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Ballet Pianist Life

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

The day I walked into my interview to become a ballet pianist was the first time I had ever been to a ballet class. I had no idea that some dance studios employed professional musicians to provide music in classes or that it was a potential career path for a pianist. But I went anyway! And I'm so glad I did. Over the last 10 years I've spent many days making music for talented dancers and dance teachers and I'd like to share a little of what I've learned here on the blog.

First, let me give you an inside look at a recent class.

The first requirement for a good ballet pianist is flexibility. You have to be ready to change music fast in response to directions from a teacher or based on what the dancers are trying to accomplish. Small changes in tempo or dynamics can make a big difference for dancers. Be ready to adjust.

Be prepared to play in multiple genres throughout class. During a typical class I go from Mozart to Gershwin to Taylor Swift in the same half hour. Changing things up can be motivating for dancers and teachers. Their work is challenging - music helps.

Do you have questions about being a ballet pianist? I'd love to hear them!

Join me to learn to play piano today!

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