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Ballegro Player is seeking a Marketing Assistant to join the team!

news Dec 02, 2018

Marketing Assistant

Ballegro Player is seeking a creative and self-motivated marketing assistant to join the company.  Reporting to the Marketing Coordinator, the successful candidate will assist in a wide variety of marketing-related tasks for a maximum of 15 hours per week.  The position will start in January 2019. Initial contract runs from January to May 2019 with the possibility for extension and/or evolving into a regular ongoing contract.


The Company & The Product

Founded by our Vancouver’s own ballet pianist Yawen (Company Pianist at Ballet BC and Class Pianist at Arts Umbrella), Ballegro Player is a music app for ballet lovers who need music for practice. It provides teachers and students music that is specifically recorded for ballet practice, with music controls simulating a live ballet pianist: smart quick search filters and tempo/speed controls. Currently we’re in Version 3 development (supports web and iOS) and V3 will be...

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Ballegro Player is seeking a Marketing Coordinator to join the team!

news Nov 13, 2018

Marketing Coordinator

Ballegro Player is seeking a creative and self-motivated marketing coordinator to join the company.  Reporting to the Marketing Director, the successful candidate will assist in a wide variety of marketing-related tasks for a maximum of 40 hours per week.  The position will start in January 2019. Initial contract runs from January to May 2019 with the possibility for extension and/or evolving into a regular ongoing contract.


The Company & The Product

Ballegro Player is a music app for ballet lovers who need music for practice. It provides teachers and students music that is specifically recorded for ballet practice, with music controls simulating a live ballet pianist: smart quick search filters and tempo/speed controls. Currently we are in Version 3 development (supports web and iOS) and V3 will be launched in January 2019.  More information: https://www.ballegroplayer.com/


The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a creative individual who...

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Søren Bebe - Music For Ballet & Contemporary Classes

music Aug 01, 2018


“Bebe certainly belongs to the tradition of lyrical pianists that goes
from Erroll Garner and Bill Evans through Keith Jarrett.
What Bebe adds to the lyrical tradition of the piano is a sense of folk-like simplicity,
with mourning melodies blossoming like shy night-flowers”
(US jazz journal, All About Jazz).

This month we bring you Søren Bebe, a formidable pianist who is one of the shining lights of jazz and contemporary music both in his home of Copenhagen and across Europe.

Among Søren's primary influences as a musician are pianists Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Aaron Parks. He also finds inspiration in the work of non-pianists such as Kenny Wheeler. Although taking note of other musicians' work, Søren's delicate touch on the piano and as a composer is all his own.

Our August 2018 album release is:

"Music For Ballet & Contemporary Classes" OBS 2 CD's - 35 tracks


Describing this album, composer Søren Bebe writes:


“This album...

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Straight out of Denmark: Søren Bebe

music Jul 02, 2018

New music, new tracks

Presenting this month’s best new tracks by Søren Bebe. As a composer, Søren has written mostly for his own projects but has also been commissioned to write work for the Danish theatre "Team Teateret," as well as a large piece for the National Gallery of Denmark. In 2012, Søren Bebe even received a working grant from the Danish Arts Council.


Our July 2018 album release is:

Søren Bebe - Music for Ballet Class Vol .2

This month's album, Music for Ballet Class Vol.2, includes 25 beautiful and inspiring songs for ballet classes by critically acclaimed jazz pianist Søren Bebe.

All music on Music for Ballet Class Vol.2 is designed to accompany ballet classes and can be used for beginner, intermediate and advanced classes as well as pointe, children's ballet classes and ballet exercises at home. On top of that, Bebe has a style all of his own: warm, intensely melodic and frequently playful, but always underscored by an...

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Introducing: Music for Ballet Class Vol​.​1 by Søren Bebe

music Jun 02, 2018

Hey Ballegro Community,

Another month of great NEW music in your Ballegro Player library.  Let us introduce Music for Ballet Class Vol . 1 by Søren Bebe. Bebe has a style all of his own: warm, intensely melodic and frequently playful, but always underscored by an unshowy lightness of touch with just a hint of Scandinavian melancholy. His jazz contemporary music will inspire you to be a little more creative. But listen for yourself! 

Our June 2018 album release is:

Søren Bebe - Music for Ballet Class Vol . 1

Music for Ballet Class Vol . 1 with  33 original solo piano pieces for ballet class by jazz pianist Søren Bebe.  All songs composed, arranged and played by Søren Bebe. Recorded at Studio B, Copenhagen, on a Shigeru Kawai SK6 Grand Piano. Mixed and mastered by John Fomsgaard at Karmacrew.  It brings out the expression in each dancer, no matter what level you are at. 

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Exciting new design coming soon!

news May 24, 2018


Another month comes to an end. This May was filled with many interesting things. We made exciting new contacts, one of them being the UI/UX designers from RED Academy Vancouver. We are always concerned about you and your experience with our ballet music app Ballegro Player. We never stop learning; we constantly try to improve our product. The UI/UX designers went and 
asked several ballet teachers, like the lovely ballet teacher Eva Carius at Harbour Dance Centrewhat our app needs to be more user-friendly. We have been researching to make sure the app offers the best possible experience.



The research included preliminary research (existing feedback and beta tests), some interviews, the designers even got into ballet classes to observe and put their research into context.

They found some interesting things while they were in class, for sure. They noticed the changing tempo on a CD player distorted the sound and that you can’t change the music on the fly...

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How To: Grand Jeté En Tournant

education music May 17, 2018
 

          "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore." ~ Dorothy in Wizard of Oz.

That's what Dorothy said after she and her dog Toto landed in the Land of Oz, after their strange yet amazing journey swirling UP in the Big Tornado.

I grew up in Taiwan where there are regular Typhoon visits.  Typhoons can be violent and devastating, but at the centre of the Typhoon, there is the Typhoon Eye - the moment of stillness - where all the sudden all the movement stops and time feels suspended.

Today we will talk about Grand Jeté En Tourant  in dance and I will show you how to make the musical tornado work for you.  Once you understand and master how this internal energy works, you can ride on the power of this musical tornado, swirling UPWARD, hitting that movement accent UP in the air on the musical DOWNBEAT. 

Hold the Tension of the Opposites:  In order to go WAY UP, you need to go WAY DOWN. Have fun with your...

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5 Things that make you a Dance Mom

community May 13, 2018

Mama, I love you
Mama, I care
Mama, I love you
Mama, my friend
You're my friend

Mama is a song by the British girl group the Spice Girls.

On Sunday, 13th of May, we are celebrating our amazing moms. They wash your clothes, cook your food and look after you when you need them. But what makes your mom a dance mom?

These 5 things will show if your mom is a dance mom or even if YOU are one of them.

    1. You know how to do the perfect ballet bun and have bobby pins all over your house. Sometimes, you even find them in the corners of your couch.


    2. It all started with one visit at the dance studio, and now, it is your second home. You know everyone at the dance studio and even take dance classes yourself now. To be a good example, you even think of belly button, point your toes and straight your leg in a good, rotated, turned-out first position.

    3. Also, when you see your child nail the choreography you burst out with a big ‘YEAH!’ and want to run in the room to cheer them. 



    4. All...
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Welcome the Danish jazz pianist and composer Søren Bebe.

music May 01, 2018

Hey Ballegro Community,

We have some exciting news for you! We're delighted to welcome the latest  addition to the Ballegro library, the fabulous pianist Søren Bebe. You will love his refined, emotional and subtle play. 

Søren is a graduate of the Royal Danish Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark, and has an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music. Søren Bebe is a leading pianist and composer in the European jazz and contemporary music scene. He is also a freelance accompanist for dance and has worked at, among other places, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet School, Danish Dance Theatre, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Dansehallerne and The Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli, Copenhagen.

Søren has released several jazz records as well as more than 10 albums with music for ballet class. Most of them contain his own original works, but he has also released albums with arrangements of pop...

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Gentle, Mindful Movement: An Interview with Erica Trivett

interview Apr 23, 2018
 

Today, we interviewed Erica Trivett, Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® and Thesis Writer – Osteopathy Manual Practice, about the stretches she likes to do and why she thinks the Feldenkrais Method® is good for dancers.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

So, we are here at Harbour Dance Centre, and I am Erica Trivett. I am currently a Guild Certified Practitioner® of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® and Thesis Writer. I have had a career in dance for about 25 years. Actually, I am about to teach a class this morning.

What is the Feldenkrais Method®?

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on promoting self-awareness and discovering better ways of functioning in movement — which is done in a number of different ways exploring developmental movement.

Why did you study the Feldenkrais Method®?

I got introduced to the Feldenkrais Method® when I was a guest artist in Basel at the Basel Ballet....

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