Listen to this episode where the team talk in depth about pirouettes! David, the podcast ballet expert breaks down a pirouette exercise into its basic form, and teaches the importance of ‘spotting’ to aid multiple turns, and arm positions to help with the balance.
The pianists talk about what types of music you can use for pirouettes and the listener will learn that there are many styles that can be used for this exercise with varying accent. The most common style of music generally used is the waltz, but you can play mazurkas, landlers, jazz waltzes, Viennese waltzes and many more.
The team talk about the importance of tempo and mitre and how pirouettes are quite rhythmical, and how adhering to a strict rhythm and obedience with the music will help the dancer achieve better pirouettes.
David asks the pianists about the necessary stamina required at this point of the class to play big and support the dancers, having played for an hour up to this point, and the pianists digress onto ballet class etiquette and all the variables that can affect the way you play for class.
The pianists get cheeky talking about ways in which they draw attention to themselves as a live pianist to politely remind dancers to comply with class etiquette.