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drives2much

I'm not sure if I am posting this in the proper forum; please move if necessary. My daughter would like a cd for barre and center. She saw one in Discount Dance catalog titled New Music for Barre and Center for $27. Before she considers shelling that out, I wanted to know if anyone has this cd and would recommend it, or if anyone has a better recommendation. Thanks in advance.

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Victoria Leigh

I'm not familiar with this one, but there are hundreds of them available. If you tell me who is listed as the teacher and the pianist, that would help. It's always safe to order the disks by David Howard, and also Finis Jung, and one of my favorites is one by Gladys Celeste (http://www.gladysceleste.com). I also like one entitled 10:00 at the Tulsa Ballet!

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drives2much

Thanks, Ms. Leigh. New Music for Barre and Center is with Antoinette Peloso, principal dancer with Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Whit Kellogg, virtuoso pianist for ballet at the Met. Are you familiar with them?

 

Also, thanks for your recommendations. I will look into them.

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Victoria Leigh

No, sorry driver, I'm not familiar with them.

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Guest dancer04

My teachers use that one in class a lot. My personal favorites are Between the Barres by Michael Roberts, Dmitry Polischuk For Ballet Class Vol. 1 directed by David Howard through Roper Pecords and I believe I have the Vol. 2 as well. Those are my favorites!!

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drives2much

Other than the website for Gladys Celeste and Music for Barre and Center listed in Discount Dance catalog, where can I find the other recommended cds?

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TomarkenFan89

Just don't get the Lisa Harris ones. Not too crazy about them, plus they're kinda pricey....

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I’ve used the Peloso-Kellogg CD for home practice for well over a year now. The music, with one exception, is opera music, which I like. Best feature of the CD is that the tracks are long. Some are too long, however (faster degage, ronds de jambe en l’air, and grand battements). Also most of the tracks are repeated after a pause making it easy to do each side. Personally, I like the center music more than the barre music, but that’s just me. Overall, I like it.

 

I’ve listened to about 7-8 different ballet CDs and each has had both good and bad features in my opinion. Personal taste plays a big role as you might expect.

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TomarkenFan89

My personal fave is "Hits From The Stage & Screen," played by Steven Mitchell. I also like "Ballet of Today," also played by Steven Mitchell. I also love a lot of the Lynn Stanford CDs. Another personal favorite is "Leaning on Tradition, Volume 1" by Doug Schultz. One of my teachers uses this one, it's quite good.

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