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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:BB Teaching at Folkwang (2010)

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.

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.

Enjoy!

Susie

LISIA NEWMARK

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.

 

Christmas is coming… so a note to clarify and confirm dates for the end of this term at URC, and the start of next.

Saturday 8th December marked the official end of classes for this term. There will however be one final Thursday morning class on 13th December, but beyond that I will be taking a break and will not resume teaching until the New Year.
Classes will resume on the normal schedule from Thursday 10th January 2019. This means that the first Saturday classes of next term will be on 12th January and the first Monday classes will be on 14th January. Apologies that the break is quite long; if you are looking for additional classes to attend over the Christmas period, I would advise you to contact the following teachers:
Ségolène Tarte – check out her class schedule here for classes in December and January.
Penny Cullerne-Bown, Principal of East Oxford School of Ballet, will also be teaching some classes over the break; for details email her here.

If you have been coming to the adult beginners’ classes and may be moving on or leaving Oxford, please let me know.  I continue to have a waiting list for the Saturday class, so it would be good to know any changes to your plans so that I can work out how many new dancers can be accommodated.

All that remains to say is have a joyous Christmas, and wishing you all the very best for the coming year!

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

Now that spring has finally truly arrived, I look forward to resuming ballet classes for the summer term at URC from this coming Monday 23rd April on the usual schedule as follows:

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

Some dates for your diaries:
There will be no class on Thursday 3rd May because the URC Hall will be in use as a polling station for local elections.
Classes will continue throughout the term without a half term break.
The final classes of term will be on Saturday 14th July. I will advise nearer the time about any provision of classes over the summer holiday period.

See you in class soon!

Susie

Now that we are in December and Christmas is hurtling towards us, here are dates for the end of this term of ballet classes at URC and the beginning of next.  Classes will continue as normal until and including Saturday 16th December; the only exception being that Ségolène Tarte will teach the advanced class on Thursday 14th December.  I shall then take a Christmas break, resuming teaching the normal schedule from Thursday 11th January; thus the first Saturday classes will be on 13th January and the first Monday classes on 15th January.

Over the Christmas break however it will be possible to do advanced class with Ségolène at Mortimer Hall in Marston on Tuesday 19th December; and she also plans to resume teaching this class on Tuesday 9th January (to be confirmed).

Enjoy the festive season, and here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all good wishes for a Happy New Year!

Susie

Hard to believe that September has now begun, so here is the programme of ballet classes for this term at URC. The schedule continues as usual with the following classes running, prices as before £10 per class with the 10th class free:
Mondays: 4.15-5.30pm Adult beginners’ ballet
5.45-7.15pm Intermediate ballet
Thursdays: 10.00-11.30am Advanced ballet
Saturdays: 10.00-11.15am Adult beginners’ ballet
11.30am-1.00pm Intermediate/advanced ballet
The first classes of this term will be on Saturday 9th September, but please take note that there will be no classes on Saturday 16th September when URC celebrates its Summer Fair in the Hall.

For those of you who have enjoyed Ségolène Tarte’s classes over the summer break period, she will now be teaching at URC on Friday evenings this term for Oxford Academy of Dance, continuing the good work of Karen Sellick, including an opportunity for beginners to explore more challenging material:
Fridays: 6.15-7.15pm Improvers ballet
7.15-8.30pm Intermediate/advanced ballet (with a possibility of extending this to 8.45pm if numbers permit)
These classes will cost £10 a session pay as you go, or you have the option to make a one-off payment of £90 for the 10 lessons of the term. Please contact Paula Natrass about this:
Phone: 07913 995963
Email: paula@oxfordacademyofdance.co.uk
The first class of term will be on Friday 15th September, and there will be a half term break, date to be confirmed.

Ségolène will also be teaching Intermediate/advanced and adult ballet classes for East Oxford School of Ballet on Wednesdays at Rye St Antony School afternoon and evening; please contact Penny Cullerne-Bown for further details:
Phone: 01865 847747
Email: pcb@eastoxballet.co.uk

Plenty to get your teeth into this term! I look forward to seeing you in class soon…

Susie

Although there will be a break from the full class schedule over the summer, I am very glad to report that some ballet classes are continuing at URC under the elegant and meticulous teaching of Ségolène Tarte.  See below for a list of classes to the end of July and first week of August:

Monday 24th and 31st July 5.30-7.00pm

Thursday 27th July 10.00-11.30am

Saturday 5th August 11.30am-1.00pm

Ségolène will also be teaching on Tuesdays 18:30-20:00pm between and including 25th July and 29th August but excluding 8th August at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Marlborough Road, Oxford OX1 4LW.

Ségolène will be teaching a mixed level class; this would not be suitable for absolute or very recent beginners but could accommodate those beginners with some experience who might like a further challenge.  She is charging the current rate (£10 per class), but these classes will not go towards Susie’s loyalty card.  Following a break from 7th to 14th August it is likely that the Saturday classes at URC will continue through to the beginning of September; Thursday classes may continue if numbers are sufficient.  To register your interest in summer classes at URC please sign up to Ségolène’s Doodlepoll here

Enjoy – and, as they say, keep dancing!

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

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