Thursday, 1 March 2018

Our #silverswans try Character Dance Class

J as in Julia of S & J Talk Ballet 

Launched at Last!
As dance students of Ballet4life, we are very fortunate, under the Directorship of Donna Schoenherr our Founder, to enjoy an excellent diversity of dance classes at our Bespoke Dance Studio, located at St Peter's Hall, Southfield Road, W4 1BB in leafy Chiswick.

Recently outside the studio, it was freezing, with drifts of glistening snowflakes dancing their way to the ground...but inside we were warming up in preparation for the much-anticipated launch of the Character and Folk Dance Course, which was to be given by Ukrainian dance teacher, Alina Luts!

After watching for some time the passion that Alina displayed to us for this dance, we were inspired to have a go and try the dance steps for ourselves, which were balletic but with a touch of proudness and much elegance mixed in.

It had the particular effect on me, of making me feel that I was breathing in the culture of those Eastern Countries.....magic!.....Definitely not the Beast of the East, more I would say like the Best in the West (W4) that is!

So please join us for this fun dance session which is on this Saturdays from 9.30 until 10.25. Venue above. It would be lovely to welcome and meet you there, and will definitely keep you warm! Julia

Saturday morning Character Dance Class with Alina Luts
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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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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Susan of S&J talk Ballet
Her thoughts on Saturdays Beginner Improvers Class

I hope everyone has enjoyed their first week back after the break! I certainly enjoyed being back and didn’t find it as difficult as I had anticipated. Sadly, there were quite a few regular faces missing from Saturday’s class with Mark Kimmett and the subsequent pointe class. I do hope that they have not been struck down by one of the many ‘bugs’ that seem to be circulating. It was lovely to see some new faces in the class though and hope they become regulars. 

For anyone wishing to purchase new dancing attire, many of the outlets including Bloch have still got sales on.
Lastly, Happy 14th Anniversary Ballet4Life!

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Saturday Beginner Improvers Ballet with Marl

Friday, 5 January 2018

and more from J for Julia of S & J Talk Ballet!
Our very own #silverswan

 Best wishes for 2018 to all you budding dancers out there! 

Susan and I are really looking forward to getting back to the ballet barre!!

There are now two new exciting classes to enjoy this term. The Beginner Follow-on Class is at 10.15 am starting this Monday, 8th January at the large light dance studio at St Peter's Hall in Chiswick. ( Southfield Road, London W4 1bb- E3 bus stop out front ) This is also Ballet4life's 14th Anniversary so the day and week will be filled with celebrations, special offers, and new visitors to the studio! Can't wait!

This new class will be taught by Chris as well as the new General Exercise Class starting Saturday 13th January at 11 am at the Arts Educational School, 14 Bath Road, London W4 1LY, near Turnham Green Station. Chris is a friendly and accomplished teacher and is very welcoming to all!

So hopefully we can all tick exercise off our 2018 to do list!!.. Best wishes, Julia 

Photos: Copyright of Ballet4life
Taken at Chris' Ballet Class

S for Susan of S & J Talk Ballet
Our very own #silverswan!

Happy New Year to one and all. I am hoping that this year will be a great year of dance for us all!

I personally am going to set myself some realistic dance goals that I hope I can achieve.
It seems such a long time since I last took part in a dance class but I have tried to keep active over the break so I hope my body does not complain too much after the first class.
There are so many classes to chose from and it would be good to try something new, the General Level Contemporary Class on a Wednesday morning led by Mark looks interesting. 
I am trying to get my husband to try the new Exercise Class on Saturday at 11am with Chris at Arts Ed but I do not know how successful I will be!

It would be wonderful if more people tried the Pointe Class at Arts Ed on Saturdays. The class is only 30 minutes long, but is fun and builds on the techniques taught in the previous class. Mark is a very encouraging and supportive instructor who teaches to each dancers individuality. I urge you to give it a try, it isn’t anywhere near as painful as you might think.

Whatever class or classes you take I wish you a year of dancing fun!

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Taken at Mark Kimmett's Saturday Pointe Class