Spring is here and Easter approaches. There will be a short break from ballet classes at URC, so here are some dates for the diary:

The final classes of the spring term will take place on Saturday 8th April.

Ballet classes will resume after Easter on Monday 24th April with the usual schedule:
Mondays: adult beginners’ ballet 4.15-5.30pm, intermediate 5.45-7.15pm
Thursdays: advanced 10.00-11.30am
Saturdays: adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm
I plan to continue teaching until early July; date of finish of term to be confirmed.

Please note: there will be no class on Thursday 4th May because of local elections (hall in use as a polling station).

Happy Easter!
Susie

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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

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

Ballet classes at URC for the autumn term of 2016 will commence on Monday 12th September.  The class schedule remains the same:

Mondays:  4.15-5.30pm Adult Beginners, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate

Thursdays:  10.00-11.30am Advanced

Saturdays:  10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners, 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced

Having kept prices stable for a few years, but with a rise in rental from September, I am now reluctantly having to put my prices up, rates as follows:

Adult beginners, intermediate, advanced:  £10 per class, 10th class free

Student adult beginners:  £8, 10th class free

Student term card (8 classes to be taken within one term, any intermediate/advanced level classes):  £60

Glad to be able to announce that as from Friday 16th September Karen Sellick will be continuing to teach evening ballet classes at URC for Oxford Academy of Dance as follows:

Fridays:  5.30-6.45pm Beginners/Improvers, 6.45-8.15pm Intermediate

Both classes at £10 per class.

Full details of all classes are available on the updated Classes page

I look forward to seeing you in the studio!

Susie

 

Ballet classes at URC resumed as from this morning for the summer term.  Here are some dates for diaries re this term’s classes:

On Saturday 23rd April I will not be teaching.  However that day’s classes will continue as usual; I leave them in the more than capable hands of Ségolène Tarte who taught some classes last summer.  Don’t miss this chance to experience her inspiring and thoughtful teaching; you can find out more about her background and experience here

Oxford Academy of Dance classes with Karen Sellick resume on Friday 22nd April.

As election fever of one kind or another grips the country I have to announce not one but two Thursdays this term when there will be no ballet classes because URC becomes a polling station:
Thursday 5th May – Local council elections
Thursday 23rd June – EU referendum

It is planned that apart from this classes will continue as normal without a half term break, and the last classes of the summer term will be on Saturday 16th July.
See you in class!

Susie

Leap Day Dancing Flyer

Late last year I felt honoured to be approached by two of the Oxford dance scene’s most respected figures, Cecilia Macfarlane and Joëlle Pappas, with an invitation to present work at Leap Day Dancing at the Old Fire Station during the 10th anniversary edition of Dancin’ Oxford. This platform, aptly named for its Leap Year’s Day performance date of 29th February, curated by Cecilia and Joëlle with producer Euton Daley, offered an alternative to the Festival’s regular Moving With The Times programme at the Pegasus Theatre where selected choreographers receive support (mentoring, studio and theatre space, work in progress showings) to present new works which relate to the platform’s titular theme. Leap Day Dancing by contrast brought together a collection of new and existing short studies and completed works from Oxford dance makers; and serendipitously revealed connections between the artists, and themes which gave meaning to apparently disparate contributions, making for a touching and satisfying event which revealed and reflected particular characteristics of Oxford’s idiosyncratic dance culture. Read More

With Easter coming up very shortly see below for end of spring term classes, and when ballet classes will resume for the summer term…

Remaining March classes:
Thursday 17th March: 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturday 19th March: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners; 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced
Monday 21st March: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners; 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursday 24th March: 10.00-11.30am Advanced
There will then be a break for Easter.

April classes:
Thursday 14th April: 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturday 16th April: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners; 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced
Monday 18th April: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners; 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursday 21st April: 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturday 23rd April: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners; 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced
Monday 25th April: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners; 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursday 28th April: 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Saturday 30th April: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners; 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced

Enjoy the Easter break and spring sunshine!

Susie