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Author:  Alex R [ Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:38 am ]
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I have to say I disagree with the idea that ballet dancers can automatically do modern dance pieces. I've seen some ballet companies perform modern works in the past and many of the dancers were unable to loosen up and make the work smooth and fluid, but rather stayed rigid, as you would for most ballet works. I'm not saying this applies to all ballet dancers, i'm sure there are many who can make the transition easily, i'm just saying that it shouldn't be taken for granted.

Author:  LMCtech [ Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:35 pm ]
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I completely agree with you Alex. I have also found that ballet dancers doing a modern piece will often emphasize the wrong movement. They hold the extension too long or they "pop the trick" which obscures the meaning and emotions in the movements, and for something like Graham it completely RUINS the piece. If those same dancers had a bit of modern training when they were teens, I wonder if their approach to the movement would be different.

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