Posts Tagged ‘ballet’

FYI | Indianapolis School Goes Pro

New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine famously said, “But first, a school.” Those words have served as inspiration and advice for Victoria Lyras, who founded the Indianapolis School of Ballet in 2006 and this year is taking the final steps toward founding Indianapolis Ballet, a professional ballet company. Lyras, a former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Themes and Variations

To keep your students engaged in ballet class, try varying how you present the material. I use theme months and theme days with my intermediate and advanced levels to focus and add fun to class lessons.   Theme months No-Barre November: Have students do their regular ballet barre in center. Ask them to notice how…

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Tips for Ballet Teachers | “Music Is the Boss” and Ballet Knees

by David Arce Tip 1 Young dancers often don’t follow the music’s tempo during an exercise. This is usually either because they can’t perform the steps at that tempo, or because they are speeding ahead of the music. In either scenario, it’s helpful to say or sing the steps on the music. I also have…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | Maiko

Onscreen, on the page, and online Maiko: Dancing Child directed by Ase Svenheim Drivenes Maiko Nishino, whose first name can be translated as “dancing child,” was destined to be a dancer. As this 2015 documentary recounts, Nishino’s mother sold the family’s house and car in order to send the 14-year-old to the most prestigious dance…

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July 2017 | FYI | Ballet Dancer Creates No-Judgment Company

Ballet Dancer Creates No-Judgment Company Professional dancer Briana Selstad Bosch was fed up with her friends and colleagues being made to feel that they didn’t measure up to ballet’s established physical aesthetic, so she recently founded a company where everyone fits. Ballet5280—named for the elevation of her company’s Denver, Colorado hometown—presented its first concert performance…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | The Nutcracker

Onscreen, on the page, and online The Nutcracker produced by New York City Ballet and illustrated by Valeria Docampo Ballet and picture book lovers, rejoice! New York City Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a 2016 children’s book featuring the beloved story, which is told for the first time using George Balanchine’s quintessential production as inspiration. The…

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July 2017 | Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Sound Effects

Ideas and advice from our readers Classroom Connection: Sound Effects A few years back I had a student with beautifully clear technique, particularly in petit allegro. Yet beyond technique, her dancing lacked artistic touches, such as expression, dynamics, and color. After toying with some tactics to help her add nuance to her dancing, I landed…

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May-June 2017 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
-Celebrating Blacks in Ballet
-Training Tomorrow’s Accompanists
-Study Focuses on the Art of Attracting Audiences
-Postmodern Groundbreaker Trisha Brown Dies

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March-April 2017 | Moving Images

Videos of note (new and not)
1. Dancing Dreams
2. Ghostlight
3. Alonzo King Lines Ballet: Triangle of the Squinches, Scheherazade, Dust and Light
4. The Royal Ballet: Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée

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February 2017 | 2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Ballets Russes: Polovtsian Dances and Scheherazade

by Nina Pinzarrone

Tip 1: In the 1950s, composer-lyricists Robert Wright and George Forrest adapted many of these pieces for their musical Kismet; for example, the lilting 4/4 “Gliding Dance of the Maidens” became “Stranger in Paradise.” I like to use this piece for a barre or center fondu, stretch, port de bras, or adagio, or for a lilting women’s dance in character class.

Tip 2: For Scheherazade, Fokine used Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, op. 35—an 1888 suite based on stories from The Arabian Nights. This suite contains wonderful material for creative movement and character classes.

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February 2017 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | B-Plus and Gut Check

by David Arce

Tip 1: Remind students to take their time moving into B-plus, making sure to plié generously and present a fully turned-out heel before straightening the standing leg.

Tip 2: The circular port de bras, toward and away from the barre, is important for all students to practice, as it develops strength, flexibility, and musicality.

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February 2017 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
-NDEO President Thom Cobb Remembered
-Ballet Companies’ Seasonal Spirit Saves Nutcracker
-Liz Lerman Recognized With ADF Educator Award
-American Tap Company Triumphs Over Travel Woes

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January 2017 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
– New Orleans Youth Dance for Social Change
– Chicago Program Supports Dancemakers
– An Inspired Arrangement
– State of Dance in NYC Worrisome

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January 2017 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1.Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations
2.Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin
3.José! Born to Dance
4.Swing Time

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January 2017 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Height and Control in Grand Jeté

by David Arce

Tip 1
The grand jeté is one of ballet’s most rewarding steps, for both the audience and the dancer. The ability to propel oneself from one foot into the air, reach a perfect split, then land on the other foot, all while showing grace and ease in the upper body, is a hallmark of excellent ballet technique.

Tip 2
Don’t overlook the grand jeté’s landing; in terms of student safety, it is the step’s most important aspect. Properly turned out placement of the standing leg is a must, as any turning in puts extra stress on the knee’s tendons.

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December 2016 | EditorSpeak

“Artistry: Mystery vs Transparency” by Cheryl A. Ossola: Frederick Wiseman’s 1995 film Ballet is a unique perspective on the lives of artists, and in remembering it, I thought about the conversations teachers might have with students—conversations about artistry, how we perceive it, and what enhances or impairs those perceptions.

“Never Stop Dancing” by Tamsin Nutter: The hours I spend sitting at a desk make me feel creaky; a recent “big birthday” turned my thoughts to using my life stages wisely and well. Perhaps that’s why Keep Dancing, a lovely 2010 film portrait of then-90-year-old dance icons Marge Champion and Donald Saddler, has been on my mind.

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December 2016 | Ballet Scene | Crossing Boundaries

by Heather Wisner

When My-Linh Le watches turfers at work, she sees the grace, fluidity, and balance of ballet—no small feat, considering that turfers often perform their style of street dance aboard San Francisco Bay Area BART trains, busking for donations in cramped and unsteady spaces. “Turfers tend to get [up] on their toes,” she says, “and they like to do spins.”

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December 2016 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Two Rules for Male Partners

by David Arce

Tip 1 In partnering classes, the first thing I tell male students is that their most important job is to make their partners look good. Only after their partners are comfortable and balanced should male dancers consider their own poses.

Tip 2 I tell male students to keep their hands low on their partners’ hips—the lower the better.

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December 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Utah

The University of Utah School of Dance, in Salt Lake City, offers separate degree programs in ballet and modern dance and attracts students from across the world. While honoring the legacies of these two dance forms, which the University began offering more than 60 years ago, the school maintains an environment of open inquiry that encourages questioning, risk-taking, and sensitivity.

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November 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. Flora and the Peacocks
2. Dan’s Adventure: Ballet Hero Fantasy, vol. 1
3. Ballerina Gets Ready
4. Numbers on the Move: 1 2 3 Dance and Count With Me

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November 2016 | Moving Images

Videos of note (new and not)
1.BrainDance
2.The Children’s Hour of Power: “Getting ‘It’ Right From the Start,” Series I (Ages 3–5)
3.Tales of Beatrix Potter
4.Enter the Faun

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