On Thursday 25th July, we were delighted to film once again for Caters News.
It was lovely to welcome Tala Lee-Turton to our dancing school on Sunday 28th July. Tala gave our students a series of private classes in Russian Ballet (Vaganova) technique and stretching.
Tala made history as only the third British female to graduate from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in its 245-year-history, and now she is achieving her career goals as a professional classical ballet dancer, having worked with Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Russia and English National Ballet, London.
Thank you Tala for a series of such inspiring classes and we cannot wait to have you back again in the future.
Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by RAD examiner, Marie Walton-Mahon, alongside the care a guidance of a team of physiotherapists. Its aim is for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet – and Marie's passion is for safe dance training.
PBT is supported by numerous professional dancers and ballet company directors. One of Marie's notable success stories from her PBT programme was with a 16-year-old male dancer, Daniel Roberge, who had no former ballet training. He was instructed to practice PBT daily alongside ballet classes in order for him to display the improvement. He improved so much that in 2007, two years after his first ballet lesson, he sat for all senior ballet examinations and was awarded the silver medal at the Genèe International Competition in Singapore. The next year Daniel signed a contract with Washington Ballet. Marie acknowledges that nothing takes the place of good ballet training, however, convinced that alongside ballet training, PBT accelerates technique.
On Sunday 14th July we hosted our annual Silver Swans® Summer Party. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with lots of dancing and great food!
We hosted a raffle and tombola raising money once again for Greenmount Wild Bird Hospital with money in excess of £300 (grand total to follow soon).
It was lovely to see the talents of so many of the ladies as they donated beautiful watercolour paintings, knitted teddies and even a felted Lilac Fairy! The catering was a delicious spread all prepared by the Silver Swans® with some beautiful handmade swan themed cakes, too.
Although unfortunately many Silver Swans® were unable to attend the party, it was lovely to have nearly 50 Silver Swans® in attendance.
One of our Silver Swans® was featured in Skem News about her return back to ballet with the help of Physiotherapist at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
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