I hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas break despite current restrictions. New Year is creeping up on us, so here are plans for classes from January.
Given the ongoing Covid19 situation I will be continuing to teach via Zoom from my kitchen for the foreseeable, and there is as yet no fixed date for URC to re-open. My plan is to resume the usual schedule of classes starting from Thursday 7th January 2021 as follows:
Thursdays: 10.00-11.30am Advanced from 7th January
Saturdays: 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners from 9th January
Mondays: 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate/advanced from 11th January
I will nearer the time be sending out Zoom invitations directly to those who have attended these classes before; if you have not previously attended but would like to, please contact me so that I can send you the necessary link and payment details.
The price of classes remains the same at £7; and classes can be paid for individually or in batches, online or by cheque. Please contact me if affordability is an issue.
Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!
Following on from the previous update; ballet classes via Zoom from my kitchen will be continuing throughout November and the first half of December as follows:
Monday Kitchen classes 5.30-7.00pm: a new series of 5 classes up to and including Monday 14th December will start on Monday 16th November.
Thursday Advanced classes 10.00-11.30am: a new series of 7 classes up to and including Thursday 17th December began last week.
Saturday Adult Beginners 10.00-11.15am: a follow-on series of 6 classes up to and including Saturday 12th December began last week.
Please email me if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation for any of these classes or need further information. The charge for all classes continues to be £7.
Sadly under the current lockdown live classes in Oxford have had to cease for the time being. Colleague Ségolène Tarte will however be resuming offering some classes online over this period, so check out updates to her schedule here: https://dancingconvolutions.blogspot.com/p/teaching.html
An update on ballet classes for October… I can now confirm that sadly the URC will not be re-opening its hall until the new year, because of staffing issues compounding the complications of Covid19 compliance. So I will be continuing to teach online until Christmas at least.
During October I will be teaching the following adult ballet classes from my kitchen:
Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate
Thursdays 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturdays 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners (series of 5)
Please email me if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation for any of these. The charge for all classes is now £7 and the Adult Beginners series of 5 is therefore £35, but please let me know if you have issues of affordability.
If Zooming is not your thing and you prefer to be back in the studio, Oxford dancers will be very glad to know that Ségolène Tarte is now teaching a range of classes for dancers from Improvers through to Advanced; at St Matthews Church Hall on Mondays, at Mortimer Hall in Marston on Tuesday evenings and just starting at Wolvercote Village Hall on Friday evenings, with full safety measures in place. You can find details on her blog here: and here is a link to her most recent newsletter with further information; also some superior face masks for sale! Please note that because numbers are limited you will need to register in advance to attend any of these classes.
And for working in your own time and at your own pace, remember you can always sample the “Enchaînement of the day” series on YouTube here …
Keep on dancing!
Here we are at the beginning of September… a long update with information about classes going forward.
At the moment sadly the URC hall is still not open, although they are doing risk assessments; so I am as yet unable to return to offering live classes there. So for the time being I will continue with teaching the following ballet classes online via Zoom:
Thursdays 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate (resuming on Monday 7th September)
Saturdays 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners (series of 5 from Saturday 3rd October).
Please email me if you would like to receive the relevant Zoom invitations for any of these classes. I have had to increase my charges to £7 for all classes.
As I was working on a project through August I will be taking a short digital detox holiday from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th September, so there will be no classes over this brief period, but all classes will resume in the week commencing Monday 28th September. I am not planning too far ahead in case the situation changes, but am likely to continue online classes into November.
However if Zoom is not for you there are some alternatives… great news that Oxford colleague Ségolène Tarte will be resuming teaching next week from Monday 7th September and offering two live classes as follows:
Mondays 1.15-2.45pm for adults with prior experience of ballet, St Matthew’s Church Hall, Grandpont, Oxford OX1 4LW (Ségolène maintains this popular class originally set up by Karen Sellick)
Tuesdays 6.15-7.45pm for adults with prior experience of ballet, Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, Oxford OX3 0PH
Full details of these and the very thorough measures she is taking to ensure the safety of all participating can be found in her new newsletter, accessible here:
Do be aware that because of spatial distancing and limited numbers it will be necessary to pre-register for these classes.
As the URC is not open Ségolène’s usual Friday evening classes there are until further notice being subsumed into one remote online mixed level class 6.15 – 7.45pm accessible via Webex; full details and invitation link in her newsletter.
Other online alternatives: I have just made a film of adult beginners’ class material that the group did with me via Zoom in July, so that people can continue working on it independently. This consists of my teaching the warm-up, barre and centre practice enchainments, and is available on Vimeo for £25 via a private link. Do email for details if this would be of interest. I would also remind you of the series Enchaînement of the day that I was posting on YouTube from March to June which continues available free here on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel. The level of these individual enchaînements is variable, some simple and some more complicated, but all very much designed to be done at home in a small space, in your own time and at your own pace. Check them out if you have not already…
One last treat; you will no doubt have seen some of the imaginative responses to lockdown that have been circulating from professional dancers all over the world, some touching and some very amusing. Here is one which really inspires; gorgeous dancers from New York City Ballet in a beautiful setting, and virtuosic shooting and editing – highly recommended, enjoy!
Following a successful first series of BiSS Thursday morning ballet classes by Zoom for advanced and experienced dancers, I will be continuing Thursday teaching throughout July with further classes on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July at 10.00-11.30am. If you are interested in attending, please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation – which will be valid for all of them.
The Monday Kitchen Classes 5.30-7.00pm are also continuing until 27th July; if you would like an invitation please email.
Saturday 4th July 10.00-11.15am saw the first of an experimental series of 5 Zoom classes for adult beginners, with further classes on 11th, 18th, 25th July and 1st August. Please contact me by email if you would be interested in attending such classes in future.
I will be taking a brief break from teaching after that, but plan to resume online teaching via Zoom from 20th August. No news yet as to when it may be possible to return to live studio classes at URC… will keep you posted of any developments.
Following a successful first series of ballet classes via Zoom, I have scheduled a new series of a further seven Kitchen Classes for experienced dancers, starting this coming Monday 15th June 5.30-7.00pm, and continuing until the end of July. If you would like to attend any or all of these, please do email me soonest so that I can send you an invitation for the new Kitchen Class series; this new link will be valid for all seven classes. The suggested donation rate per class will remain the same for this series at £5. Please do pass the word to any colleagues or students who might be interested, with the message that people should contact me with any concerns about affordability.
The current Zoom series of Thursday morning classes 10.00-11.30am will be continuing till 2nd July; and I plan to run a further series of these after that. As with the Kitchen Class series, please email me for an invitation. And you can meanwhile continue exploring ballet enchaînements from some of these classes as well as others via Enchaînement of the day on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel
Please contact me if you have any queries.
Looking forward to seeing you in class on Monday!
Following last week’s experiment I will be teaching Kitchen Class by Zoom on Monday 27th April 5.30pm till 7.00pm. The plan is that this Monday open class of approximately Intermediate level will continue on a regular basis until early June; and as necessary from then onwards. In order to cover costs I would like to request that those attending each class make a suggested donation of £5.00.
A big thank you to those who attended last week for your very helpful feedback; I hope that lessons learned from this will help the class to run more smoothly and give you all a better experience. Getting the best from this medium is a work in progress…
If you would like to attend, please drop me an email soonest and I will send you an invitation and payment details. If you are worrying about being able to pay please let me know.
Looking forward to meeting up for class tomorrow,
Take care and stay safe!
I am taking the plunge – and will be teaching class live online from my kitchen via Webex on Monday 20th April at 5.00pm. This will be an approximately intermediate level class, with options to do simpler or more complex versions of the enchainements and to accommodate your particular environment, and will probably last 1 hour 15-30 minutes.
This is new territory for me. There will therefore be no charge for this class, but I would really appreciate feedback afterwards on how it works for you. I hope that I can continue to offer this on a regular basis while we are all locked down, and there would in future be a nominal charge.
If you would like to join Kitchen Class please contact me at email@example.com and I will send an invitation with a link…
I will be continuing to post an Enchainement of the day as regularly as possible on YouTube for those that prefer to work in their own time and at their own pace. You can find all those posted so far on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel here.
Taking this opportunity also to flag up Ségolène Tarte’s tremendously helpful blog post on her Dancing Convolutions blog here about doing classes at home; not only providing wise advice about safe practice, but also a great list of tried and tested suggestions for classes in different styles and formats:
I can completely endorse her recommendation of the lovely warm-up she found by dancers from the Slovenian National Theatre, accessible to all, just follow along here and enjoy, an uplifting way to start the day…
See you in class…
I hope that you are coping with the continuing lockdown, and despite this able to enjoy the spring weather a bit.
Ballet in Small Spaces has been searching for online ways to help people keep their ballet practice alive in the smallest of spaces. Some have already checked out my series of Enchainement of the day Instagram posts at susiecrowbiss. As there appears to be a restriction of 60 seconds now on videos on Instagram, I have taken the decision to transfer this to YouTube. You can now find the continuing series on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel here:
I will continue to post announcements on Instagram as further material goes up. The idea is to provide barre work and centre work enchainments for you to work on in your own time and at your own pace. Please do subscribe and post any questions or comments; we are all learning here, and I would welcome your feedback…
It is with a very heavy heart that I write to let you know that all BiSS ballet classes at the URC are suspended as from Thursday 19th March. In the light of all that is going on, and aware that quite a number of class members are already taking sensible precautionary action to self isolate, it seems the safest and most responsible thing to do. This suspension will continue till the end of April; I will of course post any developments or changes to that date.
Meanwhile I will be looking into ways to keep in touch online and via social media, so that those that wish may be able to keep up some useful and enjoyable practice even while isolated at home, as many dancers internationally are already beginning to do. For starters I am very grateful to Sonia Tycko who sent this article with cheery clip which may give you a few ideas about what is possible even if in a limited space…
Planning to post more on this blog, so watch this space…
Take care and keep safe!
My very best wishes to you all,