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Episode 50 – We Went Live
This is the final episode in the current season, and it is the audio recording of the livestream we did on Sunday 10th July. If you were unable to watch along, you can enjoy this episode and hear everything from that livestream, complete with us pianists playing ballet exercises for you.
Incredible Educational Resource and a great bit of fun ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Such an amazing and honest look into the trials and tribulations of playing for dance; expert advice and relatable dialogue.
Greetings from Toronto! I have thoroughly enjoyed this podcast - the way that you have all been able to make the material accessible to those less familiar with ballet, but also still incredibly useful to those who are part of the community is absolutely wonderful. As a matter of fact, I believe that this podcast should be required listening in teacher's courses the world over to reinforce the discussions about music that already exist, and I will assuredly recommend it here at Canada's National Ballet School!
So enjoy all your fine conversations and especially the live stream! I've played for ballet classes for a long time in Cape Town South Africa, and am so inspired by your collective playing 😃👏👏👏👏 Thank you for the laughs too...I can so relate!
Best podcast on the Podcast app. Love this podcast so much!!!!!!!! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Not just for the professionals. I am not a ballet dancer nor a pianist any further than a moderately musical upbringing (which, sadly, wasn't yesterday), but I love dance and I love music. This is just the most fascinating podcast for any amateur enthusiast. The lively dynamics between the podcast team disguise their phenomenal experience and professionalism. This is a fun and hugely entertaining, as well as wonderfully informative, listen. Only one warning: you'll be hooked!
I have just discovered your fabulous podcast this weekend and I’ve been listening to it nonstop! I started learning ballet at the age of 55, having played classical music all my life. I have fallen in love with ballet and the music we have in class ( though we don’t have the luxury of having a live pianist) I am so inspired by how talented you all are and completely in awe with the repertoire you possess! It has certainly given me more thoughts and understanding for how intricately ballet music is linked to every single exercise. I can’t wait for your future episodes. Thank you so much for brightening my day!
This podcast is getting me through lockdown. It's a great antidote to real life, simultaneously interesting & soothing!I'm appreciating the wit & helpfulness of class pianists even more, as well as thinking more carefully about what the music tells us about what we should be getting from each exercise. Thank you!
Excellent. Having live music to teach dance is an absolute must! Every dance accompanist out there needs to know how much we (dance teachers) appreciate you so much. Thank you!
I loved this episode - even not being a pianist, and some parts are very technical, but so clear the thoughts and the visual explanations. Great! Highly recommended!
Thank you for this awesome podcast. I found out about it some time mid-June, and I binge-listened since then until reaching to the last one. Thank you for tons of great information and music resources. I enjoyed very much.
This podcast is a revaluation to me as an adult ballet participant. The insights and interesting technical explanations make me think much more deeply about what I am doing, how I respond to the music and count! I have even more appreciation now for when I am in a class with a teacher and pianist who are having this kind of musical conversation.
The podcast the ballet world was waiting for. This is probably the most useful thing to have been published in decades on the topic of playing for ballet classes. The quality of discussion is excellent because it involves a ballet teacher as well as pianists.I would recommend this both for teachers and pianists, as a wonderful, detailed, insight into the world of music in ballet classes. I've worked in this field for years, but have enjoyed listening to each episode.