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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:
https://mailchi.mp/daf17c7e4372/adult-ballet-autumn-term-2020
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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nCY4jwvHu0&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FY21MKTACQ/RELPromenade4AUG13(50K4/5s)&utm_content=version_A&uid=1727664&promo=46972

Susie

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!

Susie

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!
Susie

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 susiecrow@gmail.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…

Susie

Tomorrow September begins, and ballet classes at URC will shortly be resuming…

The schedule will follow the normal pattern of classes, starting next week as follows:
Thursdays: 10.00-11.30am Advanced, 11.30am-12.00pm Optional pointework from 6th September
Saturdays: 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners, 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced from 8th September
Mondays: 4.15-5.30pm Adult Beginners, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate from 10th September

Classes will continue without a half-term break till early/mid December, final class date to be confirmed. I will of course let you know if there are any changes to this schedule or cancellations.

Class prices remain the same: £10 per class with the 10th class free for regular attenders.
Students attending Adult Beginners pay £8 per class with the 10th class free; there is also a student term card of 8 classes for £60 for those attending any of the Intermediate or Advanced classes.

A note about pointework: this additional half hour session has been piloted over the summer, and it seems a good idea to continue it through this term to enable people to build their strength and confidence in this advanced technique. There is an additional charge of £3 for those attending the Thursday class who would like to stay on for this session. If you wish to work on pointe I advise that you should be doing at least three ballet classes a week to ensure you have sufficient strength and experience. Those with experience but who have not yet worked on pointe are very welcome to do the session and explore the material on the demi-pointe by way of introduction.

You can find further information about all the classes on the Classes page.

If you are looking for further classes, or the above times don’t suit you:

Friday classes taught by Ségolène Tarte for Oxford Academy of Dance will resume from 7th September:
Fridays: 6.15-7.30pm Adult Beginners/Improvers, 7.30-9.00pm Intermediate
Ségolène will also resume teaching her classes at Mortimer Hall in Marston from 4th September:
Tuesdays: 6.15-7.45pm Intermediate/Advanced; this class is a mixed level class which can accommodate learners from improvers to intermediate/advanced.
For full information about these classes and her regularly updated calendar go to:
http://dancingconvolutions.blogspot.com/p/teaching.html

Looking forward to seeing you in class…

Susie

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

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

 

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

 

September is upon us and with it a new autumn term…. Ballet classes will resume at URC on Monday 7th September.  See below for a detailed schedule; please note that there are some days in the first two weeks when there will not be classes because of academic and family commitments, so please mark these in your diaries.

I am also including in this schedule the Oxford Academy of Dance (OAD) Friday classes which will be resuming on a slightly modified timetable. Taught by the experienced and inspiring Karen Sellick (see biography below), these will now comprise a new adult beginners’ class 5.30-6.45pm and an Intermediate/free work class 6.45-8.15pm, thus potentially a great opportunity for those of you at these levels who are interested in doing another weekly class. Price will be £10 per class pay as you go. Paula Natrass has asked that if you plan to attend these classes you email her your contact details so that she would be able to contact you in case of emergency or class cancellation:
http://paula@oxfordacademyofdance.co.uk

Monday 7th September: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursday 10th September: No class
Friday 11th September: 5.30-6.45pm Beginners’ ballet, 6.45-8.15pm Intermediate/free work (OAD)
Saturday 12th September: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners, 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/advanced
Monday 14th September: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursday 17th September: No class
Friday 18th September: 5.30-6.45pm Beginners’ ballet, 6.45-8.15pm Intermediate/free work (OAD)
Saturday 19th September: No classes
Monday 21st September: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate
Thursday 24th September: 10.00-11.30am Advanced
Friday 25th September: 5.30-6.45pm Beginners’ ballet, 6.45-8.15pm Intermediate/free work (OAD)
Saturday 26th September: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners, 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/advanced
Monday 28th September: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate

From October the schedule of classes on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays will continue as normal until December; I will of course inform you of any changes and end of term once confirmed.  Please note that there will be no Friday classes on 23rd October (Oxford Academy of Dance half-term) and that the final Friday class of term will be on 4th December.

Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!
Susie

Karen Sellick trained at Sadlers Wells Ballet School and was briefly a member of Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet. After a break from dancing, she qualified as a Ballet and National Dance teacher and became a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing setting up her own school in South Oxford which Laura Addison now runs. Karen now enjoys teaching freelance part-time.

Late July and August can be an arid time for keen dancers in Oxford, as local dance schools take a well earned break from their regular teaching schedules, maintaining a reduced programme to cater mainly for students with impending exams and more advanced dancers keen not to lose momentum and fitness.  This year for the first time Lizie Giraudeau and I decided to add something to the summer mix by programming an intensive week of daily daytime classes for adult learners at URC, with two hours of ballet in the morning and two hours of contemporary dance in the afternoon.  A range of flexible options were offered to allow for those unable to commit to a whole week full time.  For those attending the ballet the two hour intermediate/advanced class enabled some time each day for study of a section of classical repertoire; the contemporary class was designed to accommodate different levels of experience, thus giving newcomers an opportunity for an immersive introductory experience.

Summer Workshop ballet group 7 August 15

Summer Workshop ballet group 7 August 15

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