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.
Joshua Bergasse, Musical Theater
Bergasse encourages his students to pay attention to musicality. Photo by Lee Cherry, courtesy of Bergasse
"I try to get them to really listen to the music and have that inform and inspire their movement in a way that they might not be used to or comfortable with," Joshua Bergasse says. He generally teaches to big band or jazz music, preferring arrangements that are theatrical but leave a lot of room for performance. "I want dancers to be able to discover what's special about them," he says. "It's about finding and developing a performance quality that's unique to each dancer."