~ 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.
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...
~ 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...
"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...
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!
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...