Amy Reusch Posted November 26, 2003 Report Share Posted November 26, 2003 Okay... I know what a musical dancer is... but what is the corresponding term for an accompanist who is particularly sensitive to the dynamic needs of dance? We have several truly wonderful accompanists at Dance Connecticut (nee Hartford Ballet), I may never be pried out of class... but one in particular has such wonderful insight for the rhythm of steps... I don't just mean for the rhythm of the combinations, but even for individual steps... for instance she has a great feel for ronde de jambes en l’air... encouraging one to whip near the passe and then elongating the stretch out at the extension (do I qualify for a redundancy award yet?)... or for setting up pirouettes... Her sense was so uncanny, I decided she must have studied dance although I'd had no indication of that from her other than her playing. Instead, it turns out she's a positive product of the old Russian system where one only had the chance to study ballet if one was chosen to do so. We missed out getting a dancer, but instead got a wonderful accompanist. I'm sure we've all suffered through clueless accompanists who actually made the steps feel more difficult than they are. What is the equivalent of musical dancer... a dancerly accompanist? Quote Link to comment
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