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Next Saturday 7th February because of the Two old instruments performance in Worcester ballet classes at URC will be taught by guest teacher Ellie Carter from the USA.  A beautiful dancer, Ellie has both a distinguished professional performing career and significant experience teaching dance and specifically ballet.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience her particular insights and fresh perspective.

Ellie Carter

Ellie Carter

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ellie Carter danced professionally with BalletMet, American Repertory Ballet, and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University and earned her MFA from The Ohio State University, where she was a University Fellow and a Graduate Teaching Associate. Carter was on the faculty at both the Princeton Ballet School and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Center for Dance. As a dancer, a teacher of dance, and a maker of dance, Carter seeks to evoke embodied meaning by exploring her own, as well as her collaborators’/dancers’, physicalities, movement histories, and virtuosity. While at OSU, she received funding from the Presutti-Madison Memorial Dance Fund and an Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship to support her work. Most recently, Carter worked as a Lecturer at The Ohio State University and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Kenyon College, where she taught Ballet, Ballet Pedagogy, Writing About Dance, and Dance History.

Another two Monday contemporary classes scheduled at URC before Christmas, 12.00-2.00pm on 10th and 17th December, this time taught by Flavia Coube.

Flavia brings international experience and perspective to Oxford having originally studied Body Expression, classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz in Brasil where she danced with the contemporary company Des-Ar-Mar.  Since coming to Oxford she has studied Butoh with Jeannie Donald-McKim and Ana Barbour, and for four years has performed with Café Reason. Read More

Thank you to all who danced and who watched at this morning’s open class, I do hope that you enjoyed it…

Clarifying the schedule of ballet classes during the Christmas season:
Monday 3rd December:  Inter/Advanced class 5.45-7.15pm will be taken by Ségolène Tarte – enjoy this chance to sample some refreshing ideas and Gallic style!
Thursday 6th December:  10.00-11.30am class with Susie as usual
Friday 7th December:  No classes, Oxford Academy of Dance term has now finished.
Saturday 8th December:  No classes because of the URC Christmas Fair in the Hall all day.
Monday 10th December:  5.45-7.15pm class with Susie as usual
Thursday 13th December:  10.00-11.30am class with Susie as usual
Saturday 15th December:  Adult beginners 10.00-11.15am and Inter/Advanced 11.30-1.00pm as usual
Monday 17th December:  5.45-7.15pm class with Susie as usual – this is the last class of term.


Open Ballet Class
Saturday 1st December 2012, 11.30-1.00pm Intermediate/Advanced class
Summertown United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road, Summertown

Two years ago I opened the Saturday 11.30 class to visitors to view, in aid of the re-flooring of the hall.  It seems a good moment to open up this class once again to friends, colleagues and neighbours who would like to see what we do, and to show off the refurbished hall and its improved floor and what it is contributing to the work. I am very proud of the standard that has been achieved by dancers attending and would like to celebrate it.
You are most cordially invited to come, watch and enjoy.  Please do bring any friends, family or colleagues who might be interested.  We will try and squeeze in as many as we can.
Hoping to see you on Saturday…

An update on forthcoming Monday 12.00-2.00pm contemporary classes at URC.

26th November:  One more Exploring Ballet Principles workshop/class with Susie, a chance to sample this if you missed the previous two.  Read about them here:
3rd December:  No class because of the Oxford Dance Forum AGM at the Old Fire Station
10th December and 17th December:  Two classes with Flavia Coube who brings a broad background in different dance disciplines to her current Butoh influenced work and improvisation – more details to follow!

Classes will resume in the New Year as follows:
7th, 14th, 28th January and 4th February:  Four sessions with Marina Collard, recently arrived in Oxford, again more details to follow.
21st January:  No classes because of the next Drawing Dance workshop.
Plans for classes from February 11th to be confirmed.  Watch this space…


“Worlds of the body: exploring through the details of anatomy, movement, sensation and imagination to find the stories and images that deepen and inspire our dancing…”

Delighted to confirm that Miranda Tufnell will be teaching four 12.00-2.00pm classes on this theme at URC on the following Mondays:
24th September, 1st, 8th and 15th October 2012
United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HN
Aimed at dance professionals, and adults and students with experience, please note revised price of £8.00 (reflecting a recent rent rise).
Please take advantage of a great opportunity to work with this inspiring and highly respected artist, and pass the word on to colleagues who may be interested…
For more information about Miranda’s work:

Oxford Academy of Dance Friday evening ballet classes taught by Susie at URC start this week.
There will be classes on the following Fridays:
September 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and Nov 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (11 weeks in total).
There will be no class on November 2nd which is half term week.
For details on how to register for the 5.00pm Intermediate class check the Classes page.
The 6.30pm Advanced class remains open and pay as you go at £10 per class, so no need to register.
Looking forward to seeing you there…