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A special treat for those doing classes at URC on Saturdays this term.  Hannah Quinn is currently the Ivor Guest Trainee Pianist at the Royal Ballet, and as part of this programme she is getting additional experience playing for BiSS Saturday ballet classes.  This is proving a real treat, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy dancing with a live musician rather than recorded music, and to experience the instantaneous collaboration and enhanced listening that this cultivates in dancers.  See below for a biography of Hannah.

Hannah Quinn

 

British Pianist Hannah Quinn graduated with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an MMus in Repetiteurship. During her studies she was awarded the Leonard Hancock Memorial Prize and the James H. Geddes repetiteur prize. Hannah is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio.

Hannah has had extensive experience in the operatic world, but after discovering ballet through a couple of freelance contracts, has fallen in love with the classical dance form and has taken active steps to pursue it. Hannah is absolutely delighted to be training at the Royal Ballet this season and is fully committed to making the most of this excellent opportunity in order to gain the skills required of a ballet pianist.

Hannah has worked on Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances as it was being devised as a new piece by Liam Scarlett. She has also played for Wayne McGregor in his new commission Obsidian Tear, set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx. Hannah has also worked with singers and dancers together in Javier Dr Frutos’ Les Enfants Terribles by Philip Glass. She is currently working on Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia.

In the operatic world, Hannah has worked as a repetiteur at English National Opera, British Youth Opera, Scottish Opera and English Touring Opera where she was Head of Music Staff for two seasons.

Hannah has also performed as a song recital accompanist in the UK and abroad. She has a varied interest in repertoire spanning German Lied, French Melodie and contemporary music.

Hannah is also a trained conductor and has performed with Southbank Sinfonia, Trinity Orchestra, Tianjin Philharmonic, Hampstead Garden Opera and English Touring Opera.

September has arrived, so here confirming the start date of ballet classes for the autumn term at URC, and the schedule.

Classes will resume from Monday 9th September, with the schedule as follows:
Mondays: 4.15-5.30 adult beginners, 5.45-7.15pm intermediate
Thursdays: 10.00-11.30am advanced 11.45am-12.15 pointe work
Saturdays: 10.00-11.15am adult beginners, 11.30am-1.00pm intermediate/advanced, 1.15-1.45pm pointe work

Prices remain the same at £10 per class with the 10th class free; pointe-work sessions will cost £4.

Classes will continue throughout the term with no half term break; a provisional date for the end of term is Saturday 14th December, but I will confirm this nearer the time. I will also alert you to any change to the schedule or unforeseen cancellations which may arise.

There continues to be a waiting list of people interested in joining the adult beginners, especially on Saturdays; so for those already attending please let me know soonest if you are planning not to continue coming this term, or if you are likely to be away at all, so that I can calculate how many new people I can realistically accommodate. If I do not hear, I will assume that you plan to continue as normal.

For those who want to do extra classes, may I also recommend to you Ségolène Tarte‘s Friday classes at URC which will resume from Friday 13th September and run until 13th December:

6.15-7.30pm  Adult beginners/improvers  7.30-9.00pm Intermediate/Advanced

Also check out Ségolène’s website here for details of her Tuesday 6.15-7.45pm class at Mortimer Hall which will resume on 10th September, level Improvers to Intermediate/Advanced.

Looking forward to a new term of dancing with you all!
Susie

A happy memory of a highly enjoyable class with guest teacher Brian Bertscher.  The two hours began with a thoroughly warming barre, starting slowly and building in speed, with challenging balances and precision.  In the centre port de bras and adage explored épaulé lines, followed by pirouettes with luxurious balancés, bouncing petit allegro combinations and an exhilarating Prokofiev waltz to finish.  Brian communicated both rigour and infectious enthusiasm.  Hopefully to be repeated before long…

Brian Bertscher with Susie Crow and URC class members 3rd August 2019

Saturday 27th July saw the last regular ballet classes of term at URC, but for those of you wondering how you can keep going here are some suggestions for the summer break, levels intermediate and upwards…

Penny Cullerne-Bown of East Oxford School of Ballet is planning to teach either a Monday or a Wednesday evening classes 5.30-7.00pm at Oxford Spires Academy, Glanville Road, Oxford, OX4 2AU. For further details please email Penny soonest:
pcb@eastoxballet.co.uk

Oxford City School of Dance is running Thursday classes at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Marlborough Road, Abingdon Road, OX1 4LW as follows:
5.30-6.30pm Intermediate Foundation level ballet
6.30-7.00pm Progressing ballet technique/Pilates (ballet based strengthening exercises using exercise balls; all equipment provided)
7.00-8.00pm Advanced ballet
These classes will be continuing until 5th September (excluding 29th August). Prices are £7 for body conditioning, £10 for ballet, or £15 if you combine two classes on one night. If you pay for 4+ weeks of classes in advance you get 10% discount.

Saturday 3rd August at URC, United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HN
11.00am-1.00pm Guest intermediate/advanced level ballet class with Brian Bertscher, cost £15, you can find full details here:
https://balletinsmallspaces.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/brian-bertscher-class-urc-3rd-august/

And finally, if you can get to London and would like to continue with some pointe work, the lovely Bethany Elliott/Ramsey, who has previously graced many Ballet in Small Spaces projects, will be teaching class at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden on Monday 19th August as follows:
10.30am-12.00 General class, £8
12.00-1.00pm Pointe class, £7 (this can be done in flat slippers if you wish)
You may need to pay an additional small day membership charge at Pineapple.

Enjoy!

Susie

Regular ballet classes at URC finish this Saturday 27th August for a summer break, however for one additional day I am delighted to welcome as special guest teacher my old colleague the irrepressible and inspiring Brian Bertscher.  Brian will be teaching an extended intermediate/advanced class on Saturday 3rd August from 11.00am to 1.00pm; expect lots of joyous dancing.  This 2 hour class will cost £15.  Not to be missed!

A brief biography:BB Teaching at Folkwang (2010)

Brian Bertscher started ballet classes at the age of seven in Johannesburg South Africa and joined the Royal Ballet School London at the age of seventeen.  While there he also studied Cecchetti ballet and received the Advanced Exam certificate.

Between 1964 to 1979 Brian danced with the Royal Ballet and was a popular soloist with the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet.  His roles included Puck in Ashton’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the virtuosic Blue Boy in Les Patineurs.  He also excelled in ballets by John Cranko playing Jasper the Potboy in Pineapple Poll, and Little Clown (Bootface) in The Lady and the Fool.

1979-1980 Brian studied on the Professional Teachers Training Course at the Royal Academy London.  From 1980-2010 he was Professor of Classical Ballet at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, and has taught internationally for ballet schools and companies.  Since 2010 Brian has been living and working in London, currently teaching regular classes at Morley College.

Find out more about Brian’s life and work here: https://brianbertscher.com/

Find full address details for the URC (Summertown United Reformed Church Hall) on the Classes page of this blog.

See below for a schedule of BiSS ballet classes at URC from now on until the end of April, and the beginning of next term. Please read carefully to take note of any changes!  Although I will be not be teaching over the second half of March I am delighted to confirm that classes will continue pretty much uninterrupted, thanks to wonderful colleagues Ségolène Tarte and Lisia Newmark.

Saturday March 16th: No classes because of DANSOX conference
Monday 18th: Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm, Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm taught by Ségolène
Thursday 21st: Advanced 10.00-11.30 taught by Lisia Newmark plus 11.30-12.00 optional pointework
Saturday 23rd: Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, Intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm taught by Ségolène
Monday 25th: Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm, Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm taught by Ségolène
Thursday 28th: Advanced 10.00-11.30 taught by Ségolène
Saturday 30th: Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, Intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm taught by Ségolène
Monday 1st April: Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm, Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm taught by Ségolène
Thursday 4th: Advanced 10.00-11.30 taught by Lisia plus 11.30-12.00 optional pointework
Saturday 6th: Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, Intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm taught by Ségolène

I will resume teaching as normal from Monday 8th April up to and including Thursday 18th April. Because of Easter there will be no classes on Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd April. So the summer term of classes will start officially on Thursday 25th April with new material for adult beginners from Saturday 27th April, and continue on the usual schedule from then. I will teach on Mondays 6th May and 27th May despite the Bank Holidays and will not take a half term break.

For those of you on the waiting list for a place in the Saturday adult beginners’ class, I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm whether you can start from Saturday 27th April.

Next term Saturday pointe work
Over the summer term I propose to extend the Saturday intermediate/advanced class with an additional half hour of pointe work 1.15-1.45pm starting from Saturday 27th April. This is entirely optional and would cost an additional £4. It is open not only to those already with some experience of pointe work but also to those who would like a chance to explore this more advanced work on the demi-pointe. Please do let me know if you are interested in attending this.

For those of you that do not already know Lisia Newmark you can read her biography below.  It is lovely to have her back here teaching, bringing a wealth of professional experience.  And you can find full information about Ségolène on her blog here.

Enjoy!

Susie

LISIA NEWMARK

Lisia trained as a ballet dancer in Perth (Australia) with Sylvia Barnes, Diana Waldron and the Perth City Ballet.

In Europe Lisia danced with the Brno State Ballet (Czech Republic), Wiener Ballet Theatre (Germany), and in the Salzburg Festival (Austria). She then joined Independent Ballet Wales (UK) where she remained for ten years as Principal Dancer. Lisia performed the title roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Red Riding Hood and The Lady of the Lake as well as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.

Lisia regularly returned to Perth as Principal Guest Artist for Perth City Ballet’s productions of The Sleeping Beauty (1997), Carmen (1998 and 2007), Don Quixote (2002), and Coppelia (2006). In 2005 Lisia was Guest Artist for the First Physical Company in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she also taught company class. In 2008 Lisia performed in The Solos Project at the Burton Taylor Theatre, in a solo choreographed by Susie Crow.

As a freelance ballet teacher, Lisia has taught at Rhodes University Drama Department (South Africa), John Curtin College of the Arts (Australia), and locally for Freefall Dance at Oxford University, East Oxford School of Ballet, Oxford Academy of Dance and St. Edward’s Oxford.

 

Christmas is coming… so a note to clarify and confirm dates for the end of this term at URC, and the start of next.

Saturday 8th December marked the official end of classes for this term. There will however be one final Thursday morning class on 13th December, but beyond that I will be taking a break and will not resume teaching until the New Year.
Classes will resume on the normal schedule from Thursday 10th January 2019. This means that the first Saturday classes of next term will be on 12th January and the first Monday classes will be on 14th January. Apologies that the break is quite long; if you are looking for additional classes to attend over the Christmas period, I would advise you to contact the following teachers:
Ségolène Tarte – check out her class schedule here for classes in December and January.
Penny Cullerne-Bown, Principal of East Oxford School of Ballet, will also be teaching some classes over the break; for details email her here.

If you have been coming to the adult beginners’ classes and may be moving on or leaving Oxford, please let me know.  I continue to have a waiting list for the Saturday class, so it would be good to know any changes to your plans so that I can work out how many new dancers can be accommodated.

All that remains to say is have a joyous Christmas, and wishing you all the very best for the coming year!

Susie