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…
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.