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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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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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All You Need To Know About Musicality

education music Feb 26, 2018

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?

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What's New in Ballegro Library

music news Sep 13, 2017

With our official iOS app release, the Ballegro Team is welcoming everyone back to school for another exciting year of dancing! Working over the entire summer, we also have the next four months of music recorded. As we understand that music diversity from various artists will truly serve our members best, we are working on the possibility of including recordings from some of the best ballet pianists in our music library starting 2018!

Zez Confrey (1895-1971): Kitten on the Keys (1921) - 8X4 | 8X8 | 8X16 | 8X32

Genre: Jazz | Rhythm: Ragtime (2/4, 4/4) | Exercises: Tendus (Fast), Dégagés (Fast), Tendus (Centre)

Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey was an American composer and performer of novelty piano and jazz music. His most noted works were "Kitten on the Keys" and "Dizzy Fingers." (both are in the library).  This music has a distinctive upbeat (1-AND-2-AND) and is great for tendus accenting OUT.

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