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  1. DD thinking of doing this ! Anyone else know anything about it ? thanks
  2. For those wanting to deepen their Ballet Technique and prepare for RAD Ballet exams or simply work extra hard! This course is an ideal combination of technique, musicality and artistry in one of the best studio spaces in London. The course runs for 10 Saturdays between Jan-July 2017 developing the work alongside regular classes. It’s suitable for the more experienced student. We will also invite an RAD-Examiner for a feedback session before exam entries. Audition Date: January 14th Audition Fee: £10 Course Fee: £175 Teacher: Dilek Taptik: Initially training in Vaganova technique, Dilek’s professional training began in Turkey, Mersin Conservatoire for Dance. She later graduated with a classical ballet degree from the Ballet Academy Cologne, Germany simultaneously gained her RAD STC, TC,TD teaching qualifications. Teachers included RAD artistic director Lynn Wallis, Deborah Wayne and Anne C. Rogers. Dilek danced the principal role of 'Giselle' in Turkey, coached mainly by Nevin Arikoglu of Joffrey Ballet. Favourites include: 'Arabian Dancer' in Nutcracker, Swan Lake corps, contemporary and opera pieces mostly in NRW opera houses. 2003 Dilek was awarded a scholarship at the London Contemporary Dance School, where she got the chance to work with Trisha Brown Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, DV8 and Kerry Nicholls. Dilek toured for a Physical Theatre Ensemble Cologne, was involved in dance-film Roundhouse, London. She also trained in New York, USA where she took class with Merce Cunningham Dance School, danced for Cannes Film Festival and acted in a motion picture alongside Vanessa Paradise. Over the past decade Dilek focused on her teaching career, her passion for ballet and taught at established dance institutions. She is the principal of 'Dilek Taptik School of Dance', a RAD CBTS mentor and was a long lasting Ballet tutor at the Arts Educational School London. Dilek has vast experience in entering Vocational students to Rad ballet exams. Location: Rambert Dance Studios, Southbank, Upper Ground SE1 9PP Dates: January 14th : 16.00pm-17.45pm (Audition+ Class) February 4th : 16.00pm-17.30pm February 25th: 16.00pm-17.30pm March 25th : 15.00pm-16.30pm April 22nd : 16.00pm-17.30pm April 29th : 16.00pm-17.30pm May 6th : 15.00pm-16.30pm June/July: dates to be confirmed shortly Please contact www.dtdance.com for any further questions.
  3. Visit our website www.dtance.com for central London based classes varying form Pre-Primary- RAd Vocational Ballet!
  4. Hi everyone, I've recently started a new job which sees me spending most of my life in hotels in Leeds and London, therefore meaning that I can't attend my normal adult ballet classes back at home. Has anybody got a recommendation of a suitable beginners class in Central London and Leeds which are drop-in? I've googled London and most classes I've found require you to commit to an entire semester, which isn't possible for myself at the moment. Thanks in Advance! A
  5. I've got a feeling I've seen a thread that listed all the youth ballet opportunities in / near London, but I can't seem to find it. Can anyone link to it? Or summarise? My daughter did Surrey Youth Ballet this summer and loved it, and is really keen to get involved in more performances. I was hoping to do a bit of research and then see what her teacher thinks about the options, as the ones her teacher mentioned are LCB (which she's too young for) and EYB (which isn't coming anywhere vaguely near us next year). I'm not too worried about her auditioning and not getting anything, as she's so young it would mostly just be for the experience and she does understand that it's really hard to get a place at these sorts of things.
  6. Deal all, I am looking for affordable accommodation for my 15 year old daughter in London during Central Summer School from 27.7.2014 till 9.8.2014. Can anybody please give us tips or advice? I am also happy for her to stay with a "dancing" family. Thank you.
  7. Hi all, just thought I'd let you know Rambert are holding youth dance company auditions on 5th September at their London South Bank studios, you can book onto it here: http://bpt.me/2598002 I'm going just for the experience, the studios are gorgeous! If the link doesn't work just google 'Rambert Quicksilver auditions'
  8. Saw no one has yet lifted this topic off, so I thought I would jump in. I wrote a review of the production itself the last time round so I will leave that to historical record. In many ways I thought last night's outing was more fair to the the variety of Ratmansky's choreographic outlines - and certainly Burlaka's 'Dramatic Conception' - such as it exists in this particular 're-imagining'. Indeed - and perhaps more to the point - it was the Bolshoi Ballet Company - itself - as a whole - that here now shone minus its originating - and focus stealing - 'Vasipova' effect, as thrilling as that historic moment in balletic time was. That is perhaps ironic given much of the Bolshoi's own history ... but there is no question but that it is more fitting just now. (The Shrew of the last two nights has made that vividly clear. This is a Company set sail with a differing - if not an entirely different charge.) In many ways I felt that Ekaterina Krysanova bettered her predecessor as Jeanne in that she seemed a tad more comfortable in the many character dance aspects and was certainly determined in her character observations throughout. Her stare as she progressed forward at the end pierced through with steel. What a gloriously versatile artist this young dancer is. Certainly you could feel that in the clearly distinct differences in her own O/O framework. She is, in fact, the ONLY female principal who will have appeared in principal roles in ALL FIVE of the ballets being presented in London's 2016 Bolshoi season. This surely is HER season and hers - at least as far as I'm concerned - is very much a well deserved showcase ... as was it on this occasion for the dramatically thrilling Igor Tsvirko (looking - as arrayed here - every inch the Bolshoi's answer to John Travolta of yore) - who threw his own eye popping - both literally and figuratively - blaze into last night's mix as Philippe. Denis Rodkin was replaced 'due to injury' (as announced) last night by the arduously svelte Artem Ovcharenko and his real-life fiancee (it has been publicly announced they will be getting married later this month) the always enticingly exquisite Anna Tikhomirova - surely a principal in waiting. They dazzled as Mireille de Poitiers and Antoine Mistral and the oh, so difficult partnering of that central adagio - even inclusive here of a very small slip by Tihomirova which Ovcharenko make almost entirely unnoticable. Theirs was a heart-rendering love knot and oh, so very musically enhanced. Outstanding too - once again - in the role he originated - was that phenomenal character artist in a company of world leading character dancers, Vitaly Biktimiov. Once more he proffered a distinctly 'David-Niven-like' air as Gilbert, Captain of the Marseillais. How lucky we are to be able to watch his ever present and always uniquely stunning detail of his life enriching creations much as we are with our very own and equally vivid Gary Avis. Denis Savin once again brought keen heart to Jerome as did the effervescent Nina Kaptsova as Adeline (much as she had in the performance now incarcerated on DVD). I felt that Chudin - in an act of wholly unnecessary luxury casting - was a tad wasted in the role of The Marquis Costa de Beauregard - for short of his revelatory bristling brises - there is not a great deal of dance for this character and otherwise Chudin did appear somewhat out of place at times - (and the wig too certainly does him no favours much as it historically didn't a younger Wayne Eagling - who every year he seems to facially resemble more and more - in the RB's Nutcracker). This may well, of course, have been an appropriate character choice given that this role is largely written out as the proceedings progress; a bit like David Cameron after Brexit. That said I was entranced once more by the gloriously witty account Denis Medvedev gave as King Louis XVI in his one scene. During this you could well see why Stalin - zealously puffing smoke from his Bolshoi box - would reportedly guffaw with such bucolic mirth. Indeed at one point therein I thought I could hear the trace of his echo. In all though it was the stunning character dances - here in such an abundantly rich array - that tied this fanciful delight up with a distinctly charged ribbon. Georgy Gusev's precision in placement alone in the thrilling Marseillaise Dance almost cried out 'Liberte, egalite ... and certainly fraternite' and the adoring audience once again detonated in the explosive thunder of their admiration.
  9. Sarah Toner (former Birmingham Royal Ballet) is holding a week-long ballet summer intensive from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July in North London ( close to mainline stations, Piccadilly line and Victoria Line) for students in full-time vocational ballet training. The cost is £300. There are a couple of spaces that have come up at the last minute. For more information please contact Sarah on: 07968891751 or by email sarah@sarahtoner.co.uk
  10. Hi all My daughter is off to university in September and is in the processing of making her choice for First and backup picks. She is a very keen dancer and has just passed intermediate tap with distinction and is working on her RAD Advanced ballet(she has completed her grades) - ballet is her first love but I she would like to be able to carry on with the tap as well. As a consequence her choices for university will be influenced slightly by whether she can carry on with her dancing while there. Her first pick is between Imperial College , London and Durham Unversity. Obviously RAD and the ENB run classes for external students so London would be good. SHe has read that Durham have a ballet company on campus but doesn't know what the standard is - and has no idea of whether there are any good schools in the area? Can anyone help with information either to confirm what she thins she knows about london(do the RAD and ENB do external classes?) or about the Ballet at Durham University or schools in the area. Her backup pick (which it isn't likely she will have to use , but I believe in always being prepared) is between Manchester or Liverpool Universities. We know there is a Ballet school on Oxford rd as she went to summer school there once but we don't know whether they do external classes . We know nothing about the ballet in Liverpool so again any information would be much appreciated. Thanks
  11. DD is currently 12 and studying grade 4+5 ballet istd. Does anyone know which group she would be in for dance works classical ballet eg. Intermediate/ advanced?
  12. We are pleased to announce the second annual DANCEWORKS INTERNATIONAL BALLET ACADEMY SUMMER SCHOOL JULY 18th - 29th 2016, AT DANCEWORKS STUDIOS, MAYFAIR, LONDON. This unique 10-day intensive open to ballet students of all levels from 6-18 years, is founded on the belief that the arts have a unique power to motivate and engage young dancers to achieve excellence. It will be taught by teachers of the very highest calibre, including Michaela DePrince (Dutch National Ballet and film First Position), Erico Montes (Soloist, The Royal Ballet), Ivan Putrov (Former Royal Ballet and Men in Motion), Antonia Franceschi, (Former New York City Ballet and film Fame), and Dominic Antonucci (Ballet Master, Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Principal BRB). Classes will be taught following the International Ballet Curriculum©(IBC), and the course will culminate in a studio performance of Carnival of the Animals. Founding Director Kim White says: “Our focus is to identify and develop young talent to work towards the highest level of classical ballet and enable those who want to enter into a professional career in any of the various forms of dance. Our goal is to nurture students in the classical art form, build confidence and spark a life-long appreciation of the arts”. Applications are now open. Join an exceptional summer ballet training experience set in the friendly atmosphere of Danceworks Studios in the heart of London. For further information including details of scholarship places, please follow this link: http://www.danceworks-academy.net/#!summer-school/ajf47
  13. Chiltern Railways have just released 50,000 tickets between London (Marylebone Station) and Birmingham (Moor St) for travel up to 17th May, via an Evening Standard offer. There are currently many tickets available at peak travel times. More details at: http://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/eveningstandard50offer If you're travelling further afield, you might want to combine this with other train offers - there's a good (but not complete) list on the moneysavingexpert.com site: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/cheap-coach-train-ticket-deals No connection to any of the above. Just passing on the information. Yaffa [edited to correct typo]
  14. Hello dancers! We are really excited to announce that our Summer Session will be running again this year in the Clapham/Battersea/Wandsworth area, at Broomwood Hall School. Junior Summer Session Sunday 7th - Tuesday 9th August Intermediate Summer Session Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th August Senior Summer Session Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th August Aimed at dancers aged 9 and over, our Summer Session includes classes and workshops in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz dance. Working with our experienced faculty, students will gain a greater insight into these dance forms, including a taste of what to expect when auditioning and performing professionally. Whilst being extremely hard work, and sometimes challenging, our workshops have a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We have over 20 years' experience of training young dancers at both a pre-vocational and vocational level, and understand that an all round approach to a dance student's well being is essential. All our teachers are returning this year along with some more fantastic names: Sam Archer (Contemporary). Sam was chosen by Matthew Bourne to play the title role of Edward Scissorhands, and has worked extensively with his New Adventures company as well as choreographing his own work. Helen Rymer (Jazz Dance). Helen was associate choreographer on Elf the Musical this year in the West End and has numerous other West End and theatre credits to her name, including White Christmas. Andrew Wilson (Ballet). Andrew is Head of Ballet Department at Bird College and was a Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Lucie Pankhurst (Contemporary). Lucie has an extraordinary amount of TV, film, live performance and theatre credits as a choreographer including Horrible Histories, Bad Education (Channel 4) and The National Theatre. Steph Elstob (Ballet). Steph trained at Central School of Ballet and has appeared with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Michael Clark Company and has performed at Buckingham Palace with ROH. Nicky Griffiths (Jazz Dance). Nicky trained at Bird College and is currently playing the role of Lorraine in Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre. Please look at our website for further details and get in touch if you have any questions. Annie and Annabelle
  15. The Bolshoi Ballet has announced a three-week summer season at the Royal Opera House, London in 2016. http://www.dancing-times.co.uk/news/item/1875-bolshoi_summer_london_2016
  16. Does anyone know if the young dancers academy have an associate scheme? Have looked on their website but there is only info on full time courses which we could not afford as appt there isn't funding? Dd would be auditioning for a year 7 place. Thanks
  17. Every year, Natalia Kremen Ballet School organises the “NK Summer Intensive Course in London Based on Vaganova Method”, offering a week of training with guest teachers and ballet stars from leading companies of the world. Registration is now open for our next Summer Intensive Enjoy an amazing opportunity to be inspired and learn from the top Russian trained ballet masters. 25 - 30 July 2016 Ballet Rambert Studios Classes: Classical Ballet, Character Dance, Pointe work, Repertoire, History of Ballet, Pilates-stretching class, Contemporary dance We provide the highest standards and lots of personal attention with corrections. Held at beautiful studios in the heart of London. Information: www.nkballetschol.com Email: info@nkballetschool.com
  18. This wonderful forum has helped me so much in the past so I was wandering if anyone has any tips for places to stay near LCB offices, Ladbroke Grove area of London. My DD is on the February tour and as we don't live in London I was thinking it would be best to stay up there for the tour rather than travel daily. Any recommendations or general hints or tips about the tour would be welcome! Thank you in advance.
  19. DD is performing in London Coliseum this Dec/Jan. We live too far away to travel to London on a daily basis. Struggling to sort accommodation. Tried Airbnb, various hotels & serviced apartments. Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome. ????
  20. I am looking for a good private ballet teacher who can work with my DD weekly on technique. She is 9 and currently RAD Grade 3. We are West London based. Any suggestions welcome.
  21. My DD is doing her last day at LCB junior summer school and she has loved everyday and doesn't ever want to leave!! Even though on her first day she didn't know anyone there she has made some really lovely friends that she will hopefully keep in touch with. She loved her rep teacher (Victoria) but she also learnt a lot from every class she took and loved them all! She was pushed a little (in some variations) but not too far as she had 7 hours a day of dance-including breaks.!! She loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone from the age 9-12!!
  22. Following an email drop: Our 5 day intensive course offers young dancers the chance to embrace the chance to dance their hearts out for 5 whole days! The course offers the following: * Daily Ballet class accompanied by a pianist (lasting 1.5 hrs) * Contemporary classes (1.5 hrs) * Classical virtuosity for boys and Pointe work for girls * Group and solo classical repertoire * Creative, choreographic workshops * A 2 hr repertoire workshop with this years guest artist DOMINIC NORTH of Matthew Bourne fame! * A 1 hr Q&A session with Dominic himself * A showing of all work on the final day to a very appreciative audience of family and friends! As you can see, they will be fully involved and evolved (!) from start to finish! We are proud to offer all of this in a central location that caters exceptionally to our needs. Where : ISTD 2 STUDIOS - OLD STREET, LONDON. When : 27th - 31st JULY 2015. How much : £300. Age range: 12 - 20 yrs (Ballet and Contemporary classes are streamed according to level of experience) Please check out our website where you can view our faculty and their biographies, see some pictures from previous years and download an application form. www.invitationtodance.org.uk Our email address is invitationtodance@hotmail.co.uk
  23. Hi does anyone know what they mean by 'Advanced' level as DD wants to do the classical ballet class there tomorrow but doesn't want to muscle in on a class that's properly Advanced I've read the description here http://www.pineapple.uk.com/studio/teacher/id/ian-knowles/ But figured this could be interpreted differently. I've taken it to mean more than 2 years My DD is RAD grade 4, inter foundation, 4 months on pointe ... ?
  24. I hope this is okay to post here. I realise there may be a few dancers still looking for summer dance sessions and I'm involved with organising one. Aimed at dancers aged between 12 and 18 dancing at Grade 6 level or above, our Summer Session includes classes and workshops in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz dance. Working with our experienced faculty, students will gain a greater insight into these dance forms, including a taste of what to expect when performing professionally. Our Summer Session 2015 will take place at Broomwood Hall School near Clapham Junction between 12th and 15th August 2015 from 10am - 5.30pm. Find out more at www.catalystdance.co.uk or email us at catalyst.dance@yahoo.co.uk Thank you
  25. Evening everyone, we run ballet classes at English National Ballet School in Fulham. A new offering from us is an absolute beginners class we're launchiung for this summer term. It takes place at 19:30-20:30 on friday eveings at the school on hortensia road. Class is taught by Henry St Clair, a professional dancer for years at English National Ballet Company, two companies in Germany and five years in the Royal Ballet Company. With five years ballet teaching experience, Henry has developed a wonderful easy style that suits adult dancers superbly. Feel free to come along for a free taster class! email henry.stclair@crystalballet.com for details and bookings.
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