My Recent Times in China

GUEST TEACHING WITH JIE BALLET, CHENGDU, CHINA.

After spending four weeks examining with the Russian Ballet Society, my flight left Thailand for ChengDu in China where I was to spend the next six weeks with Jie Ballet School. I had been invited to guest teach as a representative from the UK with this new ballet school and was immediately welcomed onto the creative team of International teachers.

Jie Ballet is based in ChengDu, central China. It is a new ballet school that has only been functioning for four years and already they have three campus, with a fourth on the way and 800 students. This fast growing school of classical ballet, shows great promise for a very bright and exciting future.

As guest teacher I was given the opportunity of working with all different ages, teaching classes every day to 8 year olds through to adults. I also gave Assessments to the professional students through all the grades. It was a joy for me to work with such enthusiastic and dedicated students, despite the language barrier.

 

One of my highlights was being given the opportunity of coaching the talented, Xu Yu Chu, a beautiful and charismatic young dancer at the school. Her entry into the Asian Grand Prix 2018 in Hong Kong required her to perform the variations of Cupid and Esmeralda. I have great faith that we will be seeing a lot more of this talented performer in the future.

 

Being my first visit to China, it took a while to adjust, but I was embraced by the students and the staff of Jie Ballet and it wasn’t long before I was taken in by the people, the soul and the spirit of ChengDu. I ended up staying an extra week and even performing with them in their end of year show.

The show piece, initially, was to be a classical piece of my own creation, but the idea of a Gypsy Surge soon became the more interesting choice.. I wanted to give them something that they had not experienced before and something that they could get emotionally involved in. I was looking to find a level of emotion beyond the pretty pink tutu so as to give the students an opportunity to express different movements that stem from a deeper place within us.

It took a little persuasion to convince them, as initially they were not taken in by the different style of movement the choreography required. I was forced into exploring different approaches and decided to workshop ideas around the subject matter using inspiration drawn from Tanztheatre classes and Pina Bauche.  Vocally I took them into and around a world of desperation. despair and passion. – Exultation and Joy. All the emotions a Romanian Gypsy might harbor, so that they could connect emotion to their physical bodies. I witnessed messages being taken in and very quickly a new understanding started to emerge. Hugely satisfying.

There had been a point when I thought I might never get there, but something clicked – and from that moment on, I was working with a totally different group of dancers

The flourish of costumes, flowers and accessories started to arrive on a daily basis.

New understandings and appreciation from each of them began to grow and expand. I had awakened something of new spirits through the choreography and now I was seeing their expression of emotion in every step.

At last we had a performance that moved us all and the audience of Chengdu. I am told that ChengDu had not seen anything quite like it before. What a thrilling journey it was for me and one that I hope to continue.

 

 

I parted seeing happy and positive memories for the students of  Jie Ballet. Now, I have retuned to London and after a week trying to get my head in gear and my feet back on the ground, I am thrown straight into Teacher Seminars with the Royal Ballet School and the Summer Intensive Course with Central School of Ballet.

Life is for growing and we have all done that, so I now look towards my exciting future plans next year for, more beautiful chapters of creation.

 

 

From Florence Danzainferia to Milano and Via Reggio to examine for Russian Ballet Society Italia

Examining and teaching16864352_10154217683091367_7558987981005938590_n for Russian Ballet Society Italia of the first time. Looking for Legat.

 

 

 

Off to Italy for Legat

I am very excited and proud to have been invited this year to represent the Russian Ballet Society at Danzainfiera in Florence.

Giving Ballet Legat class and judging over the week end.

http://www.danzainfiera.it/en/home.html

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Tasha Bertram; the first British to sing Fado in English and Portuguese.

A very special evening!

Crazy Coqs Cabaret and Jazz Bar

Saturday 23rd January 2016 at 10.30pm

https://www.brasseriezedel.com/crazy-coqs/winnet

Tasha welcomes the return of guitarist;  Joe Volante flying in for the occasion.

To play with

Tasha Bertram: Vocals

Ava Sangster: 2nd Vocals

Thomas Sangster: Bass

Mark Sangster: Drums

Greg Evain: Piano

Harrison Cole: Trumpet

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Tasha Bertram Sings Fado

Next Winnet Gig

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Friday 18th December 21.00 till midnight

Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in The Loft

140 Newington Butts, London SE11 4RN

Ticket link:

http://www.brasserietoulouselautrec.co.uk/live-music?date=2015-12-18#504662

Winnet Gig

Up coming ‘Winnet Gig’ 10th October @ 21.00 till Midnight

Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, 140 Newington Butts, Kennington, London, SE11 4RN

Nearest tubes Kennington or Elephant and Castle

For Tickets: http://www.brasserietoulouselautrec.co.uk/live-music?date=2015-10-10#503535

Me Thomas and Ava

Ballet: A New Term

My children’s Ballet at Camberwell, Artichoke Pl, SE5 8TS will commence as of Tuesday 15th September.

An exciting step for me: This term I will be preparing the children for their first exams with ‘The Russian Ballet Society’ Legat.

This will give them a purpose to focus on and an aim to perfect their work, essential for the art of ballet.

Nicolai and Nicolaeva Legat

Nicolai and Nicolaeva Legat

Class Times:

Ages 4yrs to 6yrs. times:   4.00pm – 4.45pm

Ages 6yrs to 8yrs times:    4.45pm – 5.30pm

Ages 8yrs to 11yrs times:   5.30pm to 6.30pm

 

Being Ballet Mistress for The London Ballet Company

Wonderful to be teaching again for The London Ballet Company.

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Examiner for The Russian Ballet Society in Thailand

I have recently returned from Thailand where I was examiner for The Russian Ballet Society in nine different schools all teaching Legat Russian Ballet. I was very proud to be invited this year and hope to return again.

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