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Blog #51 Music Through the Ages: Can I use any music with my dancers?

Oct 28, 2021

Classical Music and Circle K

Did you know that convenience stores often play classical music outside their entrance to discourage people from hanging around? Why? Why do you think classical music would have that kind of power?

I would speculate that the layers of rhythm, harmonies, structure, etc in classical music is just too much information for untrained (music-wise) minds to really appreciate; it's noise rather than music to them. They would likely simply say they don't like it, but my guess is that...

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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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