Misty Copeland and Musicianship

Misty Copeland - Photo Rosalie O'Connor Not everything is about technique. CBS reran a 60 Minutes segment about ABT soloist Misty Copeland tonight. When asked, "What caught your eye?" American Ballet Theatre Director, Kevin McKenzie, replied: "She has a proportion to her body and she has a response to music -- a visceral response [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:40+00:00 August 24, 2015|Dance, Video|0 Comments

Visualizing music of Bach

Three videos I assigned my Music for Dance class to watch… They encompass a lot of the ideas we've been working with. - Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1, visualized by Alexander Chen: Rendition of the "Little" Fugue in G Minor by Stephen Malinowski: 1934 film of Doris Humphrey's choreography - "Air" from Orchestral [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:41+00:00 September 29, 2014|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Video|0 Comments

Historic Jaques-Dalcroze Video Excerpt

Here is a wonderful clip from a 1925 German film titled Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit (Ways to Strength and Beauty). I'd seen a few seconds of the Jaques-Dalcroze Hellerau footage in another film, and asked Dalcroze/dance historian Selma Odom about it. She knew the film right away. This is a clear example of the [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:43+00:00 October 4, 2013|Dance, Video|1 Comment

Duncan Video: the Music Matters

An interesting series of dance videos was posted on YouTube some years ago. They show the Isadora Duncan Dancers, probably in the 1970s, performing Duncan's choreography. Isadora choreographed with a natural sense of music. She favored the Romantics, especially Schubert and Chopin, and used simple movements, like skipping. Her sense of phrasing is very clear [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:45+00:00 December 30, 2012|Dance, Video|0 Comments