Silver Swans ballet class

Course Dates: 12/01/21 - 16/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 11:45
Location: Online

Online and interactive our Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. If you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active, Swans ballet classes will put a spring in your step, whether you’ve never danced before or want to reboot your ballet skills. Classes focus on building the core technical principles and learning specially adapted repertoire from the popular ballets.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The Silver Swans course is an introduction to ballet principles with an emphasis on learning specially adapted repertoire from some of the most popular 19th & 20th Century ballets in a fun, enjoyable and accessible way.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Silver Swans Classes will focus on building the technique and movement vocabulary necessary to develop the expression, musicality and performance skills required to perform these adaptations. Repertoire includes Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Bayadere & Sleeping Beauty Flower Fairies.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Recognise a wider range of movement
Use greater flexibility, co-ordination and balance
Demonstrate increased stamina and control of movement
Perform a set dance sequence with more ease and confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners or those with some previous ballet or dance experience.

A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group work in a well equipped, modern sprung floor studio with music. It is essential to be ready to start on time.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You
are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Tights, leotards or clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly. Ballet shoes either canvas or leather with elastics. Jock straps are recommended for the men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. No jewellery to be worn during class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Sign up for another course and discover a new ballet! or speak to the teacher about other ballet classes that might be suitable for you to explore.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Perfectly adapted for the older returning or beginner dancer
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/03/2020)
Brilliant course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/02/2020)
Try it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/02/2020)
A perfectly lovely way to learn Ballet. Excellent teacher with huge knowledge.
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Review by Yvonne / (Posted on 04/02/2020)
Give it a go - everyone is encouraged to improve their ballet abilities both physically and mentally. It's well adapted to older dancers, but you will be pushed to improve!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2019)
Do it! But need to apply straight away as the places get booked up very quickly
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/11/2019)
Go for it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/10/2019)
It's never too late to try something new - join in!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/07/2019)
I haven't enjoyed myself so much in years. A welcoming inclusive class for people of all abilities. The tutor is excellent.
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Review by Kit / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
I would encourage them to take it if they appreciate ballet. The teacher is inspiring and knowledgeable, warm and kind.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
This is a lovely course to begin or refresh your ballet dancing as an older participant. It's challenging both physically and mentally, but the teacher adapts it really well to the students' levels and abilities and the atmosphere is friendly and fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
This is a very enjoyable class with an excellent teacher
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Review by Derry St / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
I have never done ballet before, I am in my sixties and it is very good. The teacher is great.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/03/2019)
I would recommend
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Review by AC / (Posted on 15/02/2019)
If you have always wanted to try ballet, or haven't danced for a long time, and think it's too late, think again! This is a great class with an excellent specially trained teacher who will get you into the basic techniques and practising towards an adapted excerpt from a classical ballet right away. Everything is adapted to the older body, so no need to fear !
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/02/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Kate Scott

Kate began her dance training aged 5 and graduated from Rambert School. She went on to have an eclectic career as a freelance ballet and contemporary dancer performing in operas, contemporary dance projects, music videos and commercials, working with Ashely Page, Amir Hosseinpour and Wayne McGregor. Kate began her teaching career in 2014 and is a specialist in adult ballet, Elders Ballet; she teaches the Silver Swans ballet classes at City Lit. As well as teaching Dance GCSE, she has also enjoyed working with inclusive dance groups. Kate joined City Lit in 2018 and really enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of this historic and artful dance genre. She is particularly keen on teaching adults and beginners as the resulting pride and sense of accomplishment from her students make all the hard work enjoyable and worthwhile. Kate has an interest in Pilates and Body Psychotherapy and is a certified BioDynamic massage therapist. One of her ambtions is to have four Jack Russell Terrier, two donkeys and a menagerie of farm animals. She enjoys walking in the countryside and is currently studying for some more ballet teaching qualifications.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: DDP206B

Full Tue, day, 12 Jan - 16 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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