Fascinating insight into Li Cunxin's forward thinking, challenging and exciting future plans for The Queensland Ballet and the QB learn education program including QDSE and JEP! A few new things that were unveiled... teachers including himself, Mary Li, Janette Mulligan, Christian Tatchev & Greg Horseman will swap around to take class at all levels. Also heads up for anyone with (almost sold out) tickets to a Saturday matinee ... you can go into the theatre early and watch the company's warm up class on stage! Worldwide interest in the company with Li at the helm has prompted an overwhelming response to auditions including instead of accepting a company position overseas, an ABS graduate accepted a placement in the Pre-Professional year (as a student) as he hopes for a place in the company to become available! Go QB... your star is on the rise!!!
networkdance.com is an excellent website with genuine worldwide company auditions listed. It is encouraging to see that Vienna is increasing their company, and is seeking experienced strong soloist standard male and female dancers for the 2013 season. If Vienna is hiring and increasing could this be a sign that things generally are on the improve?
"When fatigue sets in think efficiency. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line"
"Remember that your body in Ballet is a dictatorship. There is no democracy, nobody gets a vote, It's your way, but you have to enforce that"
Great tips on allegro by Nicholas Ade PNWB
Ever went to a modern or contemporary dance concert and felt completely lost? Gesel Mason (dancer) and Cheles Rhynes (narrator) offer this hilarious, but true, primer called "How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert or What in the Hell are They Doing on Stage?"
Beautiful, graceful, slow motion movements showing technical mastery of how dance steps should be performed with precision and accuracy but looking effortless! featuring Melody Mennite principal dancer with the Houston Ballet USA.
I know what’s going through your mind. There you are, centre stage. Spotlight on you. Only YOU.
Cut … The reality is that there is NOTHING glamorous about ballet training and that your chances of ever being seen in that spotlight are tiny.
One of the best ways to insure that this is not your fate when you start back next year, is to really focus on improving your strength, flexibility and awareness over the break, and then perfecting your technique in your first few weeks back, before beginning to increase the hours again. If you have been working with me for a while then you will have loads of exercises and ideas to try and today I wanted to give you a little help in organising them to help you through the holiday season, and to arrive back in full form.
I’m very keen to support this initiative by the dancers because I receive a fair amount of mail from student dancers who either struggle to admit to their peers that they are taking ballet classes, or who are subjected to taunts from those who don’t understand what it takes to be a ballet dancer.
To wish a performer prior to going on stage to ‘break a leg’ is a well-known practice. A pretty strange wish, actually it is meant magically to bring him luck and make sure that their performance will be a success.
Puanani Brown and Joshua Thew perform Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments" at the School of American Ballet's annual Workshop Performances, June 2007. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Photo © & courtesy of Paul Kolnik
Valrene Tweedie as an Odalisque in 'Scheherazade', Chicago, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1947-48 & Laurel Martyn in Vltava, Borovansky Ballet, 1940. Michelle Potter describes the contribution of two great figures of Australian dance.
YOU have just learnt that you will be performing a solo role in an extract or even maybe, in a full length classical ballet – your dream since you were a small child and started going to dance classes.