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Blog 57: Is a natural creative the best teacher?

May 11, 2023

A pianist's simple observations from years of accompanying ballet!

After all the years of ballet class accompanying, one of my favourite classes is still when students are asked to be creative. The tangible fear or pure ecstasy that I see in their faces when the demand for creativity is given to them is striking!You know what I'm talking about right?!

Whether it's creative movement to something I'm making up (often younger dancers) OR creating exercises for a student led barre, I love watching dancers be...

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Blog 55: How to Keep Class Musically Interesting When You're Burnt Out

Apr 17, 2022

Keeping ballet class fresh and exciting..

especially when it's late spring and your energy has been drained by shows, competitions, exams, and the 'vid with zoom time, is brutal.

You know I'm right! I'm feeling the burnout too; TONS of extra rehearsals, extra work, and extra busyness. I LOVE what I do but wow..these are busy times! Spring is the 'Christmas' of our industry. lol.

In March I sent out an email asking for my subscribers to hit REPLY and tell me some of the ways THEY keep ballet class and...

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#18: Embrace the B-

Mar 21, 2020

So, here's the thing about us, you and I, we are perfectionists, A+ work, always! That's one of the reasons we do what we do.. we love precision and articulate work that is nearly perfect. If we can't do it well (think A+), then we don't really want to do it at all.

Unfortunately, in times like these, where many of you are teaching behind a camera or an Iphone, or you're at least considering it, that drive and passion for perfection and excellence is holding you back from your awesome!  Your...

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