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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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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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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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Just @chrishobson86 smashing out a 7/4 for @eymarjuan fabulous assessment at a ballet school In the Western Hemisphere. What a collaboration!!
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We are so chuffed today! Last month was our most successful month for downloads, and we’re so happy! Thank you to EVERYONE that listens, downloads, gets in touch with us to help us make our content! We’re so grateful to all our supporters!! ❤️❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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Thursdays mean one thing now, a brand new episode!
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And this is a funny one, all bout choosing your tunes for your exercise, and realising instantly that it doesn’t work…we’ve all been there!
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Listen to some classic examples of when tunes absolutely work, and when they really don’t. Call this a horror stories episode if you will haha!
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Let us know what you think below, the DMs are open as well, and we hope you enjoy it! ❤️
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NEW EPISODE:
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In today’s new episode, we put living legend Karen MacIver in the hot seat to talk about her incredible career in music and playing for dance.
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It will blow your mind all that Karen has achieved and contributed to the world of ballet, and this episode is packed with all her wisdom!
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Enjoy this episode, and please comment below your thoughts. We’re sure you’ll love it! 💜
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Very interesting episode for you this week and it’s a technical one. How do you count music when the melody doesn’t start on the first best of the bar, and what do we do to make it easier to count and play for ballet class?
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Have a listen, let us know what you think. Like, share, comment and we hope you enjoy it!!!
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NEW EPISODE ALERT:
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And it’s another cracking ‘In Conversation’, this time with our friend Jonathan Still.
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His career is vast and varied within ballet from humble syllabus beginnings, to on stage piano solos with ENB.
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Listen to him talk honestly about ballet music, teachers, dancers and institutes. It really is a “fly on the wall” interview.
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We hope you enjoy it!
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The team has expanded!!! The Hobsons did a thing, made a person! And she’s so unbelievably perfect!
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Meet Hazel 礼子 (Reiko) Hobson, literally HRH 😜
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Everyone is happy and healthy and we’re over the moon for them!! Send them your love!! Welcome to the world Hazel! 💜💜💜💜
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NEW EPISODE:
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Today’s brand spanking new episode is all ‘tempo rubato’, meaning the expressive and rhythmic freedom of the music we play. Is it important? Is it helpful? Is it destructive?
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Enjoy this episode and let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear what YOU think about it!!
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Please also email us any questions you have for an upcoming Q&A, or any comments you’d like us to read on the podcast.
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We know you think we’re perfect every time, and never mess up, but you’d be wrong! There is the odd blip sometimes Hahahaha!!!
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Enjoy this throwback to the first lockdown when we recorded remotely over Zoom, and edited the individual audios together!

Massive blooper from @chrishobson86 😂😂😂💜
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