Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:34 AM
Everyone is learning at a different rate, making connections with different elements of the work and fighting different glitches, but things are coming into better focus for them all by the end of the session. A couple of them have an intuitive feeling for the style, and are able to get to that sang froid quality so much of the Balanchine/Stravinsky work has in abundance. The details of epaulment come last for most of the students, as you might imagine, but there are flashes of the total look popping up here and there. At this point in most of their lives, the dance is more sophisticated than they are -- it’s a bit like watching girls play dress-up, but some of them are very, very close. I love to watch class and rehearsal, and see the evolutionary process that happens before artists get to performance -- this was a great treat.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 01:41 PM
I was struck by your comment:
Based on my experience with students in a completely different field, the challenge of top-level material is always difficult. But the rewards for everyone involved can be enormous.
At this point in most of their lives, the dance is more sophisticated than they are.
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