By Karen MacIver
Hello and Happy 2016 to everyone. I have a wonderful guest blogger with me for a few days and thought you might like to hear her insight as a dancer and teacher in Dallas, Texas. Bethany Leger is host to a great website http://BalletForAdults.co/
Music and Movement: 3 Tips For Ballet Dancers
Music plays a significant role in the life of a dancer. Without it, dance would be reduced to mime. Classical ballet in particular incorporates some of the most beautiful music in the world, melodies that allow the dancer to express themselves and the movement in a way that no other dance form can. With the advent of social media and technology, it can be difficult for younger generations to develop a relationship with the more traditional, classical realm. Consider three tips dancers of all ages and abilities can use to better connect with the music they hear in class.
1. Attend class with live music, if possible.
There is nothing like live piano accompaniment in ballet class. Granted, not all schools have the budget to provide live music, and in these cases, recorded music works fine. It is not uncommon for teachers to house full-blown entertainment centers with complicated knobs, multiple disc changers, and now, iPod docks. If you’re able to attend a class with live accompaniment, by all means, trade the boom box for a pianist. The clear melodies and concise tempos add an interactive, more professional dimension to class. Not to mention, the teacher doesn’t have to mess with remote controls, or worse, interrupt class by walking back and forth to the CD player. Giving a professional the task of managing the music allows the teacher to perform their job more efficiently, and exposes students to the skills of a live pianist.