Generally in ballet class a pianist plays the classical music.
Traditional improvisation in I-IV-V-I, adding II - IV, a small modulation - and
the masterpiece is ready! Moreover, somewhere I had read that music should not
cause unnecessary association in dancers . Ah, there was a motive Giselle! - and
ballerina envision herself as a mermaid in a moonlight…
Some cool ballet class lesson images: Image from page 216 of “The Ladies’ home journal” (1889) Image by Internet Archive Book Images Identifier: ladieshomejourna65janwyet Title: The Ladies’ home journal Year: 1889 (1880s) Authors: Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers), 1882-1945 Subjects: Women’s periodicals Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive Publisher: Philadelphia : [s.n.] Contributing Library: Internet Archive […]
King & Queen Competition Carnaval San Francisco Ever since he could crawl, Emmanuel has been moving to whichever music has been playing in the background. He began taking dance classes in middle school (Ballet and Modern) and continued to perform with various dance groups throughout college. He is a certified Zumba instructor, and for the […]
The Ten-Minute Ballet Break Play the DVD in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction. ABOUT THE TEACHER: Finis Jhung performed with the San Francisco, Robert Joffrey, and Harkness ballets, on Broadway, and in film, before founding his own Chamber Ballet U.S.A. Today he is […]
Building Ballet Technique, Teaching Pointe: Pre-Pointe to Advanced Levels & Repertoire Classes (Volume 4) This is volume four in the successful series of books on ballet pedagogy (Building Ballet Technique), with the emphasis here on the specialized field of teaching pointe technique. It explores every aspect and level, including Pre-Pointe, Beginning Pointe, Intermediate and Advanced, […]
by 3dom The Music Gallery: Can Music Ever Be Valued As Fine Art? Introduction: The Highest Art Auction in History Recently a Christie’s art sale became the highest auction in history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others and in total generated $ 495 million. The sale established […]
by Internet Archive Book Images Ballet Bar – What Other People Are Not Telling You About This Equipment The ballet bar is also referred to as barre. This term denotes the handrail used by ballet learners and dancers for warm-up exercises. The term has also come to denote the warm up exercises themselves. In some […]
Going Back to Ballet Classes – Join the Adult Ballet Dancers! The most fun part of reading all the blogs/sites that I can find on the internet is that – WOW – I find blogs for example, written by a young adult returning to ballet classes and ending up going to The National Ballet School […]
The Flytown Ballet Company presents five new ballets each season. All patrons
are looking forward to their next production. It is an original ballet written,
scored, choreographed and starring Prima Ballerina, Ms. Juanita Juanabee. It is
entitled "Orpheus in Denny's".
When people talk about the "The Nutcracker" ballet, the person they generally associate
it with is Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In fact, a couple of writers and choreographers also
contributed to the piece that debuted in 1892 in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, in the United States, George Balanchine'schoreography made "The Nutcracker" the Christmas
tradition it is today.
Of the performing arts, ballet is second to none as a team effort. In Forest Hills Fine Arts Center this weekend,
Grand Rapids Ballet Company will premiere the latest work by artistic director Gordon Peirce Schmidt.
But the creation of "Tatyana" really is the work of two Schmidts.
Schmidt's principal collaborator is his brother, pianist Kimberly Schmidt, who will accompany the
performance, playing music by Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Liszt.
"Tatyana" is based on the novel "Eugene Onegin" by Russian author Alexandr Pushkin, a story
that became the basis for a successful opera by Tchaikovsky.
The Schmidt brothers' ballet, however, uses nothing of Tchaikovsky's music.
"We purposely wanted to stay away from that," Kimberly Schmidt said. "The Tchaikovsky is great, but
we felt we'd go in another direction."
In Pushkin's story, Onegin spurns the affections of a young woman, Tatyana, only to fall in love with her later
and be rejected by her. "They change their attitudes. They flip-flop," Gordon Peirce Schmidt said.
The ballet stars Gaiane and Akop Akopian as Tatyana and Eugene Onegin. Kateryna Derechyna portrays Tatyana's
sister, Olga, and Nicholas Schultz dances the role of Onegin's friend Lensky, who is engaged to Olga.
Stephen Sanford plays Prince Gremin, Onegin's cousin, who becomes Tatyana's husband after Onegin rejects her.
"This is not epic-scale, ballet storytelling," Gordon Peirce Schmidt said. "But it's pretty clear
who's with whom and why."
The brothers spent months going through "piles and piles of music," as Kimberly Schmidt put it, to match
the story, the characters and the special talents of the company's dancers, to create "Tatyana."
"This is all music I love deeply and that Gordon feels strongly about," he said.
As a youngster, Kimberly Schmidt studied dance until he fractured a collarbone while playing outside. While he was
recovering, his dance teacher closed her studio, and he never returned to dancing.
"I never was an accomplished dancer," he said with a laugh.
Gordon Peirce Schmidt, who became the first American dancer to receive a full-time contract with the Vienna State Opera
Ballet in Austria, played violin as a child, though he eventually gave it up. "I just moved on," he said.
Though he has been affiliated with GRBC since 1998, his professional relationship with his brother goes back even farther.
"We've worked together at least 20 years," Kimberly Schmidt said.
Pushkin's 19th century story will be told to 19th century music, all performed by Kimberly Schmidt at the piano onstage.
"In that sense, the piano will be part of the action," he said.
Again I'm worked with remarkable balletmaster. This time with Alex Pereda
from Cuba. The temperament with which it gave ballet class, has not left
indifferent anybody. Photos are not ready, it depends not on me, but you can
already see three small video fragments of lessons now. Quality leaves much to
be desired - a video camera of my mobile phone, not the last model...
FIRST SOLOIST, NATIONAL BALLET OF CUBA