Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bedford Park Festival #BPF50!

We have been so busy with classes, performances, and festivals that our blog has been a bit neglected! Now J as in Julia of S&J Talk Ballet gives a report on the Ballet4life dancers' performance
Images: Ballet4life all rights reserved

The weather was perfect and the festival revellers in good spirits at the amazing Bedford Park Festival, held at Turnham Green the weekend of the 10th and 11th June.

Under the excellent tuition of one of the Ballet4life teachers Rebecca Scott, a group of enthusiastic dancers took to the ballet barre at the bandstand and confidently performed some lovely exercises followed by a lyrical  centre dance sequence, to a lively and much appreciative audience....another great success for Ballet4life established and run locally for the last thirteen by founder, teacher, and former professional dancer Donna Schoenherr.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

More dance reporting in from S of S & J Talk Ballet
Image- Pointe Class- All right reserved Ballet4Life

Susan's thoughts on her Saturday Pointe Class

The Saturday Pointe Class at Art’s Ed takes place following the Beginner Improver Ballet Class and is taken by Mark Kimmett and as usual, Mark brings his own personal style of teaching to the class. The class is attended mostly by ladies (although we have been joined by a male dancer on a few occasions) of very varying ages and as it is a drop- in the class size fluctuates. The class is fun and as we are already warmed up from the previous class we get straight to work at the barre with exercises such as rises on demi- pointe and then full pointe progressing to pas de bourrée. There is usually some centre work as well where we are encouraged by Mark to ‘present ourselves’.  We are all given individual advice and support from Mark and I feel we are all making progress and I personally look forward to the day when I will be able to dance on pointe without the need of the barre!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

S of S & J

Susan's Saturday snippet:
Bloch's online sale ends at midnight Monday 29th May and now it is up to 65% off. It is a great opportunity to grab some bargains on some new dance gear!

Susan dancing in class with Mark Kimmett. All rights reserved. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

J as in Julia of S & J Talk Ballet on our recent Dance Showcase which raised funds for Registered Charity Move into Wellbeing®

The talent was remarkable, the atmosphere electric and the audience roused!!
Yes, all these ingredients came together at 6 o'clock at the Ballet4life Showcase last Saturday evening.
The show was a combination of many dance and movement skills.... Teachers performing modern and lively dances, often encompassing their own unique choreography, followed by their students, either dancing snazzy jazz routines or perhaps in some cases more graceful, delicate balletic ones!
All participants were individually introduced by Ballet4life Founder and Mentor Donna Schoenherr, with proceeds to be donated to her much loved and Registered Charity Move Into Wellbeing®.
This particular group, later led by Beatrice Ghezzi, one of our talented dance teachers,  performed a wonderfully enthusiastic and fun movement piece, which led to much clapping, whooping and joining in from the audience!
The finale of the evening was 'The Chorus Line' and with this being such a fun number, many took to the floor for the final kicks of the evening!!

This was followed by a short party and a farewell presentation to Clarissa Rocha, who was relocating, and we will miss her but wish her every happiness and success in the future!

For further information about Registered Charity 1172264, please visit www.moveintowellbeing.org.uk and @Movein2Welbng

Images below from Ballet4life's fundraising Showcase and Move into Wellbeing's class. All rights reserved.

Monday, 15 May 2017

What J for Julia has to say about Mums & Babies and the Monday Ballet Barre Class!

Having experienced my first Monday dance class last week, I have to say it was a very unusual event for me as it was the first time I had taken place in a ballet class that ages ranged from 6 weeks, (yes that is correct!) to well we won't go there but lets say a little more mature adults...!
Strangely enough, it all worked well, as the 6 weekers were firmly attached to their mothers by a safe baby sling, whilst their mothers gently swayed back and forth, and although the mothers were the, of course, the ballet pupils, the babies were soothed to sleep by the melodic and beautiful music of the class. The class also worked well for those of us also who were not accompanied by babies, and it is a very confident building class for beginners to attend.

Lovely Becky teaches this class at the bespoke dance studio at St Peter's Hall on a Monday from 9.15-10.15 and it is a beginners ballet barre class that also includes some gentle centre dance work that was much enjoyed by all who took part. 

Images of Ballet4life Ballet Class; all rights reserved.

Friday, 12 May 2017

S- Susan  of S & J talk ballet on frappé 

Frustrating Frappés!

I am wondering if any other ‘Ballet4lifers’ have trouble executing the frappé
exercises.  If my feet carry out the single frappe exercises correctly I feel that my hands are doing their own thing! Double frappés are often just a jumble especially if I have my eyes on the person in front of me despite them doing it correctly. I often feel that my toes are curling up between the striking of the floor and the return movement, whether they really are or it is just my imagination, I am not sure. Perhaps I over think the exercise and should just get on with it but I always get a sinking feeling when the words “ now let’s do frappés”. I hope that one day I will conquer the exercise but until then I would love to hear if anyone has any tips they can pass on.

Images: Susan in Ballet4life Beginner Improvers Class with Mark Kimmet. All rights reserved.

Monday, 8 May 2017

J - Julia- on the group outing to see @TheRoyalBallet

Murder, passion and insanity were witnessed by myself and a group from Ballet4life when we visited the much-anticipated ballet production of Mayerling last Friday at the ROH!  We all certainly enjoyed taking in the rustic costumes, ever changing scenery and superb dancing and even an unexpected bit of Opera singing!!

Empress Elizabeth was played by 1st Artist Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, @tarabhavs who had recently given us a wonderful Masterclass at Ballet4life, and even though she felt unwell prior to her performance she still danced brilliantly. An evening to be remembered by all, and it was a true story!...

Images: Julia and other Ballet4lifers at Tara- Brigitte Bhavnani's Masterclass. All rights reserved.