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Re: Anybody can be a ballet accompanist!
musdan #2440217 07/10/15 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by musdan
... I always thanked the "music maker" at the end of class...


You mean there are places where a curtsy to the accompanist is not customary?!


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Re: Anybody can be a ballet accompanist!
malkin #2440227 07/10/15 10:46 AM
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After class everyone leaves - some may stop by the pianist on the way out of the studio, but I always thanked him/her. It's not easy playing for class.

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Originally Posted by Auntie Lynn
I gotta respectfully disagree that "anybody" can play for ballet classes.


Ha, no need to disagree; I'm in full agreement with you. I guess my mild sarcasm was a bit too mild.

It was more of a self-deprecating comment that if my teacher thinks I'm good enough to begin working on it, it must not be a very difficult endeavor because I don't consider myself very good at playing piano. Far from not recognizing how difficult it is when done well, I'm actually a bit hyper-aware of it.

The second reason for the "anybody" comment was simply because the guy in the video in my original post was, to put it mildly, not really up to the task. But there he was, accompanying what is likely the most famous ballerina in the world at the moment. So, if he's a ballet accompanist, well--and say it with me--anybody can be!

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malkin #2440277 07/10/15 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by musdan
... I always thanked the "music maker" at the end of class...


You mean there are places where a curtsy to the accompanist is not customary?!


That's the point of the formalized reverence at the end, is it not?

It feels rather standard to me. We end class with a full sixteen counts of formalized curtsying to the teacher, and if there's an accompanist, the whole class pivots halfway through towards the piano to honor the accompanist, who nods her head in acknowledgement because, well, she's still playing. Then, after the music stops, the entire class forms a line to thank the teacher individually with a curtsy, and then the same to the accompanist on the way past the piano.

My piano teacher also dances, and often we are in class together. Some of the funnier moments have been when she'll deviate from the regular reverence into a huge flourish of arms and sinking to the floor with hand on heart. It takes a lot to embellish our standard reverence, and she can deliver like nobody else. She likes a good gesture of respect, that's for sure, and makes sure to give it when she's on the receiving end of things.

I don't think I've ended a piano lesson with a formal reverence, but I think I might have to start.

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TwoSnowflakes #2440282 07/10/15 03:08 PM
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Thanking the pianist:

(Students curtsy first to teacher, then to pianist. Skip to the last minute of this video. There's an audience and applause because this is a graduation exam, but the formal reverence would happen anyway.)


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TwoSnowflakes #2440294 07/10/15 04:12 PM
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Maybe in schools training students to dance professionaly - School of American Ballet (NYCB), ABT has a school, in open classes most bowed to the teacher and left, I always stopped by the piano and thanked him/her. My father was an accompianist and played for rehearsals and coached, and would not play for dance classes, don't know why.

I just feel that playing for class is not easy.

Two Snowflakes I wish you the best and if I were "younger than springtime", I'd be happy to take class while you played the piano.

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TwoSnowflakes #2440436 07/11/15 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by musdan
... I always thanked the "music maker" at the end of class...


You mean there are places where a curtsy to the accompanist is not customary?!


That's the point of the formalized reverence at the end, is it not?

It feels rather standard to me. We end class with a full sixteen counts of formalized curtsying to the teacher, and if there's an accompanist, the whole class pivots halfway through towards the piano to honor the accompanist, who nods her head in acknowledgement because, well, she's still playing. Then, after the music stops, the entire class forms a line to thank the teacher individually with a curtsy, and then the same to the accompanist on the way past the piano.


This is what I was thinking.


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Re: Anybody can be a ballet accompanist!
TwoSnowflakes #2440802 07/12/15 03:33 PM
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It's a testament to Tchaikovsky that I'm merely just sick of Nutcracker music by the end of Nutcracker season rather than needing to stab my eardrums repeatedly with ice picks rather than hear another chord.

I am posting this from...a Nutcracker rehearsal. Yup. It's already started.

It's a lovely party! Would you like a glass of wine? Let's waltz!

Oh no. It's my turn. Must put down the iPhone.

From the top, here we go....

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TwoSnowflakes #2440803 07/12/15 03:44 PM
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Christmas in July???

One of the new accompanists at the ballet school I played at this past year was playing the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies in a class in September. Everyone in the staff room who overheard this had the same opinion that they were sick of the piece and didn't want to hear anything from Nutcracker played in the regular classes. At least not until December.

Back when I was looking for music for classes, I looked through a few Tchaikovsky ballet scores and didn't find much that I found suitable for playing. It was too hard to play or didn't have a regular enough beat.


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Re: Anybody can be a ballet accompanist!
TwoSnowflakes #2440834 07/12/15 05:20 PM
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Here Nutcracker auditions for the children were early in the fall, and rehearsals were scheduled until performances concluded in January.

I felt fortunate to live only several blocks from the theatre while others drove many miles in horrible weather to deliver their children to rehearsals and performances on time. My kid liked it, so who am I to complain?

For me, best Nutcracker season ever, one of the students in my ESL writing class was a principal dancer at Ballet West in some of the same performances as my daughter. He (the dancer) is now on the dance faculty at the University of Cincinnati and she (the daughter) is now a cardiothoracic surgery resident at Emory, so everything is satisfactory.


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Re: Anybody can be a ballet accompanist!
TwoSnowflakes #2441253 07/14/15 12:31 AM
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The previous poster raises an interesting side-issue. When you are working with the best bodies in the universe, you tend to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar, with residual good healthy effects... Still #114 and holding...

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