Shift of Weight
Music for the Graham-Based Modern Dance Classes
and other Modern Dance Techniques
by
David Finkelstein

Shift of Weight - Music for Graham-based Modern Dance Classes CD by David Finkelstein

with a booklet of exercise suggestions 

From the CD:  "Shift of Weight" features piano-based music, with strings, woodwinds, percussion, and other instruments adding color. The music has been carefully composed to follow the meters, tempi, accents, and moods of the Floor and Center exercises most typically given in a Graham-based Modern Dance class.

The enclosed 12-page booklet makes it easy to fit typical Graham-style exerices with each track; or to choreograph new exercises. A special feature of "Shift of Weight" is the inclusion of multiple musical versions of the exercises which are commonly done in every class, such as the "bounces," to provide students with variety and to emphasize different kinetic and expressive qualities of the movement."

27 tracks,  62 minutes long

Denise Jefferson, director of the Ailey School, says of Finkelstein's music:

Denise Vale, former principle dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, wrote of Finkelstein's music:

Selections Include:

 

Title

Length

 

FLOOR WORK

 

1.

Bounces I

3:20

2.

Bounces II

3:18

3.

Bounces III

2:56

4.

Spiral Breathings I

2:31

5.

Spiral Breathings II

2:36

6.

Contractions Between the Legs

1:42

7.

Deep Stretches I

2:25

8.

Deep Stretches II

1:12

9.

Feet Coming Forward / Contractions on 3 / Long Leans

2:24

10.

Turns Around the Back I

1:34

11.

Turns Around the Back II

1:21

12.

Turns Around the Back III

1:35

13.

Back Leg Extensions / Pretzel Exercise / Slow Back Falls

3:36

14.

Pleadings I

1:21

15.

Pleadings II

1:13

16.

Excercise on 6 2's

0:52

 

CENTER EXERCISES

 

17.

Center Foot Warmup I

1:40

18.

Center Foot Warmup II

1:52

19.

Plies I

6:47

20.

Plies II

5:40

21.

Adagio with Contractions

1:50

22.

Side Contractions

:47

23.

Center Combination in 3's

1:36

24.

Prances

0:30

25.

Jumps

0:22

26.

Triplets

2:55

27.

Step Draws

2:53

Excerpts of Shift of Weight are in MP3 format.
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Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 1 - Bounces I
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 2 - Bounces II
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 3 - Bounces III
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 4 - Spiral Breathings I
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 6 - Contractions Between the Legs
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 8 - Deep Stretches II
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 10 - Turns Around the Back I
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 11 - Turns Around the Back II
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 15 - Pleadings II
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 17 - Center Foot Warmup I
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 20 - Plies II
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 23 - Center Combination in 3's
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 24 -  Prances
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 26 -  Triplets
Listening Play or Download an excerpt of Track 27 - Step Draws

 

Shift of Weight - Music for Graham-based Modern Dance Classes
is $19.95 for the Single CD.

also see Gilles Obermayer - Contraction - for Graham Class music


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