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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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How To: Play Music That Goes Under Your Skin

education music Apr 02, 2018
 

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!

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Tips on Your Relationship with Dance and Music.

education music Mar 22, 2018
 

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...

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