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!