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Madge Gillings and Mrs Bagot Stack on record

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The Women’s League of Health and Beauty Exercises—music from the early 1930s, and a beautiful documentary, all online. Continue reading

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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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“Ballerinas in the church hall”—Virginia Taylor’s thesis online

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Joyce Kilmer thought she would never see a poem as lovely as a tree; well, I’m pretty sure I will never see a thesis as lovely as Virginia Taylor’s  “Ballerinas in the church hall: Ideologies of femininity, ballet and dancing … Continue reading

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Judith Espinosa, the fishermen’s wives and the waltz

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As allegro was about to begin during a ballet class yesterday, I started to smirk thinking about something I’d read in Derek Parker’s fascinating book, The First 75 Years of the Academy, a brief history of the Royal Academy of Dance … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s hairpins

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The secret life of hairpins In The Secret Life of Musical Notation, Roberto Poli examines a number of notational conventions—hairpins, sforzandi, rinforzandi, pedals, stretti and rhythmic values—that have perplexed him as a performer, and led him to investigate the possibility … Continue reading

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Ballet pianists on film

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Film clips of ballet pianists playing for class are so rare. There are films (such as the World Ballet Day online classes) where pianists play for a class that is being broadcast, but that is quite a different thing. The … Continue reading

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