Just discovered this haunting piano cover of the Pixies tune “Where Is My Mind” by Maxence Cyrin.
And bonus: at 2 minutes 47 seconds… you don’t even have to cut it!
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Now that the competitions and recitals are over, I’d thought I’d share my list of songs I used this past year for choreography. (Here is 2011 in case you’re curious)
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|My magic hat!
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LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY
What was your favorite song that you danced to this year?
A pretty little song from Agnes Obel, Avenue has a music-box-esqe piano melody accompanied with her haunting vocals. I think it would make a nice group number for ballet, contemporary or modern.
And it’s in waltz time! Bonus!
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We were more then mid-year through our classes when I won the Words of the Week booklet, Ballet Combination Book and Ballet Step by Step. I brought all three tools into the studio for my teachers to use and I will say the one getting used the most is the Ballet “Words of the Week“, probably because it was the easiest to integrate into our syllabus.
The Words of the Week is made out of calendar-sized sturdy cardstock and is spiral bound. It fits nicely in a dance bag or it could be hung on a wall. We keep ours on our studio bookshelf. The colors are bright and not too girly, which was nice since I have a few boys at the studio. It includes 50 terms, which cover basics to more advanced vocabulary.
I ended up using the word booklet once a month with my Ballet I class and they always looked forward to it. This class is age 7-9 and it is their first year of ballet. I would bring out the book after our stretching time.
In honor of May’s Blog Challenge, Performance Pics, I scavenged Pinterest for some great pictures that made me think of those exciting minutes leading up to a great performance!
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Hair and make-up first…
Warm-up before the show
Peeking to see if your special audience member arrived yet:
Azra Šahinović Photography
|Photo by Natalie Frigo
The busy dressing room, everyone rushing to make sure everything is perfect.
Finding your way backstage, calming your nerves and getting ready for the show to start.
One more run-through before going on stage…
Waiting for the cue..
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Do you have a pre-performance ritual or a favorite part of the performance? Share below in the comments!
Finally got around to posting this for the April Challenge – favorite Dance Imagery!
I was reading Moira’s response to the challenge about Irish Dance imagery (or lack thereof) and realized that all of my imagery happens when I teach modern, jazz or ballet… not too much in tap class. I am going to pay attention in the next few months and see if I can’t come up with some tap imagery.
In the meantime, here are my favorite images, which all happen to be in ballet. Probably because my youngest students are my ballet class and I try to use a lot of imagery to help concepts stay in their minds and bodies. Enjoy… and please don’t laugh too much at my drawing skillz 🙂
|Balloons on the ears!
Balloons tied to your ears: To keep necks long, and ankles, knees, hips and shoulders over toes in releve, I ask my students to pretend they have balloons tied to their ears to keep them lifted up.
If you’re not on Pinterest – don’t join, it’s too addicting! If you are – add me to see all the lovely dance things I find around the web.
This week I was looking for some inspiration in the way of leaps and jumps and I found some lovely unique leaps I’d like to share so you can feel all warm and fuzzy inside too.
Now if only I could get my students to look like this…
|Boys represent! Look at that height… (Unknown photo source)
|Top photo – rehearsal | Bottom photo – performance – Photo by: Gene Schiavone
Hopefully your day just got a little bit better by looking at these lovely leaps! I know mine did 🙂
In no particular order, the dance things I love:
When my littles rush into class because they can’t wait one more second to start dancing
Opening up the first costume shipping box of the season
The hush of the audience as the lights go down in the theater
Celebrating the small accomplishments
Warm-up camaraderie before a performance