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A year of ballet playing cards #6 (S6): A barcarole for port de bras

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This romance from Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers is great for an adage or port de bras, perhaps Continue reading

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Music, time and politics in the ballet studio

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Just published online, my chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Time in Music, “The politics of musical time in the everyday life of ballet dancers.” Continue reading

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Kostrovitskaya’s career as a plasterer

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In these days when artists are insulted by the idea of having to retrain as something else, let’s take a moment to remember Vera Kostrovitskaya, famous pedagogue—and plasterer, restorer of Leningrad after World War 2. Continue reading

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Pianos and violins in the ballet class

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When did the piano replace the violin in the ballet class in the Imperial Theatre schools? Galina Bezuglaya has some interesting answers. 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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Can’t tell a waltz from a tango? I have just the song for you

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“I can’t tell a waltz from a tango” would be a great title for a ballet-related music course, though in all honesty, “I can’t tell a kujawiak from a redowa” would be more apposite. Songs that reference what might be … Continue reading

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