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Helen

24-09-00, 09:31 AM (GMT)
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"Technique videos"
 
   Can anyone recommend a good technique video, so that I can refresh my memory about technical details? I find I'm a bit rusty when it comes to fitting names to steps, and when you see an exquisitely executed something-or-other it's nice to be able to put a name to it. I need something that demonstrates steps and names them, not too basic - I can remember the basic stuff. I've looked through the video lists at Dance Books and the Dancing Times, but it's difficult to guess which would be best for my purpose. I don't want to perform the steps, you understand - I'm a bit past that! - but just to recognise them. Any advice?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Technique videos Caz 24-09-00 1
     RE: Technique videos Richard J 24-09-00 3
         RE: Technique videos Bruce Madmin 24-09-00 4
  RE: Technique videos Margaret Lumley 24-09-00 2
     RE: Technique videos A.K 24-09-00 5
         RE: Technique videos alison 25-09-00 6
             RE: Technique videos Helen 27-09-00 7

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Caz

24-09-00, 11:04 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Technique videos"
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   There are a few CDroms out there of ballet steps that might be more what you're looking for. And doesn't one of the American ballet company sites have something similar you can view online?


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Richard J

24-09-00, 03:56 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Technique videos"
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   It's American Ballet Theatre that has the on-line dictionary of things technical. Demonstrations are given by company dancers; you have to be a bit patient during down-loading, but you can eventually get the dancers to move through the steps, etc. (at whatever speed you like!).

Their site is www.abt.org - if you want to go straight into the show aim for www.abt.org/dictionary. Naturally terminology sometimes varies, but they do give cross-references applying to the various national traditions (e.g. numbering of arm positions varies, effacé=ouvert, etc). The list of references is a long one, but not, I guess, totally exhaustive.


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Bruce Madmin

24-09-00, 05:03 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Technique videos"
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   just for speed here is that URL as a link:

http://www.abt.org/dictionary/

(I did nothing special here - the system automatically makes a link of anything that begins with the htttp stuff - though obviously I put an extra t in that so it did not become a link itself! If you just begin links with www, then this link conversion stuff does not happen.

The best way to show other people links is to go to the page you want to tell them about and then Copy the URL from the browser address window at the top of the screen. Then you just Paste it into your postings response. No scope for errors then - or not so much anyway!)


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Margaret Lumley

24-09-00, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Technique videos"
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   Maria Fay's ballet class where she does a whole class with 6 dancers but splits some of the exercises up and examines and comments on them is very good. It is called Ballet Class and is available from Dance books in London

Hope this helps


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A.K

24-09-00, 07:40 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Technique videos"
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   Actually I think there are two Maria Fay videos. I know one features the exquisite Caroline Humpston when she was dancing with Festival Ballet or it might have become E.N.B by then.


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alison

25-09-00, 01:19 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Technique videos"
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   The other Fay video is called something like "Faults, Errors, Corrections" (or is it Perfections?) or something, and although I haven't seen it I suspect from what I've read that it might be too advanced for what you want. However, I suspect that anything with Maria Fay in it is worth a look - certainly her book about teaching, "Mind over Body" which I read recently is full of eminently sensible (but apparently not obvious to all teachers!) thoughts on the subject and very much worth reading.

On a slightly different note, and it's not a video but a book, but there's one by Anthony Dufort called "Ballet Steps: (something or other)" which is full of step-by-step line drawings of professional dancers executing steps. Very good, but I fear it may be out of print. Try Dance Books and see if they've got it.


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Helen

27-09-00, 08:02 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Technique videos"
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   Very many thanks for all these suggestions. I think I'll go for the Maria Fay ballet class, at least to start with. The ABT site is good fun!


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