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Monday, May 29, 2017

Marvelous Monday Hub






Marvelous Monday Hub

If you watch accomplished dancers, you will notice that the majority of the time the torso, and particularly the pelvis, doesn’t move, or change, much. That’s because everything works off of the torso and pelvis.

The pelvis is like the hub of a wheel. The hub of a wheel is attached to the axle, and must stay firm so the wheel can turn. If the hub (pelvis) tilts or twists the wheel will no longer work efficiently – or at all.

So think of the torso, and particularly the pelvis, as the hub of a wheel. The arms, legs, and the head all work from that stable place.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #10ppp:
Imagine your pelvis as the hub of a wheel.”

Link of the Day:
https://www.facebook.com/bhamroyalballet/videos/10154543070963085/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

Quote of the Day:
“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.”
Roy T. Bennett

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Rule




Sunday Rule

The internet is a vast resource of rules and affirmations that claim to make one’s life happier. This is a good and bad thing. Good because it’s always helpful to consider things that make us happier, but bad because there is so much out there the sheer volume of it can make us unhappy when we try to sort it all out.

Instead, determine one single thing that works for you. It will be different for every individual. Do you worry too much? Overanalyze everything?  Today’s Link of the Day, and today’s Quote of the Day offer different rules to help in whatever area you need.

Pick one and try it!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Motivational Secret #62:
“Which Life Rule will make you happier?”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
7 Rules to a Happy Life:
1. Be humble
2. Don’t worry
3. Don't settle for less
4. Mind your business
5. Work hard
6. Play hard
7. Be nice”
Germany Kent

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Pull Back Statute






Saturday Pull Back Statute

In tap, there is an important step called a pull back. In ballet, however, there are no pull backs. No pull back steps, and no pulling back in a dancer’s technique.

This pulling back happens when dancers are not sure of the steps, or are unsure in their ability to do something. This causes a hesitation and a literal pulling back in the body which severely compromises the dancer’s ability to – well, dance.

It takes some fearlessness to overcome the habit of pulling back, as well as a good understanding of the correct methods used to achieve difficult steps.

But mostly, it requires the dancer to trust the process and themselves. (See Ballet Statute #99, http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/search?q=trust+the+process)


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #112:
“There are no pull-backs in ballet.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.”
Suzy Kassem

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Freaky Friday Ow Step






Freaky Friday Ow Step

Think about standard piqués – the ones usually performed during barre exercises where the toes touch the floor and lift quickly and immediately into the air. I often call them “hot stove steps” because of the quick accent up that is their defining action.

Here is another way to think about it. Piqués are an “ow” step. This is related to the hot stove idea. Touching a hot stove (not recommended) produces an immediate “ow!” and a corresponding immediate lift (accent up). Quite simply a perfect piqué movement.

Piqués are an “ow” step.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #4cc:
“Think of a piqué as an “ow” step.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“You can dance in the storm. Don't wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”
Israelmore Ayivor

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday and Roman Jasinski





Throwback Thursday and Roman Jasinski

Born in Poland in 1907, Roman Jasinski danced with the Ballet Russes and was known for his good looks and elegant style. He studied dance at the Warsaw Opera school and in 1928 he was hired by the Ida Rubinstein Ballet. In 1932 he joined Col. W. de Basil’s Ballet Russes.

In 1933 he left the Ballet Russes and joined Balanchine’s experimental company in Paris and London. Later that same year he made his American debut with Serge Lifar’s touring company. Jasinski then returned to the Ballet Russes where he stayed until 1947.

He married fellow dancer Moscelyne Larkin on Christmas Eve in 1943. He and his wife founded a dance school and company in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956, building it into a well-known and well respected organization. He never lost his Polish accent, and people regarded him as an elegant, Old World gentleman.

Roman Jasinski died on April 16, 1991 of congestive heart failure. He was 83 years old.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Dance History Factoid # 153:
“Roman Jasinski danced with the Ballet Russes and founded the Tulsa Ballet.”

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Quote of the Day:
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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