2019 course is done. Now what shall we do for 2020?

Our 2019 course finished today.

It had been a privilege to work with the teachers and dancers this past week. I came out of the week feeling like a completely different dancer than last week.

I have a favour to ask of you. Please help us plan next year’s courses. Afterall, there wouldn’t be a course if there weren’t dancers! Please help us by answering this survey here, and let us know what kind of course at what time of the year would interest you?

Thank you very much!

2 weeks to go...

2019 is flying by too quick, half the year is already gone!

It also means that we are only 2 weeks to go for our summer course!

We still do have spaces left so do get in touch ASAP if you want to join. We have full course and half day options available. If you can only do a few days and not the full 7, message me and we can work out your bespoke program.

For those who have already signed on, I cannot wait to dance with you all. How are your preparations going? Excited?

Picture is of last year in one of the first classes we had. I can’t normally hold my devant there. It’ll be good to see where I can hold it this year!

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Early Bird ends soon!

Quick reminder that the early bird discount will end soon on Friday evening 23:59 BST.

If you have any questions about the course, do not hesitate to get in touch! Remember we are happy to tailor the course to your needs, e.g. if you need to opt out of a few classes.

All change! Venue update, and sale extended!

It only seemed not so long ago that I announced the dates for the summer course 2019. And yet here we are, it’s nearly June, the weather is starting to get nicer here in London, we are getting some sunshine and summer is getting nearer and nearer!

Earlier this month we have had some sudden news that the ENB studios at London City Island are unable to host us, due to overrunning of building works. Cue mad dash around town to secure another venue for our course, as I am determined to make this happen for you all.

We are very lucky to be able to find last minute studio spaces at West London School of Dance studios (you can see their facilities here), for 14-19 July. On the last day, 20 July, we will be at The Great Hall at The Urdang, The Old Finsbury Town Hall (details here). We will be in this big beautiful studio for our final performance, which is going to be a luxury as it’s not often than recreational dancers get to dance in a big space.

In light of this late venue change, I have decided to extend the sale period for 2 more weeks. Price of the course remains unchanged.

As always, any questions on anything related to the course, please do let me know. If there are any issues with finances and funding, send me an email through the contact us form, or through Facebook. Let’s get in touch and we will try to work something out.

On the personal front, I have been managing to go to class weekly (ish). I would have loved to keep up the EBAS work but sadly life and work has been in the way. Hopefully things will calm down, we can find more space within ourselves and do more preparation for the summer. Exhale and Dive, until next time!

Back to class, back to the familiar. Or is it?

This week I had my first “regular” class back since the summer. It’s nice to settle back into the old rhythm. Back to the studio, the familiar commute, life is back to “normal”. But I had expectations for first day of new term. I wanted to see how I am, after the summer.

In an ideal world I would have kept up with my EBAS regularly, embedding all the good things that I learned in the summer course and repatterning my body ready for the new term. But reality is that baby is velcroed on me most of the time so I’d be lucky to go to the toilet on my own, let alone an hour of EBAS uninterrupted.

But all is not lost. I went back to pointe class a few nights ago and had some pleasant surprises. I managed jetés en pointe sideways to the barre, which for some bizarre reason I was absolutely terrified about before. I managed a few pirouettes in the centre. They weren’t great, I fell out of a few of them, I was probably in panic mode when I prepared for the pirouette instead of being calm and serene that I should have been aiming for. I don’t think I spotted, and I don’t think I remembered what my arms were doing. But I went around on a few of the pirouettes. And I haven’t hurt anything. And most importantly I can now pin point that those are the things I need to work on and I know what mental cues I can use next time.

I still have much more activating / reactivating to think about, pelvis forward, lengthening, widening the scapula, etc etc etc, but mentally comparing how I danced this week vs last class of last term, I definitely felt a difference in the way that I was using my muscles. Looking forward to next week already.

How was your start of term?

Dancer hat off, admin hat on. These last few weeks I’ve been researching venues for Aspire Ballet Summer Course 2019. Watch this space, as I should be sending out save-the-dates soon for it!

And... that's a wrap!

Today was the final day of our first ever Aspire Ballet course, where a week of dancing, exploring, and new understandings, culminated with a performance in front of family and friends.

It has been a real pleasure and privilege to work with Scott, Natalie, and all the dancers. It has been a fulfilling week, dancing with such supportive, inquisitive and dedicated friends. There has been huge transformations in the way that each and everyone one of us are dancing. More lifted. More animated. Calmer. Finding more space in our body. Growing and glowing.

The challenge now is when we go back to our normal classes, to not slip into old habits, constantly rewiring and re-patterning so that what we've learnt this week will become new habits.

Looks like we are all looking forward to 2019! If you are interested, sign up for our newsletter so I can let you know dates as soon as they are set.