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Fascinating Freda Miller

Freda Miller Modern Dance Musician, 1911-1960 Remember Modernism? Soon after women won their right to vote, they began the audacious exploration of dance as their own art form. Women were often their musical collaborators, as well. Here I'll introduce you to a significant one: Freda Miller. The staples of suburban dance studios seem to reference [...]

November 18 Coincidences

On a whim, I looked up “November 18” in music history and discovered a coincidence of composer birthdays. 11/18/1680 is the birthday of Jean-Baptiste Loeillet. 11/18/1860 is the birthday of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Maybe I'm easily amazed, but that was enough to get me going. Loeillet The Loeillet soubriquet has been a bit confusing  for [...]

By |2018-11-18T22:02:12-04:00November 16, 2018|Arts History, Composers, Music, Piano, Video|0 Comments

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 |2016-12-01T22:00:40-04:00August 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. Baroque.me - 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 |2016-12-01T22:00:41-04:00September 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 |2016-12-01T22:00:43-04:00October 4, 2013|Dance, Video|1 Comment