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SFB School: Developing the Next Generation of Dancemakers

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This SFB Blog article talks about the choreography program now in place at the school:

Developing the Next Generation of Dancemakers

https://sfballet.blog/2019/04/25/developing-the-next-generation-of-dancemakers/

"The School’s choreography program has blossomed from early roots as a component of the Trainee program and then a partnership with the Crowden School, an academic and music school in Berkeley. For several years, students from the two arts schools have teamed up, with Crowden students writing music and SF Ballet School students creating choreography..."

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Thanks for this link -- it sounds like SFB has put a great deal of thought into developing this program.  Pacific Northwest Ballet has been presenting new works by company members, made on professional division students,  for several years now, and just this year started a composition class for upper division women in the school, but it looks like SFB has a more integrated program here.  Hoping to see these kind of projects replicated all over!

 

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2 hours ago, sandik said:

Thanks for this link -- it sounds like SFB has put a great deal of thought into developing this program.  Pacific Northwest Ballet has been presenting new works by company members, made on professional division students,  for several years now, and just this year started a composition class for upper division women in the school, but it looks like SFB has a more integrated program here.  Hoping to see these kind of projects replicated all over!

Your phrase, "integrated program", is the key here. Requiring that students of dance not only replicate movements to music, but invent movements to music (and consider what types of music to move to), will hopefully inform their dancing and make for better developed artists.

I would like to see some dramatic training 'integrated' into the program as well. And specifically, mime acting skills should be revived and developed further in ballet, imo - that approach would be an interesting addition to many contemporary works. Cathy Marston's piece from last year's Unbound Festival flirted with 'drama' without actually involving clear mime gestures (that I recall). I wouldn't have minded the addition of some mime to provide more structure to the narrative.

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