~ 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?...
~ 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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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/
We are looking for a creative individual who...
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...
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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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 Centre, what 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...
"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...