Solidarity During the Pandemic:
Dance-Music Partnerships, Music Courtesy for Online Dance Classes
During this time of the global pandemics, we all have been forced to stay home and improvise our homes into an ad-hoc studio. While almost all the studios and schools attempted their best shots in continuing the teaching and training via an online platform, there were many technical difficulties to overcome (such as the visuals, sound, video streaming software, etc), in order to deliver an experience that is as close to the one in a real studio as possible. Besides the technical challenges, music performance rights is another hoop to jump through. To keep the matter simple, most studios began the hunting process of royalty-free music that they can use for their online ballet classes.
Ballegro was approached by a number of studios during the month of April about their needs for royalty-free music, to be used in their online course productions. We are extremely pleased to be a passionate collaborator and a proud music service provider for our dance community during this unusual time, and we thank our new partners for their openness in finding new solutions, as well as their vision in co-creating a new paradigm.
Ballegro is thrilled to be presenting our 3 major partners who joined forces with us this Spring 2020: Les STUDIOS of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Richmond Arts Centre (Richmond, BC) and Ballet Hop! (Montreal, Quebec).
Les STUDIOS (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Located at 1435 rue De Bleury in downtown Montréal, Les STUDIOS by Les Grands Ballets offers dance, fitness and adapted dance classes accessible to all audiences and for all levels. Classes are offered morning, noon and evening—within the universe of Les Grands Ballets. These classes are taught by the company’s dancers or former dancers and by reputable and well-known dance teachers. These classes allow participants that are 16 and older to explore all the benefits of dance and movement.
You are invited to dance move and let go through multiple classes such as barre workout, ballet, pointes, tap, jazz, Essentrics™ and multiple adapted dance classes. You are also invited to expand your repertory through offered workshops, or even start to learn a new dance with the 'introduction to dance' workshops.
Ballegro and Les STUDIOS joined forces as Partners in April 2020. To support Les STUDIOS’ new online course platform initiated during the pandemic, Ballegro provided royalty-free music courtesy and limited-time account access to their faculty members, as well as offered an exclusive subscription discount for all the clients/members of Les STUDIOS.
Richmond Arts Centre (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada)
The Richmond Arts Centre (BC, Canada) provides high-quality arts education opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines, including visual arts, dance and movement, music and theatre. The Centre is also home to 12 local arts organizations known as the Resident Art Groups.
The vision for the Richmond Arts Centre is to be the hub of artistic opportunity within Richmond, activating and inspiring artists and community members to connect through the arts. The creative contributions of Richmond residents, through dance, theatre or visual arts have a significant positive impact on community health and celebrate the vibrancy of Richmond as a diverse and dynamic city.
The Richmond Arts Centre is also home to the Children's Arts Festival and hosts the Bamboo Theatre and Cinevolution Media Arts, components of the Richmond World Festival. Located on the second floor of the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Richmond Arts Centre shares its vibrant location with the Richmond Library, Richmond Museum, Richmond Archives and the Richmond Art Gallery.
Ballegro and the Richmond Arts Centre joined forces in April 2020 specifically to deliver RAC’s video production and broadcast of Grand Plie Online, a special project dedicated to continuous education for the general public to practice dance at home . With the music courtesy of Ballegro Player music app, Grand Plie Online was aired on April 22, 2020, in celebration of the International Dance Day.
Ballet Hop! (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Uniquely innovative and creatively unique, Ballet Hop! offers a rich programs of ballet, barre fitness, barre workouts and stretching. The Ballet Hop! method was collectively developed by a multidisciplinary team of ballet teachers and
Kinesiologists with a goal: that their clients feel energized and flexible at the end of their class, with a calm mind and a happy heart. All their workouts incorporate ballet-inspired movements, different cardio segments, strength training, complete stretches and a big slice of fun! The basic movements of Ballet Hop! include pliés, battements, lunges, planches, port de bras, V-sits, floor barre, planks and superwoman. Added later on are jumps, relevés, stretches, ronds de jambe and some fun arms moves so everyone feels like they are dancing while they sweat!
Ballegro joined Ballet Hop! in April 2020 as a partner and is the proud music provider for their new online class series. To learn more about Ballet Hop!, their program offerings and services, click here.
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