Teaching artist Kelby Brown prefers simple piano accompaniment with long sustaining chords. He finds this helps dancers to concentrate and fill in the space with the steps. "I need fewer notes, less music," he says. It's an approach he learned from his teachers at the School of American Ballet, like Stanley Williams, and from his longtime beloved accompanist, Alla. "Her music in Stanley's class was meditative and transforming to me," says Brown, who recalls she used music as a metronome that provided a steady beat and simple chords without imposing too much. "The dancer needs to figure out the music and how to dance within a phrase," he says.
It's summer intensive season, people! Dancers go away to train for weeks at a time and come home having grown by leaps and bounds from all of the endless hours of focused attention with some of the nation's top talent.
Wanting to stay abreast of all of the fabulous summer programs going on this summer? Instagram is the way to do it! We've compiled a list of summer program handles for your perusal. It's certainly not comprehensive, but it's a start!
Enjoy your social-media deep-dive, ladies and gentlemen!
While many productions of The Nutcracker, traditional or unconventional, are still going strong across the country, this weekend also saw countless Claras and Maries waving good-bye to the Land of Sweets for the very last time this year.
And let's be real here: the post-Nutcracker blues are a struggle like no other. We know your studio could be full of distracted, listless or just plain exhausted bunheads. One way to spark enough energy in your dancers to finish 2016 strong? Bring some holiday cheer into the classroom with seasonal music picks!