In this episode, we reflect on the first series of episodes since the podcast’s inception in February 2020, and we talk a bit about what we have learnt from producing the podcast, and the journey we have been on individually, and as a team.
nstalment of the Q&A episode where we continue to answer questions sent in to us via email and the social media channels. This episode is slightly lighter hearted with lots of funny anecdotes.
We hope you enjoy this episode in which the team answer your burning questions that have been sent in over the past few weeks
Listen to this week’s episode all about virtuosity and the impressive tricks the dancers perform in the studio and on stage.
In this episode, the team primarily discuss the biggest jump of all, which is grand allegro, but before that, David briefly rounds up the medium allegro and talks about how he as a teacher, bridges that gap between medium and grand allegro.
David teaches the listener how dancers begin to jump in ballet class, and he explains in great detail how dancers prepare to jump through the use of the plié exercise, and some plié relevé exercises.
The pianists talk about what types of music you can use for pirouettes and the listener will learn that there are many styles that can be used for this exercise with varying accent. The most common style of music generally used is the waltz, but you can play mazurkas, landlers, jazz waltzes, Viennese waltzes and many more.
The team talk about the differences and similarities between the barre adage and centre adage, and how in the centre there are very little restrictions because there is no barre, and more space to move and exploit all directions and lines possible. David also reveals how he loves the music to be slightly grander than the barre adage.
n this episode, David discusses the importance of barre work and how it prepares the dancer for the centre, and how many of the steps and exercises from the barre can be done in the centre.
We transfer from barre to centre, with this first exercise which is a centre port de bras. The pianists discuss how they adapt their repertoire for this particular exercise.
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