If listening to a ballet class CD makes you want to get up and jeté, that’s a good sign (though perhaps inconvenient if you’re sitting in bookstore café.) This album is definitely going on my iPod for home practice. It has the engaging qualities of contrasting moods, many arrangements from ballet scores, and a movement-inspiring pulse throughout.
Selections for barre run for two consecutive tracks so that both sides of an exercise can be completed without restarting the music. As a student, this may or may not be to your taste depending on the steps at hand… It likewise reduces the possibility of a teacher forgetting to do the left side of a particularly tricky combination. But, I digress…
Some of my favorite pieces are “1st Female Variation” from Giselle Peasant Pas de Deux for jeté at barre, “Radetsky March” by Johann Strauss for frappé at barre, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker for Pirouettes En Diagonal, and “Greensleeves” and Faure’s “Pavane in F-Sharp Minor” for Adage in center.