Friday, 22 September 2017

S- Susan, of S&J Talk Ballet, has been on a break dealing with some pressing family issues. She just recently dusted off her ballet pumps again and waltzed back into the studio to the ballet barre to join in classes.We wish her all the best for this new season!

J- Julia, of S&J Talk Ballet, has just written about returning to the ballet basics; the positions and their importance.

Hi to all new dancers,
Now that the Autumn Ballet4life term has arrived, I am really looking forward to learning some new moves and techniques whilst enjoying the joy that ballet brings!

Recently I was asked by Donna, director of Ballet4life to pose for the beginner course information sheet, to show the ballet positions, and it made me realise how important it was to re-learn/learn the basic positions, as once these are mastered the door is opened to the magical world of enchantment that ballet brings...

During this wonderful new ballet experience, you will be constantly supported by professional and friendly ballet teachers, meet new friends and have fun along the way. We look forward to meeting and greeting you at the next beginners class.

Hope you enjoy seeing me trying to remember and demonstrate the positions in the photos below!
Happy dancing!

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Back to the Barre with J of S and J Talk Ballet
Julia shares her thoughts on getting back to classes now that Autumn is creeping in.
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Julia in Ballet Class at Ballet4life. ( Pictured here is 
the other Monday morning ballet class with Chris but we will be taking photos at Mark's class again soon)

Hi to all those of you out there that love dance!!
Now that Autumn has arrived and it's getting quite chilly I find it's REALLY good to warm up those toes at ballet class. Today I arrived feeling nippy and left totally toasty, and that wasn't just my toes!....
Mark Kimmett, who trained at the Royal Ballet School, and is a former dancer with Rambert Dance Company and Scottish Ballet, is one of Ballet4life's newer wonderful teachers, and what a privilege it was today to be a student in his class.
To start off with, there was a great warmth of welcome on arrival, which was followed by a calm, expertly taught class, and one that allowed me to make corrections and gain some confidence along the way.
The music was delightful, the atmosphere uplifting and what better way to while away time on a Monday morning. This particular class is held at 10.30am at the large, lovely dance studio at St Peter's

Hall, Southfield Road, London W4 1BB.

It would be great to share this experience with other danceaholics, so see you there!... Julia

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bedford Park Festival #BPF50!

We have been so busy with classes, performances, and festivals that our blog has been a bit neglected! Now J as in Julia of S&J Talk Ballet gives a report on the Ballet4life dancers' performance
Images: Ballet4life all rights reserved

The weather was perfect and the festival revellers in good spirits at the amazing Bedford Park Festival, held at Turnham Green the weekend of the 10th and 11th June.

Under the excellent tuition of one of the Ballet4life teachers Rebecca Scott, a group of enthusiastic dancers took to the ballet barre at the bandstand and confidently performed some lovely exercises followed by a lyrical  centre dance sequence, to a lively and much appreciative audience....another great success for Ballet4life established and run locally for the last thirteen by founder, teacher, and former professional dancer Donna Schoenherr.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

More dance reporting in from S of S & J Talk Ballet
Image- Pointe Class- All right reserved Ballet4Life

Susan's thoughts on her Saturday Pointe Class

The Saturday Pointe Class at Art’s Ed takes place following the Beginner Improver Ballet Class and is taken by Mark Kimmett and as usual, Mark brings his own personal style of teaching to the class. The class is attended mostly by ladies (although we have been joined by a male dancer on a few occasions) of very varying ages and as it is a drop- in the class size fluctuates. The class is fun and as we are already warmed up from the previous class we get straight to work at the barre with exercises such as rises on demi- pointe and then full pointe progressing to pas de bourrĂ©e. There is usually some centre work as well where we are encouraged by Mark to ‘present ourselves’.  We are all given individual advice and support from Mark and I feel we are all making progress and I personally look forward to the day when I will be able to dance on pointe without the need of the barre!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

S of S & J

Susan's Saturday snippet:
Bloch's online sale ends at midnight Monday 29th May and now it is up to 65% off. It is a great opportunity to grab some bargains on some new dance gear!

Susan dancing in class with Mark Kimmett. All rights reserved. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

J as in Julia of S & J Talk Ballet on our recent Dance Showcase which raised funds for Registered Charity Move into Wellbeing®

The talent was remarkable, the atmosphere electric and the audience roused!!
Yes, all these ingredients came together at 6 o'clock at the Ballet4life Showcase last Saturday evening.
The show was a combination of many dance and movement skills.... Teachers performing modern and lively dances, often encompassing their own unique choreography, followed by their students, either dancing snazzy jazz routines or perhaps in some cases more graceful, delicate balletic ones!
All participants were individually introduced by Ballet4life Founder and Mentor Donna Schoenherr, with proceeds to be donated to her much loved and Registered Charity Move Into Wellbeing®.
This particular group, later led by Beatrice Ghezzi, one of our talented dance teachers,  performed a wonderfully enthusiastic and fun movement piece, which led to much clapping, whooping and joining in from the audience!
The finale of the evening was 'The Chorus Line' and with this being such a fun number, many took to the floor for the final kicks of the evening!!

This was followed by a short party and a farewell presentation to Clarissa Rocha, who was relocating, and we will miss her but wish her every happiness and success in the future!

For further information about Registered Charity 1172264, please visit and @Movein2Welbng

Images below from Ballet4life's fundraising Showcase and Move into Wellbeing's class. All rights reserved.

Monday, 15 May 2017

What J for Julia has to say about Mums & Babies and the Monday Ballet Barre Class!

Having experienced my first Monday dance class last week, I have to say it was a very unusual event for me as it was the first time I had taken place in a ballet class that ages ranged from 6 weeks, (yes that is correct!) to well we won't go there but lets say a little more mature adults...!
Strangely enough, it all worked well, as the 6 weekers were firmly attached to their mothers by a safe baby sling, whilst their mothers gently swayed back and forth, and although the mothers were the, of course, the ballet pupils, the babies were soothed to sleep by the melodic and beautiful music of the class. The class also worked well for those of us also who were not accompanied by babies, and it is a very confident building class for beginners to attend.

Lovely Becky teaches this class at the bespoke dance studio at St Peter's Hall on a Monday from 9.15-10.15 and it is a beginners ballet barre class that also includes some gentle centre dance work that was much enjoyed by all who took part. 

Images of Ballet4life Ballet Class; all rights reserved.