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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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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

 

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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