Category Archives: Playing for ballet class

Posts about the work of ballet pianists—including stuff that might not seem immediately related (like historical dance, character, musicology, and so on)

Tamara Karsavina on music

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In “Theatre Street,” Karsavina makes several references to the soundworld of her dance training and rehearsal. Here is a collection of them. Continue reading

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Appeal for help: cover songs on ballet albums, and classes on YouTube

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How does monetizing ballet classes online work, for dancers and musicians? I want to know! Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #39 (KC): “Spanish waltz” medley

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What is a Spanish waltz? Is there such a thing? No, but here is one all the same, in case you’re asked. Continue reading

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Ballet Piano Podcast transcript now available

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Want to learn about playing for class in a fun, chatty podcast of experts? Read on to find out where. Continue reading

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Nureyev’s Siegfried solo in the White Swan pas de deux

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Maybe I’ve just led a sheltered ballet life, but after 30+ years of playing for more rehearsals and casts of the white swan pas de deux from Swan Lake Act II than I can remember, I was astounded the other day … Continue reading

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Everyday life as a ballet pianist: a cartoon by Marlene Spiers

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What not to say to ballet pianists: a cartoon from 1990 captures the moment perfectly! Continue reading

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