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Ballet Class Music While You Drive – Are You Joking?

Ballet Class Music While You Drive – Are You Joking?

I’ve been a fan of all types of classical music since…I was born, I suppose. Having consistently listened to the wide range of styles within that genre for over fifty years, I really wasn’t expecting at this stage of my life to encounter an undiscovered (for me, at least) pocket of classical gems. Well, the news is, I did just that recently when I came across ballet class music for the first time. I even listen to it in my car. I’m certain most people have no idea what ballet class music is, unless they’ve taken a ballet class at some point in their journey through life. Fortunately it can be explained quickly and easily.

When teaching ballet, the more upscale ballet studios employ a pianist to improvise music for the ballet classes. Smaller studios use CDs which are recorded and sold by these same pianists. This is referred to throughout the dance world, appropriately enough, as ballet class music. There are two distinct types of this musical style and I’m enamored with only one of them and find the other pedantic at best and profoundly irritating at worst. We all have our musical tastes, after all.

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