Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“Neo” Classical Ballet…? What’s That..? Let’s Find Out… For Whatever It’s Worth!



This time, my reader,  I’m not writing about singing, speech or even voice repair (those services which I advocate for almost 4 decades). This time, I’m going to express my opinion about what’s happening in the arts world – will it be music, ballet, figure skating or what have you.

This past Saturday, on October the 28th, My husband and I paid a “gazillion” amount of money to attend a Canada All-Star Ballet Gala which was held in one of Toronto’s most prestigious venues for the arts which is now called the Sony Centre (formally known as O’Keefe Center).

I, however, am a big fan of both - ballet and figure skating.

In fact, in figure skating (which also entails a lot of ballet elements), I myself have spent over a decade skating; first for the professional career and then just recreationally. My very serious education in music, and also my dedication to music, took over my (also very serious) hobbies such as ballet and figure skating.

Evidently, a lot changed ever since my childhood and so did the concept of my favourite leisure pursuits. 

Let’s start with my favourite Ballet dancers – Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev. Both of them studied and graduated from Leningrad Vaganova’s highly-acclaimed School of Ballet.

At that time, the very high standards of CLASSIC BALLET were in high-gear and were embedded to every ballet dancer from an early age; and as soon as they entered such institution via a very strict selection based on true talent and specific body structure requirements. 

However, here in North America, everything is about money… unfortunately. 

The child (or adult, for that matter) could be over 200 pounds or so and, in a manner of speaking, with two flat (and “left”) feet; but as long as the money is paid, the rest, evidently, does not even matter… How sad and pathetic is that? 

However, this is life in North America and I guess we have to except it as it comes. I though, personally, have a very hard time with it.

In fact, in my business, I have always chosen to rather lose money, but tell the truth when I was asked if a certain child or adult under my care could someday make it professionally. And if the truth of the matter was that I did not think so, the parent or the young adult were solely advised about it.

However, there is nothing wrong in doing it recreationally. In fact, one of my clients just forwarded to me a beautiful article which suggests that music (and singing in particular) could do a lot of good to a person health-wise, positive emotions-wise, confidence-wise, etc.

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But let’s now return back to the professional field of dancing:

When the talent meets the right training, that’s where the world’s names, like Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev, had been scouted, “sculpted” and created.

But then, there were different times…



The word Classical Ballet meant grace, poise and specific standards of each and every minutest movement produced by a ballet dancer. Those talented and well-trained dancers were able to perform (with absolute excellence) in such classic ballets like Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker - those are just to name a few. 

The music for the above listed ballets was written by such classic composers like Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, etc.

On that note, I would like to thank God that their brilliant music had not gotten changed (at least not just yet…)?

However, the classical ballet (now known as Neo classical) had unfortunately changed a lot!

In this gala, nevertheless, my husband and I came to appreciation of a mastery of every member of the cast (I believe 16 of them from the various European & North American ballet theatres). However, the dance, about 95 percent of the time, was rather a modern “parody” on a classical ballet we once knew and got accustomed to and fell in love with.

To me, it was quite disheartening and very strange watching their very high-quality performance; but the dancers themselves had been dressed up in very strange costume attire…

The “last straw” for me was where the principal dancer (Svetlana Lunkina of National Ballet, formally of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow) came out to dance a part of Swan Lake Ballet dressed in something resembling, what looked like, pyjama shorts (to put it politely…)

No traditional tutu, or feathers for that matter, were present…

At this point, I finally took a wild guess realizing that what I have witnessed was what they now call ‘Neo Classical Ballet’.

Pathetic…? INDEED!! 
I wonder what’s going to be next?
Will the music (let’s say… by Tchaikovsky) be remixed into something like EDM, God forbid…?

Actually, on second thought, as pathetic as it sounds, the above actually would fit better to this so-called “Neo” interpretation of once known as classical form and genre.

Wouldn’t that actually be funny… if, nevertheless, it wasn’t so sad?

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My other hobby is cars and I just saw, in two separate instances, a yellow Mercedes and an orange BMW parked near stores and restaurants. It also looked a little strange to me, as classic high-end cars like Mercedes and BMW, in my opinion, should be painted in, (so to speak) classic colours like black, white or silver. These type of cars should not look “funky” opposed to small, inexpensive, no-big-names cars.

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Anyways, I guess, I have now expressed my frustration with this form of art; and now, to top it all off, my other frustration with “modern” figure skating as well (which lately reminds me of a glorified “circus on ice”).

All those performers are constantly injuring themselves (putting their bodies under enormous strain) to amuse others…

Where are the Russian pioneer skaters, like Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, who glided on ice like ballet dancers, using music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninov…? In my opinion, that was real artistry on ice!

Today, if a skater cannot jump 3 or more triple axels or quads during the program, he or she will not be qualified for any serious competitions. Those, however, who can, very often, become severely injured; and, evidently, end up facing a lot of obstacles with their health in general… Today, it is not about arts; it is about delivering amusement at all costs & money paid for it.
For the true lovers of arts (like me) it is indeed very disappointing and, nevertheless, extremely frustrating…

However, I’m not done yet… Stay tuned for my “humble opinion” of the, nowadays, “modern” music scene… Till then, my reader… Thank you for takin the time reading the above. I would love to hear your opinion on the above mentioned matters.

Monday, October 23, 2017

What Is Chronic Laryngitis? Causes, Symptoms & Its Treatment!

Chronic Laryngitis


In laryngitis, you will find that laryngeal mucous membrane is congested, swollen and is full of mucus. Chronic laryngitis happens as a result of continual attacks of acute laryngitis. Since the larynx is responsible for producing voice, this can naturally affect the voice of any individual.

Causes


Excessive use of the voice for singing, especially in a dusty atmosphere, often leads to chronic laryngitis. Heavy smoking, exposure to chemicals, poisonous fumes and harmful gases can also cause this disease. Breathing from the mouth and obstruction of the nasal sinus can precipitate chronic laryngitis. Also, in some cases, respiratory diseases such as influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and the common cold can cause chronic laryngitis.

Symptoms


Hoarseness in the voice/Lost voice
Throat irritation (itchiness and scratchiness)
Difficulty in swallowing
Swollen lymph codes
Change in voice
Pain in throat

Treatment


If your chronic laryngitis is caused by smoking, drinking alcohol, voice overuse or work-related exposures, your doctor will likely advise you to follow the standard prevention guidelines. As well as, he/she may also refer you to an alternative voice care speech therapist. This form of therapy (known as the Vocal Science™ Method and Technique) teaches you to use your voice correctly and avoid speaking in ways that might re-injure your vocal cords.

The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offers a unique and revolutionary non-surgical program that will not only help you to repair your voice, it will also teach you how to use your voice correctly according to the standards of professional speaking/singing. By getting the treatment for the cause, and not only for the symptoms of your vocal problems, you will never face the same vocal issues again.




Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Vocal Science™ Method is No Doubt “Sweat and Drench Workout of the Body”… But it is “Music” for the Mind, Soul and Voice.


I am sure, my readers, that you, most likely, are puzzled with the very intriguing title of this blog. What do we mean by “sweat and drench workout of the body”, you may ask?

I have explained in numerous publications that the Vocal Science™ method is a very unique and holistic approach to voice mechanics and the human being as a whole. The physiology and anatomy of one’s physical makeup, in this instance, is literally treated as a person’s “instrument” (in a manner of speaking).

Any musical instrument (before the player attempts to extract the maximum capacity of it) has to be tuned and has to be intact, to say the least.

Unfortunately, majority of our clients do not come to our institution with "very sound" physical bodies; I.e., some of them are not at all fit and practically unable to “walk and chew the gum at the same time”, figuratively speaking.

To restore someone's voice and put it back to balance, takes an enormous effort from me (the voice specialist) and, nevertheless, from the person in question. My method requires a lot of physical fitness, as the restoration of the voice via speaking and singing exercises, is coupled with certain physical movements of the upper and lower limbs.

"Alex Norman: Former student
Lead singer of illscarlet - Sony BMG Music Canada"
In order to lift the voice off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, I often ask the client to walk towards me on their tippy toes with their arms thrown above their heads.

The above is the ideal position; however, I have a lot of flexibility and alternatives for those who could not achieve such movements and thus I substitute the most difficult ones (with respect of physical fitness) with much less intense ones.

One of my clients ( granted with a little excess weight) wore a special fitness smartwatch which showed us at the end of the 2 hour session that she achieved four thousand steps throughout the duration of the session.

This provided her, and others, with the perfect fitness tune-up and regimen; and like many others, she said “Who needs go to the gym for a workout after that!”

Indeed!

I’ve seen a lot of “sweat and tears”, so to speak, throughout the many years of employing my very own and very unique Vocal Science method and technique.

Natural selection - the stronger cub may succeed; the week one will never survive.
After the 6 months being by momma bear's side & learning how to hunt, the cubs will be left on their own...
Momma bear will walk away in hopes that her cubs had been trained enough by her & could survive on their own without them being by her side.  
Needless to say, via "natural selection", the strong ones succeeded; the week ones never did.
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Many publications who profiled the Vocal Science™ method, often mentioned that it is “definitely not for the faint of heart”.

I strongly agree with the above quote.

So those who can reciprocate this very disciplined approach, I.e., physically, intellectually, emotionally and vocally, would no doubt succeed with their goal to restore and regain their speaking and/or singing voice and, as a consolation prize, become a much better speaker and/or singer.

Through this regiment, they would also become much more focused, more assertive and needless to say, much more confident...

In Russia , we used to say: In a healthy body lives a healthy spirit.


I always, in the past and present, said that the voice (figuratively, and otherwise, speaking) is your spirit which we have to discover, uncover and "make it soar with the ease of the Eagles" and, nevertheless, address it to it’s aimed destination.

Now the voice is restored and it is, minimum to say, "flying"!

This is becoming to be "music to my ears", as of course, needless to say, the happiness, the confidence, the satisfaction after the hard work conquering the voice issues is overwhelming for my voice repair clients.

Way to go guys!

Majority of them say "Diana, we are forever in your debt as you finally put us back into our vocal shoes"...

They say "We love you!

I say, "I love you more!!"

Friday, October 13, 2017

We offer a unique and alternative treatment for spasmodic dysphonia, as well as non-surgical solutions for various voice disorders.


We have many people inquiring about various voice disorders; but the most nasty of them I would qualify as Spasmodic Dysphonia – especially for sufferers whose speech has been severely compromised due to that disorder.

The above-described voice disorder sufferers have been experiencing uncontrolled spasms in their voice, which sometimes also travels to their vocal anatomy from their chest or even their stomach!

I could, perhaps, compare it to a form of epilepsy; and in this case, I personally gave it the name of “vocal epilepsy”.

The sufferers of spasmodic dysphonia also often have difficulties to swallow their saliva and some foods for that matter.

It is definitely a disorder of a neurological nature, but also (and I am quite sure of it) is, quite often, emotionally induced. Due to this fact, it often manifests in the various organs of one’s physical body; whereas, unfortunately, the human voice is not excluded.

‘Is this disorder curable’, you, my reader, may ask?

My answer would be that, in majority of cases, it is not; but in my very unique approach to voice mechanics and to the human as a whole, it can be very-much-so well treated and controlled to the point of nearly 100% of spasm reduction in one’s speech.

The fact is that with the proper breathing mechanism instilled in the individual, the voice gets lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal anatomy as a whole. Thus, the throat, larynx and vocal cords get the needed relief from the pressure of the sound of the voice.

Needless to say that, in this instance,  the sound having the air (fuel underneath of it, in a manner of speaking), will “fly to its programed, aimed destination”. But the above can only happen if the rest of that wholesome mechanism will also be intact. I am talking about the support, structure and placement of the sound in the designated facial cavities (the sinus cavities, if you will).

Once this described above mechanism works in one’s body in the fullest capacity possible, the voice will be shifted to and operated by a different set of muscles altogether…

The above described is the essence of the Vocal Science™ Method and Technique which, in turn, will assure the human voice (speaking and/or singing) working to its best capacity and thus, ability. Therefore, many of the voice/vocal disorders (and even including such a nasty one as spasmodic dysphonia), may be greatly eliminated.

To conclude:

I often ask my present and former clients “What price tag you could put on the above descriptions”?

Needless to say, the common opinion is… The Vocal Science™ approach, method and technique… is simply priceless!


Ms. Yampolsky is one of the world's foremost specialists on the topic of the human voice and is the creator of Vocal Science(TM), a unique and truly revolutionary accelerated vocal development technique. It is a holistic and scientific approach to voice mechanics that enables all singers and speakers to reach their full potential in an extremely short period of time. Based in Ontario, Canada, Diana works with a worldwide spectrum of clientele as a Vocal Coach/Consultant, In-Studio Vocal Production Expert and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist.


If you feel that you, or a loved one, may be suffering from such voice disorders like Spasmodic Dysphonia, contact us: info@vocalscience.com | 416-857-8741