Preservation of the art
Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:25 AM
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"In the second and third years, students begin developing musical sensitivity by listening, learning musical terminology and history; and they become familiar with composers, especially those associated with dance".
Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:37 AM
Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:10 AM
SAB does indeed offer music classes, but my experience was that many students did not pay much attention to them, viewing them as an inconvenience and a chore, and consequently not learning much, if anything. Music was not offered at the advanced levels when I was there.
Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:08 PM
She had clever ways of integrating it too--for example, when we would do particular combinations, that would start a story about "Pavlova who danced in Petipa's XXXXXXX did such and such a pose. This combination is very famous in Giselle......" and so on. A few weeks later, she would then poll us and see how much we remembered. Very refreshing
Do any of the teachers on this forum do something like that? How do you make sure that your students are dancing while knowing a bit of what they're doing?
Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:38 PM
Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:23 PM
Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:24 AM
My own teachers in Berkeley include quite a lot of history -- some more overtly than others. Michael Lowe in his classes often credits the choreographer/teacher that he learned a combination from -- he'll say this was Mr massine's or mr Loring's, I particularly remember "Mr Beriosoff's petite allegro for developing a quick jump from an invisible preparation." Similarly, Marina Eglevsky will give us Mr Fokine's rond de jambes a terre; kirsten Schwartz will give Ms. Schollar's releves at the barre, with fouettes; Susan Weber always credits the author of combinations she uses, and her repertoire is extensive from Slavenska to mark Morris. Sally Streets takes from all her teachers, and makes up fabulous things of her own, but she rarely bothers us with saying where she got them, she's too busy....
Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:05 AM
I really really really wish some of our wonderful dance photographers would get together (or even individually) and make available decks of collector cards (perhaps like the old cartes de visite) mentioning dancers names, company, choreography... that we teachers could hand out as rewards for steps well done... the students would begin to connect with ballet outside their own studio (and also see what an arabesque, etc. really look like). Honestly, I think most of their ideas about dance stem from Barbie.
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