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RUBY GINNER EXHIBITION

Posted: 2019-03-10 10:19

Thank you to everybody who visited our recent exhibition at Church Stretton Library and thank you for your lovely comments and feedback.

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RUBY GINNER - A TRIBUTE TO A DANCE PIONEER

Category: COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Posted: 2019-02-12 11:42

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Ruby Ginner, a pioneering dancer born in Cannes in 1886 was an important and innovative figurehead in the world of dance.

She attended acting classes with Elsie Fogerty, principal of The Central School of Speech and Drama, through whom she developed a deep understanding of ancient Greek drama and an appetite to develop the movement for the choruses.

The early 1900s marked the beginning of Ruby Ginner’s research into ancient Greece. She studied the ancient Greek artefacts at the British Museum, and continued her research with frequent visits to Greece and its islands.

Miss Ginner collaborated with other dance pioneers such as Ruth St Denis (one of the founders of Contemporary Dance), admired the work of Isadora Duncan and was a friend of Anna Pavlova.

Miss Ginner formed a small group of Grecian dancers whose work was realized and admired through public performances. Through her teaching for Elsie Fogerty, Miss Ginner met dramatist Irene Mawer, and in 1920 the Ginner Mawer School of Dance and Drama was officially formed.

It was here that my late mother Diana Griffiths was trained, and subsequently the Classical Greek Dance technique was brought to Shropshire where Diana successfully taught numerous students for many years.

Now her daughter Catherine continues to teach Classical Greek Dance here in Shropshire and to celebrate the unique work of Ruby Ginner there will be a presentation of photographs, a selection of books and costumes to be viewed at Church Stretton Library Tuesday from February 26th – Thursday March 7th.

For further information please contact:
Catherine Griffiths (cathymgriffiths@gmail.com)
07570966006
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THE ANAPALI FESTIVAL ATHENS 2018

Category: ATHENS
Posted: 2019-02-08 00:10

The annual Anapali Festival of Dance is held in the Dora Stratou garden theatre, in the idyllic surroundings of the Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis.

Members of the International Dance Council and dancers from all over the world present their work and perform at this prestigious festival.

After becoming a member of The International Dance Council (CID) I met its President Professor Alkis Raftis and his management team during a short visit to Athens earlier last year. I learned of their interest in seeing Classical Greek Dancing in the beautiful setting of the garden theatre and enjoying the results of Ruby Ginner’s tireless research in the Greek culture and way of life which formed the very foundation of her inspired work.

After being warmly invited to take some dancers to perform in the Anapali festival I realized what a unique and unmissable opportunity it would be for my senior dancers to be part of this exciting occasion and to be given a chance to perform a Classical Greek dance in the country of its roots.

Together the students and I choreographed our ‘Dedication’, a five minute dance which included lyrical, athletic and ritual styles of the technique; ending with a poignant interpretation of Irene Mawer’s words (A Prayer) voiced by my late mother Diana Griffiths.

Last July, on a very hot summer’s evening, all the performers and audience were warmly welcomed by Professor Raftis who presented the dancers with certificates. It was a truly memorable evening with a programme brimming with a diversity of dance techniques.


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As I watched my Classical Greek Dance students perform so beautifully under the stars and moonlit Athenian sky, and listened to Irene Mawer’s poignant words I couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratitude that I have had the opportunity to experience the work and inspiration of Ruby Ginner, her legacy …. and magic ….

The Pillars of the house of my beloved
Rise golden on an hill,
And through their shadowy avenues,
There steals the scent of olive trees.
And the dawn-light on the far Ionian sea.
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DIARY FOR SPRING TERM 2019 (12 WEEKS)

Category: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Posted: 2019-01-07 23:34

START OF TERM

I.S.T.D. Classical Greek Dance Examinations SATURDAY JANUARY 5th

DORRINGTON VILLAGE HALL SATURDAY JANUARY12th
(Classical Greek Dance, Ballet, Street, (9.00 am – 3.30 pm)
Tap, Modern, LAMDA Speech and
Drama)
DUDGELEY HALL TUESDAY JANUARY 15th
(Contemporary, Classical Greek Dance) (4.00 pm - 7.45 pm)
LEEBOTWOOD VILLAGE HALL TUESDAY JANUARY 15th
(Street, Boys “Ignite”) (7.00 pm – 8.15 pm)
DORRINGTON VILLAGE HALL MONDAY JANUARY 21st
(Dance Expressions) (10.00 – 11.30 am)

SYLVESTER HORNE INSTITUTE, C. STRETTON WEDNESDAYS (Please contact Cathy)
(Adult Classical Greek Dance) (6.45 – 7.45 pm)

HALF-TERM (no classes) MONDAY FEBRUARY 18th to
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23rd


Exhibition of Classical Greek Dance
Photographs TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26th to
and Costumes at Church Stretton Library THURSDAY MARCH 7th

Classical Greek Dance Workshops
(with Tea/Coffee SUNDAY MARCH 3rd
and Catch-Up) at Sylvester Horne Institute (12.00 – 2.00 pm)


LAST DAY OF TERM (open classes) SATURDAY APRIL 6th to
TUESDAY APRIL 9th


FUTURE DATES

LAMDA Examinations SUNDAY MAY 19th (to be confirmed)
I.S.T.D. Ballet Examinations date to be confirmed
I.S.T.D. Classical Greek Dance Examinations date to be confirmed


“A CELEBRATION OF DANCE” at Concord College SATURDAY JUNE 29th

SUMMER SCHOOL MONDAY JULY 29th to FRIDAY AUGUST 2nd
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