What’s the word for a male “ballerina”?

Ballerino – sounds funny or not? 

Ballerino doesn’t sound perfect to me. It seems difficult to find the perfect name, but I googled it and found various terms for male ballet dancers around the globe. In Italy a male dancer is called a ballerino. In France, it’s Danseur. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as male ballet dancers or just dancers. Continue reading “What’s the word for a male “ballerina”?”

Lohnt es sich, eine Ballett-Gala zu besuchen?

Was passiert überhaupt auf einer Ballett-Gala?

Eine Ballett-Gala ist eine festliche Veranstaltung, auf der viele bekannte Highlights des Balletts von internationalen Gaststars präsentiert werden. Meist wird ein bunter, repräsentativer Mix von Solostücken und Pas de Deuxs aus dem klassischen und zeitgenössischen Repertoire zusammengestellt – ein Potpourri der “Best of” der Ballettgeschichte von Schwanensee, Giselle oder Don Quixote sowie Stücke aus dem aktuellen Ballettprogramm.

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BRAVO!

When to clap at a ballet performance

It‘s tricky to figure out the right time to clap at a ballet. First-time goers are often concerned about embarrassing themselves by being the only one to clap. While you would never consider clapping in the middle of a symphony, at a ballet it is completey acceptable to clap throughout the performance to show your excitement and encourage the ballet dancers. Ballet ettiquette is also dependant on culture. For example, at the Bolchoi Theatre, it‘s a tradition to clap long, loudly and wildly.

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How do you write down a dance?

Interview with Birgit Deharde, a freelance Choreologist and expert in Benesh Movement Notation

Why do we need Movement Notation?

Similar to music, dance needs to be written down, but unlike music, dance is a fleeting art. It has taken until the 20th century to find a tool to record dance notations and preserve these choreographies. It was Rudolf Benesh who created a tool for human movement notations in 1955 and defined choreology as “The aesthetic and scientific study of all forms of human movement by movement notation”.

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Nutcracker – a cash cow!

Did you know that the NUTCRACKER Ballet is a money making machine for ballet companies?

I just read an article in The Economist which stated that this ballet can generate up to 45% of a ballet company’s annual revenue in America. That’s why you can see at least one version in every state. It’s a tradition for families to come together and attend a performance of this famous Christmas ballet. Often, children from ballet schools are involved, dancing in the roles of small mice or toy soldiers. Magic happens when the beautiful music of the Waltz of Flowers starts.

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Weihnachtsgeschenke in letzter Minute

Bücher über Ballett, die es wert sind zu lesen!

Nachdem ich den englischsprachigen Blog “5 Christmas gifts for Ballet lovers”https://ballettloversblog.com/2017/11/30/5-christmas-gift-ideas-for-ballet-lovers/- geschrieben habe, wurde ich vielfach gefragt, welche deutschen Bücher ich BallettliebhaberInnen empfehlen kann.

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Don’t miss the WORLD BALLET DAY 2017

Photo by The Royal Ballet Full Class – World Ballet Day 2014 – YouTube

#WorldBalletDay is back on 5 October 2017!

Have a look behind the scenes. Watch morning classes, interviews and rehearsal of 5 Top Ballet Companies. You will learn a lot of all the insights.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will partner for the fourth year in a row to celebrate classical dance and provide viewers around the world with an exclusive look behind the scenes at what life is like at the world’s top ballet companies.