With a creepy witch cackle, many black cat hisses, haunted house visits, and bellies filled with candy, we say R.I.P. to Halloween 2019.
No need to fret though! Winter festivities are about to begin!
December is just around the corner, and in homes, stores, workplaces, and, of course, dance studios around the world, it will begin to look a lot like Christmas!
Re-downloading your favorite Christmas ballet tunes can make you lose the holiday spirit, so we have a better idea!
With the magical accompanist Emanuele Lucchisani behind the piano, Ballegro has created the perfect playlist to get you in a festive mood! With Tendu exercises to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Grands Battements to Winter Wonderland, and Allegro to Let it Snow, you will be jolly and enjoying the Christmas cheer in no time.
November is often the time of...
What is the only thing more thrilling than landing a triple pirouette on the left with pure ease and grace? Doing it while being accompanied by the “Happiest Playlist on Earth!” Yes, I am saying there is a full ballet playlist filled with every possible Disney sing-along you can think of! :)
I have been thinking a lot lately about how much the artistry and passion of the ballet accompanist is transmitted to the dancers and teacher of the class. I become completely inspired when I am able to connect with and really FEEL the soul of the accompanist. Another added bonus? When you are able to sing along to the songs being played! This allows me to take my mind off of my hyper-analytical brain and enjoy, smile, dance, and BREATHE!
This is why we at Ballegro have collaborated with Emanuele Lucchisani to offer...
We're delighted to welcome the latest addition to the Ballegro Music Library, the young and talented jazz pianist, composer and ballet arranger Emanuele Lucchisani. You will love his creative arrangements of some of the most well-known tunes, guaranteed to lift up your ballet class with his sensitive, musical and virtuosic playing.
I met Emanuele in person in Vancouver during his cross-Canada trip in 2018. I was the Company Pianist at Ballet BC when Emanuele contacted us and arranged to play for a class as his audition. I was immediately mesmerized by his musicality and sensitivity right from the beginning of class with the Warm-up and the Pliés. He didn’t follow any sheet music that would block him from the dancers; he...
This month we released a final album by Søren Bebe, a formidable pianist who is one of the shining lights of jazz and contemporary music both in his home of Copenhagen and across Europe. Søren has mostly written for his own projects but has also been commissioned to write work for the Danish theatre "Team Teateret," as well as a large piece for the National Gallery of Denmark. In 2012, Søren Bebe even received a grant from the Danish Arts Council.
He has recorded 4 albums for the ballet class, and all of them are now available in our curated Ballegro Music Library!
If you have missed our blogs on these 3 earlier releases of Søren's albums, you can access all these blogs here:
Søren Bebe - Music for Ballet Class...
Many of you probably know that Ballegro is a streaming music app specifically designed to help dancers and teachers practice anywhere, at anytime, and at any tempo! Ballegro Player works as hard and as well as a live pianist and allows you to modify the tempo of any song to optimize your teaching and practice experience. You can also search for music by exercise, length, rhythm, and genre, making it that much easier. You can upload your own music collection or if you are looking for something new, take advantage of our curated music library.
Because it was created by an ACTUAL ballet pianist, the Ballegro Player is the most effective and efficient music app designed for dance EVER!!!!!!
Whether you have downloaded the app or not (and we recommend that you do), what you...
“Bebe certainly belongs to the tradition of lyrical pianists that goes from Erroll Garner and Bill Evans through Keith Jarrett. What Bebe adds to the lyrical tradition of the piano is a sense of folk-like simplicity, with mourning melodies blossoming like shy night-flowers”
~ US jazz journal, All About Jazz ~
This month we bring you Søren Bebe, a formidable pianist who is one of the shining lights of jazz and contemporary music both in his home of Copenhagen and across Europe.
Among Søren's primary influences as a musician are pianists Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Aaron Parks. He also finds inspiration in the work of non-pianists such as Kenny Wheeler. Although taking note of other musicians' work, Søren's delicate touch on the piano and as a composer is all his own.
Our July 2019 Album Release
Music For Ballet & Contemporary Classes
(OBS 2 CD's - 35 tracks)
Allan Nielsen was educated at the Royal Danish Ballet School in...
Voted Best Dance Studio in Vancouver, Canada
Established in 1985 by original partners Pamela Quick-Rosa and Danielle Clifford, Harbour Dance Centre has evolved from a humble basement studio in a home in North Vancouver into one of the major hubs of Vancouver's dance scene, voted the Best Dance Studio in Vancouver by The Georgia Straight for numerous years. Danielle still to this day teaches with the energy of a child. Her words of wisdom brighten everyone’s day as soon as she walks in. “Life is beautiful. Ballet is beautiful.'' If you ever get to meet these ladies, you’ll see why it is a labour of love.
Danielle toured throughout Europe as a principal dancer with the Grand Theatre de Nancy and as a soloist with the Nice Opera during the 50's and 60's. Shortly after immigrating to Canada in 1970, she opened the Ballet Studio in North Vancouver. Over the past ten years, Danielle has worked as ballet mistress at Anna Wyman Dance Company, completed the teacher...
Ballegro has reached the robusto Version 3.0. Over the past 2 years we have researched, developed and tested the beta versions until we finally reached our masterpiece stage. This new, and most robust in features, version is finally out in the world and we are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished.
Ballegro Player is music streaming app that recreates the experience of having a Live Pianist. It features an ever-expanding Ballet Music Library with a unique Music Player; it lets you adjust the tempo and helps dance teachers or any dancer to practice in the tempo that they need. Moreover, you can upload your own music, and play your personal music collection while accessing all the Ballegro features. Our Smart Virtual Ballet Pianist helps dancers find their ideal music for practice by exercises, by lengths, by rhythms, by genres, by pianists and by PDB endtag options. It is a creation and experience, that models after how a ballet pianist thinks, by...
~ Written by Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Outreach Coordinator at Ballegro, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program; and Lucas Batista, Marketing Associate at Ballegro.
Having just recently launched Version 3 of our app on our website, one of our most important tasks lately has been to share Ballegro with the world! AND with dance competition season heading into full swing, what better way to do this than to get involved with these festivals! We have contacted many competitions that tour across Canada in order to reach out and let our dance audiences know that we are here to help them out!
Ballegro Player is music streaming app that recreates the experience of having a Live Pianist. It features an ever-expanding Ballet Music Library with a unique Music Player; it lets you adjust the tempo and helps dance teachers or any dancer to practice in the tempo that they need. Moreover, you can upload your own music, and play your personal music...
~ Written by Lucas Batista, Marketing Associate at Ballegro Player.
We are thrilled to announce that our Ballegro has reached the robusto Version 3.0. Over the past 2 years we have researched, developed and tested the beta versions until we finally reached our masterpiece stage. This new, and most robust in features, version is finally out in the world and we are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished.
Yawen, our Founder, has been a dance pianist for over 20 years. She has worked with major ballet companies and schools across Canada such as Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Harbour Dance Centre, École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Danse à la Carte and Les Studios at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. She recognized the needs of the ballet teachers, and the challenges of not always having a ballet pianist on demand. To bridge the gap, Yawen created Ballegro - Your...