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A reminder about dates for classes at URC this coming term .

Ballet classes resume this Thursday 9th January.  There will be classes as normal on Saturday 11th January, but please note that there are no classes on Friday 10th January, Oxford Academy of Dance Friday classes will resume on 17th January.

Next week and beyond:  Schedule will resume as normal on Monday 13th January.  However please make a note of the following dates when there will be no classes because of examinations in the Hall:
Saturday 25th January
Saturday 1st March

Half term breaks:  There will also be no classes on Friday 21st February  and no SRT class with Lizzy Le Quesne on Monday 24th February because of half term.  Other classes will continue as normal over half term.
I intend to continue teaching to the end of March with possibly some classes in early April, but will confirm this nearer the time.

See you in class soon!

SRT class study: Antonia Bruce

SRT class study: Antonia Bruce

Delighted to report that following the success of last term’s sessions there will be another batch of Skinner Releasing Technique classes led by guest teacher Lizzy Le Quesne at URC on Mondays this coming term, thus completing the course of 15 lessons.  Dates as follows:

January 20th, 27th

February 3rd, 10th,17th (no class 24th February)

March 3rd, 10th, 17th.

Time as before 11.00am-1.00pm.  Cost will be £10 per class on a drop-in basis, £35 for any 4 of the 8 classes, or £70 for all 8.  Artists will be welcome to sketch for a contribution of £8 per class.  A big thank you to Oxford Dance Forum who will be supporting this series of classes.

You can find out more about the classes here:
Please spread the word to any friends and colleagues to whom this may be of interest.


It is that day of the year when all our extended family make predictions as to what the coming year will hold.  I find these very difficult; much easier to reflect back on 2013 and see what that reveals.  Finding the way forward by looking to the past seems to have been rather a theme in creative work this year… 

Jennifer Jackson and I joined forces once again with deluxe improvising duo of composers Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin to perform Late Work at Donald Hutera’s GoLive festival of new dance and performance in September at the Lion and Unicorn pub in Kentish Town.  The piece reflects on our past as dancers and how we are shaped by ballet’s language and historic repertoire.  This really was ballet in a very small space, but thrilling to be part of this lively and refreshing event and its richly varied programme. Read More

Throughout this term’s series of Skinner Releasing Technique classes with Lizzy le Quesne, Oxford based artist Antonia Bruce has been drawing the dance, capturing the imaginative worlds of participating dancers as they improvise in response to SRT’s very particular conception and guidance of the moving body and persona.  Antonia has kindly allowed me to reproduce some of her beautiful and evocative images, a potent reminder of these sessions, encapsulating moments of watchfulness and spontaneous movement.  She will be exhibiting her work drawing the dance at the Jericho Art Gallery in the spring; watch this space for further details…



Dancers by Antonia Bruce - ink on paper

SRT class study – Antonia Bruce, ink on paper

Contemplative dancer, drawing by Antonia Bruce - ink on paper

SRT class study – Antonia Bruce, ink on paper

Following a very positive response to the 5 classes in Skinner Releasing Technique with Lizzy Le Quesne, we have decided to continue these, with the aim to complete the full programme of 15 classes.  The plan is to do a further 3 classes from the series this term, and then 8 in the New Year.  Obviously this will be dependent on maintaining sufficient numbers, so I do hope that as many of you as possible will take advantage of a great local opportunity to experience this fascinating and inspiring approach.

The next three classes are on the following Mondays:
18th, 25th November, 2nd December, 11.00am-1.00pm at United Reformed Church Hall
The price for these remains at £10 per class for those dancing or £5 for those drawing.  You can find out more about the classes here:
Please spread the word to any friends and colleagues to whom this may be of interest.

See you in class!


Delighted to announce that Lizzy Le Quesne will be teaching an autumn series of Monday contemporary classes at URC on the following dates:

7th, 14th, 21st October, 4th, 11th November 11.00am-1.00pm

The classes will provide an introduction to Skinner Releasing Technique.  Cost will be £10 per class pay as you go, or £40 for those prepared to book all five in advance.  Don’t miss this important opportunity to find out about and engage with this pioneering technical approach, working with an experienced and insightful practitioner.

You can find more details about the classes, the level and how to book here:

Lizzy Le Quesne has over 20 years experience of performing and making dance, and facilitating creative process. Alongside creating her own interdisciplinary performances for galleries and specific sites internationally, she has danced with Ricochet Dance Productions, Wally Cardona, Rosemary Lee and many others. Lizzy is a dedicated teacher and practitioner of Skinner Releasing Technique, which is based on the simple principle that we can move more fully and effectively when we let go of hidden holding patterns in the body. She has taught at universities and conservatoires in the UK and Prague, and writes for several arts publications. Lizzy believes in dance in the broadest sense as a creative, embodied, social and political art form.

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See you there!