Lifting the lid on dance Accompaniment

Ballet Piano Podcast - Going Live!

We're doing our first ever live stream on Sunday 10th July 2020 at 15:00 BST. Watch us do what we do, hear us playing, watch David Yow setting along with lots of other fun surprises for each team member.

What's the Podcast about?

Chris Hobson, Matt Gregory and Akiko Hobson sitting with a ballet master extraordinaire David Yow discuss playing for ballet class. The dos and the don’ts, the philosophy behind it and we’ll talk about our own experiences as we go along.

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Our Latest Podcast Episode

Episode 47 – The Ten Commandments for Ballet Pianists

This week’s new episode is a funny one with all the team members, and we’re talking about some do’s and don’ts of the ballet studio in an episode we’re calling THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.  It’s a very light hearted episode with some sincere sentiment, that we feel would make the studio more harmonious, if followed.

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Our next episode "The 10 Commandments for dancers and teachers" will drop in

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Nearing the end of the summer term in the Western Hemisphere, and I managed to capture @chrishobson86 giving us some Catharsis reel, but we’re nicknaming it “David’s Reel”. Enjoy! ❤️
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Did we mention we’re going LIVE 😆
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Join us for a live recording of the Ballet Piano Podcast on Sunday 10th July, BST, at 3.00pm
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There will be live demonstrations, discussions, laughter, and the chance for you to connect with us live!!
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Follow the link in our bio, set your reminders and we’ll see you there!!

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NEW EPISODE:
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Today’s new episode is hilarious! A very tongue-in-cheek, 10 commandments for ballet pianists, as thought up by David Yow. It’s not biblical in any way, but merely some do’s and don’ts from a teacher’s perspective.
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Do let us know in the comments what you think, we hope you think it’s fun and can relate!!
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Big love! ❤️
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WE ARE GOING LIVE!!
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On Sunday 10th July, at 15.00 BST we are recording a LIVE episode of the Ballet Piano Podcast, and you will not want to miss it!!
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We will talking about more important ballet class topics, with live demonstrations from David, and the pianists will be playing live music to accompany!
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There will be fun games, and lots of topical banter, it’s gonna be so much fun.
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Follow the link in the bio and set the reminder so you can watch live and on time! You’ll be able chat along with us and we can read out your comments on the podcast!
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We can’t wait to see you there!!
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NEW EPISODE:
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An In Conversation for you today with adorable @mr.matchalatte, what a lovely chap!
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We talk to him about his training in Italy, and then in London, and his transition into professional company life.
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Andrea has a unique appreciation for music, which was instilled at a young age. Listen to him talk about music and ballet with such ease.
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We hope you enjoy this episode. Comment below show him some love! ❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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Happy Endings…no, not what you think! 🙄😂
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Today’s new episode is all the endings of exercises specifically. We talk about what to look out for to know the exercise is ending, and we discuss the non verbal cues, that can indicate if an exercise is ending or continuing to the second side.
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It’s very interesting, and always funny. There’s the odd anecdote to show, we’re all human. We hope you enjoy this episode! Comment below! ❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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Out today is a new In Conversation with physiotherapist @lorienmark.
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A former ballet dancer, and now working in the world of dance science, we put Lori under the microscope and ask him all about his work as a clinician. We quiz him about the current state of ballet training, and discuss the current demands on dancers, both physically and mentally, and what support there is out there.
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A very useful, and insightful episode, Lori is very detailed in his approach, and although we barely scratch the surface, we hope you in this first chat with Lori. ❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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Today’s new episode is all about good housekeeping and studio etiquette.
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We talk about handed down traditions of practices and protocols which have become part and parcel of being in a ballet studio to help class run smoothly and without a hitch.
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We hope you enjoy this episode. Comment below your thoughts! ❤️
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IT’S JOHN SWEENEY DAY!!
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A brand new episode with John about his career in dance and silent movies! This will blow your mind.
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Very understated, but in the hot seat he comes alive. Listen to him talk about his approach to ballet, contemporary, improvising in counterpoint, and of course the movies.
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We really hope you enjoy it, and pop a comment below to show John some love. ❤️
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NEW EPISODE
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This week’s new episode is all about the preparation and playing for assessment class, specifically in a training setting.
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How do teachers choose the steps? How do pianists chose music? What’s the process? How does that collaboration work?
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Listen to this episode to find out all the insights regarding what goes into making an assessment, and rehearsing it to the final “performance “.
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On Wednesday, we were so lucky to get John Sweeney for an afternoon, to chat in depth about his work in dance and silent movie, and his “other worldly” approach to improvisation in counterpoint. That episode airs in two weeks.
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We had to ask him to play us a bit, so enjoy this exquisite clip of John improvising!
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NEW EPISODE:
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Last week we caught up with the incredibly special @rosealiceofficial to talk about her life and career, and what makes her tick. It is a fascinating story breaking the mold at every opportunity. Listen to this new episode, where she is unapologetically brilliant in her work!!
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https://www.balletpianopodcast.com/episode-40-in-conversation-with-rose-alice/

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When the teacher asks for you an angry frappe, and you wanted to be Jamie Cullum when you were 17 😂😂

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NEW EPISODE:
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This new episode is about the feelings you get working with a new teacher or pianist for the first time, and we’re calling it “first date nerves”, and how you can make your first encounter with someone new run as smooth as possible!
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Enjoy this hilarious episode, where as you can imagine, it doesn’t always go right. 😂❤️
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HAPPY STAR WARS DAY TO ALL OUR FOLLOWERS AND SUPPORTERS! May the 4th be with you! To celebrate, here is @chrishobson86 and @akikoballetpiano absolutely smashing Chris’s four hand arrangement of the Star Wars theme! How freaking awesome is this?!?! Enjoy the day, and enjoy this video!
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NEW EPISODE:
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This week we are discussing men’s class, as a request from @marisamlmusician, so thank you for this! We chat about the musical differences in men’s class, how we might play differently for men, and what tunes we might play that are different, for added effect.
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Let us know in the comments below, whether you’re a dancer, teacher, or pianist, about men’s ballet and variation class, and what your experiences are! We hope you enjoy it! ❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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Another In Conversation episode today for you, this time with Artistic Director and CEO of Scottish Ballet, Christopher Hampson. Recorded in November 2020 and over Zoom, it was a challenge, but fun nevertheless.
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Listen to Chris talk about his illustrious career, as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and we really get to learn what makes him tick in this episode.
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It was a delight to interview him, and we hope you enjoy this episode! ❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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For the new episode this week, we have a very jovial Q&A for you! Questions that you have sent in, and questions we posed to each other! Like this little clip, they are hilarious, but also some serious questions, that we answered honestly, to the best of our knowledge and experience.

We hope you enjoy it! 🙈😂❤️
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Something intense and dramatic for a Friday! Akiko plays the Carabosse entrance from The Sleeping Beauty! She’s cool right! What do you think? Xx
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NEW EPISODE: In Conversation with James Barton
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Recorded in October 2020, we spoke to the delightful James Barton about his life and career in ballet, that is still very much in full throttle!
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From Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School to soloist at Birmingham Royal Ballet, An American in Paris and landing as ballet master at Scottish Ballet.
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This episode is jam packed with serious, honest chat about the world of ballet, littered with James’s heart warming stories and hilarious quips! James’s wonderful personality shines through in this episode and we hope you love it, as much as we loved recording it! ❤️
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