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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #20: Too much attention

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As a pianist in a ballet class, being ignored feels awkward—but too much attention is even worse. Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #15: Tempo

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One way or  another, tempo is at the heart of most of the anxieties in this advent calendar. Playing for ballet is like driving on a busy motorway in torrential rain: there is no such thing as the right speed … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #8: The dreaded slow mazurka pirouette

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The moment I see a teacher marking a pirouette that has a massive, sweeping balancé in it, I know there’s trouble ahead. Like the dreaded 2/4 sissonne of yesterday’s post, the slow mazurka pirouette is one of those ballet exercises that makes … Continue reading

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Black Friday – Christmas Carols for Class, Free Download (all 26 tracks)

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For last year’s Advent Calendar, I did 26 sketches of Christmas Carols for class. I’d love to make the album properly one day, but in the meantime, if you would like to use any of these for class, please be … Continue reading

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