Questions With Bart

Questions with Bart IV

Posted by on 08.10.2011

Questions with Bart IV

Questions with Bart returns for another round! These questions were sent to me by a great lover of ballet who often comes to Miami City Ballet performances. He has a wonderful appreciation for what we do, and has a great understanding of the ballets we perform. Here is his fourth question: The issue of speed: essential to Balanchine, but not everyone’s natural gift. How do you work on it? Does it ever come naturally? This is a subset of the issue of adagio-v-allegro. Most dancers I know are more comfortable with, and capable of greater artistry in one or the other. How does one compensate?   This question comes at a perfect time: after our successful...

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Questions with Bart III

Posted by on 06.08.2011

Questions with Bart returns for another round!  These questions were sent to me by a great lover of ballet who often comes to Miami City Ballet performances. He has a wonderful appreciation for what we do, and has a great understanding of the ballets we perform. Here is his third question: What about facial expression, i.e. the use of the eyes, especially when dancing with a partner? (Are these things taught or are you left to work on them on your own?) Facial expression is very important for every kind of live performers.  For ballet dancers, it holds a specific importance.  While on-stage, dancers have only their bodies to communicate with the audience and portray...

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Questions With Bart II

Posted by on 05.09.2011

Last month I announced that I would be beginning a new series entitled “Questions With Bart.” These questions were sent to me by a great lover of ballet who often comes to Miami City Ballet performances. He has a wonderful appreciation for what we do, and has a great understanding of the ballets we perform.  Here is his second question: What is the hardest single ballet (or section of a ballet)  you or your colleagues has ever had to dance? That answer is easy: Balanchine’s Square Dance.  I can’t speak for everyone, but I am 90% certain that everyone who has danced this ballet would say it is one of the hardest things they have ever done. The...

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Questions With Bart I

Posted by on 03.12.2011

I have recently received a well thought out list of questions from a great lover of ballet. This man often comes to Miami City Ballet performances; by often, I mean he never misses a program, and generally attends more than one show each weekend. He has a wonderful appreciation for what we do, and has a great understanding of the ballets we perform. Because his questions are so wonderful, I have decided to create a new series called, “Questions With Bart.” The first installment starts now! How do you maintain attention (engagement) when on stage and not actually doing much? I guess this applies to story ballets mostly. It’s very distracting in...

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