Reading Material: New York City Ballet & bun-making

by Nadine Armiger


Ballet Buzz: NYCB's 'city.ballet' video series

AOL.

AOL.

The New York City Ballet is featured in this series of short episodes (about 7 or 8 minutes each). They are all online right now for binge-watching if you're keen, but I've been watching one episode a week following along with Dance Teacher magazine's weekly recaps.

What I find very striking is the strictly regimented ranking system of apprentices/corps/soloists/principals. It seems hard-hearted and even a little unfair, but I suppose since NYCB is a world-renowned company (and since dancers passionately love to dance!), there is no shortage of dance-labour to be swallowed up by the machine.

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If you'd like to watch them all they are here, or if you'd like to read the Dance Teacher magazine recaps, they are here:

Teacher Talk: How to make a 'figure-8' ballet bun

The San Francisco Ballet have put together a short, simple ballet-bun photo tutorial that is ideal for long, all-one-length hair and creates a beautiful sleek bun that lies nice and flat to the head. 

Tell me - do you like sleek buns or are you more of a 'sock-bun' fan? And are the city.ballet episodes making you long for the return of The Secret Lives of Dancers? Let me know what you think here or here!

- Nadine


Reading Material: behind-the-scenes blogs & music editing

by Nadine Armiger


Ballet Buzz: tour blogs from Team Alpha and Team Beta.

Photo by  Tonia Looker .

Photo by Tonia Looker.

It's true, I never shut up about the Royal New Zealand Ballet (they're awesome, haven't you heard?). At the moment the company is split into two teams touring the whole of New Zealand, and each team has a blog you can follow.

The lovely Tonia Looker (known in our house as either 'Sleeping-Beauty-and-Cinderella' or 'my Facebook friend Tonia') (hehe) has a fabulous blog right here. Gorgeous pics, fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, and lovely discussions in the comments. The pointe shoe post is particularly interesting!

Photo by  Tonia Looker .

Photo by Tonia Looker.

The blog from Team Beta is so cute! There are a LOT of exclamation marks and endearing English-as-a-second-language expressions. I've heard Kohei and Dimitri are behind this one . . .

Photo from  betatinz .

Photo from betatinz.

Dancers seem to be slightly obsessed with their shoes and their feet . .  ;)

Photo from  betatinz .

Photo from betatinz.

Teacher Talk: How to edit music in GarageBand. (tutorial)

Photo from  The Dance Buzz .

Photo from The Dance Buzz.

I use this excellent video tutorial when it's concert season (because I can't remember how to edit music from one year to the next!). Under the video there is also a written transcript with screenshots - it's really easy to follow and extremely helpful. Thank you to The Dance Buzz!

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- Nadine