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  1. I was intrigued in the RB section of World Ballet Day, at how sort the coaching & rehearsal sessions were. Is this usual, or were they deliberately staged for World Ballet Day. I'm used to rehearsals in the theatre/studio being 6-8 hours at a time. You might not call all the actors for the whole time, but a scene is worked on for several hours, usually.
  2. I'm afraid I don't see the Royal often enough to recognise mare than a few dancers. What is he wearing?
  3. And I misread the schedule _ the Royal ballet is in class now, with the wonderful guest teacher Olga. Just watching her clean simple barre makes my brain & body feel good!
  4. Totally distracted from the pressing work I have on my desk today …
  5. Looking forward to the RB stream, although I'll really miss seeing them in class. Will there be a later streaming of that, if not live? I love the privilege of watching daily class - it's usually a much more private thing, so really special to see it.
  6. Wonderful news, and congratulations to you and your daughter, @balletbean Thanks for taking the trouble to let us know!
  7. Wow, thank you for this. The schedule looks amazing! More & more companies are joining in. The real treats for me are the Bolshoi, the Royal, and the Australian Ballet daily class streams (interesting to see the AB under David Halberg). I wonder if Maestro Boris Akimov will still be taking the class we see? I just love watching him teach.
  8. Oh that's a real pity. They were a lifeline for me, and also, you can struggle through stuff that is challenging without the feeling that everyone's watching you (I mean, I know that in a studio class no-one is looking at me, because they're focusing on their own stuff, but still ...)
  9. I love Adam Pudney's class. It's logical and feels good for my body, but he also gets people moving. He brings a lovely energy to a ballet class, particularly in the centre. As others have said, the challenge in an adult beginner's/improvers class will be that there isn't a set syllabus; you have to absorb/remember the choreography for each exercise anew. Danceworks advertises on their website which teachers/classes will accept children over 12.
  10. Ahh yes, I see. That makes a lot of sense @taxi4ballet I think you're right, that there's a dearth of regular, progressive syllabus-style classes for adult beginners. If you could cope with Zoom, I'd recommend Hannah Frost's beginners classes at Pineapple (which has a great Zoom set up) - she does the same exercises over several weeks, so you can learn the choreography. She does a very good absolute beginners class, I think, and is really welcoming to complete beginners. You can find her on Instagram. I love her classes - she's demanding but funny and sympathetic.
  11. Some teachers at Pineapple & Danceworks are happy to take competent young people. Check the studio websites to see which teachers will take children between 12 and 16. Or ring those studios.
  12. Yes, yes, yes! Excellent point @taxi4ballet I'll be working till I'm 68 I think, on current calculations. I'm lucky - my local studio offers adult dance classes mostly in the evenings, although not Silver Swans. However, I'm not that bothered about Silver Swans - no offence to anyone taking or teaching that programme, but I'd rather do a straightforward ballet class, and adjust for myself whatever my ageing body can't manage - although luckily, I have no age-related impingements. Whether that will be the case in a decade when I'm 70, I don't know! 🤣 And I'm also lucky in that my local in-person teacher runs a very good Absolute Beginners ballet class, so any adult can join and learn. It's a very open ethos at the studio (although I wish there were more advanced classes, but hey ho, we can't have everything).
  13. I’ve taken his class when he was substituting for someone else - Nina Thilas-MOhs or Christina Mittelmaier, I think. So it wasn’t necessarily a tough Intermediate level. I loved it. He encourages you to spread your arms in second and take up space, and move.
  14. @LinMM that's the way I've heard the 2 terms used in various studios in several countries, particularly if the teacher wants us to rise without plié or the 'snatch' of a releve. But to be honest, I don't hear the term "eleve" very often - mostly just 'rise onto demi-pointe.'
  15. Kate_N


    I think this depends on what age you are, the kind of training you do, and have done in the past, and what your overall dreams, ambitions, and aims are for your life at this immediate time, and in the future. The thing about most achievement at a high level is that it takes hours and hours and hours of detailed work, which sometimes feels unrewarding. Progress can feel so slow. I can remember one of the reasons I lost interest in serious study of ballet at about the age of 15 was that I found doing pliés and tendus so very very boring (now I love them!). I think also I had the wrong teacher for me (and I was a competitive rider, so something had to give). And what @Tango Dancer says here is so so true! Sometimes, class is 'medicine' you have to take. So you might need to think about what your aims are in the short term, the medium term, and the long term. And then - think about what you enjoy doing!
  16. Thanks, @youngatheart - that's really interesting. I've never studied the Vaganova style, so that studio is one for my "Ballet tourism" list! A professional dancer relative trained in that technique and I recognise the differences between the Russian style and the English style (and the American style) of teaching & technique.
  17. Is it possible to elaborate, @youngatheartIn what way was it different? I'm always up for learning new things in ballet ...
  18. Yes, @ThecatsmotherI actually feel sorry for teachers who need to make classes pay, and I assumed that this might be the situation at the school that @Meetmeatthebarreis enquiring about. That they know the market for beginners adult ballet can often turn on the question "Can I go on pointe?" Rather than saying a flat out - and sensible - "No" it sounds as though they're trying to meet that demand safely. I've seen the way adult students can put teachers under pressure to start pointe work. When someone is unable to hold turnout, can't get over the box of their shoe, and is overweight (not as a dancer but as a 'civilian') it's a red flag for me. But I suppose it's the adult's responsibility & look out - it's their body, their feet. I'd rather keep dancing without the injuries, myself. I think that some adults have a very unrealistic image of being a "ballerina" - all the tutu-wearing and less than sensible pointe shoe wearing that goes on. It's a pity, because, in my experience, the actual learning is way harder, more interesting, and far more satisfying than just wearing shiny pink shoes & a tutu!
  19. hmmmmmm, still doesn't sound reassuring. Frankly, too many adult beginners go on pointe way before they are ready. But that aside, I hope their classes are good, and what you need @meet-me-at-the-barre - do report back, as it's always good to hear of studios & teachers for adults.
  20. I read it simply as a matter of posters' individuals' tastes?
  21. I think it’d be a-may-zing to be a Strictly contestant - to spend all day every day learning to dance. I’m not particularly interested in the celebrities - I enjoy watching the learning “journey” ( as they say).
  22. So this, year, I'll have to vote!!
  23. I’m afraid I only recognise two: Greg Wise and the wonderful Robert Webb. If anyone saw Mr Webb’s Flashdance routine for Comic Relief a few years ago, you’ll remember him as a good mover. And he wrote his wonderful memoir, How Not to be a Boy. so for me, it’s Robert Webb for the Glitterball! But To me, Strictly is a winter programme, and I don’t want to think about the end of summer until October 😀
  24. I love the way Nina T-M sometimes says "This will cost you" - when something might be tough or uncomfortable or hurt, but will result in better technique & easeful movement ... I think of this comment when my gym trainer makes me do 20 burpee box jump overs (I did this 5 times today, interspersed with the assault bike). This will cost me, but the gains!
  25. Kate_N


    I keep seeing this pop up on my Unread Posts feed, and thought I would tell you about an experiment/game a friend and I played. We used to go the races together - mostly jump racing - and I would randomly pick horses due to their literary, or theatrical names. I never bet more than £5, though! So we set up a spreadsheet over one whole jump race season, picking horses by the principle of their names. He's a geologist by trade, so his picks were all about rocks, and petrol & mining ... I chose arty names. And guess what? We ended the season pretty much on a par. So, you know, arty names do well!!
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