Imagine performing your allegro to Abba, your pirouettes to Queen, your pliés to Maroon 5, your jetés to Avril Lavigne

Reimagined for Ballet transforms well-known pop songs, structurally and stylistically, into mazurkas, tangos, hornpipes, rags, waltzes, polkas, barcarolles, rumbas, jigs and a variety of other dance forms. The tracks are arranged and performed on a beautiful grand piano by experienced ballet pianist and record producer, Andrew Holdsworth. The music was devised in collaboration with three ballet teachers and the tracks are sequenced in a traditional class format.

The video below contains samples of 15 tracks from the Pop Series being used in class by Danielle Nieuwenhuys (Urdang Academy) and Olivia Van Niekerk (Van Niekerk Academy).

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0m 28s Pliés ‘This Love’ - Maroon 5
1m 28s Battements tendus ‘Crazy in Love’ – Beyoncé
2m 03s Battements glissés ‘Mr Brightside’ – Killers
2m 24s Battements jetés ‘Complicated’ – Avril Lavigne
2m 52s Ronds de jambe à terre ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ – Toploader
3m 29s Stretch ‘Fix You’ – Coldplay
4m 01s Port de bras ‘If You’re Not The One’ – Daniel Bedingfield
4m 31s Centre practice ‘Grace Kelly’ – Mika
4m 48s Pirouettes ‘California Gurls’ – Katy Perry
5m 07s Turns ‘You’re The One That I Want’ – Grease
5m 20s Adage ‘Exit Music’ (from ‘Romeo and Juliet’) – Radiohead
6m 06s Petit allegro ‘Put Your Records On’ – Corinne Bailey Rae
6m 26s Medium allegro ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ – Abba
6m 45s Grand allegro ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – Nirvana
7m 04s Révérence ‘Fix You’ – Coldplay

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