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Advent calendar 2012: playing for ballet classes


It’s that time of year again when I try to blog for 25 days in a row for Advent, on something to do with dance and music.  This year it’s going to be tips for playing for ballet classes. I once did something called ‘100 tips for working with ballet pianists’, but I’ve never done one the other way round (which is odd, considering I probably know more about being a ballet pianist than working with one).

It’s a very personal perspective I offer here. I don’t think there is a way to play for class that fits every company. I don’t think there’s one ‘thing’ called ballet, or a technique for playing for class that you can pick up and take anywhere. I also think that it’s got very little to do with music, and a lot to do with getting on and working with others.  Nobody needs a difficult pianist, however well they can play Chopin.