4 Holiday Ballet Albums That Won't Derail Your Class


It's all too easy to lose control of your class during the holiday season, when your dancers' excitement can outweigh their focus. These festive recordings let you spread holiday cheer while keeping your students on task. The instrumental versions of classic songs are tailor-made for ballet combinations, so your dancers won't be distracted by awkward musical transitions between combinations or the temptation to sing along with the vocalists. Each of these albums can be found on streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music, or ordered online on Amazon.com.

Christmas Piano Music for Classical Ballet Class, Vol. 1

Nina Miller (2017)

Miller's elegant versions of Christmas songs will fill your studio with a calming energy. Her "Away in a Manger" is perfect for pliés.

Christmas Ballet Music—Traditional & Classical Piano Christmas Songs for Ballet

Ballet Dance Jazz J. Company (2015)

This album's quick-paced "Silent Night" is ideal for waltz turns across the floor, pushing dancers to travel while holding their cores.

Music and Mistletoes: Music for Ballet Class

Steve Mitchell (2008)

Use "Carol of The Bells" for a pas de cheval combination, or have students choreograph their own Christmas-themed combinations to it.

Holiday Music for Ballet Class, Volume One

The Modern Ballet Pianist (2013)

This album's "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" begs to be used for grand allegro. Have dancers explode across the floor with tour jetés, grand jetés and saut de chats for an exuberant grand finale to class.

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