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Talent!

I heard from my beautiful friend Juan Antonia Mata today. He plays for Ballet Nacional de España. What a talented, knowledgeable man totally devoid of ego! Have a look at his work here: http://balletnacional.mcu.es

Last of the academic year

Sadly today saw the end of the academic year 19-20 with one of the most talented musicians taking up their study on the Piano for Dance course here in Glasgow.

In the next few days I hope to post some of their astonishing work for you to hear. Our 20-21 course has one place remaining due to a student deciding to wait until global lockdown relaxes completely. It has been a difficult final term but has been so inspiring to work what with a new audio set up and new ideas for the future.

Playing for Ballet Class on Youtube!

Well, today is the day I launched my YouTube Channel! Under the banner The Art of Class, I am slowly revealing each challenge for the pianist in Ballet Class as if I am looking over the dance studio from above and seeing everything that is happening.

So, please head over to any of these links and PLEASE COMMENT. I need to know what is good and not so good. Don’t hold back.

1. Playing for Ballet Class: Expand your skills. The Art of Class: Part 1 The Overture  https://youtu.be/91Cg4xdDC0o

2. Playing for Ballet Class: A piano player’s guide to improvisation. The Art of Class: Part 2 Tension/Release https://youtu.be/obTaR0DRCGI

3. Playing for Ballet Class: A piano player’s guide to improvisation. The Art of Class: Part 3 Line https://youtu.be/E3VcMC7WO04

The end of term and an era at the Royal Conservatoire

This week sees the end of the academic year for the postgraduate students who have been studying on the Piano for Dance Course which links Scottish Ballet Company http://scottish ballet facebook with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland  https://www.rcs.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters-music-mmus/piano-dance/. Despite terrible disruption to their work, they have created the most inspiring improvisations for dance together which I hope to share soon… with their permission.

Today was the day…..

It has been a strange experience in lockdown, watching our diaries as dates come and go. Since March I have been dismayed at some wonderful gigs that did not come to pass but todays was intended to fly from UK to NYC and visit the wonderful Mark Morris company where Sarah Lucas and Robert  Boston host the Dance Accompaniment Training Programme https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/community/professional-development/mark-morris-dance-accompaniment-training-program/. From there onto Houston Ballet https://www.houstonballet.org over the summer to work with the most astonishing teaching and musician staff. Well, next year let’s hope…..

This photo I took during last year’s joyous Houston Hospitality!

YouTube Channel launch

I guess we are all learning new digital skills these days and the latest is creating a YouTube Channel. Let me tell you, everything is possible! Alles ist Möglich! So, The Art of Class youTube channel will be with us within the week. This character will become a feature

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What’s it all about?

I love the musicians for dance community. It is so inspiring that we find a commonality through our love of Moving Image and music. There is so much to discuss, explain, delight and I hope I can contribute through my upcoming YouTube channel  explaining just how you can become a great musician for dance. Meantime, why don’t you subscribe to my good friend Chris Hobson’s podcast https://www.balletpianopodcast.com/the-podcast from English National Ballet School http://www.enbschool.org.uk