Delighted to announce the gradual resuming of live ballet classes at the reopened United Reformed Church Hall (URC) this summer… Following a couple of successful trial classes in the Hall, here is a schedule of Ballet in Small Spaces classes going forward for July. These are all at Intermediate to Advanced level, and are hybrid classes that can be attended either in person or online. I am reverting to the days and times of classes before the pandemic – please read carefully and put in your diary. Please note that there will be no Monday class on 12th July because of the DANSOX Summer School.
Because of Covid safety protocols and the need to maintain some social distancing, there is currently a limit of 9 people who can attend in person; so those attending the Hall will need to register in advance; please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to specify the dates you would like to attend. Once you have registered, if for any reason it turns out that you cannot attend, please let me know soonest so that your place could be taken by someone else. For online attendance please email me to receive a Zoom invitation.
The cost for attending in person will revert to the pre-pandemic price of £10 per class, but online attendance will continue to cost £7. The BiSS loyalty card scheme whereby those attending in person and paying £10 per class get their 10th class free will be resumed.
I plan to take a brief break in the first week of August, but then to continue offering classes, to allow us to make the most of finally being able to dance back in a studio rather than at home, and also of summer weather, given that we will need to keep windows open for maximum ventilation! In order to be able to schedule viably for August it would be really helpful if people could let me know whether they are interested in continuing to take class over what is normally a holiday period. I am also thinking of resuming additional pointe work sessions after Thursday and Saturday morning classes; so please let me know if these might be of interest. I hope that it may also be possible to invite a couple of guest teachers over this summer period.
Looking forward to seeing you in class, either online or in person!
I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter break and are enjoying the spring sunshine… I have now scheduled the next batch of BiSS ballet classes, and will be resuming teaching from Thursday 22nd April. Classes will be continuing online via Zoom for the coming term as the URC remains closed; I am in touch with them about what may be necessary to enable them to open again safely, and will keep you posted of any developments.
I am issuing invitations to the following:
Thursday morning Advanced classes starting on 22nd April 10.00-11.30am
Monday Intermediate classes starting on 26th April 5.30-7.00pm
Adult beginners classes starting on Saturday 24th April 10.00-11.15am
If you would like to receive an invitation for any of these classes and have not already received one please email me. The price remains the same at £7 per class; you are welcome to pay for a batch of classes rather than singly if that is more convenient. If you are having any issues over payment or affordability please do contact me.
If Zoom is not your thing, why not check out the series “Enchainement of the day” on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel here, which provide you with a daily enchainement to work on in your own time and at your own pace. For less experienced dancers wishing to maintain their practice at home in their own time there is also film of last summer’s adult beginners’ class with full explanation and demonstration, available by private link for £25; please contact me for details.
Looking forward to seeing you back in class soon! Susie
I hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas break despite current restrictions. New Year is creeping up on us, so here are plans for classes from January.
Given the ongoing Covid19 situation I will be continuing to teach via Zoom from my kitchen for the foreseeable, and there is as yet no fixed date for URC to re-open. My plan is to resume the usual schedule of classes starting from Thursday 7th January 2021 as follows: Thursdays: 10.00-11.30am Advanced from 7th January Saturdays: 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners from 9th January Mondays: 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate/advanced from 11th January I will nearer the time be sending out Zoom invitations directly to those who have attended these classes before; if you have not previously attended but would like to, please contact me so that I can send you the necessary link and payment details.
The price of classes remains the same at £7; and classes can be paid for individually or in batches, online or by cheque. Please contact me if affordability is an issue.
Following on from the previous update; ballet classes via Zoom from my kitchen will be continuing throughout November and the first half of December as follows:
Monday Kitchen classes 5.30-7.00pm: a new series of 5 classes up to and including Monday 14th December will start on Monday 16th November.
Thursday Advanced classes 10.00-11.30am: a new series of 7 classes up to and including Thursday 17th December began last week.
Saturday Adult Beginners 10.00-11.15am: a follow-on series of 6 classes up to and including Saturday 12th December began last week.
Please email me if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation for any of these classes or need further information. The charge for all classes continues to be £7.
Sadly under the current lockdown live classes in Oxford have had to cease for the time being. Colleague SégolèneTarte will however be resuming offering some classes online over this period, so check out updates to her schedule here: https://dancingconvolutions.blogspot.com/p/teaching.html
An update on ballet classes for October… I can now confirm that sadly the URC will not be re-opening its hall until the new year, because of staffing issues compounding the complications of Covid19 compliance. So I will be continuing to teach online until Christmas at least.
During October I will be teaching the following adult ballet classes from my kitchen: Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate Thursdays 10.00-11.30am Advanced Saturdays 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners (series of 5)
Please email me if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation for any of these. The charge for all classes is now £7 and the Adult Beginners series of 5 is therefore £35, but please let me know if you have issues of affordability.
If Zooming is not your thing and you prefer to be back in the studio, Oxford dancers will be very glad to know that Ségolène Tarte is now teaching a range of classes for dancers from Improvers through to Advanced; at St Matthews Church Hall on Mondays, at Mortimer Hall in Marston on Tuesday evenings and just starting at Wolvercote Village Hall on Friday evenings, with full safety measures in place. You can find details on her blog here: and here is a link to her most recent newsletter with further information; also some superior face masks for sale! Please note that because numbers are limited you will need to register in advance to attend any of these classes.
And for working in your own time and at your own pace, remember you can always sample the “Enchaînement of the day” series on YouTube here …
Here we are at the beginning of September… a long update with information about classes going forward.
At the moment sadly the URC hall is still not open, although they are doing risk assessments; so I am as yet unable to return to offering live classes there. So for the time being I will continue with teaching the following ballet classes online via Zoom: Thursdays 10.00-11.30am Advanced Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Intermediate (resuming on Monday 7th September) Saturdays 10.00-11.15am Adult Beginners (series of 5 from Saturday 3rd October).
Please email me if you would like to receive the relevant Zoom invitations for any of these classes. I have had to increase my charges to £7 for all classes.
As I was working on a project through August I will be taking a short digital detox holiday from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th September, so there will be no classes over this brief period, but all classes will resume in the week commencing Monday 28th September. I am not planning too far ahead in case the situation changes, but am likely to continue online classes into November.
However if Zoom is not for you there are some alternatives… great news that Oxford colleague Ségolène Tarte will be resuming teaching next week from Monday 7th September and offering two live classes as follows: Mondays 1.15-2.45pm for adults with prior experience of ballet, St Matthew’s Church Hall, Grandpont, Oxford OX1 4LW (Ségolène maintains this popular class originally set up by Karen Sellick) Tuesdays 6.15-7.45pm for adults with prior experience of ballet, Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, Oxford OX3 0PH
Full details of these and the very thorough measures she is taking to ensure the safety of all participating can be found in her new newsletter, accessible here: https://mailchi.mp/daf17c7e4372/adult-ballet-autumn-term-2020 Do be aware that because of spatial distancing and limited numbers it will be necessary to pre-register for these classes.
As the URC is not open Ségolène’s usual Friday evening classes there are until further notice being subsumed into one remote online mixed level class 6.15 – 7.45pm accessible via Webex; full details and invitation link in her newsletter.
Other online alternatives: I have just made a film of adult beginners’ class material that the group did with me via Zoom in July, so that people can continue working on it independently. This consists of my teaching the warm-up, barre and centre practice enchainments, and is available on Vimeo for £25 via a private link. Do email for details if this would be of interest. I would also remind you of the series Enchaînement of the day that I was posting on YouTube from March to June which continues available free here on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel. The level of these individual enchaînements is variable, some simple and some more complicated, but all very much designed to be done at home in a small space, in your own time and at your own pace. Check them out if you have not already…
Following a successful first series of BiSS Thursday morning ballet classes by Zoom for advanced and experienced dancers, I will be continuing Thursday teaching throughout July with further classes on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July at 10.00-11.30am. If you are interested in attending, please do contact me at email@example.com to request an invitation – which will be valid for all of them.
The Monday Kitchen Classes 5.30-7.00pm are also continuing until 27th July; if you would like an invitation please email.
Saturday 4th July 10.00-11.15am saw the first of an experimental series of 5 Zoom classes for adult beginners, with further classes on 11th, 18th, 25th July and 1st August. Please contact me by email if you would be interested in attending such classes in future.
I will be taking a brief break from teaching after that, but plan to resume online teaching via Zoom from 20th August. No news yet as to when it may be possible to return to live studio classes at URC… will keep you posted of any developments.
Following a successful first series of ballet classes via Zoom, I have scheduled a new series of a further seven Kitchen Classes for experienced dancers, starting this coming Monday 15th June 5.30-7.00pm, and continuing until the end of July. If you would like to attend any or all of these, please do email me soonest so that I can send you an invitation for the new Kitchen Class series; this new link will be valid for all seven classes. The suggested donation rate per class will remain the same for this series at £5. Please do pass the word to any colleagues or students who might be interested, with the message that people should contact me with any concerns about affordability.
The current Zoom series of Thursday morning classes10.00-11.30am will be continuing till 2nd July; and I plan to run a further series of these after that. As with the Kitchen Class series, please email me for an invitation. And you can meanwhile continue exploring ballet enchaînements from some of these classes as well as others via Enchaînement of the day on the Ballet in Small Spaces YouTube channel
Please contact me if you have any queries.
Looking forward to seeing you in class on Monday!
An update on Ballet in Small Spaces classes happening via Zoom…
The Monday 5.30-7.00pm Kitchen class series continues up to and including Monday 8th June; after which a new series will begin, details to be posted. However this week on Thursday 21st May I am resuming my previously regular Ballet in Small Spaces Thursday 10.00-11.30am morning class, aimed at experienced dancers of intermediate to advanced level, to see if this provides a viable and useful alternative for people. Please email to let me know if you would be interested to join this class and I will send you an invitation for the series which will last till early July. As with the Monday Kitchen classes, there is a suggested contribution of £5 per class. Please do pass the word to any colleagues or students who might be interested, with the message that people should contact me with any concerns about affordability.
Meanwhile for those who prefer to take their time in learning and work at their own pace, the Enchainement of the Day series continues on YouTube; check them out here and give them a go! This is an evolving work in progress, so comments, feedback, requests and even likes would be greatly appreciated…
Following last week’s experiment I will be teaching Kitchen Class by Zoom on Monday 27th April 5.30pm till 7.00pm. The plan is that this Monday open class of approximately Intermediate level will continue on a regular basis until early June; and as necessary from then onwards. In order to cover costs I would like to request that those attending each class make a suggested donation of £5.00.
A big thank you to those who attended last week for your very helpful feedback; I hope that lessons learned from this will help the class to run more smoothly and give you all a better experience. Getting the best from this medium is a work in progress…
If you would like to attend, please drop me an email soonest and I will send you an invitation and payment details. If you are worrying about being able to pay please let me know.
Looking forward to meeting up for class tomorrow,
Take care and stay safe! Susie