Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Sorry for the long silence! We have been so busy at Ballet4life! Also, Susan's internet has been down so she has not posted in a while.

J as in Julia of S&J Talk Ballet has a report of the upcoming 12th May Showcase! over to Julia......

Showtime Blossoms!

There's a hub of activity and a buzz of excitement, as ballet4life students prepare for their 2018 Showcase!  Rehearsals are well underway with all performers working hard to enhance their dance skills, in order to make this the best Showcase ever!....

There will be Ballet, Character Dance, and even a sneak peek at the upcoming Stravinsky's Apollo and the Muses Ballet and live music with The Nonesuch Orchestra performances in June in Chiswick!

Although I am a blogger for Ballet4life, I also attend and enjoy dance classes which embrace many different styles of dance. The new dance on the block this year is to be a beautiful Ukrainian Gypsy dance, taught to us by Ukrainian ballet teacher Alina.  It will be passionate, colourful and fun to watch, not to be missed!

The Showcase will be presented by Founder and dedicated teacher of Ballet4life Donna Schoenherr and will be held on the  12th May between 6pm and 8pm at Bell Studios, 6 Greenock Road, Acton W3 8DU. Tickets can be bought at the door for £10 / £5 concessions which includes a drink and nibbles.

All proceeds will be donated to the registered charity, Move into Wellbeing, which is a dance, movement, and exercise class for people living with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions.
We at Ballet4life will look forward to welcoming you on this special evening.


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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Sorry for the long silence! We have been so busy at Ballet4life! Also, Susan's internet has been down so she has not posted in a while.

J as in Julia of S&J Talk Ballet has a report of the upcoming 12th May Showcase! over to Julia......

Showtime Blossoms!

There's a hub of activity and a buzz of excitement, as ballet4life students prepare for their 2018 Showcase!  Rehearsals are well underway with all performers working hard to enhance their dance skills, in order to make this the best Showcase ever!....

There will be Ballet, Character Dance, and even a sneak peek at the upcoming Stravinsky's Apollo and the Muses Ballet and live music with The Nonesuch Orchestra performances in June in Chiswick!

Although I am a blogger for Ballet4life, I also attend and enjoy dance classes which embrace many different styles of dance. The new dance on the block this year is to be a beautiful Ukrainian Gypsy dance, taught to us by Ukrainian ballet teacher Alina.  It will be passionate, colourful and fun to watch, not to be missed!

The Showcase will be presented by Founder and dedicated teacher of Ballet4life Donna Schoenherr and will be held on the  12th May between 6pm and 8pm at Bell Studios, 6 Greenock Road, Acton W3 8DU. Tickets can be bought at the door for £10 / £5 concessions which includes a drink and nibbles.

All proceeds will be donated to the registered charity, Move into Wellbeing, which is a dance, movement, and exercise class for people living with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions.
We at Ballet4life will look forward to welcoming you on this special evening.


(All images copyright Ballet4Life. They may not be used without prior permission.)





Friday, 23 February 2018

 #silverswans do a Ballroom and Latin Dance Taster! #strictlycomedancing

J as in Julia of S & J Talk Ballet ( and other dance techniques)



Without a doubt, the range of dance classes held at the Ballet4life bespoke dance studio in Chiswick at St. Peter's Hall, Southfield Road, London W4 1BB, is both original and refreshing!!

Under the awesome direction of the Founder of Ballet4life Donna Schoenherr, last Tuesday, I and many other dance students enjoyed a Taster Ballroom and Latin Dance class held at the studio which was taught by exceptional dance teacher Anca Nistor.

Incredible it may seem by the end of this class ALL the participants were successfully able to Waltz and Cha Cha Cha across the dance floor with a new found confidence!

During my dance journey as a mature student at Ballet4life I have experienced a variety of dance from Ballet to Contemporary and now Ballroom. Phew!...AND watch this space as I believe Character and Folk dancing are about to enter the Ballet4life experience!

What a great way to celebrate the fact that this amazing dance school has just passed its 14th Anniversary milestone....and I would like to add with flying colours!!








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and may not be reproduced without permission. These are from the class on Tuesday 20th February.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

#silverswans en Pointe!
The lovely Susan of S&J Talk Ballet
She has been working hard on her Pointe technique with Mark


Her feedback and query after Saturday 17 February's class:

Another wonderful day of dance with Mark was had today though the classes were on the small side probably because of the half-term holiday. It is lovely that some of the younger newcomers have become regulars and one has even joined the pointe class. There is plenty of space still so do join us as it is lovely to extend yourself. 

Has anyone any tips on the use of the pointe shoe ribbon with the elastic insert? I purchased a new pair of pointe shoes and they came with this type of ribbon. I found it more difficult to get my ribbons done up tight enough. Perhaps I am doing something wrong? If anyone has any comments that will help they will be gratefully received. 

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This photo is from our other adult pointe class held on Saturdays.

Monday, 29 January 2018


Susan the S in S&J Talk Ballet
her comments after Saturday 27 January Beginner Improver Ballet and Beginner Pointe Class with Mark Kimmett


It was lovely to see some new faces at the 11am class at Arts Ed yesterday and all age groups were well represented. There were six of us for the pointe class which is lovely, but there is still plenty of room for more dancers to join in, so if you are curious, do give it a try. 
On the subject of pointe, I would love to hear views ( negative or positive ) on the different brands of the pointe shoe. I have heard that the Gaynor Minden shoes are the best, but are very expensive at nearly a £100 a pair! It seems a lot to pay for a 30-minute class once per week for an old amateur. I do need to get some new pointe shoes and the shop that I purchased my current pair have moved to the north of England, so I am looking for any suggestions anyone may have.



Photo: Susan in Mark's Beginner Pointe Class
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