Music for the Modern Dance Class

This website is designed to provide an overview of dance accompanying to educate dance teachers and dance musicians to successfully interact together in the dance classroom.

We will explore the basics for dance accompanying by examining:


The commonalities between music and dance

The relationship of the teacher and accompanist

The role of the accompanist

The role of the dance teacher

The counting phenomena: dancer counts vs. musician counts

The use of meter in dance class

The mechanics of the dance class

Aesthetic considerations of musically supporting the dance class

Analyzing phrase structure: choosing written music / improvisation

Updated February 2.12.2008

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