PrologueFor practice at home click here to play the music for the short barre. Click here to see the barre from the front. Like in class from the back Port de Bra
Practice makes perfect! So, Practice, Practice, Practice... Port de Bra The video below "Port de Bra 1" is the one students focus on. It has the foot position and movements and the arms and hand movements, the port de bra. All the other videos have the leg movements left out, but they are still good references. Barre
Lucky OneThe music for "Lucky Ones" is from "Dark Waltz" on the CD "Pure" by Hayley Westenra: We are the lucky ones We shine like a thousand suns When all of the color runs together
I'll keep you company In one glorious harmony Waltzing with destiny forever Dance me into the night underneath the moon shining so bright; turning me into the light Time dances whirling past I gaze through the looking glass and feel just beyond my grasp is heaven
Sacred geometry where movement is poetry. Visions of you and me forever. Dance me into the night underneath the moon shining so bright turning me into the light. Dance me into the night underneath the moon shining so bright Let the dark waltz begin, oh let me wheel - let me spin Let it take me again, turning me into the light
Singing' in the RainClick here to listen and practice singing along. You can download a copy of the words by clicking here, watch the video with Gene Kelly singing by clicking here, or, just use the lyrics below:
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain. What a glorious feelin’; I’m happy again. I’m laughing at clouds so dark up above. The sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for love. Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place. Come on with the rain-- I’ve a smile on my face. I walk down the lane with a happy refrain-- just singin’, singin’ in the rain
Dancin’ in the rain. Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah, Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah I’m happy again! I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain!
I'm dancin’ and singin' in the rain...
Two Practice Audio Files for Little Mermaid CaptainsListen to this explanation: Explanation Then listen to the music alone, -Entire Little Mermaid- and see if you can hear the three sissones-releve-changement-sissone, and then the slower four-counts. Try to dance or "mark" the slower four-counts.
Chorus Line, "One"
Lion King VideoWe have three dances in our Lion King section of "At the Ballet." The video below has the music from the first of these sections. Lion King was a 1994 Disney animated feature film. The film, with a story influenced by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, was the highest grossing animated feature film until Finding Nemo. It won two Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Its songs are by Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice and the score is by Hans Zimmer. In 1997, Lion King went on to become a Tony Award and Olivier Award winning musical that is now Broadway's ninth longest-running show in history.
Lion KingThe Maasai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi- nomadic people in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Their music traditionally consists of rhythms provided by a chorus of vocalists with rhythms in 5/4, 6/4 and 3/4. Lyrics follow a theme and are often repeated verbatim over time. Maasai have adumu, or aigus, dances sometimes referred to as “the jumping dance.” Both adumu and aigus are Maa verbs meaning "to jump." Adumu means "To jump up and down in a dance" and this well known competitive jumping is done in a circle. One or two at a time enter the center of the circle and begin jumping while maintaining a narrow posture, never letting their heels touch the ground. Chants may raise the pitch based on the height of the jumping. At Dance Island, we may not chant while doing our small jump, medium jump, and grand allegro combinations, but we would like to encourage our students to jump as high as the Maasi and try for the same strength and "ballon"*, power and command as the Maasi do. *Ballon is the graceful elastic quality in ballet jumps where dancers seem to pause at the height of their jumps and descend lightly, only to rebound in the air with ease. Here are four Maasai dance example videos:
Lion King Practice VideoStudent in the Lion King dances should watch this video. Watch and then practice in front of the computer screen. Practice makes perfect! Practice, Practice, Practice... The Circle of Life