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Music in “Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear” by Stephen Manes

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I bought Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear when it first came out in 2011: I didn’t particularly want to read it (because I spend enough time in this world at work) but I couldn’t ignore it as a kind of ethnography … 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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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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Christmas carols for ballet class: free downloads

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Christmas carols for ballet class: get ready for advent It’s that time of year again: a few years ago, as an “advent calendar” I uploaded a free ballet-class version of a Christmas carol every day for advent. As it’s getting … Continue reading

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Tia DeNora, affordances, and more on the lyrical waltz

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In a previous post about the so-called “lyrical waltz” (a term sometimes used by some ballet teachers) I took a long time to come to the conclusion that perhaps “lyrical” in this instance is not so much a quality of … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #54 (Red Joker): Odalisques from Le Corsaire

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Download Odalisques piano score (free PDF) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards It’s that time of year again, ballet summer schools season, when teachers are supposed to tell you in advance what they are going to do in … Continue reading

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