Archive for December, 2014

Learning About Ballet

Learning about ballet can be rewarding, fun and may even lead you into performing. Ballet is the basis of dance and whether you’re a beginner, adult, teacher or professional there’s always something more to learn.

There is much much more to ballet than little girls pirouetting on a stage in a dance school recital, or going to see a production of Swan Lake. Learning basic ballet steps gives you an excellent grounding for many forms of dance – modern, hip-hop and ballroom and even ice dancing are just examples.

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Put On A Nice Ballet Leotard For Training In The Royal Ballet School

Put On A Nice Ballet Leotard For Training In The Royal Ballet School
Some people dream of becoming famous ballet dancers since their early childhood. A young boy or a little girl wearing a snug ballet leotard and a pair of pointe shoes on their training workouts may dream of being accepted in the Royal Ballet School of London. This school has a solid reputation among ballet dancers and is considered to be one of the best in the world.

The history of the Royal Ballet School goes back to 1926 when Dame Ninette de Valois founded the Academy of Choreographic Art. She had a dream of founding her own ballet company and a ballet school. She collaborated with Lilian Baylis who was a manager of Old Vic theatre to reach her goal. Later they acquired the Sadler’s Wells theatre and named their company The Sadler’s Wells Ballet. In 1946 the company moved to the Royal Opera House where it still operates today. Today there are only highly qualified and experienced choreographers who train and educate students for The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other world famous ballet companies. Almost every aspired ballet dancer in a comfortable ballet leotard may have a goal of performing for those top international companies.

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Ballet Dance Classes – An Alternative Healthy Activity

Ballet Dance Classes – An Alternative Healthy Activity

Even the most strong-willed families will find it difficult to not to have their kid throw away so much time near the computer or use the tv set. Furthermore, it’s also a real challenge to see alternative recreation that they’re going to find satisfying.

Having ballet lessons can be the best answer because it gives lots of rewards for your children. Any good dance academy or school provides well-organized classes that are performed in secure and controlled surroundings. These classes will each be emotionally and physically demanding for them leading them to maintain their focus and interest.

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Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners, with Tanna Valentine: Beginner bellydance classes, Belly dance instruction for performing

Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners, with Tanna Valentine: Beginner bellydance classes, Belly dance instruction for performing

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Late starter leaps into elite ballet school

Late starter leaps into elite ballet school
A 15-year-old ballet dancer is the latest success story to come out of a small coastal dance school. Dayna Booth is ready to take on the next level of the art and will move to her new "second home" 2,000 kilometres away – the Australian Ballet School.
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Back to School Means It’s Time for New Dancewear

Back to School Means It’s Time for New Dancewear

Add “buy new leotards” to your back to school checklist.

As your child enters a new year at school, she is also most likely entering a new dance class level. After a year of honing her skills and learning how to pirouette and arabesque, your child is ready to embark upon a new dance experience and is probably more excited to learn new dance moves than multiplication tables!

Like having to shop for school supplies, you’ll probably need to evaluate your child’s current arsenal of dancewear and shoes. Although you may have purchased dancewear in the spring, chances are your child grew over the summer, which means you may be in the market for something new.

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The Classical Beat: Singer Marilyn Maye reflects on a very good year

The Classical Beat: Singer Marilyn Maye reflects on a very good year
“It's a wonderful large theater that feels very intimate. It feels very friendly. This year we're going to do a little bit of Christmas music. It won't be all Christmas music. It'll be songs that I love and adore that are in my repertoire, songs that I …
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Revolutionary Soviet ballet premieres in the U.S.

Revolutionary Soviet ballet premieres

Revolutionary Soviet ballet premieres


Some history is in order. Musicologist and composer Boris Asafyev (1884-1949) based his score on songs of the French Revolution, “La Marseillaise” the most famous, and also “Ça ira” and “La Carmagnole.” Typical for large-scale spectacles, his music is bombastic boilerplate suited for ballet. He also adds other traditional or folk-like dances for the crowd scenes. A markedly conservative score, barely a note sounds as though it could have been written after the year 1900. It’s as though Stravinsky, not to mention Asafyev’s younger contemporary Dmitri Shostakovich, had never existed. Some tunes are lifted from the royal French court music of composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully and André Grétry.

Original stage and costume design was by Vladimir Dmitriev, who also co-authored the libretto with Nicolai Volkov, based on the novel Les rouges du Midi by Félix Gras.

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Daily Calendar

Daily Calendar
Free. "The Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Annual holiday performance presented by The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre Company. McMorran Auditorium, 701 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron. (810) 985-6166. $ 10-$ 30. Festival of …
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Choose The Right Rad Regulation Uniform For Ballet Classes And Exams

Choose The Right Rad Regulation Uniform For Ballet Classes And Exams
Most people wish to take ballet classes just for fun and fitness and not to follow an exam curriculum. The good news about this is that one can wear whatever he or she likes during practice. But in case a dancer wants to take examinations and follow a prescribed course leading through a grade system then they are likely to choose the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) or the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) dance clothing. However, both these institutions have set uniform requirements, the RAD regulation uniform being the most strict to follow.

The Royal Academy of Dance is the most reputable dance academy in the UK and one of the most influential dance institutions in the world. Many renowned ballet dancers in the UK and worldwide have been trained by the RAD teachers and have attended the academy from an early age. It must be mentioned that the RAD regulation uniform has changed little over the last thirty years. It is commonly required to be worn during each grade both for classes and examinations. The grades are pre-primary, primary and graded one to eight. There are different uniform requirements for each grade. On the other hand, it is also up to the teacher to decide how strict the requirements should be. For examinations, however, a dancer will need to put on the prescribed exam wear.

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