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Ballet PedagogyThe Art of Teaching$
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Rory Foster

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034591

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034591.001.0001

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Music for Dance

Music for Dance

(p.79) 4 Music for Dance
Ballet Pedagogy

Rory Foster

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses musical accompaniment for dance. Mastering the use of musical accompaniment can be the single most difficult aspect of teaching for most pedagogy students and young teachers. There are two forms of accompaniment used for ballet class: recorded piano music on CD and live piano. Both forms have their advantages and disadvantages, and teachers usually prefer one over the other. Musicality in dance means that an integral relationship exists between music and movement. It can be simple and literal or, in the case of certain choreographic performances, sophisticated and abstract. By utilizing the subtlety of nuance in phrasing and counterpoint, this partnership offers many possibilities in movement qualities and textures.

Keywords:   classical ballet, dance teaching, musical accompaniment, musicality, phrasing, counterpoint

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