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Classes are open to University members and members of the public.
* The St Matthews Centre Dance Studios are part of the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts. They are located on Sturton Street. Click on the locations button below for map. ** For classes held at Kelsey Kerridge Dance Studio a £3 additional entry fee is charged, to be paid at reception. The class fee is paid during the class.
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If you are unsure which level suits you best, you are very welcome to try out several classes - many of our dancers attend a range of levels each week, to consolidate technique and push themselves to learn new steps.
Beginner For those with very little or no experience of ballet. Never danced before? Or maybe you gave up when you were five? This class is for you.
Elementary Elementary is for those with some ballet experience or who attended beginner ballet last academic year, and are looking to learn a greater variety of ballet moves.
Pre-intermediate This class is for those wishing to develop their ballet technique and extend their skills in some more challenging exercises. It is taught by Eleanor Ramsden.
Intermediate Intermediate is taken at a faster pace, and is designed to develop your ballet technique, knowledge of steps and sense of performance. This class is taught by Emma Olley.
Inter-advanced Inter-advanced is designed to bridge the gap between intermediate and advanced classes, and to give dancers at both levels an extra class each week. It is taught by Elena Gavriel.
Advanced Taken at a fast pace, the advanced class focuses on performance and developing your own sense of style, and so is for those with a secure ballet technique and considerable past training. This class is taught by John Clare.
Beginner Pointe For those who are new to pointe, this class will focus on developing the strength necessary for pointe work, and is taught by Eleanor Ramsden. Important: if you have never danced on pointe before and are looking to start, please attend this class in your flat shoes before purchasing pointe shoes. This is so the teacher can assess if you are ready for pointe work.
Intermediate Pointe This class is for those who have developed the strength required for pointe and are looking to progress in the centre. It is taught by Emma Olley.
Inter-advanced Pointe This class is for those who are very confident on pointe and ready to tackle more challenging exercises. It is taught by Elena Gavriel.
Contemporary *NEW* This is an exciting new class for October 2017! It will be in a contemporary ballet style, and will focus on teaching freedom of movement, giving you a chance to get creative with the ballet you already know. It's a great way to explore a less rigid style of dancing, whilst keeping all the elegance of classical ballet. One hour of contemporary will be followed by a deep stretching session. This class is taught by Elena Gavriel.
Ballet Fitness Suitable for all levels, this class is a great way to stay fit and healthy as it focuses on both cardiovascular health and ballet-specific fitness. Classes include aerobics, pilates, strengthening, stretching, and more. Each week tends to focus on a different part of the body, so you could come along every week for the full work-out, or just choose the weeks that most interest you! This class is taught by Emma Olley.
Ballet Technique This class gets down to the nitty-gritty of correct ballet technique! Use this class to build on and perfect your basic technique, so that you perform better in your other classes. The work should support the other classes that you take and help to ensure that you are dancing safely and correctly. This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by Emma Olley.