Tag Archives: Dance

“. . . And she done the fandango all over the place”

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I’ve just found another beautiful piece of dance research. Beauty might be an odd adjective to use, but there is something deeply attractive about the careful observation, and attention to  social and musical details in this particular study. It resonates … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #35: A mazurka by Hubay

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Download piano score of Hubay’s mazurka (free pdf)  Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards Slow, mazurka-like exercises from the corner for multiple pirouettes are a staple of all the company classes I play for, and if you haven’t got the … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #53 (Black Joker): Reel from La Sylphide

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There’s nothing like the reel from La Sylphide to perk up little jumps in a ballet class. Here’s the piano score, nicely typeset. Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #22: A schmaltzy waltz by Kéler (9h)

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  Download the waltz by Kéler in piano score (free pdf) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards Elastic or expressive timing is a feature of music in ballet classes that I’m rather nostalgic for. When I meet teachers who … Continue reading

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Musicology, ballet teaching and time signature

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A proud day for me, my first proper article published in Empirical Musicology Review. “How Down is a Downbeat? Feeling Meter and Gravity in Music and Dance?” came out of a single teaching session, when about 12 years of trying to teach about … Continue reading

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A year of playing cards #19: A medley of (double) jigs (6h)

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Download the score of the double jig medley  (free pdf) (free pdf) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards I’m a few weeks behind, not least because it’s that time of year when everyone has a show, or is preparing … Continue reading

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