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  1. Kate_N

    Finding classes for Adults

    I’m bumping this thread up because I’m on my phone and can’t manage to link it. This is for someone asking about adult ballet classes in central and south of England.
  2. Oh I think I answered you on Ballet Talk for Dancers. If you do a search her on BalletCo for “adult ballet” you’ll find some suggestions. I started a thread maybe a year or so ago trying to pull together the collective information we adult ballet students have on good places for adult ballet students
  3. Glad I'm not the only one to dislike the feed via Facebook. It's a faff to get there, and then it keeps dropping out. Grrr - I missed huge chunks of the Bolshoi stream, and the RB stream. A pity, as those 2 classes are the highlight for me, because of the teachers - wonderful watching such expertise & care for the art and the dancers.
  4. Kate_N

    Pointing toes in ballet

    Oh goodness me! No wonder your teacher asked you to go barefoot! Those are not proper ballet shoes - they're street shoes (and incidentally not actually very good for your feet & walking gait - not enough support). Until you can afford proper ballet shoes (which cost around £13 in my experience), wear socks. Please don't dance in those shoes - you can't dance properly and they're terrible for a proper ballet studio floor. No wonder your teacher preferred you in bare feet.
  5. My lovely local studio has just moved and expanded - it's a gorgeous 3 studio facility, and is attracting other dance organisations to work there (RAD Associates is moving there each month, which is exciting for the children!). One of the things my teacher has now attracted is the organisation International Ballet Masterclasses. They're doing 2 weekends of ballet classes including one for 16+ dancers, which is me (by about 40+ years ...). Does anyone know what these classes are like? It's going to costs around £25 so I'd like to know what new things I might learn. Has anyone done any of these classes in the past? Were they worth it? My local teacher is wonderful - her basic beginner classes keep me tuned up so I can do intermediate/advanced levels elsewhere when I travel, so I don't want to pass up the opportunity, but I've also done some fairly ordinary classes with people who have wonderful reputations ... I've decided that, in my 'Third Age' of ballet studies, I want to 'collect' teaching styles and new approaches to this wonderful art.
  6. Kate_N

    Pointing toes in ballet

    Also, sometimes people mistake scrunching up their toes for 'pointing' their toes - bare feet will help your teacher see if you're making that basic mistake. Focus on stretching your ankles, and trying to keep that line straight through your foot, and your toes spread out and long.
  7. Kate_N

    Pointing toes in ballet

    It may also help to think about stretching your ankles, rather than just pointing your toes. That helps you get the best line through your calf, and also helps you get higher on demi-pointe.
  8. Kate_N

    Powerhouse Ballet

    Brava! and Toi toi toi for the show.
  9. Kate_N

    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    I love emboité turns. Really lovely feeling of moving and turning and jumping, all at once. I prefer them to some big jumps.
  10. Kate_N

    American teen relocating to London

    Yes, indeed. A city that is never not exciting!
  11. Kate_N

    American teen relocating to London

    And I'd have to disagree with the "terrorism is real" comment. Children in London are far more likely to be hurt by a motor car, than a terrorist attack. Children travel across London to go to school every day. The UK is an extremely safe country. And we have proper gun control.
  12. Kate_N

    American teen relocating to London

    Home-schooling is far less common here: all children must be in school until 16 (GCSE* exam age), and then they must be in education, work, or other post-compulsory education (eg apprenticeship) until 18. In central London there are a number of choices. The London Russian ballet school has been mentioned. You might also look at the West London School of Dance, run by Anna du Boisson. She also teaches every day at Danceworks, which runs an International Ballet programme - taught by excellent teachers (I do their open classes). I see the children on Saturday - they seem busy & very well taught. Michaela de Prince is a regular guest teacher to their summer school. http://danceworks.net/teachers/anna-du-boisson/ http://www.danceworks-academy.net/ *General Certificate of Secondary Education - the standard national qualification for 16 year olds.
  13. Kate_N

    Miko Fogarty

    Yes, fair point, Richard!
  14. Kate_N

    Claudia Dean's thoughts on when to go full time

    OFF TOPIC - Having spent 30 years in HE in 3 countries teaching people, many of whom will go into teaching themselves, in a variety of degree programmes (BA, BEd, BC[reative]A[rts]) give me a subject specialist over a raft of teaching qualifications any day at the high school/college level. But to wrench the thread back on-topic, I wonder if when people like Ms Dean set up, apparently without formal qualifications, then the actual work they do & results they achieve have to speak for themselves more than if there is a set of qualifications? Also to say that the kind of coaching Ms Dean does is - as far as I know - reasonably normal/common in the business. My favourite ballet teacher/bad boy, Renato Paroni, is well-known as Ms Rojo's coach. Most dancers coming up to taking on major roles will have coaches =- either privately, or provided by their company. Sometimes dancers have lifelong professional relationships with their coaches.
  15. Kate_N

    Claudia Dean's thoughts on when to go full time

    Well, I'm not so sure about this: I've been taught by people with no obvious formal qualifications, and I've been taught by people with certificates etc. One of the least effective teachers I studied with as a teenager had her RAD Solo Seal and teacher's certification, but had never danced professionally, and indeed never ventured past the small town we all lived in. She was not really a very good teacher. By contrast, another teacher in the town had danced professionally around the world, and his studio produced professional dancers (my sister was one of them).