Ukrainian folk dance features in Ballet4Life’s summer programme

Image above: Ukrainian folk dance

Ballet4LIfe, the community dance organisation run by former professional ballet dancer Donna Schoenherr in Chiswick, is featuring folk dancing by the Ukrainian Refugee Support Group this summer.

Donna’s company has a wide variety of classes at several locations in Chiswick (for Chiswick Calendar Club Card discounts see their Club Card page). Over the summer months they also put on a number of performances to promote Ballet4LIfe and its sister charity Move into Wellbeing, which offers classes for people with restricted movement.

Image above: Move into Wellbeing

Watermans Sunday 29 May

Ballet4Life and Move into Wellbeing will be presenting a showcase of their work at Watermans in Brentford on Sunday 29 May.

“We are delighted to get back on stage” says Donna.

The event will include a special appearance by friends from the Ukrainian Refugee Support Group led by Ballet4Life teacher, Ukrainian Alina Luts, who has been providing Folk Dance classes at Prosperity Café in Twickenham. Ballet4Life is currently sponsoring two Ukrainian Dance Artists on the programme in Chiswick.

“It will be a very moving moment when the entire group end the showcase with a specially choreographed Ukrainian Folk Dance” says Donna.

Funds raised will go to the Dance & Movement programme provided by Move into Wellbeing, which offers over ten weekly in-person classes to the community of West London. There will also be a retiring collection for Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid.

Image above: Ballet4Life performing at Green Days

Bedford Park Festival Green Days

The two day fair on Acton Green Common (Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June) which traditionally marks the opening weekend of the Bedford Park Festival is back this year and Ballet4Life will be back performing on the bandstand on Saturday at 1.30pm. The performance will feature Ukrainian Folk Dances along with Classical Character Dance class excerpts, danced to lively music, and with colourful costumes.

Image above: Yosvani Ramos

Classical Ballet Masterclass

A further highlight of Ballet4Life’s summer season will be the Classical Ballet Masterclass given by internationally acclaimed ballet dancer Yosvani Ramos, the Cuban born Principal Dancer of the Colorado Ballet. Yosvani has danced with the English National Ballet as Principal Dancer, also with the Australian National Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet. He joined Colorado Ballet as Principal Dancer in 2015.

Ballet4life is hosting his masterclass at the Arts Educational School on Sunday 19 June at 11am. Booking will open soon, places will be limited, and places will also be available for those wishing to observe.

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