Hello everyone, cannot believe it’s been a week already..where does the time go?
First of all, a huge welcome to David and Hillary!! 🙂 So happy to have more people on the team, cannot wait to work with you guys!
I am so excited for Christmas!! Decorations are going up and there are lights everywhere, it’s making it so difficult to remember that it’s still November. Hope everyone did well with their assignments and tests!
This is going to be the continuation of the last post where I shared different places to dance and have fun!! Something that I forgot to mention last week was that most of these places operate on a drop-in basis, simply because I think it would be easier to fit it around our busy schedules.
Central School of Ballet
They offer adult ballet classes throughout the week and even provide RAD vocational exams up to Advanced 2. All the classes are completely open, you simply have to pay a £10 class fee (cash only). Unlike the others, it does not require any membership fees.
Th thought of going to a Ballet school can be daunting but don’t let the name scare you. From what I’ve gathered, ballet slippers/ tights/ leotard are not required in the first few classes (although they are recommended) and contemporary are taken barefoot. So, just wear leggings and sometimes comfortable and give it a go!
Classes available: https://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/aectimetable.php
Different levels: https://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/classdescriptions.php
Address: 10 Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5E
The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Chancery Lane
Buses 243 and 55 stop right outside.
One thing to keep in mind – always check their website on the day before you attend the class. They do cancel classes from time to time (especially ballet classes) and they would post it on their website and Facebook.
This is probably the one I’m most excited for. It is located in the heart of London and offers a wide range of courses. It is home to London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and a 280 seat theatre! The Place is a place where young people, professionals and adults can enjoy, it has different courses, classes, workshops and intensives.
You can book their classes in advance, some of them are by enrolment only. However, I have browse through their website a few times and it seems like most classes have a drop-in option with various prices.
The difficulty of the class is usually included in the class descriptions but in general, the range from Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Open level.
Address: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, ,London, WC1H 9PY
This may not be as convenient as the others, it would take around 20 minutes from London Waterloo to Th Place (if you go by the tube) but I think it will be worth it!
The most exciting part of The Place is their dance company called Scatter Dance Company.
Scatter dance company is an adult dance company founded in 2011, offering high-quality training and performance opportunities for adult non-professional dancers. They meet once a week on Wednesday which is perfect since most Surrey students (I assume) have Wednesday evenings off. You would be participating in class, taking part in workshops led by those who teaches/performs at The Place and rehearsing for upcoming performances as well!!
This is not suitable for beginners, they expect a good knowledge in technique (level 2 or level3). A normal day of rehearsal would include a warm up and a technique class before you move on to learning the choreography. It goes without saying that you would have to commit to both autumn and spring terms.
Auditions are usually held in the middle of September, so if this is something you would like to do. You might have to start next year but you could join their other open classes in the mean time 🙂
Scatter Dance company as a fee of £360,this covers both terms. Refunds are usually not available depending on the circumstances.
More Information about Scatter Dance Company: https://www.theplace.org.uk/scatter-dance-company-0
I hope you found this useful, let me know if you tried any of these out!!
I know it is only November but what is everyone doing for Christmas?
That’s it from me this week, have a fabulous weekend everyone!!
Get To The Pointe – Part 1: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/hongkong-blog/2017/11/17/get-to-the-pointe-part-1/