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Blog #43: Petit Allegro: 2/4, 6/8, 9/8 and Beyond!

May 24, 2021

Petit Allegro.. A joy. A pain. Dreaded. Loved. Hard. Easy!

"It's just jumping"

"Why can't they be on the music?"

"I'm so sick of using a 2/4 for sautes"

"What else can I use?"

So, when it comes to petit allegro, you usually have 2 purposes. 1) Warm up their achilles and 2) wake up your students' brains and feet!

Generally warm up allegro should be a combination of plies, rises and actual sautes. With that in mind.. what kind of music works for that? What kind of music supports your various saute...

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#16: My mind was blown! (How have I never stumbled upon this before??!)

Feb 25, 2020
 

I had an epiphany recently.. I was playing a class for a teacher who asked me for a mazurka. They then proceeded to mark and count a 3 with the lilt of a mazurka, but on every beat.. like a polka mazurka.. plus a little slower, like a polka mazurka.. THEN, as I was playing the perfect piece of music for the exercise, a polka mazurka, I was struck by sections within it that had groupings of 3 eighth notes (a triplet) on a beat and my mind exploded.. not literally, but almost! 

Mazurka: Quicker,...

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