Hello dancers! I was asked at Intermediate last night about the music that we use in class. I have relied primarily on two different CDs of music prepared especially for the ballet studio:
- Reimagined for Ballet Class Classical 1 CD, by pianist Andrew Holdsworth, in which different classical pieces have been arranged specifically for use in ballet lessons
- Ballet Class Music: Vol 3 (Advanced) by pianist Elena Baliakhova.
The piece we danced to en centre yesterday (10 February 2016) in Intermediate Ballet was track #10 from the Baliakhova CD (originally meant for battement frappes at the barre).
Additionally, I’ve been playing mazurkas performed by my friend Alexander Kostritsa on his latest recording, Three Generations of Mazurkas, during the pre-class warm-up period. This CD features the lively mazurkas (Polish-originated folk dances that are often found in ballet) composed by Maria Szymanowska, Frederic (Fryderyk) Chopin, and Karol Szymanowski.