Now celebrating our 13th year in operation! Successfully teaching Londonders since 2004!
Please note: To find out where each class/course is held, at what time, what dates, and what the cost is, please go directly to TIMETABLE tab on homepage http://www.ballet4life.com/timetable All the details are there.
Ballet4Life prides itself of creating a supportive and friendly environment in which to have a dance class whether you are a retired professional dancer, someone returning to dance classes after many years, or as a complete novice. Our teachers exhibit great care for our clients, understand their individual needs or conditions, endeavour to learn their names, and to build trust and a professional relationship. They also give group and individual feedback in each and every session. Our clients are encouraged to work at a pace that is suitable for their needs and perhaps also with pre-existing physical limitations. We offer authentic, thorough and proper classes but we deliver them in a fun, engaging, stimulating, fresh way with lovely music, positive comments, and yearly outings to see professional dance performances should people wish to partake.
Many a long lasting friendship has been formed at Ballet4Life!
If you have no or little previous ballet experience, we recommend you start with our Beginner Taster Classes that happen 3-4 times per year or start with Ballet4Life 1: Beginner Course. This course is offered each term and has one weekly session. Age and ability are not concerns here! We teach the basics in a caring and careful way. This includes: posture and alignment, musicality, positions of the arms and feet, series of exercises at the ballet barre such as plié, tendu, glissés, ronds de jambe, develop, grands battements.Please check the current timetable for venue, timings, dates, and prices.http://www.ballet4life.com/timetable Pre-registration is required.
We offer many Drop-In Ballet and Dance Classes. See below for a full overview, class descriptions, and video. We ask our new clients to register the first time they are taking any of our drop-in classes. This allows us to know a bit more about you and your level of experience ahead of time, as well as to help us anticipate the demand for particular class times and venues.
|Ballet4life 1||Beginner Ballet Course|
|Ballet4life 2||Beginner Ballet Short Course|
|Ballet4Life 3||Drop-in 50+ Ballet|
|Ballet4Life 4||Drop-in Beginner Improvers Ballet|
|Ballet4Life 5||Drop-in Pointe Classes|
|Ballet4Life 6||Drop-in Classical Ballet Barre/Barre & Stretch/Ballet Barre & Dance Fitness|
|Ballet4life 7||Drop-in Intermediate Ballet|
|Ballet4Life 8||Drop-in Intermediate/Advanced Ballet|
|Ballet4Life A||Drop-in General Contemporary Class|
|Ballet4Life C||Drop-in 50+ Dance & Fitness|
|Ballet4Life D||Dynamic Dance Days- Workshops & Special Courses & Master classes|
Move into Wellbeing
Drop-in Dance & Movement classes for people with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions
|Ballet4life F||Multi-Lingual Creative Dance for Children|
Suitable for all
Beginner level - for people with no previous ballet experience or a very small amount of ballet training
Age and ability are not concerns here! We teach the basics in a caring and careful way. This includes posture and alignment, musicality, basic positions of the arms and feet, series of exercises at the ballet barre such as plié, tendu, glissés, ronds de jambe,développé, grands battements. You then progress to short movement sequences standing without the barre in the centre of the ballet studio. The lovely musical accompaniment is used throughout. The teacher and the assistant are there to ensure you are working safely and to assist at every moment. By the end of the course, you will have a good grasp of the classical ballet basics that make up a beginner ballet class. You will hopefully feel stronger, more flexible, more graceful, and generally speaking, have a better sense of your body and of the joy of movement. You will have the choice to enrol again or to progress to Beginner Improvers Drop-in Classes but we are on hand to discuss this and to answer your queries at the end of each course.
Beginners Adult Ballet Course
This course has been designed for adult learners with either no previous training in ballet or with a small amount of experience. Age is not a concern nor do we require the attendees to be in top physical shape!
Turnham Green /District Line tube Bus lines 94, E3, 272 Limited metered parking bays along Bath Road and side streets Upon entry of the building please state the name of the course to the person at Reception if required
Fee: £145 or smaller fee for the short course, please check the payment page as this varies, payable in advance by cheque, by PayPal online, or by bank transfer
Online Payment via Credit Card: After pre-registering, you will be given the option of paying online with a credit card through a secure payment via PayPal.
Bank transfer: Please give me your mobile number and I will text you my bank details if you wish to pay by bank transfer
Cancellations and refunds policy: There is a £35 cancellation fee should you cancel one week or less prior to the start date of any course.
There are no refunds should you have to miss lessons on the course or if you chose to drop-out from the course.
Make-up lesson: Should you miss a session due to circumstances beyond your control such as illness or work/family , we offer one free make-up session on another beginner course or later to use in a drop-in class. This has no expiry but must be booked in.
Please wear clothing for exercise that you can move freely in.
Jogging bottoms and T-shirts, or leggings and jogging top or ballet gear if you already own some.
Dance belts or athletic supporters for the gentlemen
For the feet:
Ballet slippers are not mandatory to start. Bring along thick sports socks and we can advise about ballet slippers
If you have long hair please tie it back to ensure that it doesn’t distract you whilst moving
Jewellery: Please remove dangling earrings and long necklaces to ensure your safety whilst moving in the class.
If you have a planned absence you may find out from the Ballet4life Team beforehand what material you might miss. Should you miss a lesson there will be no refund. There may be an opportunity to make up one lesson on another course.
Confirmation of your place on the course: After you have completed the enrolment form and agreed to the T&C's, and your payment has been received, you will be sent an e-mail confirming that you have secured a place on the course
As part of correcting placement, carriage of arms or alignment there will be physical contact between the students and the teacher
Beginners Ballet Short Course
Suitable for all
Beginner level - for people no previous ballet training or with a very small amount of ballet training, or who have taken this course before
This course was created for our clients who have fewer weeks on the calendar to dedicate to learning the basics of ballet and also for those who prefer daytime classes and shorter bursts of learning and exercise in one go. The course work is condensed into six, sixty minute long sessions. The participants may repeat the course as often as needed until confident enough to progress to our Drop-in Beginner Improver Ballet Classes. Course work is rotated and the basics are reinforced to ensure that each time there are also new steps and new vocabulary to learn as well as previous course work to practise when applicable
50+ Ballet drop-in
Suitable for all
Created for the more mature body this is a wonderful popular class in which you can dance to lovely music and work on strength, flexibility, balance and core, memory, coordination, and mental acuity. You will learn and try very enjoyable and stimulating classical ballet exercises at the ballet barre. Then the class progresses to sequences across the dance studio. These provide more challenge to both the mind and the body and are perfect for self-expression, sense of freedom in movement, and for proprioception. We also have fun and laughs along the way and the group is very welcoming to newcomers!
Ballet targets core strength, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, and alignment. It has the added benefits of providing personal expression to music and mental stimulation. The brain is challenged to remember patterns that are tricky and changeable and to move to the music effectively. The body is stretched and toned and fun is had by the entire group in this positive and supportive environment. This class is offered at a convenient time of day in a large local bespoke dance studio.
Special rate offered.
Beginner Improvers drop-in classes
Suitable for clients with at least one year of training
Beginner - Advanced Beginner Level
A popular drop-in class for ballet lovers of all ages.
This class takes what has been established in Ballet4Life’s Beginner Courses and the clients' past training and slightly increases in its levels of difficulty by having longer barre exercise part od the class and more centre movement sequences to memorise, more strengthening exercises, more pirouettes and quicker allegro. There is also the fun of one or two big sequences on the diagonal which incorporates waltzes, turns, and or jumps. It is an excellent class for those who take 50+ Tuesday classes, for those returning to ballet after a long break, and for a perfect compliment to any other dance or fitness class. Remember ballet compliments other dance and exercise training and is a sound base from which to try any movement, physical training, or fitness regimens.
Barre work goes at a quicker pace than the Beginner Course. Clients change from one side of the barre to the other more frequently and new steps are introduced to one’s barre exercise repertoire. The sequences are longer and stretching is often given as well. In the centre exercise portion of class clients work on pirouettes in the open and closed direction, small, medium, and large jumps, moving through the space on a diagonal, change of the weight of the body, implementing connection steps that clients have practised in order to build the longer and more varied movement patterns. The teacher advises and helps when there may be difficulty is gaining the understanding of a new step or in practising steps that are especially tricky.
Beginner Pointe Work drop-in
Suitable for clients with at least one year of classical ballet technique training*
Beginner and Intermediate Levels
Your health and well-being is our main concern so we will make sure you are ready to try Beginner Pointe and we can advise you on Pointe shoes and accessories.
The pointe work is given at the barre holding on with two hands and with one hand. Exercises developed for ankle strengthening are done in parallel and rotated ( turned out ) positions of the feet and legs. It is a slow, simple, and careful series of exercises which develop more strength, confidence, and awareness of how to stand with the weight of the body placed properly over the base of the toes.
Slow rises are done along with rolling through the feet to get used to the pointe shoe and how it works and feels. Faster and repetitive feet and leg exercises are done such as relevés and échappés. Clients also do the slower sustained movement to develop core strength, fluidity, and endurance. Exercises that move along the barre and which change from one to the other are also practised. Amongst other steps clients learn and execute bourées, échappés, pas de bourées, piqués, and relevés. The Intermediate Level builds on this and the exercises are longer and more demanding.
A few centre exercises are also used and practised to gain strength, balance, and confidence. Again in the Intermediate class, more centre work is done and pirouettes and travelling combinations are practised. No client is asked to execute steps for which they are not yet ready.
*Subject to Ballet4Life’s approval based on teachers’assessment of ankle strength
Ballet Barre drop-in class/ Ballet Barre with Stretch/ Beginner Barre with Fitness
First two are suitable for all except Complete Beginners, the last one is also suitable for Complete Beginners and up
Beginner – Advanced Beginner and up
A nice way in which to give yourself one hour of extensive effective enjoyable exercise in the middle of the day whilst perfecting your ballet moves, learning new steps and vocabulary, and addressing core strength, muscle strengthening, alignment, and posture. Classical Ballet Barre exercises can stretch, tone, strengthen the body and memorising the sequences can keep the mind alert and stimulated.
The Barre with Stretch incorporates some gentle guided stretching at the end of the class using mats.
The Beginner Barre and Dance Fitness introduces basic ballet barre exercises and then progresses to some free standing and fitness exercises in the centre.
Done to lovely music and with mirrors to use as tools, ballet barres to hold onto for added stability and security, and good dance flooring to work on. Ballet4Life’s feedback and tips are given on an individual and group basis. This class is aimed to help you gain confidence; improve your strength, understanding of the basics, alignment, posture, and preparation for your centre exercises. The attainment of a good standard with ballet barre exercises helps any other dance or form of exercise you are practising and doing.
Intermediate Ballet class drop-in
Suitable for clients with at least 2 years consistent ballet training
These classes are a haven for clients of many skill levels and are an enjoyable chance to implement 75+ minutes of exercise into your weekly routine. We work with beginner improvers up to professional dancers in this drop- in class. A very thorough series of barre exercises is taught and executed and we also have a complete centre exercise section in each class complete with slow sustained movement, placement exercises, turns, and jumps.
This is good for people returning to ballet after a break or also for people studying other dance forms since ballet complements other exercise systems and other dance forms very well. Clients practice all the regular elements of barre exercise such as plie, tendu, ronde jambe, frappe, developpe, and grand battement. In the centre part of the class, clients learn longer sequences designed to work on placement, spatial awareness, movement through the studio with a change of weight and connecting steps, pirouettes, small, medium, and big jumps in different combinations of movement. There will be a cooling down calming finish to the class. We may focus on different themes or special steps each term but new clients are always welcome to drop-in and will not feel out of the loop.
Intermediate/Advanced ballet drop-in classes
Suitable for clients with more than 3 years of training
Intermediate/Advanced/ Professionals Levels
These classes are for those clients who are ready to progress from the Beginner Improvers and Intermediate as well as for those wishing to keep up their ballet technique. Many take this class along with another one during the week. The more advanced clients use it as a way to work on technique and all can enjoy building up their strength, confidence, and knowledge of ballet vocabulary and movements. The exercises will be greater in length, have changes of direction and placement of one’s centre, and have more complex musicality with changes of rhythm and timings.
The barre work is more challenging than our Beginner Improvers and Intermediate classes and will include battement fondu, battement frappé, exercises for rond de jambe en l’air, series of single leg strengthening steps at the barre, more balances on one leg, practice for turns, more complex use of the arms and co-ordinated movement in conjunction with each barre exercise, and more extensive stretching of the legs and the upper body.
The centre exercises will cover sequences for placement, preparation for pirouettes, diagonal movement through the studio and allegro movement. Patterns will be more complex including transference of direction and weight, more challenging musicality will be implemented, and before finishing the class the clients do small, medium, encouraged .and large jumps. A sense of expansion and reaching one’s potential whilst working correctly and with good habits is encouraged. Many clients take this in addition to a Beginner Improver or Intermediate Level Ballet Class or Lyrical Jazz/Contemporary Dance since they all compliment each other well.
General Contemporary Drop-in Classes
Using fluid and rhythmic energy, Beatrice builds her Contemporary dance class around exciting combinations and co-ordination with an emphasis on timing, strength, dynamics and enjoyment. The course will introduce Beatrice's contemporary dance style, which draws inspiration mainly from two contemporary dance techniques: Limon and Release. The class starts with a warm up which consists of set exercises; she starts with simple torso bends, gentle pliés, and swings in the upper and lower body parts. As the class progresses, she focuses on core strength and precision through more technical foot work, leg kicks, and jumps. Her fun class then progresses on to traveling sequences across the large studio space. The dancers play with the movement dynamics and spatial awareness. A short dance sequence is also developed at the end of the sessions and the participants have the chance to focus on their performance skills and build upon the material on a weekly basis.
50+ Dance & Fitness
The skilled Ballet4life teacher Rebecca developed this low-impact class for the mature body as part of a grant award last year from London Borough of Hounslow. It is an effective and fun dance and exercise class using lively music and includes the following: core strength exercises, rhythmic patterns, special exercises targeting upper arms, coordination, stretching, ankle strength and more. Dance sequences are also taught, built upon, and danced each week. The class ends with a cooling down flowing dancerly series of movements done on place. It is excellent to take this after the 50+ Ballet class! For those who count their daily numbers of steps: you can gain approximately 3,000 in this class!
Dynamic Dance Days
Masterclasses, workshops, and special events
Our next Masterclass will take place on Saturday 18 March 2017
SPRING MASTERCLASS SERIES
First in the series will be on Saturday, 18 March 2017
with The Royal Ballet First Artist
Tara will lead our 10.30am Intermediate/Advanced Adult Ballet Class which will be followed by a Pointe and Variations Class.
Further details and online booking will be open soon. These classes will be held at the bespoke dance studio at St. Peter’s Hall, Southfield Road, London W4 1BB
About our Guest Teacher:
Tara is a Canadian ballet dancer, who is currently a First Artist of The Royal Ballet.
Tara started training at the age of two and went on to study at Canada’s National Ballet School aged 10–18. She represented her country at the first International Congress of Classical Contemporary Ballet in Mexico (2000) and was awarded the Peter Dwyer scholarship for excellence in dance and the 2001 Erik Bruhn Memorial Award. Upon graduating in 2001 she spent six months at the Paris Opera Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 2002. Since then she has danced many roles in all of the ballets performed at the Royal Opera House and around the world with the Royal Ballet.
During her time as a professional dancer, Tara has gained two teaching qualifications, as Associate with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and is an honours graduate of The Royal Ballet School’s Professional Dancers’ Teachers Course. She has taught at the National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School and most recently taught at the Teacher’s Exchange at the Canadian Dance Expo in August 2016.
Tara is very excited to be guesting with Ballet4life and to sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience.
We look forward to welcoming her and dancing with her in the New Year!
Please visit here to learn more about Tara-Brigitte
Move into Wellbeing- Dance Course for people with Parkinson's or other mobility challenges
No dance experience required.
Drop-in, all levels
These dance, movement, and exercise classes are specially created for people with compromised mobility including those with Parkinson's. They are devised and lead by highly experienced dance teachers who have trained with David Leventhal and the Dance for PD® programme.
Move into Wellbeing® was created over two years ago and launched its exciting programme in January 2015. This was directly inspired by the fact that our Director’s father lived with Parkinson’s for 30 years and this had a direct impact on her life and work in the field of dance. She had attended many dance, movement, and music classes with her father in USA over the decades and was also aware of the brilliant Dance for PD® course created by David Leventhal and the Mark Morris Dance Company. Ballet4life also interacted with and gained insight at the start from the Dance for Parkinson's Programme offered by English National Ballet and Alexis Ephgrave of A.W.E. Inspired Dance.
Now starting its second year, it has grown and established itself as the sole class of this nature in the area and goes from strength to strength! Two weekly classes are on offer and a mentorship scheme is being created to train up new teachers.
We are currently in the process of registering Move into Wellbeing® as a Registered Charity to ensure its long-term future and to continue to provide this vital class for the community.
Please visit www.moveintowellbeing.org.uk and @Movein2Welbng
Please note that one friend or partner is always welcome to attend free of charge per registered client.
These popular classes are comprised of fun exercises to music which use the large and small muscle groups, coordination, balance, flexibility, core strength, and the use of the vocal chords. Control and confidence tend to improve in the sessions and the clients leave feeling quite elated. People often go together to the local cafe afterwards as well. They are held weekly on Saturdays and last one hour each. The participants will be taught rhythmic dance movements and exercises both seated and standing, where possible. Stimulating and inspiring music is used throughout to accompany and to uplift the class.
Each session is divided into four parts basically consisting of the following:
1) seated in a circle: introductions, making sounds with the voices and with breathing, exercises and tasks done with large arm movements and gestures, hand, wrist, and finger exercises, upper body movements, spiraling action of the spine and torso, leg and foot extensions, bending of the upper body, reaching of arms, learning of gestures, and mirroring a partner's movement
2) standing exercises: dance and movement exercises for the feet, legs, arms, and torso using either the ballet barre or the back of the chairs for support, extension of the feet and legs, flexing and extension of one foot, bending of the torso, toe rises, and smooth arm sweeps, co-ordination to the music's rhythm
3) movement sequences that travel across the studio: using rhythm to enhance the enjoyment and coordination of the movements, short sequences of movement which travel, might include marching or a few steps added together, might include clapping to the music or working with a partner, to reflect on a few themes that might already have been introduced, sometimes free-form dancing is enjoyed as well
4) return to a circle: either standing or seated, a quiet moment to round off the class and to allow things to sink in, to acknowledge fellow participants, course leaders, and volunteers until the next session, a thank you to all involved
Multi-Lingual Creative Dance for Children
Ana Gurría, an enthusiastic hands-on dance and fitness instructor, will guide the children through Ballet4life.com®’s new creative dance class using movement and expression in parallel to the sounds of different languages. She will use creative dance to develop skills such as balance, co- ordination, and musicality along with self-expression, in a fun and explorative way. The toddlers will explore their worlds through their own bodies as they dance, move, imitate, and interpret the music. At the same time, they will also be exposed to new sounds and words in Spanish, English and Italian.
Please note: This is not a language course but a gently structured children’s creative dance class in which the children will be exposed to the sounds and simple words in different languages. As is the norm in dance classes, there will be physical contact involved in the dancing and dance instructions such as holding hands and our teacher guiding a movement.