Ludmilla Posted October 31, 2011 Report Share Posted October 31, 2011 Dear Ms. Leigh, and other Respected Forum Instructors, Thank you again for your wonderful comments previously. My current question is regarding Ballet Instructional DVDs that particular teach a short routine, or piece. Other dance forms that I have worked with, which admittedly one might argue, involve less skill than ballet, do, however, have numerous instructional DVDs with which you can learn from a very professional (I am referring to hip-hop, for example) choreographer, a complete routine. It is usually a dance piece of about 3 minutes or so, broken down into sections and taught in a studio setting, so you see the instructor in the mirror and from the back, as you would in a class. If there is a somewhat unusual move or step, the instructor will spend some time on the DVD breaking down that particular move and teaching its technique. The result is, learning a dance routine -- very satisfying for a student -- from a DVD, as a supplement to dance class, and to effectively use practice time for something other than repeating class material at home or working on "drills". Some may think this is horrifying to imagine for ballet, (that you could put a ballet routine on a DVD and have anyone or everyone work on learning it but alas, I for one, find my ballet training missing something very elemental and important, not to be able to learn a short routine -- even 1 minute long or so.....). My instructor does not encourage or help adult ballet students put together pieces to perform, perform for other students, or have the satisfaction of practicing on their own, so I am asking myself -- Are there Ballet Choreo DVD's out there, and if not..........why not? I realize the possible perils of learning a ballet choreo without a live instructor, but so much is on DVD now, why not ballet, short pieces to learn? it would be so much fun, and very educational. It would not have to be a role from a classical ballet piece at all -- a short piece that the instructor/choregrapher on the DVD has come up with -- I've got the interest in learning...........is there a way to learn this way? (I could come up with my own but that would really set me up for failure I am afraid.) --- Ludmilla Quote Link to comment
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