I take my students through a pilates exercise or two during our warm-up for class. (A good warm-up is much needed when you’re an adult!) Why pilates? I’ve been thinking through this for quite a while. I’m a bit of a geek, I admit, and geek out on subjects I love. I’ve been fascinated with… Continue reading Why pilates?
Fun dance memes! First a few perfectly sensible ones. Like this one – come and learn ballet, she said. It’d be fun, she said! Add to your vocabulary… The really tough stuff… The good feelings… Some philosophy… All these years I had never thought of this but on reflection it’s very true… I really… Continue reading Just for fun …
An exploration of the components of dance… I was chatting with Northern Tango teacher Chris Hart, the other day about the components of tango. Chris explained Argentine tango can be broken down into 4 essential components: step forward step backwards step to the side turning These simple elements suddenly made so much sense of how I think… Continue reading Components of dance
Sobek Fowler Experience in ballet: 3 months Previous movement experience: 1 1/2 years self defence against the local Street Thug. A casual but effective hunter. 1 yr extensive tip-chasey and hide-and-go-seek sessions with fellow Offbeat Ballet student Ma’at Farandel. Sobek poses for a professional photo shoot. Sobek had a Troubled Youth. His first 6 months were… Continue reading Student Profile: Sobek Fowler
I was really taken with all my students feet in their colourful socks last Sunday. (My feet are the ones in the ballet shoes, though I was tempted to go put fancy socks on to join in the fun!) My lovely student Penny took these photos. Parallel… First position…
I’ve got a new facebook page since I can’t get into the old one. Please contact me through that, or directly by phone or email, or commenting here. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested. Classes are Sunday 4.30-6; Thursday 5.30-7 At the moment I have mostly beginners, and more are always… Continue reading A new facebook page
Facebook locked my personal account, which means I cannot access my facebook Offbeat Ballet page *sigh* If you’d like to contact me about dance classes please do so through here either in the comments or through the contact link here Thanks!
Here are the really good photos from the photoshoot I did with my student the other week. Let’s start with my favourite… Now for some analysis – why it works, why I like it. It’s kind of iconic, the line of the arms, the tilt of the head. Looking at the outtakes, it’s actually really… Continue reading The best of those photos
I actually learnt something in my year’s study of a Bachelor of Music! Something useful that is. It was the art of creating your own gig. It was called ‘Community Music’ in my BMus. A fancy way of saying jumping in and creating your own fun, not waiting round for someone else to do it. It’s… Continue reading Makin’ yer own gig
Another student profile! Ma’at Farandel Experience in ballet: 4 months Previous movement experience: extensive training in tip-chasey and hide-and-go-seek with fellow Offbeat Ballet student Sobek Fowler (to be profiled soon). A dedicated and chillingly effecting hunter. Because she seems constitutionally incapable of obeying the law and not killing native wildlife, she’s confined inside, and now… Continue reading Student Profile: Ma’at Farandel