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Ballegro’s Smart Virtual Pianist For Ballet Dancers V3 Is Finally LIVE!

news Mar 20, 2019
 

We are thrilled to announce that our Ballegro has reached the robusto Version 3.0.  Over the past 2 years we have researched, developed and tested the beta versions until we finally reached our masterpiece stage. This new, and most robust in features, version is finally out in the world and we are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished.

Yawen, our Founder, has been a dance pianist for over 20 years. She has worked with major ballet companies and schools across Canada such as Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Harbour Dance Centre, École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Danse à la Carte and Les Studios at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.  She recognized the needs of the ballet teachers, and the challenges of not always having a ballet pianist on demand. To bridge the gap, Yawen created Ballegro - Your Smart Virtual Ballet Pianist Music App - for ballet teachers, studios and students,...

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Top 6 Ballet Songs You Absolutely Need In Your Playlist!

education music Mar 10, 2019

~ Written by Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Outreach Coordinator at Ballegro Player, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program.


In every ballet class, we listen to about 20 different pieces of music. Ranging in style, tempo, and mood, each song has its own unique way of moving and carrying the dancers through the exercise. And the best songs propel and inspire us to indulge in every step.

Here are the Top 6 hits on Ballegro Music Library’s expansive collection.

#1: Pavane

Number 1 on the charts is Pavane, by Gabriel Fauré.  Fauré (1845-1924) was a composer and pianist at the forefront of his generation.  He was a major influencer for many twentieth century composers, and Pavane was one of his best-known works.  Written in a minor key, Fauré’s famous composition has a nostalgic and melancholy feel, making it ideal for Warm-up, Pliés, Adage, and Stretching!  Although a typical adage is set to a 3/4 signature, this piece is...

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Do We Need to Update Our Approach to Ballet Technique?

~ Written by Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Outreach Coordinator at Ballegro Player, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program


I took my first ballet class at 2.5 years old - a mother-daughter class - and have never stopped since.  Currently training at Arts Umbrella in their Graduate Program, I partake in the study of ballet 6 days a week. It is a never-ending practise.  One where you are constantly striving to be better than you were yesterday. One where you feel like you have gotten progressively worse since last week, but you nevertheless continue to show up everyday to persevere and challenge yourself, because you have a vision of what you can and hope to achieve.  One where you discover something new about your body, mind, relationship to others in space and time everyday.

 But is this practise and strife for consistency and possibly perfection giving us, as aspiring and professional dancers, everything we need to succeed in the 21st century dance world?...

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Progressing Ballet Technique: Beverley Bagg gives us an Introduction.

~ Interview by Ben Waters, Marketing Assistant at Ballegro Player, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program

This week we had the pleasure to learn a little bit more about PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) with Beverley Bagg. PBT is a modern trend in the Dance World that progressively trains the muscle memory required to develop a strong Ballet Technique. 

This program was created by Marie Walton-Mahon, with the objective to develop a further Ballet Technique in her students and having them achieve their absolutely best. She began developing this technique through her 10-year-old students using stability balls. After 3 months, she noticed that the students were much more aware of their weight-placement, alignment, and posture; This inspired Marie to experiment more, and surely enough PBT became a world phenomena. Beverley Bagg is one of the pioneers of this technique in Canada, and we are incredibly excited to feature her in our blog today.


Beverley is an...

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Ballet Teachers, how well can you relate to these struggles with Music?

dance tips Jan 23, 2019

If you’re a ballet teacher, you’ve definitely been in this situation; your students are ready at the barre, and an awkward silence looms over the room as you desperately search for a song that fits the exercise. Even if you eventually find a proper song, your students have already lost their focus and the class is heading in a boring and unproductive direction. This is just one of the many nightmares a ballet teacher faces daily.

Ballet teachers usually share the same goal. We want a smooth, productive class, and we want our students to leave the room a better dancer than before they entered. If a student loses their focus during class, any chance of improvement goes out the window. When a teacher is constantly playing with the stereo, it’s impossible for a dancer to keep focused, and as teachers we feel like we haven’t done a proper job because we were too preoccupied with the music. Often times, even thirty short seconds of fiddling with your music is...

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How to Come Back STRONG After a Break from Dance

dance tips Jan 15, 2019

If you're like most dancers, you've probably just spent your winter break relaxing, eating, and binge-watching your favourite shows. This is nothing to feel bad about! Sometimes a healthy break is just what your dancing needs. However, getting back into dance after a break can be overwhelming, especially if you jump in too quickly. Here are a few stress-relieving tips for dancers to come back STRONG after a break, so you can be back at your best as soon as possible. 


Pre-Class Warmup

Getting back to dance can be a very exciting time, and many dancers want to go all-out right off the bat. It's important to slow down and tune in with your body, which means doing a proper self-warmup before class.

  • Make sure your hip joints and feet feel open and mobile. This will keep your quads and rotators from overworking, and also takes a lot of pressure off of your knees.
  • Take a muscle roller or tennis ball to your tight muscles, especially in your lower back and upper legs. Lay your tight...
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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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