Our favorite pieces of music to dance adagio to*, arranged chronologically:
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Ballet to the People caught up with Ballet Philippines dancers Candice Adea and Jean Marc Cordero on their way home to Manila after their triumph at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Adea won 1st prize in the Senior Women's Division, while Cordero won the Jury Prize for Best Partnering Technique. Watch their sensational partnering in this video clip from the 2010 Jackson, M [..]
A heartfelt thanks to my dedicated students at City Dance and Metronome and to my readers in Amherst, Austin, Baltimore, Beijing, Boston, Bujumbura, Buenos Aires, Capetown, Cebu, Chicago, Chifeng, Dallas, Dobbs Ferry, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Halifax, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Lewiston, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Macau, Madison, Manila, New Haven, New York, Oberlin, Owings Mill, Palo Alto, San Ant [..]
Cleaning out her closet, Ballet to the People unearthed these exquisite vintage tutus from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Their tags reveal that they were made by Grace Costumes and Barbara Matera, leading costumers for ballet, theatre, opera and film for over five decades, for renowned ballerinas including Cynthia Gregory and Cheryl Yeager. Handmade, these tutus boast construction and embro [..]
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In ballet class the final movement is always an elegant, choreographed bow or curtsy acknowledging the maestro, or accompanist. Today, fewer and fewer classes offer live piano accompaniment, with teachers relying more on the iPod to provide the necessary musical inspiration. While traditionalists decry the encroachment of technology into the ballet studio, others have embraced the power that the [..]