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...
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!
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