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.
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.