Ballet Videos, DVD and CDs 1
Ballet Dance Videos. Learn to dance ballet at home. Adagio, ballet moves, ballet combinations, ballet terms Juan Sanchez and David Howard.
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Contemporary Dance and Improvisation Volume I with Desmond Richardson DVD
In this exclusive DVD, legendary Desmond Richardson, Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, will teach you an innovative contemporary dance combination. Desmond also shares his tips on how to incorporate improvisation into the movement with detailed explanations and breath-taking examples. Improvisation skills are very important as they are used in dance classes, auditions and are often required in professional jobs. Enjoy the unique opportunity to watch Desmond dance the movement the way it was envisioned. “Remember to have fun! I love the art of dance and it is my greatest pleasure to share it with you...” - Desmond Richardson.
Hailed by the New York Times as one of the great modern dancers of his time, Desmond Richardson is a multi-talented artist who has mastered a wide range of dance forms including classical, modern, and contemporary. Richardson’s immense talent was first recognized as a student at New York High School for the Performing Arts during which time he received a merit scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (1983-1986) and the International Academie des Tanz in Koln, Germany (1984-1985). He is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts (1986).
In 1987, Richardson joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he was a principal dancer for seven years. After leaving the Ailey Company, he traveled to Germany where he performed with Ballet Frankfurt. Richardson has performed as a guest artist with several world-renowned companies including the Swedish Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Teatro at La Scala, and the San Francisco Ballet.
In 1997, he joined the American Ballet Theater where he performed the lead role in the company’s world premiere production of Othello. In its description of Richardson’s performance in that role, the New York Times described him as one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the MET Stage. In 1998, Richardson joined the premiere cast of the Broadway Musical Fosse for which he received a 1999 Tony Award Nomination. He has also appeared on Broadway in the musical, The Look of Love and in the critically acclaimed Movin’ Out. He had a principal role in Debbie Allen’s dance/theatrical presentation, Soul Possessed, which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999.
Richardson has worked in television, film, and video in the United States and abroad. These experiences have allowed him to perform with such musical artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna. He is featured in Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi’s film, One Last Dance and the Oscar winning Chicago. He made his singing debut in Charles Randolph Wright’s 2005 film, Preaching to the Choir, performed the lead role of Beowulf in Julie Taymor’s Grendel at the LA Opera, Richardson recently appeared in Taymor’s Film, Across the Universe.
His recent honors include the Alvin Ailey School’s 2006 Apex award and the prestigous 2007 Dance Magazine Award. Recently Richardson partnered & performed with Diana Vishneva, in her one women show Beauty in Motion, at New York City Center and St.Petersburg, Russia, and is one of two Dancers invited by the President of the United States to perform in the 60th Presidential Conference in Israel May 08.
50 mins. (2009)
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Lifts Volume I with Jeff Amsden featuring Katy Spreadbury DVDIn this video, Jeff Amsden teaches the proper technique for executing lifts. Join him as he covers such topics as hand placement, the use of your legs while lifting, supporting your lower back, timing and many other important factors necessary to execute lifts safely.
The lifts featured in this video range from intermediate to advanced in difficulty with a special section that covers girls lifting girls. Finally, these breathtaking lifts are broken down in a step-by-step manner so that anyone can learn to perform them. Adding theses beautiful movements to your choreography will bring an exciting element to any style of choreography whether ballet, lyrical-contemporary, jazz or musical theater. This is a must have for any dancer's library.
Jeff Amsden's Credits - Dance Companies: Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Chamber Ballet USA. Television: The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, Dancin’ to the Hits, Blowing Kisses in the Wind partnering Paula Abdul, 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty TV Special, Coach, The Tracy Ullman Show, The Guiding Light. Film: “Cinderella” with Brandy and Whitney Houston, “Back to the Future 2,” “And the Band Played On.”
Commercials: Stickletts Gum, Teddy Grahams cookies and Miller Lite. Theater: Phantom of the Opera (original LA cast), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (original workshop production). Choreography: A Few Good Men Dancin’, Grease at the Paper Mill Playhouse, All My Children, The Guiding Light, Asst choreographer: Saturday Night Fever (original West End production), to Michèle Assaf on the choreography for Houston Grand Opera's production of Pagliacci, The Elan Awards honoring Susan Stroman.
Jeff is also a Master Teacher in a number of diverse dance styles including jazz, lyrical, and ballet. He has been a guest teacher in Japan, Italy, and at London's Pineapple Studios, University of Idaho, Cornish Institute of the Arts, Texas Christian University, Colorado State University, and other studios throughout the world. Jeff currently teaches at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Tremaine Dance Convention.
Katy Spreadbury is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from Worcester, Massachusetts. In her youth, her talent was recognized by competitions and magazines alike. She’s been named Miss Dance of America, America’s Choreographer of the Year, and Capezio’s Future Star, as well as having appeared as a featured artist in both Dance and Dance Spirit Magazine.
As a professional, Katy’s dancing has taken her all over the country. She is continually sought after as a guest artist, has performed alongside legends such as Ben Vereen and Karen Ziemba, and has most recently danced as a featured performer for the Astaire Awards in New York City. An amazing performer who teaches with a kind heart and a strong will. Her undeniable technique and passion for dance is evident every time she teaches.
As an instructor, Katy is recognized to be an incredible motivator, a positive spirit, and a fountain of knowledge. She has quickly become the sweetheart of the convention circuit, and continues to remain in high demand throughout the country as teacher who wants to make a difference. Currently she is on faculty, touring with JUMP - the dance convention.
50 mins. (2009)
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Burn at the Barre: Total Dancer Body Workout for All Levels DVD
A long lean, strong and sexy body is yours with this all-level barre workout.
The Pilates Sports Center team comprised of a professional dancer, Certified Pilates Instructors and a Chiropractor, created this amazing workout which will deliver the results you want!
Transform your body into a dancer’s physique and notice the results in as little as five workouts! This fabulous workout has driving beats at 128 BPM and is appropriate for all levels. There are three levels to choose from, and safety tips to ensure a safe and effective workout. Have fun and enjoy Burn at the Barre!
60 mins. (2012) DVD-All-Region.
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Lisa Harris Collection - 2 Disc CDs
A double CD extravaganza! Perfect for teachers, students and professionals. Over 80 tracks of ballet music recorded on a Steinway grand piano, beautifully arranged for the barre and center. Longer bands include a variety of petit allegros, grand allegros and lots of adagios. Enjoy!
Between the Barres - Music for the Ballet Class - 2 Disc CDs
81 Tracks on 2 CDs. Between the Barres is a compilation of original LP volumes 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Dance Class - New Music for Barre & Centre CD
This album presents the artistry of Whit Kellogg and Antoinette Peloso in a diverse repertoire arranged for the ballet class. Entries for barre & centre can be interchanged and used for combinations other than those designated on the disc. This CD features longer bands with no repeats. We hope these selections will inspire teachers and students alike.
Whit Kellogg has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff for over twenty years. Primarily involved with dancers and choreographers, he has in the process worked with a vast array of singers intimately involved with most choreographic efforts. For nineteen years he was musical director of the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program and performed as soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony. He also plays for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the School of American Ballet for whom he recently performed Chopiniana at the Juilliard Theater. For two summers he has been on the coaching staff of the Bel Canto Institute in New Paltz, New York. He can be seen in MGM’s film adaptation of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation”.
Antoinette Peloso was a long-time member and principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Company at New York’s Lincoln Center. During her tenure she had the opportunity to work with opera’s brightest stars as well as many ballet luminaries, including; George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Antony Tudor, Natalia Makarova, Fernando Bujones and Antony Dowell. Born and raised in New Mexico, at age thirteen Antoinette auditioned for and won admission to England’s Royal Ballet School. Over the next five years she received extensive training in classical and character techniques. Working with the Royal Ballets’ top coaches and teachers, she was schooled in the Vaganova and Cechetti methods. After graduating with Honors she returned to the United States and began dancing professionally in New York. In addition to her seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, Antoinette has been a guest artist with numerous ballet companies, dancing roles in; Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus and Les Sylphides, among others. In recent years she has been teaching Technique & Pointe classes in New York.
Broadway Dance Center: Care and Feeding of a Dancer DVD
The Care and Feeding of a Dancer DVD is a must-have guide for dancers who want to take it to the next level.
Join us as Toni Branner, exercise physiologist, author, and (most importantly) mother of a dancer, presents the latest research on free radical damage and oxidative stress in dancers and athletes.
Develop your free radical defense system by eating foods with the right nutrients. Learn real and simple solutions to improve your family’s nutrition. Prevent disease, enhance your immune system, and achieve optimal health.
Research regarding the prevention of memory loss, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and aging will be shared.
This is your chance to impact your future and your dancer’s future in the most meaningful way.
65 mins. (2009)
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