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Blog #38: Training Musicality in Mature Dancers

Jan 23, 2021

I have a question to put to you..

Is it possible to train a professional dancer or prima ballerina, or is that something you born with?

I do think it’s easier for someone who is instinctively musical and naturally intuitive as a performer to reach that kind of status on the stage but, with the right training and support, I think it's quite possible for the most unlikely of young dancers to make it on the stage!

As a ballet teacher, you have incredible potential to impact the future potential of...

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#11: Spanish, Viennese and Grand.. Waltzes Part 1

Dec 30, 2019

If you are a ballet teacher, you use waltzes ALL THE TIME! Whether you select them yourself for an unset class or it's set in the syllabus that you use! A waltz for your pointe class warm up, another for slow tendus, perhaps one for rond de jambes and yet another for grand battement/cloches. You've already used 4 waltzes and you're not even into centre practice yet! If you teach unset ballet classes on a regular basis, you've got your favourite recordings for each of those exercises, however, the...

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#8: Thoughts on Gavottes

Nov 21, 2019

Those of you teachers who get to teach the infamous pas de bourree step are likely to be familiar with, at least partially, the traditional dance music called the gavotte.. if not, today is your lucky day! Read on if you're curious.. 

The gavotte is thought to originate from the peasants living in the French Alps (the gavots) and was considered the kissing dance of these French peasant people from the province of Dauphiné. It was most popular in the courts during the 17 and 18th...

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