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See below for a schedule of BiSS ballet classes at URC from now on until the end of April, and the beginning of next term. Please read carefully to take note of any changes!  Although I will be not be teaching over the second half of March I am delighted to confirm that classes will continue pretty much uninterrupted, thanks to wonderful colleagues Ségolène Tarte and Lisia Newmark.

Saturday March 16th: No classes because of DANSOX conference
Monday 18th: Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm, Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm taught by Ségolène
Thursday 21st: Advanced 10.00-11.30 taught by Lisia Newmark plus 11.30-12.00 optional pointework
Saturday 23rd: Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, Intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm taught by Ségolène
Monday 25th: Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm, Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm taught by Ségolène
Thursday 28th: Advanced 10.00-11.30 taught by Ségolène
Saturday 30th: Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, Intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm taught by Ségolène
Monday 1st April: Adult beginners 4.15-5.30pm, Intermediate 5.45-7.15pm taught by Ségolène
Thursday 4th: Advanced 10.00-11.30 taught by Lisia plus 11.30-12.00 optional pointework
Saturday 6th: Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am, Intermediate/advanced 11.30am-1.00pm taught by Ségolène

I will resume teaching as normal from Monday 8th April up to and including Thursday 18th April. Because of Easter there will be no classes on Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd April. So the summer term of classes will start officially on Thursday 25th April with new material for adult beginners from Saturday 27th April, and continue on the usual schedule from then. I will teach on Mondays 6th May and 27th May despite the Bank Holidays and will not take a half term break.

For those of you on the waiting list for a place in the Saturday adult beginners’ class, I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm whether you can start from Saturday 27th April.

Next term Saturday pointe work
Over the summer term I propose to extend the Saturday intermediate/advanced class with an additional half hour of pointe work 1.15-1.45pm starting from Saturday 27th April. This is entirely optional and would cost an additional £4. It is open not only to those already with some experience of pointe work but also to those who would like a chance to explore this more advanced work on the demi-pointe. Please do let me know if you are interested in attending this.

For those of you that do not already know Lisia Newmark you can read her biography below.  It is lovely to have her back here teaching, bringing a wealth of professional experience.  And you can find full information about Ségolène on her blog here.




Lisia trained as a ballet dancer in Perth (Australia) with Sylvia Barnes, Diana Waldron and the Perth City Ballet.

In Europe Lisia danced with the Brno State Ballet (Czech Republic), Wiener Ballet Theatre (Germany), and in the Salzburg Festival (Austria). She then joined Independent Ballet Wales (UK) where she remained for ten years as Principal Dancer. Lisia performed the title roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Red Riding Hood and The Lady of the Lake as well as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.

Lisia regularly returned to Perth as Principal Guest Artist for Perth City Ballet’s productions of The Sleeping Beauty (1997), Carmen (1998 and 2007), Don Quixote (2002), and Coppelia (2006). In 2005 Lisia was Guest Artist for the First Physical Company in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she also taught company class. In 2008 Lisia performed in The Solos Project at the Burton Taylor Theatre, in a solo choreographed by Susie Crow.

As a freelance ballet teacher, Lisia has taught at Rhodes University Drama Department (South Africa), John Curtin College of the Arts (Australia), and locally for Freefall Dance at Oxford University, East Oxford School of Ballet, Oxford Academy of Dance and St. Edward’s Oxford.


Blazing July is upon us and the end of term looms… It is also the season for summer fetes and fairs, and URC is no exception; their Summer Fete is scheduled for Saturday 11th July, and consequently there can be no ballet classes that day or on the Friday 10th evening before.  However some ballet classes will continue beyond that; see below for clarification of the last remaining classes of this term:

Friday 3rd July:  Oxford Academy of Dance classes as usual, this week taught by Susie.  5.30-7.00pm Intermediate including pointework, 7.00-8.15pm Intermediate/Advanced

Saturday 4th July:  10.00-11.15am Adult beginners’ ballet, 11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced

Monday 6th July:  4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners’ ballet, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate

Thursday 9th July:  10.00-11.30am Advanced

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July:  No classes

Monday 13th July:  4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners’ ballet, 5.45-7.15pm Intermediate

Thursday 16th July:  10.00-11.30am Advanced

That will be the last class of this term, after which there will be a break from the usual schedule which will resume in September.  However I will be posting very shortly with full details about the summer school that I will be running with Lizie Giraudeau at URC from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, so put the dates in your diaries now!  And I will also post about any other classes arising over the summer period for those that wish to keep their ballet going.

If I don’t see you in class, have a lovely summer!


Wanting to alert those of you interested in pointework to an emerging opportunity to work on this.

The class that I teach for Oxford Academy of Dance on Fridays 5.00-6.30pm at URC is currently focusing on basic pointework; it includes a barre to warm-up thoroughly, and then the rest of the class is on pointe. Paula Natrass has agreed to open this class on a pay as you go basis to any who might like to join us to work on developing, refining and strengthening their work on pointe. Cost will be £10 per class. I would suggest that those attending should be doing the equivalent of a minimum of three dance classes a week, and should already have some years of ballet experience.

Delighted to be able to offer this opportunity till the end of this term. Please contact me if you have any queries.