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COACHING A FASCINATING EXPLORATION, A DAUNTING RESPONSIBILITY

August 9, 2009

 TRYING TO KEEP CLASSICAL BALLET ALIVE AND MEANINGFUL -

                                                                                                                                                                

There is so much talk of the art of Classical Ballet being ‘dead’ or ‘dying’ .   As a free lance director and coach, I have the amazing opportunity of seeing ballet companies all over the world, and seeing some of the great things they do, as well as some of what I consider to be the mistakes being made world wide, for which we, the elder generation who are now Artistic Director, Ballet Masters, Teachers in ballet companies and ballet schools are responsible.

 

It is common to hear the inside circle of ballet people, but also the real ballet lovers who are not practitioners, mourn the fact that most ballet dancers nowadays do not engage with their audiences.   All too often, it is said, and with truth, the emphasis is on pyrotechnics, amazingly high extensions, exquisite feet and polished execution of steps -from the waist down.   Where is the sense of movement – sense of Dance – dynamics and musicality which lifts people up in their seats, which shares the love of moving to music and dance with those in the audience – so...

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