w w w . d a n c e d i r e c t o r y . c o . z a
Home // Events Calendar // Search Our Directory // Contact Us // About Us //
Acrobatic Dance
African Dance
Argentine Tango
Belly Dancing
Classical Indian Dance
Costume Hire and Design
Dance Accompanist
Dance Accompanists in South Africa (RSA)
Dance Accompanist
Dance and Excercise
Dance Competitions
Dance and Health
Dance DVDs
Dance Facts
Dance Fitness
Dance Institutes
Dance Mouse
Dance Outreach Programmes
Dance Societies and Companies
Dance Space for Rent
Folk Dancing
Highland Dancing
Irish Dancing
International Dance Competitions
Int Dance Schools and Companies
Kids and Teens
Latin American and Ballroom
Line Dancing
Modern Dance and Hip Hop
Musical Theatre
Nia Dancing
People In Dance
Pole Dance Fitness
Reality of Dance
Religious Dance
SA Choreographers
Scottish Dance
Shops and Services
Sound, Video and Photo
Spanish Dancing
Tap Dance
Dance Poetry
Dance Wisdom
WIN... WIN... WIN!!!
E-Mail Interviews
Dance International
Written by: Elizabeth

Accompanists are musicians supporting singers, dancers, choirs or other instrumentalists. Accompanists are not necessarily in the background. They are as important as the singer or dancer or other performer.

Ballet pianists
Ballet accompanists are mostly pianists who play the piano for ballet classes, examinations and sometimes during performances on stage.

The performance required from ballet pianists is quite different to that of pianists who play in concert halls and the difference is rooted in the requirements of the dance.

To be a successful ballet accompanist requires special skills and qualities, a great deal of experience, flexibility and the special ability to sense movement musically.

The pianist must not only understand ballet terminology, but must also be able to improvise and be willing to feel the class and move along with the dancers. The dance pianist must be able to play the piano in a specific way, in terms of tempos, accent, and atmosphere, in order to make it easy for the students to dance or to stimulate them.

If the pianist, dance teacher and students can enter into a partnership, every dance class can be a beautiful and creative experience.

Apart from ballet, pianists are sometimes employed in contemporary dance and Spanish dancing as well.

Flamenco Guitarists
Flamenco, originally from the province of Andalusia in Spain, is an art form, involving dancing, singing and the guitar, as well as rhythmic punctuation by handclaps and sometimes castanets.

The primary role of the guitarist in Flamenco, is to follow the dancer or singer.

Sometimes the guitarist is expected to play fixed melodic/harmonic patterns, escobillas, which gives the dancer a solid basis for solo footwork. At other times the guitarist needs to work in close interplay with the dancer, sharing and contrasting rhythm, as in the buleras.

The guitarist's role can also be to simply keep the rhythm going as the singer or dancer prepares for their next solo. By playing one or two chords with rhythmic interest, the guitarist keeps the music flowing.

Drums are used as accompaniment for different dance forms.

The Irish hand drum, bodhran is one of the traditional percussion instruments played to accompany jigs, reels, hornpipes, slip jigs, and other types of the Celtic dance music.

Many and most African dances include drums, vocals and feet stamping.

Indian dancers are often accompanied by drummers playing drums and other percussion instruments, such as the Chenda (cylindrical drum), Chameli (membrane only on one side), Danda (a pair of sticks, with or without jingles), Ghungroo (dancers ankle bells of north India) and more.


admin log-in // Copyright 2000 - 2014 DanceDirectory //
...now listing: 497 members in our directory!

w w w . d a n c e d i r e c t o r y . c o . z a