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.
The beautiful dancers of Scottish Ballet https://www.scottishballet.co.uk have managed to keep Class going online throughout this lockdown and now enjoy a well-deserved 5 week break. When they return, main company musician Brian Prentice and I will share Class 4 times a day! (2 each, with around 8-10 dancers in each Class). We will be live at Tramway https://www.tramway.org/Pages/home.aspx where Scottish Ballet studios are based in Glasgow.
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!
I am eternally grateful for some beautiful artists who are happy to let me use their craft as dancers to exemplify musical ideas on The Art of Class YouTube videos (coming out next week). Thanks ever to Principle Dancer Evan Loudon https://www.scottishballet.co.uk/profile/evan-loudon and Olivier Nominee, Luke Ahmet
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
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