I ran across a couple of videos posted by Nichelle Strzepek of Dance Advantage over on Vimeo. And thought I’d would share this one about “Toe-Sit-ups” as we’ve been talking about foot strengthening and relevés.
Another very cool find is this book: A choreographer’s Handbook, that I picked up at Borders:
This past week-end I downloaded from iTunes, and watched Wayne McGregor’s “Entity” – the most glorious full-length dance film that I’ve ever watched. I lost count of the number of times that a huge grin erupted on my face as I watch with pure joy.
From the TenduTV Press Release:
“TenduTV has launched the ballet world into 2011 with the release of the first-ever concert dance performances on iTunes. The critically acclaimed programs Entity from Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and the Hans Van Manen Festival from Dutch National Ballet are now available for download to own and rent on iTunes in the United States and Canada. Also available is the award-winning documentary 40 Years of One Night Stands: The Story of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet…”
“For the first time, audiences can access great choreography as easily as they can any other form of art or entertainment,” said TenduTV Founder and General Manager, Marc Kirschner. “These releases are an important step forward for the field of concert dance, and we’re proud to be collaborating with two of the most innovative dance companies in the world in Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Dutch National Ballet…”
Wayne McGregor is a multi award-winning British choreographer, renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
:: He’s a genius!
Update: Great Idea!! Nichelle at Dance Advantage has started a book club styled discussion for interested peeps on all things dance – videos included, and is launching the first such discussion on Wayne’s Entity. The project is called Delight in Dance with Terpsichorus [button link on the sidebar] or here. On February 24th, a new post will be posted to start the discussion/reactions to the work.
Entity is available for $3.99 rental or $14.99 permanent download on both iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand (U.S. and Canada) . In the UK and elsewhere, the DVD with additional features can be purchased for £9.99 at SadlersWells.com.
We all love our Iliopsoas!
Just found a really good article by Nichelle Strzepek over on the Dance Advantage blog titled “Introducing the Iliopsoas” that is well worth sharing. It’s not a very long article, and as we’ve been talking about this group of muscles in class, I thought it would be a good place to begin the search.
We spend a good portion of time in hip work and drills, and have added strengthening exercises of the Psoas for better technique and to avoid injuries.
Go read the whole piece at Dance Advantage, it will really help you understand why. She has a cute intro too!
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