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Can anyone offer any ballet school recommendations in Lincoln for my friend who is a complete beginner but very keen to learn ballet?  He has been recently inspired by Matthew Bourne. My ds is going to give him a few private lessons in the holidays but he will need a class and am sure would love some of the adult workshops available when he knows a bit more. 

 

Many thanks in advance.  

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Go Dance or Streetbeat. They both have websites. I know of no workshops locally as friends who do them have to travel to London for them. 

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Thanks meadowblyth, yes it’s an adult and Jo would not be the correct teacher at all. 

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Streetbeat currently don't have the teaching hours to offer an adult ballet class ...

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Really? My friend used to go there and there were two adult classes and a dedicated pointe class! What happened? 

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1 hour ago, Fiz said:

Really? My friend used to go there and there were two adult classes and a dedicated pointe class! What happened? 

yep 

marginal numbers ,  teacher availability , the usual sagas ...  plus  syllabus  changes in their   awarding body has seperated   the higher grades and VGEs   which compounded teacher availability  issues 

Picture in Lincoln does not look good  for adult classes at present , the only  explicit adult ballet class  i can see  is the pay  per (long) term one at Go . 

currently  travelling to Sheffield  (Hype)  or Nottingham ( Lady Bay)  for my  regular classes 

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51 minutes ago, All4dancers said:

I know Lilac Theatre do adult classes but not sure about ballet.  Might be worth looking on their website.


appears  just to be an adult jazz  class  (  and for  more advanced dancers possibly the   technique + pointe class that precedes it - but   looking at their website  that;s designed as an enrichment class for  their  higher  grades / VGE  students ) 

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Although this is a long shot, you might try Kat Anderson-Hendy, I think now has dropped her former (Anderson) name, to Kat Hendy. Kat used to run Adult Ballet in Lincoln under the name “Classes with Kat”, that was around 2013/14, I used to attend them and for a short period after that used Kat as one-to-one at GoDance in Sleaford, as the venue was half way between each of us.

 

I see Kat is Owner and Teacher at Elev8 Dance Academy and Principal of Hykeham School at Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools.

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2 hours ago, Michelle_Richer said:

Although this is a long shot, you might try Kat Anderson-Hendy, I think now has dropped her former (Anderson) name, to Kat Hendy. Kat used to run Adult Ballet in Lincoln under the name “Classes with Kat”, that was around 2013/14, I used to attend them and for a short period after that used Kat as one-to-one at GoDance in Sleaford, as the venue was half way between each of us.

 

I see Kat is Owner and Teacher at Elev8 Dance Academy and Principal of Hykeham School at Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools.

Elev8 have a website and it does not appear  to offer adult classes  and  makes several  references to  3 -16 years old  ...  

 

Studio8   appears to have a full timetable of  fitness classes ... 

i've done  some pretty  extensive searching for classes  closer  than  Nottingham, Sheffield or  Sleaford ...   

with the  cessation of adult classes at Streetbeat  the only  adult class suitable for beginners  in Lincoln appears to be the pay per term  Thursday evening  class at Go ...   which i can't pass comment on  first hand ...

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11 hours ago, Harwel said:

Thanks for all your suggestions.  Seems slim pickings in Lincoln.  


and to complicate  things both the  Beginner classes that Lady Bay Ballet run ( west bridgford / lady Bay  area of Nottingham ) are  day time  ( Monday  and Friday lunchtimes) ,  although Hype's Beginner class in Sheffield is  Thursday evening.  I 'd heartily recommend  both Lady bay and Hype  as i take class with both on a regular basis

http://www.ladybayballet.com/ 

https://www.hypedance.org.uk/

i cannot comment on  either location for Go Dance (Lincoln or Sleaford) as i haven;t taken class  at  either ... 

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On ‎29‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 23:24, Nicola H said:


I cannot comment on  either location for Go Dance (Lincoln or Sleaford) as i haven;t taken class  at  either ... 

 

Although I attend GoDance at Sleaford, Lincoln and Sleaford Ballet classes operate quite differently, so I took the opportunity of speaking to Lincoln.

 

Lincoln has two ballet classes:

Beginner/ beginner plus on Thursdays 8-8.50pm with approximately 8 dancers.

Intermediate on Tuesdays 7-7.50pm with approximately 18 dancers

No mention of pointe class and I didn’t ask, however they did mention a Cardio ballet barre fitness class at 3pm on Mondays.

 

Payment:

It possible to trial the first class and pay for that as a drop in for either the beginners or intermediate. Payment is otherwise monthly.

 

Sleaford differs in there is only one class, but there is talk of raising it to Intermediate after the Christmas break and starting a new beginners. The existing class is Thursdays 7-8.30pm, payment is half termly, although Adult ballet doesn’t usually have an half term break where the regular children’s classes do.

 

For those dancer who wish to follow a recognised award scheme, the UKA is offered as an option but it’s not in any way compulsory.

 

The two classes a Lincoln are taught by different teacher, neither of which I know.

 

Contact details;

GoDance

21 Carlton Mews

The Carlton Centre

Lincoln LN2 4FJ

 

Tel 01522 524875

 

Hope that helps

 

 

 

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I assume the 50minutes is to allow smooth changeover between classes. I must confess 50minutes does ring a distant bell of when I used to do the old Wednesday drop in class and Stretch and Tone in the same evening, at least one of them was I think was 50mins.

 

I checked the Sleaford timetable but that only states the start time, however Adult Ballet has in brackets 1.5hrs. This class was lengthened a year or so ago as a request from some of the dancers taking the UKA exams, all the dancers within the class were then asked if they wanted the extended class and of course it would cost more and everyone agreed. I guess there was no conflict of studio space as Sleaford has 3 studios.

 

Another interesting point is the Sleaford Adult Ballet class has no grade / level marker associated with it

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50 mins is the traditional format for a psychoanalyst's appointment. Are they trying to tell you something?

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Just dropping in to say hi - been lurking for a while and finally made an account 🙂

I've been on-and-off trying adult beginner ballet classes for a while, made the plunge and booked The Ballet Retreat for 12-13 January and Monday classes with Natalie Krapf at The Place next term. (Mondays one of the only days I'm available in the evenings.) I've gone to David Kierce's classes on Sundays and will keep going, and was thinking of adding the Russian Ballet School Adult Beginner class on Sunday afternoons - has anyone been to these? Any reviews or thoughts?

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@swanprincess recommended the Russian Ballet School classes to me a few weeks ago, on this thread:

(Sadly I haven't been able to try them yet, nor have I been back to David Kierce's classes, because of the toe injury I mentioned on that thread - though that should be healed just about in time for me to start the City Lit classes on 15th January...)

 

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I managed to combine a Northern Ballet Nutcracker workshop on Leeds Grand Theatre stage, with a visit to Liz Atha, physio at Northern Ballet.

 

The workshop was real fun as usual and its always nice to meet many of the ladies that I have either done similar workshops with or class in Northern Ballets studios. I was surprised when our workshop teacher said she thought it must have been a couple of years since I was last there.

 

Like most workshops provided by professional ballet companies there is an opportunity to stay a watch company class take place on the stage. I left before that for my physio appointment at Northern Ballet.

 

I had pre-empted the appointment by submitting a 3 page detailed report that had led to my injury and the resulting history, my physio meticulously went through it, then became lots of tests and exercises which I of cause I didn’t do the exercises exactly as instructed , and was told not to think ballet, but to do exactly as she has said, and of course she would demonstrate it to make it clear, especially with no turnout, and no stacking of hips, grrrr that's not natural.

 

It seams I have a suspected detached muscle at the top left side of my right knee, as I developpe the thigh quickly cramps and the muscle looks like a localised knotted protruding lump, and of course soon begins hurts like hell. What I didn’t notice when contrasting developpe between the two legs, the left leg above the top of the knee remains smooth. However the right on the left inside has a depression as if something is missing (the possible detached muscle which has retracted back) . She also felt that the Glutes that side were showing signs of muscle wastage too.

 

The outcome of the meeting has two courses of action for me. The first is to see my GP to get a referral to a Musculoskeletal Specialist for an Ultra-scan, even if the detachment is confirmed my physio seams to think its probably been left too long (18 months) for them to recommend operating, also if they do operate it likely to result in a lot of scare tissue. But essentially we will not know for certain without the Ultra-scan conformation.

 

The other course of action is a series of 6 different types of exercise to be done up to the point of fatigue in order to strengthen what is left, that I am doing. The exercise program has been documented and emailed to me together with a short video of each of the exercises for clarity.

 

On a lighter note, after I left Northern Ballet I called in to the indoor market and found a supply of white strait feathers, rather than the more common fluffy ones, in fact I bought the lot all 6 packets. These are needed for our Silver Swans head dresses for their Swan Lake piece, I also managed to find a nice tiara in the main shopping marl for my Odette head dress as I will be dancing Odette’s solo for them. 

 

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So I promised Kristian Ratevossian I'd take his class, and today, after doing Nina Thilas-Mohs' at Danceworks, I did. This is my first experience of Russian style and bloody hell, that's a hell of a barre. Also lots of turns, grandes battements, and assemblés. The legs feel like I usually do after a whole day on intensive week.

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Almost back to normal after the Christmas break, the break was very welcome but not without its incidents. I managed to get to ENB’s Nutcracker workshop  which is always fun on the Coliseum stage just before Christmas itself.

 

As a bit of a thank you to my partner Adrian for all his efforts doing PDD’s at Ballet West with me during the summer, I took him to Liverpool on boxing day to watch his favourite football team play while I went shopping, however on the way home the day after, one of the cars front wheel baring's started to make a horrible noise . I never thought we would get home without calling the recovery service, but we did. Unfortunately the garage that looks after my car didn’t return to work until the first Thursday in the new year and I was supposed to be in London the following Saturday for ENB’s Swan Lake workshop that morning, and a meeting with My Artistic Directory of the Alive Ballet Company with some of our ex dancers, to say our goodbyes before she emigrates to Australia.

 

It was late Friday night before I got the car back (wheel baring replaced), I went to check on the train time for the early start at ENB, as I had already purchased the ticket, only to find they were running a strange schedule, a journey that normally takes 50 minute was taking over 2 hours and there were less trains running too. It would mean I would have to be up at 3.30am to make ENB, so I decided to skip it and just make our meeting with my Artistic Director. Even that was a disaster, I tried to start the car, and the battery was virtually flat. As I was all dress up ready to travel, there was no way I was going to call anyone out to jump start the car, as I could easily end up at the same problem in Peterborough Train station when it was time to come home. I just had to resign myself to the fact I want going to make it.

 

I was pretty choked-up at not being able to meet her to say our goodbyes in person, however I did have a lovely half an hour conversation with her prior to the other dancers arriving. One of the tings she mentioned in her goodbye email was that when she gets settled there should be dancing and performance opportunities down under for her dances from the UK, wow how exiting. I guess other piece of good news that came out of this day; one of my friends was able to take my place at the ENB workshop.

 

Well that wasn’t all the bad luck for this festive period, I was expecting to return after Christmas to our BBT rehearsals with our existing teacher and Artistic Director even though he was starting work at Elmhurst full time in the new year, but the Body Conditioning class that follow would be run by a new lady. It seams for the time being there is no body conditioning and James Butcher with take over our rehearsals but the Company with remain BBT with guidance from our founder.

 

Looking on the brighter side, BBT have organised a 2 day Easter workshop on Juliet’s variation with the rep being taught by RB’s Sarah Lamb, needless to say I’m already booked on it and really looking forward to it. This is the type of workshop I love, it really works for me especially when I know what we are going to be taught, rather that the RAD culture where its something (unknown) from a particular ballet.

 

 

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