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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Born Statute



 
Saturday Born Statute

There seems to be the idea that some people are just born dancers. This is simply not true. Dancers are trained, not born. The only exception to this – in my opinion – is in the area of artistic expression, not technique. Technique is learned (trained), but I have found that training the acting ability is more difficult, although certainly not impossible.

As I tell my students, if they walked into the classroom under their own power, they can train to be the best dancer they can be. Training makes the dancer. No more lamenting that “I don’t have talent”, or  “I don’t have the right body”. It’s all in the determination of the student. Dance training works. And it works well. Amazingly well, in fact.

I have professional dancer friends who started out with little or no turnout, tight hips, and/or poorly healed broken bones. All became dancers, and beautiful ones. It’s all about the training.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Statute #100:
“Dancers aren’t born, they’re trained.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”
John Lubbock, The Pleasures of Life

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Fun Friday Carbonation



Fun Friday Carbonation

The bubbles of a carbonated drink are sometimes said to be the reason people become so addicted to these drinks – that and the caffeine and sugar, too. But the image of the carbonation and its bubbles can help dancers with their posture.

It works like this: imagine that your bones contain carbonation – filled with tiny bubbles. These bubbles are always floating upward, providing a lift to the supporting skeletal structure of the body.

Bony body bubbles! Feel the lift!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21ss:
“Imagine carbonated bones.

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Quote of the Day:
“People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday and the Rooneys





Throwback Thursday and the Rooneys

The Rooney family, Pat Sr., Pat Jr., and Pat Rooney III were dancers in vaudeville. They performed until vaudeville faded away forever.

Pat (senior) (1848 — 1892) came to the U.S. from Ireland in 1867 when he was 19. He began performing in the theaters of the Bowery. He sang and did a clog dance. He died at age 44, leaving four children who followed in his performing footsteps.

Pat Jr. (1880 — 1962) performed with his sisters until all of them married, when he developed a solo act. His style was unique: a soft shoe type of dance done with his hands thrust into his pockets. Later, he appeared in musicals and movies.

Pat III (1909 — 1979) grew up in the theater and learned the trade early. He appeared with many partners, including his father (see today’s Link). 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #189:
“Three generations of the Rooney family performed in vaudeville, movies and on Broadway.”

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Quote of the Day:


“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom.”


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