After a career in ballet and contemporary dance I completed my teaching qualifications at the Royal Academy of Dance. In addition I am a qualified Pilates teacher I have taught in vocational dance schools in Britain and with companies and schools abroad .I enjoy teaching at all levels. I worked at the Royal Swedish Ballet School for five years and during this time the parents expressed an interest in adult evening classes. These turned out to be extremely successful and enjoyable for all of us! I am delighted to have been asked by Donna to teach similar classes for her in West London. I look forward to developing your knowledge and expertise. The classes will have an element of conditioning exercises in addition to the ballet training.It is important to develop coordination, flexibility, and strength to get the best out of dance training at whatever level. However, they are first and foremost ballet classes and please don't be afraid to ask questions. I will be using a wide range of music and I hope the classes will also be an experience in artistic expression
Maggie is also an experienced teacher having taught courses at Open University, is a dance critic writing for many dance publications such as "Dance Europe", and is involved with many human rights projects around the world. Maggie now has a devoted following and Ballet 4Life is thrilled to have her teaching her seventh year with us!
12 March, 2012
As a writer for Dance Europe I am fortunate in getting to see some of the world’s best dance: Dresden Semperoper has just done a Forsythe programme which included four new pas de deux which the company danced magnificently, and The Dutch National Ballet over two nights premiered no less than 9 new ballets including works by David Dawson, day4, which was my personal favourite, and double duets from both Hans van Manen and Alexei Ratmansky. Wonderful stuff!
Dance UmbrellaPhoto by John Hogg However one of the most heart-warming was seeing the Dance Umbrella 2012 on my visit to Johannesburg in February. There is a main platform where artists like Vincent Mantsoe, Gregory Maqoma and Nelisewe Xaba many of them already known on the international circuit, present full evening works; then there is Stepping Stones. This is the weekend platform where dozens of young dance makers show their works. They were bursting with new ideas, from the very socially aware to pure entertainment but all were rehearsed with such care, well dressed on non-existent budgets and danced with such passion that it was pure joy.
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