When selecting music, teachers and choreographers have to find something that complements and enhances the work. Music and dance should correspond perfectly. As Balanchine most famously said, "Dance is music made visible." And, "See the music; hear the dance." An added challenge for teachers in class, however, is picking the right tracks that will keep kids focused and engaged.
Here are 10 teachers on how they approach the, at times, arduous process of choosing music.
Anthony Morigerato, Tap
Whether he's choreographing for a student's competition piece, a master class or at a festival, Morigerato, who holds the Guinness World Record for most taps in a minute at 1,163, approaches choosing music as a learning opportunity for young dancers. Photo courtesy of Break the Floor Productions
Anthony Morigerato approaches choosing music as a learning opportunity for young dancers. This means using the concept he's teaching to dictate what kind of music to pick—not the other way around. "Let's say the student has never danced to a jazz standard or never done a swing piece. I will deliberately pick a jazz standard that's swing, to teach them the concept of swinging," Morigerato says.