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It is my personal conviction that without music, there can be no dance.

The ability to move with music is essential to every dancer's training.  

I am often surprised to meet students who have danced for years without becoming attuned to the rhythms of the music they are dancing to.This is a serious fault in training. Deficiency in musical sensitivity can, and must, be corrected. No dancer can succeed without it.

Skillful students have come to me citing problems with pirouettes, jumps, big waltz movements, or long combinations. Neglect of the music is often the culprit. Further technical training is beside the point; the student must learn to use musical rhythms to coordinate their movements.

The well-known neurologist Oliver Sacks, in his book Musicophilia, shows us how music helps people follow movement sequences or remember great volumes of information, and how rhythm can push athletes and dancers to higher levels. 

Every dancer should take note.

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Ripley-Grier 72, 131 West 72 Street 
(between Broadway and Columbus)  
New York, NY 10023

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