Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hounslow Business Awards 2017

J for Julia says:

A few weeks ago there was a buzz of excitement at Ballet4life, as founder and director, Donna had been nominated as a finalist in two categories of the Hounslow Business Awards! They were for Entrepreneur of the Year, for Ballet4life and also for Charity of the Year, for her much loved charity, Move into Wellbeing® for people with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions.
Much to her regret Donna was unable to attend this prestigious event, and I was therefore fortunate enough to represent Ballet4life on this important occasion, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in the beautiful grounds of Syon Park.
Inside the setting was magical, with rows of fairy-lit twinkling trees and elegantly dressed guests sat at tables, laden with tasty dishes of food! What was not to like?!
We all waited with heightened anticipation for the main event of the evening...the results! There were many diverse companies assembled all hoping for a successful result.
Finally, the results were in, and one by one the categories were read out and winning candidates called up to the podium to receive their award and to give a brief description of their company.
It was a very proud moment for us all at Ballet 4life  when Donna was awarded with Highly Commended in the Entrepreneur category, which was followed by a speech given by Tava Walton of gsk with a glowing report on the inspiring tuition given to the many clients who attend the ballet classes and the excellent work with the Move into Wellbeing® Charity.

Congratulations, well done Donna and thanks for all your excellent tuition!

Friday, 20 October 2017

S & J Talk Ballet

Friday update for all dance lovers out there, especial those 55+!

First up Susan, of S J talk Ballet, is on a break at present to deal with pressing family issues. We wish Susan continued strength and we give her our unlimited support. She still thoroughly enjoys her adult ballet classes with us and insists that those keep her grounded and full of vim and vigour.

J for Julia, on the other hand, has been dancing and socialising non-stop! She attended the #HounslowAwards recently on behalf of and
Ballet4life's Director Donna was a Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Move into Wellbeing® was a Finalist in the Best Charity of the Year Award. Her next blog after this one will reveal what happened so watch this space!

For today she wanted to blog about Monday morning Ballet Barre Class with our newest bright star, teacher  Chris.

 Julia says:

There is such a variety of dance classes to choose from at Ballet4life, that making the decision of which one to opt for, is like delving into a yummy box of chocolates!
One of the classes that I have recently become familiar with, is the Monday class at 9.15 Beginner Ballet Barre and Dance Fitness, at the Chiswick Studio, which is led by accomplished dance teacher Chris Christodoulou.
Chris hails from Cyprus and has a wealth of dance experience, starting with his professional dance training in Athens, through to his acceptance and involvement at the Hellenic Dance Company, and much, much more besides, which can be sourced from the newsy Ballet4life website.
We are so fortunate to have him teaching at Ballet4life, and look forward to our class every Monday. This class is welcoming to all, but especially those who would like to start learning the basic ballet skills. Hope to see you soon at the ballet barre!...Julia

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.