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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday No Leftovers

Wonderful Wednesday No Leftovers

Music is the heart and soul of dance. Yet dancers are often so absorbed in working out all the technical details of the art form, the music takes a back seat. Scary.

The only thing worse than an unmusical dancer is an unmusical musician, so start listening – really listening – to the music played in the classroom. I also advise my students to listen to all genres of music on their own, because this helps develop musicality plus an appreciation of all varieties of music. The more dancers listen, the more details they hear and this is enormously helpful in their development as artists .

During class, a dancer should create the illusion that their body is creating the music (see previous blog: http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/2014/01/fun-friday-and-music-creation.html.
It is as though the dancer and the music become a single entity, and there is no separation. When this fails to happen, there is “leftover” music. This refers to unused, ignored, or unfulfilled musical sections and it often happens at the very beginning of a dance combination, or at the end. 

Fill out every moment of the music with movement and passion.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7ss:  
“Use all the music – no leftovers.”

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“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
Maya Angelou

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