the Marston end of the Marston Ferry Road at 40 Oxford Road, Old Marston, Oxford OX3 0PH.
There is space for parking in front; it’s in easy cycling reach of the city centre and Summertown, using the cycle path along the Marston Ferry Road; it is also accessible by bus: 14A (stop: Old Marston Library), and 14, 700, X3, X13, S7, and S5 (stop: Cherwell Drive).

Ségolène requests that those interested in coming along to the advanced class, or in a possible improvers/intermediate class, should contact her with any queries:

Other classes she will be teaching on a regular basis this term:
Wednesdays at Rye St Antony [OX3 0BY] (for Penny Cullerne-Bown’s East Oxford School of Ballet) [1/2 term break dates tbc]
Fridays at URC [OX2 7HN] (for Paula Nattrass’s Oxford Academy of Dance) [1/2 term break dates tbc]

And here is a short biography for those interested in knowing a bit more:


Ségolène Tarte studied ballet with Geneviève Guillée, of the Paris Opera Ballet, at the “conservatoire municipal du XVe – Frédéric Chopin” (Geneviève danced with the Paris Opera Ballet company for 20 years, reaching the grade of “grand sujet” in 1961; she further sat as a panel member on the jury of the Paris Opera Ballet company’s annual internal promotion contest in the 1980s, whilst teaching at the conservatoire). Ségolène pursued her ballet training in Berne (Switzerland) with Ivana Halamka (soloist at the Prague Chamber ballet, at ballet Karlsruhe, then ballet mistress at the Berne Statdttheater Ballet) and joined the semi-professional company City Ballett Halamka for 5 years where she danced a number of solos, whilst completing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. In parallel with pursuing her academic career, working as a Digital Humanist in close collaboration with Classicists at the University of Oxford, Ségolène’s move to Oxford in 2008 has seen her debuts as a choreographer, improviser, and ballet teacher. She has shown her work at various venues in Oxford, including at the Pegasus Theatre and the Old Fire Station, and teaches for a number of well-established dance schools in Oxford. Drawing on her training in the French School of ballet, through her ballet classes, Ségolène strives to share the joy of movement and the subtleties of intention through movement. Her favourite technical foci are: presentation and articulation of the feet and lower legs; fluidity and breath in the movements of the upper body; and precision and clarity in the orientation of the body in space.



Hard to believe that September has now begun, so here is the programme of ballet classes for this term at URC. The schedule continues as usual with the following classes running, prices as before £10 per class with the 10th class free:
Mondays: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners’ ballet
5.45-7.15pm Intermediate ballet
Thursdays: 10.00-11.30am Advanced ballet
Saturdays: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners’ ballet
11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/advanced ballet
The first classes of this term will be on Saturday 9th September, but please take note that there will be no classes on Saturday 16th September when URC celebrates its Summer Fair in the Hall.

For those of you who have enjoyed Ségolène Tarte’s classes over the summer break period, she will now be teaching at URC on Friday evenings this term for Oxford Academy of Dance, continuing the good work of Karen Sellick, including an opportunity for beginners to explore more challenging material:
Fridays: 6.15-7.15pm Improvers ballet
7.15-8.30pm Intermediate/advanced ballet (with a possibility of extending this to 8.45pm if numbers permit)
These classes will cost £10 a session pay as you go, or you have the option to make a one-off payment of £90 for the 10 lessons of the term. Please contact Paula Natrass about this:
Phone: 07913 995963
The first class of term will be on Friday 15th September, and there will be a half term break, date to be confirmed.

Ségolène will also be teaching Intermediate/advanced and adult ballet classes for East Oxford School of Ballet on Wednesdays at Rye St Antony School afternoon and evening; please contact Penny Cullerne-Bown for further details:
Phone: 01865 847747

Plenty to get your teeth into this term! I look forward to seeing you in class soon…