"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...
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.
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...
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....
I've got you under my skin
I've got you deep in the heart of me
So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me
I've got you under my skin
"I've Got You Under My Skin" is an oldie made famous by the legendary Frank Sinatra around 1956.
Today we'd like to talk about How To: Play Music That Goes Under Your Skin that can help you move better, more musical. There are so many new innovative possibilities that we call music especially in this contemporary era, but in the context of ballet, we just need to know but 3 basic elements. There are 3 distinct music elements in ballet music: rhythm, melody, texture (harmony/fills, etc.).
As a pianist playing for dancers, your job is to be the one man orchestra with your 10 fingers, fuelling your dancers with motivating rhythm, guiding them with a clear melody, and inspiring them with uplifting sparks!
The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the flowers are sprouting — spring is finally here, and along with it, Easter. Easter is popular with young and old. The little ones finally have holidays and a reason to eat tons of chocolate, and for the big ones, there are at least a few well-deserved holidays on the long Easter weekend. But one thing that is memorable for all is the hunt for the colorful Easter eggs.
Easter egg hunts are so much fun to organize, so today we’ve put together some tips for organizing a very special, ballet-themed Easter egg hunt for all the little ballerina bunnies in your family and life. Let’s get cracking, ballet PEEPS!
All you need for your ballet-themed Easter egg hunt is a bit of pre-planning, colorful, ballet-inspired eggs and free printable Easter egg hunt signs. After that, you have to come up with your own ballet-themed Easter egg hunt clues and hide them in every corner in your...
Movement to music is innate and unquestioned. The actual and possible relationships between music and dance are multifarious.
Dance does not require music, as movement can be expressed in silence or with a simple and abstract sound design. But — especially in ballet — choreography, dance, and music work together. Therefore, music can play a huge role in dance.
“Music is audible movement. Dance is kinesthetic music.”
In this episode, we will talk about your awareness of music and which three kinds of relationship with music exist. Take a moment to examine where you are in this relationship, whether you are a dancer or a musician. Being aware is the first step.
Awareness begins with knowing about all the possibilities that the music gives you and using that to apply changes to your dancing or playing. We all have musicality, and it is up...
You downloaded the Ballegro player, and now you are all excited to finally get going?
Well, to make it even easier, we have some tips to get you started on the right foot.
So, first of all, open up the app and enter your login information.
Submit and in we go, into the world of Ballegro.
Once you’re in the app, you’ll want to start the music, but perhaps do not know which music you want for your ballet training or exercise? Simply ask the maestro (smart search) by clicking on the icon shown below, and filter what you are searching for. That way, you can find the perfect song in just seconds!
Haven’t found what you were looking for? You can easily upload your own music and create your own playlist. Go into the design your playlist section, and click on own songs. It will take you to the manage songs screen and lets you upload up to 100 songs from your device. Currently, your music can only be uploaded into Ballegro from a desktop/laptop computer. Follow these steps to...
We all have it — musicality. We get born with it and naturally sway, bounce and dance when we hear the music. Children just ‘feel’ the music. But what exactly is musicality?
It is how ballet dancers, or dancers in general, move and express themselves to music. It is the ability of the dancer to become one with the music and interpret what they hear. You have to understand the technical side of the music played but also dig inside of it in order to feel it.
“Musicality is understanding music on a technical level, and then dropping all of that knowledge so you can sit deep inside the music,” says choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance regular Wade Robson. “It’s dancing inside the music, as opposed to floating on top of it.”
Musicality can be demonstrated in several ways — what sounds do you decide to dance to, what do you want to highlight in the music and which mood do you want to create with what you hear?
Can you learn...
If you’ve ever watched a ballet or seen it on TV, you would agree that there is almost no other performance form that is so technical yet stunningly graceful at the same time. Ballet is so rich in history and forms the basis of many other dance forms, including jazz, contemporary, modern.
While ballet, or dance in general, can seem daunting for many people who have never tried it before, it can be a really fun way to improve multiple aspects of your life.
Here are Ballegro’s 5 reasons you should try ballet today-
Create body awareness
The technical structure of ballet classes allows you to explore the movements of your own body and better understand your strengths and weaknesses. Spatial and kinesthetic awareness is something that can be improved with practice.
Improve and gain excellent posture
Ballet dancers are known for their gracefulness, much of it due to their great posture which is an important component of the practice. After enough training, this is one attribute...
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